Success Stories

Learn how corporations are improving their communities through their CSR partnerships with TechSoup Europe.

In 2017 we started our cooperation with SAP in promoting STEM Education. Together we reached 85 000 children and young people across Europe (18 countries in 2017, 22 countries in 2018, 25 countries in 2019) organising coding events, robotic classes, or hackathons.

Together with Microsoft Romania and the Opening Opportunities project, we improved youth digital skills in the poorest region of EU. Asociatia Techsoup received the European Digital Skills Award in 2017 for this program.

Bitdefender became the first European company to partner with TechSoup on the global expansion platform, giving 1 million registered users access to its security expertise and technologies.

Bitdefender has partnered with TechSoup since 2012 to protect the world’s most vulnerable from the growing dangers of malware and e-risks through the donation of its products to nonprofits across the world. After the programme launched in 2012, the programme quickly expanded into new countries. By 2015, Bitdefender became the first European company to partner with TechSoup on the global expansion platform, giving 1 million registered users access to Bitdefender’s security expertise and technologies. The partnership between TechSoup and Bitdefender originated from a relationship between one of TechSoup Global Network Partners, Asociatia Techsoup Romania and Bitdefender, both of which are headquartered in Bucharest.  Since then, Bitdefender has scaled its CSR programme to a global level, having donated over $3.7M in retail value to nonprofits since the partnership started.

A regional Wii bowling contest for seniors? Yes! That happened. Ateliers Du Bocage, TechSoup France partner, mobilized young volunteers to accompany senior citizens and teach them how to use digital tools so they can rock in e-sport.

Projects

Silver GEEK

Launched in 2014, the Silver Geek project is the result of a multi-stakeholder approach in Poitou-Charentes, France to address two key issues: aging and digital inclusion. The project started when “Le Rameau,” a research lab on innovative partnerships, approached several local stakeholders (including Orange and ADB) to address social issues within their community. A diverse mix of […]

Opening Opportunities

The Opening Opportunities is an educational program of Asociatia Techsoup launched in 2013. It brings together mixed teams of students working on technical projects together with their Microsoft mentor. Opening Opportunities brings together mixed teams of not just students from different high-schools, but also from different cities, working for 6 months on technical projects and using Skype […]

Meet and Code

The MEEt and Code initiative promoted programming and digital skills among kids and youth during the EU Code Week 2017. We funded nearly 500 coding events organised by nonprofits from 15 Middle and Eastern European countries.

Apps4Cities / Дані міст

The project focuses on the importance of open data and its role in strengthening democracy by providing citizens of Ukraine a tangible way to hold governments more accountable.

News

14.07.2021

Using Gamification to Inspire Change

“I felt I did make a difference!” says one of NAVISSOS’s Ambassadors of Change, the young leaders who created social media campaign aiming to combat trolling. They were supported by a Serbian NGO – NAVISSOS, as a participant of a Game Changer project. Want to learn about tools that can be used to create meaningful […]

30.06.2021

Summing up MEGAPHONE Central Asia and Caucasus

The time between June 21st and 29th, 2021 was a time well spent! Together with the help of 8 social media and communications professionals and 120 participants from Central Asia and Caucasus regions we uncovered the power of social media for activists. The workshops allowed a deep dive into building a comms strategy and evaluating its performance, “how-tos” on podcast production, creating cool graphics with Canva and […]

30.06.2021

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24.06.2021

Operational Security Guide

If you would like to learn more about being safe and resilient against cyber threats, watch the recording from the webinar we did on June 22, 2021, led by Melanie Rieback and one of her ethical hackers, Stefan Marsiske. “Operational Security (OpSec) is a continuous process to ensure operational success in the face of adversaries. […] […]

24.06.2021

Youth Using Technology for Social Change

In January 2021 Station Europe, NGO from Costești, Romania was selected as one 24 Game Changer’s Dissemination NGOs to conduct their own Social City Games and Youth-Led Social Media campaigns. Their activities provoked discussion about bullying and hate speech among youth in Romania. “Our mission is to give young generations the power to bring useful […]

21.06.2021

DLNGO 2.0 Meeting

June 15, 2020, eleven TechSoup partners, participants of #DLNGO 2.0 project, were working virtually on nonprofits’ digital transformation impact stories. Within last weeks all partners conducted interviews with nonprofits to explore:  Why they decided to digitally transform? How this process looked like? What are the benefits from digital transformation?  What are the lessons learned? We will […]

17.06.2021

“Learning about disinformation is the first way to counter it”

In June 2021, TechSoup partners from 4 countries: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland took part in 3 days Erasmus+ online trainings developing knowledge on how disinformation is affecting civil society and what are the ways to combat shrinking civil space. “Combating Shrinking Civil Space” was another workshop of the DTS4SS project – Digital and Training […]

08.06.2021

MEGAPHONE Central Asia and Caucasus

We are proud to introduce the first edition of MEGAPHONE Central Asia and Caucasus that welcomes activists and NGOs from the regions to share the latest social media knowledge and tools. Join us online, June 21st-29th! The event is available to registered participants and consists of 6 interactive workshops in Russian and English on:   creating visually pleasing graphics for Facebook and Instagram using Canva,   […]

07.06.2021

The CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring

Hack with a purpose and leverage EU Space data, services and signals to access, understand and protect our natural spaces. Join CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring. Digitising our green spaces with European Space data, signals & services Nature is a vulnerable yet crucial part of our existence. How we care for it will significantly impact our lives […]

