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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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Bookshare Receives Grant From U.S. Department of Education

Far Reaching Award Makes Equal Access to Educational Materials for the Disabled a Reality The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Benetech’s® Bookshare® project $32 million over five years to significantly expand the availability of accessible electronic books and the software for reading those books. Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible library of scanned books […]

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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 United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Outreach and Training Program to Strengthen Human Rights Monitoring in Africa Benetech®, the leading Silicon Valley technology development nonprofit, announced today that it has received a $450,000 grant from the United States Department of State to support the Martus™ Project, an innovative open source technology tool and support network that assists grassroots NGO workers worldwide to […]

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