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A new name for the field introduced by the Ford Foundation, Public Interest Tech "is an emerging scholarly and professional field that is defined by the deployment of technological expertise in service of the common good, often with a focus on under-resourced communities and needs." (definition from Cornell Tech)

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Public Interest Technology (PInT) at Olin College

PInT is the student-run public interest technology (PIT) organization at  Olin College of Engineering

PIT-UN Network Challenge

The Network Challenge is a grant program designed to seed and support initiatives that promote public interest in technology at the university level.

PIT Lab @Stanford

The PIT Lab is building a thoughtful community around public interest technology at Stanford. Themes include systemic inequities, democratic values, bridging the divide, career pathways.

NYU Public Interest Technology Institute

A 2-week virtual conference for early and mid-career faculty who seek to accelerate their work in public interest technology

Harvard's Public Interest Tech Lab

We help shape the future of technology and society to advance equity, expand opportunity and protect basic rights and liberties.


PITcases.org is a university platform to help students and faculty find the best ways to make a positive difference in their communities. The website gives detailed information about projects that have come out of PIT classes, as well as reading lists for those interested in teaching such courses.

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