Social Impact Round Up – Indiegogo, Hacking and more

Every week, we take a look at some of the social impact events and happenings around campus, so you can save your space, submit an application and get involved.

Healthcare, Poverty and You

September 24, 7 p.m. in JMHH G60: Dr. Buz Cooper, a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, will share his research about how poverty causes huge geographic differences in America’s healthcare costs. Josh Romalis, the Executive Director of LIFT Philadelphia, will explain how you can become part of the solution. Dinner is provided.  This session is presented by WSII, the Social Impact Undergraduate Advisory Board, Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club (WUHC), PennSEM, and Alpha Iota Gamma.

Hack the Change 2013

September 27-28: The second annual Hack the Change, a 26-hour social impact hackathon, returns to Penn this week. The hackathon is an opportunity for students and developers to use their skills to create apps that solve real-world problems related to international development – everything from mobile health to disaster management to education platforms, and more. This year’s event is partnering with the University of Botswana, with students from their computer science department hacking remotely alongside ours. For more information or to register your team, go to:


Indiegogo Social Innovation Workshop

September 30, 4-7:30 p.m. in JMHH 260: In this joint workshop and recruiting/networking session, sponsored by WSII and Indiegogo, attendees will meet with Indiegogo’s Bre DiGiammarino to learn best practices for crowdfunding a social innovation, and have the chance to share ideas and mingle with other social entrepreneurs.

Immediately following the workshop, dig a little deeper with Indiegogo CEO and Wharton grad Slava Rubin for a casual meetup and recruitment event. Find out how you can make an immediate, global impact as part of the Indiegogo Team in New York, San Francisco or LA. Did we mention there’s free pizza? The events are free to attend, but you  must RSVP on Eventbrite first.

Other social impact happenings

  • SEED 3.0, an annual crowdfunded micro-grant program for education ventures, is accepting applications from education entrepreneurs and teachers to present their ideas before an engaged audience of potential funders, users, collaborators, and community members.  Winners of the competition will receive cash prizes and free enrollment to Penn’s Fels Institute of Government Social Innovations Lab. Applications are due this Sunday, September 29 by 10 p.m.
  • Knowledge@Wharton  just launched a revamped website. Here you can browse analysis of new faculty research, dive in to special reports, or browse based on world region or topic of interest. A new Social Impact section provides top quality content on social entrepreneurs, research, and business analysis.
  • On the radar: Lend for America’s fifth annual summit will take place October 11-13 at Penn. Tickets are $49. 

Do you have a social impact event you’d like us to share? Email your information to Allie Harcharek at