The KPCB Fellows Challenge is a set of open innovation challenges for anyone, anywhere, anytime to pursue. Our KPCB Fellows inspired us to launch the challenges - the 2014 fellows told us that the two things they loved most about their summer were getting to work together on projects together and seeing that their skills could have a real impact. We wanted to bring that same value to the rest of the world. From there, we came up with the idea for the fellows challenges.
I helped partner with leading edge nonprofits to bring "social good" challenges to hackers and makers everywhere. We brought together a team of alumni KPCB fellows to think through refining challenges with our nonprofit partners, design marketing assets, and help us figure out distribution through hackathons. For each partner, I assigned an alumni fellow to manage the technical development of a challenge and I worked with them to make sure goals were aligned. On the other end, I was building friendships and relationships with collegiate hackathon organizers across the country. They also expressed interest in bringing social good to each of their hackathons and I worked with them to match incentives and get people excited about building for good.
Learn more at kpcbfellows.com/challenges
One of the best parts of working on the Fellows Challenge was getting to partner with some of the most exciting nonprofits. We started the process with a long list of amazing organizations that wanted to reach out to you. We settled on four amazing partners to start: Medic Mobile, Pencils of Promise, SamaHope and Kiva. It was amazing to learn what incredible visions these organizations have for the world.
We first launched the Fellows Challenges on the same weekend as Stanford's first hackathon, TreeHacks.