01.06.2021

Meet and Code 2021 Begins! Apply for Grants

Starting June 1st, our Meet and Code invites local nonprofits across Europe to apply for micro-grants to organize events that foster interest in and access to digital skills among young Europeans. The aim of Meet and Code is to help build a world in which every young European has the digital skills required to shape their own […]

27.05.2021

Operational Security – Practical Tools to Stay Resilient & Safe Online Webinar

On June 22, 1.00 PM (CET) join us and Hive Mind for a 60-minute webinar featuring an exciting talk by Dr Melanie Rieback, the CEO/Co-founder of the “Radically Open Security”, and Stefan Marsiske  – a real-deal ethical hacker and a free software developer. You’ll find some practical recommendations and tools which you can later use to […]

26.05.2021

Cheapfakes in the CEE Region – Major Dangers and Media Manipulation Threats

The advancement of technology brings up constant “innovations” in the areas of misinformation. More recently, a new form of manipulation called “cheapfakes” has resurfaced. On June 10th, together with some of the leading experts in this field representing different countries from the CEE region we discussed the issue during an online discussion panel. Watch and […]

26.05.2021

Creating Effective Campaigns to Combat Shrinking Civil Space

“Great inspiration and very useful tools to be used in our communication and empowerment of civil society!” – says  participant of “Creating Effective Campaigns to combat shrinking civil space” workshop, part of DTS4SS project. In May 2021, TechSoup partners from six countries: Austria, Hungary, Italy, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Poland took part in two 3 […]

19.05.2021

MEGAPHONE 2021 WEBINAR RESOURCES

10.05.2021

#MEGAPHONE 2021 RESOURCES: Use of Narrative as a Form of Sense-making

As well as being Homo Sapiens, we are also Homo Narrans! We tell stories, we live in stories, we use stories to describe our individual and collective identities, and stories are fundamental to the way we give meaning to our world. Watch the recording of a webinar from May 6, 2021, led by Bavesh Patel […]

04.05.2021

#MEGAPHONE 2021 Resources: Facilitation of Online Meetings

Have you had enough of yet another confused and ineffective online meeting? Now is the time to change that! Watch the recording of the webinar with Raphaëlle Ayach “Facilitation: How Not To Die & Kill Others During Online Meetings” from April 29, 2021.  KEY TAKE-AWAYS: How to “run the show”, from planning a great online meeting to implementation  How to […]

23.04.2021

#MEGAPHONE 2021 Resources: Making Videos While Being Bad At It

With platforms like Instagram and TikTok relying heavily on video, creating interesting and shareable video content to reach younger and more diverse audiences has become more important than ever. This webinar which happened on April 22, 2021 led by Kassy Cho provided practical tips on how you can film original footage for news videos and […]

21.04.2021

#MEGAPHONE 2021 Resources: Changing Narrative Using Social Media and Digital Channels

Social media isn’t all about letting people know what you had for breakfast or how many times a day you have exercised. It has an incredible mobilizing capacity, which has given a chance to millions of people to have their voices heard. If you would like to learn more, watch the recording from the webinar […]

14.04.2021

How to get more girls into IT?

Meet and Code Purpose Talks starts next week! Join a conversation about #girlsinSTEM  on April 20th at 16.00 CET. Now in its fifth year, Meet and Code remains Europe’s favorite digital skills program for youth, and continues to grow in popularity and reach. This growth has added fuel to our purpose of promoting digital inclusion, by fostering […]

10.04.2021

#MEGAPHONE Webinar Resources about Hope Based Communication

It feels like the world is going to hell: but there is hope, and we need that hope to make change happen. We don’t have to let populists set the agenda nor make it our job to constantly respond to what they say (and in the process further heighten the visibility of their own narrative). […]

29.03.2021

MEGAPHONE 2021 WEBINAR SERIES

Together with Hive Mind, we are launching a 5-episode MEGAPHONE webinar series “ACTIVISTS WINNING THE ATTENTION ECONOMY GAME” dedicated to helping activists and NGO professionals better fight for the audience’s attention. Join us every Thursday of April (8, 15, 22, 29.04) and on May 6, 2021, always at 13.00 CET. Everyone and everything is fighting to get our attention […]

21.03.2021

Training Methodology to Assist the Social Sector on Their Digital Transformation Journey

March 2021, online Erasmus+ workshop  ‘Training Methodology to assist the social sector on their digital transformation journey’ gathered 22 TechSoup partners employees from Austria, Hungary, Italy, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Poland. It was another Digital and Training Skills for the Social Sector workshop for TechSoup staff members that focus on internal development to better serve nonprofits in Europe. This time, […]

16.03.2021

Meet and Code Award 2020 Winners

March 16, 2021, we celebrated the virtual Meet and Code Awards 2020. Almost 900 entries were received, and 15 finalists were shortlisted by an expert panel of judges. The following NGOs were awarded this year’s winning titles and received €2,000 in prize money: Girls do IT! Germany’s Webseminar by Mar de Colores e.V. Led by […]

20.01.2021

Demystifying AI

It feels like AI4Good is going to be the BlockChain4Good of 2021 – lots of people talking about it, lots of hype and donor interest – but what does it mean for civil society really? Where is civil society already engaging? And if I were interested in leveraging AI, where would I begin? Watch the […]

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