We believe that tech is more than code and that community involvement starts with showing up. Atlanta Tech Citizens exists to encourage all tech workers to use their time, money and influence in their communities through civic engagement and service. We're a place for designers, tech support, admins, IT, marketing, HR, finance, developers - ANYONE who works in the digital space or in tech companies who wants to get involved in their community.
Who We Are
Atlanta Tech Citizens has five core principles as part of our mission.
1. We believe that civic tech means more than coding for good. Atlanta Tech Citizens exists for anyone in metro Atlanta who works in tech.
2. We have a focus on serving over building. We do not have all the answers, but we will learn from our communities to help solve problems.
3. We will empower people and organizations through technical education including tools training and how to communicate with tech people.
4. We’ll help create connections between Atlanta’s nonprofit, tech, and civic tech communities.
5. Diversity and Inclusion are the center of our group’s mission. Our goal is that no one will leave our events feeling less than, that we will build each other up for our uniqueness and varied skills.
The first step to using your tech skills for good is to go out in your community and find out where people need help. Through group volunteer opportunities and attending community meetings together, you can meet other tech people who want to get involved and connect with people who are already doing great community work.
Once we know more about our communities needs, we can provide services like training on tech tools, tech troubleshooting at events, consulting on who to hire for bigger tech projects, and empowering organizations through technology.
Does your organization have a tech project you've been thinking about, but you're not 100% sure where to start? Send us a note and we'll help you figure out what you need!
We believe the first step to changing the world isn't an app or a website. It's meeting people. IRL. Then finding out what technical help people need through regular service and community engagement. We would love to see more people who code get involved in volunteer service with us, and to help us bridge gaps and help all tech workers use their skills for good, But if you just want to start coding now, Code for Atlanta is a great place to start!
In June of 2017, ATL Tech Citizens helped empower the Feminist Women's Health Center by teaching a class on MailChimp basics. (Thanks to Strongbox West for the space!)