"At Blackbaud, all of our employees are encouraged to be innovative and think bigger for the social good—in fact, it's one of our company values: We invent possibilities," said
As the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, Blackbaud invests heavily in technology to deliver the most innovative and high-performing solutions possible to drive impact in the world. In 2019, Blackbaud invested over
A few of the initiatives that earned Blackbaud a spot on the Best Workplaces for Innovators list, include:
Blackbaud Labs Blackbaud Labsis the tech company's internal innovation engine with a mission is to generate a pipeline of creative new ideas, experiment with new technology and incubate new products. Blackbaud Labsalso runs Ideation Campaigns where employees are encouraged to iterate on problems that Blackbaud customers face and brainstorm solutions.
- The Social Good Start-up Challenge
As part of Blackbaud's commitment to strengthening the social good community, it worked with One Million by One Million (1Mby1M) to launch the Social Good Start-Up Challenge focused on tech startups on a mission to solve the problems that matter to the social good community. Blackbaud is now sponsoring 14 emerging leaders in a tech accelerator. These 14 startups are creating innovative solutions that enable social good organizations to do everything from in-kind gift matching to donor bequest planning, mobile-first grassroots organizing, video storytelling, volunteer training, parent ambassador recruitment, credit card translation-linked giving and more.
- Off the Grid, Blackbaud's annual 48-hour hackathon
Since 2012, Blackbaud has been hosting Off the Grid, a 48-hour hackathon where employees work outside of their normal jobs to innovate on creative new solutions to solve problems facing the social good community. Blackbaud employees work together on teams across departments, locations and time zones around the world. Projects span topics such as dynamic ticket pricing for events, donation giving tied back to the
UNSustainable Development Goals and the Internet of Things. Innovations that have resulted from Off the Grid include a smart water monitoring solution to improve access and availability of safe water globally and the "Blackbaud Live" app, which enables users to broadcast live from fundraising events using custom overlays and streamlined donations.
- Tech Thursdays
The last Thursday of every month at Blackbaud is "Tech Thursday." It's a day for employees to do something innovative outside their day-to-day responsibilities, such as a side project, experimenting with a new language or learning a new skill. Tech Thursday was created by Blackbaud engineers in
Austin, Texas. For some, Tech Thursday has become an incubator for Off the Grid projects. A few Tech Thursday initiatives currently in the works include writing an Ethereum blockchain app, creating a "VolunTinder" mobile app and learning python. When employees are ready for a project or idea to move beyond incubation and into the real world, they can work with the Blackbaud Labsteam to take it to the next level—sometimes even becoming a new solution for Blackbaud customers.
- The Blackbaud Makerspace
Blackbaud has a Makerspace dedicated to building and experimenting with new technology. It's designed for use by all of employees to explore ways technology can be used to power social good. The Makerspace is equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, a drill press, soldering equipment, virtual reality headsets and more. Blackbaud Makerspace Champions teach workshops and training classes ranging from instruction on using the different machines to topics like the Internet of Things, how to write an Alexa skill and accessibility in software.
"As much of the world recovers from health, economic and social crises, we need innovation more than ever," said
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