July 15, 2016
Voqal Fellow and founder of Spendrise, Eric Shih, is scheduled to participate in the New Tools Shootout at Netroots Nation 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri on July 16. Eric’s project, Spendrise, is a digital organizing platform for launching online petitions where consumers create change using an all-or-nothing crowdfunding engine and user interface. Recent campaigns have included supporting Target’s decision to provide gender inclusive bathrooms and encouraging Starbucks to use recyclable cups for its beverages. Spendrise will compete against other finalists comprising: 18MR, Alcance 2.0 (Center for Popular Democracy), Change Politics, Civiqs, ControlShift Labs, EveryAction, Hollaback!, Hustle, Marriage Hero(OSDI), Medium, MoveOn.org, Polis, SpeakEasy Political, Transcribe Online, Ujoin.co, Vote.org and We Vote.
During the event, Eric and the other finalists will have three minutes to make a live pitch about their tools. Attendees will then vote on their favorite new feature/product and favorite startup technology in order to determine the best overall new organizing tool. The New Tools Shootout is a great way for progressive organizations to get the inside stories on how these tools are being designed and built, the impact they’re currently having on campaigns and organizations, and what they can do to help progressive individuals and organizations become powerful and more effective advocates. Visit www.netrootsnation.org to learn more about this event and other activities from the weekend.
Want more information about Eric, Spendrise, or the Voqal Fellowship? Check out the Voqal Fellowship webpage to learn more.