It’s not often that you see women entrepreneurs working in the male-dominated tech space, but you’re about to meet three females who are bucking the norm and contributing to a greener economy in the process. These female social entrepreneurs are breaking the mold and takin’ names.
Kickboard Software Helps Teachers Teach More Effectively
Too often, teachers (especially those in public institutions) are so overworked that they really can’t be the change they want to be in their students’ lives. And though they’re required to submit all manner of reports to their superiors, rarely do they have the time or mental capacity to work with the data themselves to track trends and see problems before they come.
Enter Kickboard, created by Jennifer Schnidman Medbery, a computer science graduate from Columbia. This web-based software makes it possible for teachers to use the data they collect to actually improve student performance. With an easy to use interface, teachers are able to quickly enter information and then analyze it efficiently to determine where interventions are necessary. The great news: a teacher can sign up for free and track unlimited students on an unlimited number of academic and behavior indices.
Code for America Working to Create Greener Cities through Software
Frustrated by the lack of services found in many American cities, social entrepreneur Jen Pahlka started Code for America, a web technology firm focused on tackling municipal issues of sustainability. Their motto: “Helping governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web.”
Fielding project proposals from cities and towns throughout the US, Code for America carefully identifies projects it will tackle each year – using web-based solutions. To date, the collaborative tech firm has developed things like a platform for Detroit residents to track data on vacant properties in the city to battle the decline in population. They also created WeLovePublicService.org – a website where citizens can thank their local public employees. Who knows what new and interesting social problems Code for America will tackle next?
Style Seat Connects Consumers with Stylists from City to City
Ever feel lost when you move to a new city? Finding a new hair stylist can be particularly annoying if you don’t know anyone who could recommend someone trustworthy for styling your hair. But Melody McCloskey is trying to solve that problem with Style Seat, an online tool where consumers can find stylists, book appointments online, and get inspired by photos of a professional’s previous work. The site also hopes to make it easier for stylists to overcome the challenges of a slow economy. By using tools on Style Seat, stylists can track trends in their own business, and target marketing and promotional campaigns to increase interest in their work during slow days or seasons. Ingenious!