After several years as a software developer for corporate clients, Casey Helbling founded Software for Good in Minneapolis in 2010 to combine programming and his passion for volunteer work. One of the state’s first public benefit corporations, Software for Good established itself as a go-to web developer for social and environmental impact organizations. But in 2020, in the face of a global pandemic, national and local civil unrest, and a dipping economy, the agency stepped up in a broader way. Software for Good worked on Minnesota’s Covid-19 Housing Assistance Program, developing a system to distribute housing relief funds to people affected by the pandemic, as well as working on projects for the City of St. Paul, the Greater MSP Economic Development Partnership, and organizations focused on forest conservation, animal welfare, and inclusive health care for the LGBTQ+ community. The agency also pivoted its summer internship program, which “offers hands-on career experience to up-and-coming developers, including people whose backgrounds are underrepresented in tech,” to be fully remote, Helbling says.
On Helbling’s radar:
“I’m really interested in the work of Vinay Gupta, who designed the hexayurt shelter for refugees and has been involved with cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. He’s someone I follow for insights about futurism and thinking big about using technology to solve global challenges.”