Impact Summit

The Impact Summit

A series of events exploring what living in a technological society means for the future of social progress and humanity.

June - August, 2019
New York City

Impact Summit

About the Summit

Over the course of the summer, The Impact Summit unites students who are passionate about technology and social good, while connecting them with entrepreneurs, civic activists, and thought leaders who are leveraging technology for social impact.

​ In addition to creating a strong community of students and professionals passionate about technology and social good, the summit provides an opportunity for students to find meaningful career opportunities and ignite the ideas that will create a more equitable, sustainable world!

June 15th

Opening Day

The Opening Day of The Impact Summit is a day-long conference surveying the landscape of technology, social entrepreneurship, and global development. The conference features an incredible roster of workshops, panelists, and discussions with the engineers and activists who are building a better world!

June - August

Speaker Series

One evening each week from mid June to mid August, we'll gather for an intimate fireside chat with different speakers tackling the challenges we face in the 21st century. Each evening is a chance to better connect with other attendees and learn more about the ways we can use technology for the good of society.

August 10th

Closing Day

To conclude The Impact Summit, this final conference ties together the themes we’ve explored over the summer. We end with the question of how to apply what we've learned for the betterment of our planet and ourselves, and we hope to leave with optimism and courage for what lies ahead. Closing Day also features the social startup competition and a social impact career expo.

Who Should Come to The Impact Summit?

The Impact Summit is more than just a series of events. Our mission is to bring together the most eager and optimistic minds to authentically form long-lasting relationships, learn together about the challenges we face, and ultimately work with one another to build a more just world. ​

We invite all who are compelled by that mission. This can mean computer science students who want to use their skills for social good; young entrepreneurs who hope to start companies that solve big, sticky problems; and passionate activists, policy makers, and philosophers fighting for a more humane technological society.

Anyone who thinks critically about the challenges we’re facing in the 21st century and has the guts to do something about them is encouraged to apply!


Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Full 2019 speaker list coming soon.
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Featured speakers from The 2018 Impact Summit:

Pitch Competition

Impact Labs is Amplifying the Call for Code

As part of The Impact Summit, we are excited to announce a collaboration with IBM! The Call for Code is an initiative that seeks to increase our preparedness and response to natural disasters. We encourage everyone to learn more and accept the challenge! ​

Bolt Plus
Blockchain Hackathon

Find Your Dream Job

Our mission is to demystify the path to a career in tech for social good by providing meaningful, accessible, actionable opportunities in the space. ​

At Closing Day of the Impact Summit, we’ll host a career expo that showcases the top companies that are doing well by doing good, all looking for new team members!


Connect with Each Other

By spreading out the events across an entire summer, there's lots of time to meet up with new friends and connect both in and out of the scheduled programs. ​

During the summer, we'll have one giant Slack group for anyone who attends an event over the course of The Impact Summit. Use it to coordinate summer housing, find friends who share your love of salsa dancing, or spam us with as many memes as humanly possible.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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The official ride share partner of the Impact Summit:

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Why should I come?

So many reasons! We're building a community of ambitious, like-minded students who have the chance to connect with social entrepreneurs, mentors, career opportunities, and capital. We want you to leave the conference feeling like you took one giant step closer to your future at the intersection of tech and social good. Maybe that's because you won some prize money for a venture you've already been working on. Or maybe it's because you found your next internship. Or maybe it's because you made a best friend for the summer. Whatever it is, we want to be a part of making that possible!

What can I reasonably expect?

Lots of learning, lots of laughter, really kind people! Definitely a few late night conversations on life, the universe, and everything. And stickers. We'll have quite a few of those.

What can I unreasonably expect?


Who are some of the past speakers you’ve invited to The Impact Summit?

So glad you asked! See our 2018 programming packet for a complete list of all past speakers.

Who can apply?

Anyone who thinks critically about the challenges we’re facing in the 21st century and has the guts to do something about them!

If I’m accepted to the 2019 Impact Summit, do I have to attend the events every week?

The 2019 Impact Summit consists of two conferences (Opening Day in June and Closing Day in August), with a speaker series during the 8 weeks in between. If accepted to The Impact Summit, we’ll send you an RSVP form for the two conferences, and you’re welcome to pick and choose whichever events you want to attend in between. At the very least, we highly recommend attending both the Opening and Closing Day conferences to get the most out of the program! We’ll also add you to a Slack group where we’ll send you all the info you need about each week’s speaker -- and a fair amount of memes ;)

Help! I’m still confused! Where can I ask more questions?

We’ve got you covered! Reach out to and we’ll respond as quickly as we can :)