Fighting Poverty with Technology: Lunch Talk with Blue Ridge Labs


Location: 34 Chambers Street, Room 115

Speaker: Blue Ridge Labs


Think startups can add more to the world than another selfie app? Come have lunch with the team from Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood to learn about the ways entrepreneurs are using technology  to address critical social issues like housing, education, and improving equality in the justice system. We’ll talk about paths to social entrepreneurship, the challenges social entrepreneurs face, and what you can do to get started. 

Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood is a program of Robin Hood – New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. They offer fellowships, grants, and workshops that help social innovators build technology-enabled products and services aimed at the challenges faced by low-income Americans.

The Labs program was launched from inside the Blue Ridge Foundation New York to build upon its 15 year legacy of transforming ideas into organizations. In 2015, they became a part of Robin Hood to expand their reach and impact.

This event is sponsored by the Keller Center. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the conversation. Lunch will be served and RSVP required. 


Speaker Bios

Hannah Calhoon, Director, Blue Ridge Labs
Hannah's worked at the Boston Consulting Group, Acumen, and Embrace helping organizations of all sizes with product development, market entry, and partnership strategy. A Minnesotan at heart, she maintains a love for ice hockey, state fairs, and getting to know her neighbors.

Bill Cromie, Director of Emergent Technology, Blue Ridge Labs
Bill has been the technical cofounder for two successful tech startups, from generating and refining the product through building and leading a team to execute the vision. In his free time, when he's not hacking on the latest tech, Bill likes to build wooden boats with his Dad, sail, and practice hot yoga.