Published April 25, 2024 by Divyansh Saksena

Kicking off the first deep-dive from our Guide to the Berkeley Ecosystem, we’ll be covering Blueprint, a group that provides software pro-bono for nonprofits and promotes the use of tech for social good. Blueprint has worked on projects alongside 1951 Coffee, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Veterans 360, among others. This semester, they’re working with five non-profits from around the world including We Care Solar to build a low-bandwidth mobile app for the health workers and Mee Panyar to build a mobile app for local technicians to help maintain decentralized solar mini-grids! The organization has been consistent in helping cultivate software talent for several years now and serving as the outlet for people to use their technical know-how to make tangible impact.

We were joined by Nick Wong '22, a CS major and technical program lead at Blueprint. In our conversation, we asked him questions about his journey, how he found Blueprint, how Blueprint positions itself in the Berkeley ecosystem, and his vision for the future of the ecosystem.

Nick's Blueprint blueprints

As it turns out, Nick and I had been following each other on Twitter for a while. And having read multiple of his tweets before, I strongly related to his notions of using learnings from the Bay and applying them to his home in the islands of Hawaii. We asked him questions about this background that uniquely positions him in the multitudes of Berkeley's tech ecosystem and in turn, his passion for Blueprint.

Blueprint at Berkeley

"Tech for Social Good"

We ended with some heavier questions about the role of Blueprint and his personal journey. If there's anything you take from this article it should definitely be the importance of divergent thinking, that technology is just the tool, and the need for both equity and empathy.

Blueprints for the Future