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Founded2010 (2010)
FounderNick Martin
FocusICT4D, technology, social change
Area served
MethodDistance learning, capacity building
Key people
Nick Martin – President & CEO

TechChange is a US social enterprise which provides courses on the use of technology in addressing social and global challenges.[1][2][3] Their e-learning platform "has been used by more than 600 students from more than 70 countries."[4] It is a registered benefit corporation based in Washington, DC and was founded in the summer of 2010.[5] The Economist dubbed TechChange as ”the Geeks for Good”.[6][7]


TechChange provides online certificate courses on a number of topics including technology for emergency management, mobile phones for international development, social media for social change, social entrepreneurship, digital organizing, open government and more.[8][9]


TechChange also partners with international development, humanitarian, and peacebuilding organizations such as USAID, US State Department, World Bank and United Nations Foundation to deliver online educational content.[10] In 2012, TechChange partnered with the mHealth Alliance, a joint program hosted by the United Nations Foundation, to create the first online certificate course in mHealth.[11][12]

TechChange produces educational animations for international development topics and tools. In April 2013, a TechChange animation on M-Pesa, the popular mobile money transfer program was featured as the United States Agency for International Development video of the week.[13]

TechChange has been featured in a variety of publications for their new approaches to online learning and capacity building including the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, The Economist, Fast Company, Chronicle of Higher Education, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian, and[8][14][15][16][17][18][19]


  1. ^ "Technology and Development: Geeks for Good". The Economist. June 27, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Best Learning Resources for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs". Fast Company The $10,000 Social Innovation Degree. Fast Company. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  3. ^ "TechChange: Teaching the World to Use Technology for Social Impact". Tech Cocktail blog. Tech Cocktail. August 22, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "TechChange | Customer Success Stories | Screenleap API". Screenleap. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "TechChange B-Corp Status". B-Corp database. October 1, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Geeks for good". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  7. ^ "TechChange Company Info". eLearning Industry. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Ubiquitous Across Globe, Cellphones Have Become Tool for Doing Good". New York Times. November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "TechChange course listings". TechChange website. TechChange. August 4, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "Nick Martin '04 Leads the Way for New Swat Entrepreneurs". Swarthmore College Bulletin. Swarthmore College. January 13, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "mHealth Alliance and TechChange to Offer Online Certificate Course on mHealth" (Press release). PRWeb. May 30, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "mHealth Alliance & TechChange Partner to Offer First of its Kind Online Certificate Course on mHealth". mHealth Watch. May 31, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "Video of the Week: Animating M-PESA". USAID. April 2, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  14. ^ "Civic Startups Introduce New Technology to Government". PBS News The Rundown Hour. PBS. July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  15. ^ "Technology and Development: Geeks for Good". Feast and famine blog. The Economist. June 27, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  16. ^ "5 Tools for Building a Next-Generation 'Hybrid' Class Website". Profhacker. Chronicle of Higher Education. May 20, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  17. ^ "What's Holding Back Mobile Phones for Education?". Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog. Stanford Social Innovation Review. February 11, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Youth Unemployment: Can Mobile Technology Improve Employability?". Global Development Professionals Network. The Guardian. February 26, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  19. ^ "Reflections from the 2012 mHealth Summit for Smarter Public Health". Dowser blog. January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on February 14, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.

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