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The Public Interest Technology
University Network 

PIT-UN fosters collaboration between universities and colleges to build the field of public interest technology and nurture a new generation of civic-minded technologists.

Summer Learning Opportunity

Data & Democracy Workshops

These virtual workshops with experts from San José State University will empower election officials, policy professionals, and researchers to undertake data-driven projects that bolster free and fair elections. Learn Python, R and open source GIST (Geospatial Information Science & Technology) skills to unlock the power of data in designing and administering elections to defend democracy in 2024 and beyond. 

The workshops are now eligible Certification Maintenance credit from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

2024 Tech for Humanity Summit

Watch the Livestream

The Tech for Humanity summit convenes experts from across sectors to explore the role of data in shaping a more humane and democratic technological future.

Watch the livestream recording to hear from thought leaders like 2024 Tech for Humanity Prize awardee Inioluwa Deborah Raji.

Closed Request for Proposal

The Network Challenge

The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge is a unique program that drives equitable innovation in technology across academia, government, industry and civil society. 

All PIT-UN Members are eligible, and the application submission window is now closed. 

Public Interest Tech and Civil Rights

PIT-UN at the SIDGE Symposium

The Public Interest Technology-University Network (PIT-UN) co-hosted four events over MLK Weekend, 2024 with the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation.

 Watch panels & keynotes with leading public interest technologists Safiya Noble, Latanya Sweeney, Fallon Wilson, Afua Bruce & more. 

PIT-UN Network Challenge

Announcing the 2023 Grantees

PIT-UN is excited to announce 14 new grantees whose public interest technology projects will advance equitable innovation in technology across academia, government and civil society.

At a time when technology is shaping every facet of our lives, these projects demonstrate how PIT-UN is preparing a new generation of civic-minded technologists ready to shape a more just and equitable technological future.

2023 PIT-UN Convening

Videos & Photos are Live

Thank you to Boston University’s Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences for hosting the 2023 PIT-UN Convening. 

Videos of all the sessions, including transcripts of the keynotes, are available for review below.

PIT Careers Month

Career Fair Snapshot

Nearly 1,400 students and over 150 employers from nonprofits, government and industry were engaged during the inaugural PIT Careers Month in October, 2023. 

Funded by the PIT University Network (PIT-UN), six leading colleges and universities took critical steps in building career pipeline infrastructure for the fast growing field of PIT. 

 

Our Impact

3x

Member Institution Growth from 21 to 63 (2019-2023)

156

Grantees Funded
Across the Nation

$16m

Grantee Projects Funded Since 2019 

Member Only Benefits

 
PIT-UN members commit to the development of curricula, research agendas, and experiential learning programs in the public interest technology space. Any individual who is employed as faculty and staff at a member institution may be able to take advantage of the members-only opportunities. These include our annual Network Challenge Grants and thematic Requests for Proposal.

PIT Opportunities

Explore PIT opportunities, such as events, job openings, internships, and fellowships, available to members, students, faculty, and anyone interested in the growing space.
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PIT Resources

Discover a variety of resources, such as case studies, curricula, reports, white papers, career one-sheets, and more, from PIT-UN members and grantees.

PIT-UN Members

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