Tech4Change: A 54-Hour Marathon For Global Good


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Last weekend, Manifesto had the unique opportunity to work with Tech4Change, a 54-hour marathon weekend put on by MercyCorps and Startup Weekend to help develop solutions to problems facing the world. Over 70 entrepreneurs attended the event to work on their startup and create a company that helps facilitate a better world.

Manifesto was a platinum sponsor for the event and awarded the winner with a Brand Declaration prize package valued at $5,000. After 54 hours of collaboration, inspiration and innovation, EcoValuate walked away with the top spot and will work with Manifesto to create a stronger sense of brand identity and strategy. Joanna Malaczynski came up with the idea for EcoValuate as a way to pull information from different databases and analyze the safety of chemicals.

Manifesto Chief Strategist, Dave Dyer, emceed the event and Manifesto worked hand in hand with MercyCorps to transform their headquarters into a space inspired by Startup Weekend, yet true to the MercyCorps brand and mission. By the end of the event, several startups received funding, and others had developed a plan to help get off the ground. Though the pilot event, Tech4Change was a great event for Manifesto — and our Portland office enjoyed joining forces with some of the greatest minds at the forefront of innovation and social change.