Tech Community Set to Perform More than 6,000 Hours of Community Service During TUGG’s Three-Day “Tech Gives Back”

Company news  |  October 16, 2018

TUGG, Silicon Valley Bank, and Corporate Partners and Non-Profits Work Together to Create the Region’s Largest Corporate Service Event of the Year

BOSTON--TUGG, the non-profit arm of Boston’s tech community, today announced that it had partnered with Silicon Valley Bank and some of the top local businesses and non-profits to organize Tech Gives Back, the largest corporate service event in Massachusetts, New York, California, Colorado and Arizona, and internationally in Canada and England.



      Tech Gives Back is a fun, interactive event created to provide the Boston tech community with an opportunity to work alongside their colleagues to contribute their time to projects that serve the elderly, youth in poverty, homeless families, and young people emerging from the criminal justice system. Under the leadership of new Executive Director Mike Cole, the corporate philanthropy event has several key initiatives including:

-- Expanded Guppy Tank Program: Last year, TUGG worked with Salsify, Boston Public Schools, and The Boston Foundation to launch Guppy Tank, an entrepreneurship program that paired middle schoolers with some of the top Boston-based companies to help students identify a problem within their community and develop an app that could help solve it. This year, working with Building Impact, 20 business will host 420 students to help generate ideas around healthy living which could include apps that assist in healthy eating, encourage regular exercise, and discourage texting while driving and smoking.


-- Tech Gives Back Afterparty with BUILD’s Entrepreneur Games: TUGG is working with BUILD to promote the Entrepreneur Games that will take place on October 18. The Entrepreneur games bring more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and tech community members together for a competition that combines team-building, excitement, and fun to support Boston’s youth. Tech Gives Back volunteers can participate in the Entrepreneur games for free if they register here:



      There are more than 60 Tech Gives Back sites throughout the greater Boston Area. There are more than 30 additional Tech Gives Back sites in Arizona, California, Colorado, New York, Canada and England.


      October 16-18, 2018; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


      TUGG and more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, philanthropists and other members of Boston’s innovation economy

“We’re proud to be longstanding partners of TUGG as we go into the 8th annual Tech Gives Back event,” said Pamela Aldsworth, Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management at Silicon Valley Bank. “Our clients, partners and employees look forward to Tech Gives Back every year so we’ve expanded the event beyond Boston to give more of the tech community an opportunity to get involved. This year, Tech Gives Back will have more than 90 volunteer sites in Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Colorado, New York, Canada and England.”

“TUGG’s Tech Gives Back is the largest industry-focused philanthropic event in Boston, and one of the largest in the world,” said TUGG Executive Director Mike Cole. “We’ve grown organically from 200 volunteers in our inaugural year to almost 3,000 worldwide as our partners roll out similar events across the country. We’ve positioned ourselves as a conduit to make community service easy for the tech community and are always delighted to see the number of volunteers, sponsors, and non-profits increase each year.”

About TUGG
TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) is the non-profit arm of Boston’s tech community that connects New England's tech entrepreneurs with the riskiest social enterprises serving local under-resourced youth through entrepreneurial, educational, and life experiences. TUGG is one of the only funders of experimental youth programming in Boston. To learn more, visit tugg.organd follow @TUGGorg on Twitter.