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Benetech Wins AT&T Technology Innovation Award

Benetech® has been awarded the AT&T Technology Innovation Award which recognizes an outstanding assistive technology company that has created lasting impact through the development of assistive technologies applied in communication, education, employment, daily living, and recreation. Benetech operates the Bookshare® service that allows those with print disabilities to legally download books and periodicals to be […]

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Landmine Detector Project Lessons Learned

Confronting failure is tough. There’s a tendency to bury failure and hide it. In the for-profit sector, failure tends to be pretty obvious. You know how well an investment firm is doing because they have to publish their numbers. A tech company that bombs is quickly recognized as such. The social sector is well known […]

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Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman Receives 2006 MacArthur Fellowship

Jim Fruchterman, CEO of The Benetech® Initiative, has been awarded a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each of this year’s 25 MacArthur Fellows learned this week that they will receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” funding over the next five years. Jim Fruchterman, 47, is an electrical engineer […]

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Benetech Joins SanDisk’s Day of Service

Last December, Benetech – through its SocialCoding4Good program – was invited to participate in SanDisk’s Day of Service. The event brought together technical employees with two accessibility projects from the DIAGRAM Center, one of Benetech’s Global Literacy initiatives. Approximately thirty SanDisk participants learned about the software tools that Benetech uses to translate images in STEM textbooks into descriptions that […]

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Benetech Receives Funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to Enhance the Martus™ Project for the Social Justice Sector

Benetech®, the leading Silicon Valley technology development nonprofit, announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support the Martus™ Project, an innovative open source technology tool and support network assisting grassroots NGO workers worldwide to collect, safeguard and disseminate information on social justice violations. […]

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