Helping build new tech economies as a way to revitalize cities, while providing tech education, such as coding to underrepresented groups.
Bitwise revitalized California's agricultural Central Valley by identifying and training tech talent in underserved communities and advocating for area startups. This year, Bitwise launched TakeCare, an outgrowth of a social media initiative that brings meals to families in need. To date, TakeCare has served more than 250,000 meals to thousands of hard-hit families. The software company’s site, OnwardCA, has connected more than 20,000 people with financial aid, emergency services, and job opportunities during the pandemic. Following its initial success in California, OnwardUS expanded to Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, and D.C.