Public Interest Technology at Olin (PInT @ Olin) was founded in 2019 when 4 Olin students, along with Professor Erhardt Graeff, wanted a way for the Olin community to be able to apply their technical skills to address public issues and make the world a more socially just place.
Through funding from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), we have been able to introduce PIT to the Olin community in a variety of ways.
PInT creates space for all members of the Olin community to engage with and grow their skills in public interest tech, social justice, and activism.
We offer opportunities for students to engage in reflection, to develop various skills, and to work on practical opportunities focused on making an impact by leveraging Olin’s "do-learn" philosophy.
We hope that these activities, and the space and culture we cultivate around them, will help students grow their identity as public interest technologists and feel both a responsibility and ability to create the change they want to see.
Students have the opportunity to collaborate with non-profits to work on pro-bono technical consulting projects
PInT organizes peer to peer workshops on various skills that are open to the community
PInT hosts events and speakers to raise awareness and spark conversations about social justice, civic tech, and ethics.
Students designed and ran a fellowship program to fund Olin students to do PIT work over the summer
Olin students work on student-led PIT projects with Olin professors