We are building a community of impact-focused scholars and practitioners through PiTech Studio, Impact Fellowships, Values in Design, and K-12 initiatives. A strong diversity of perspectives and experiences is critically important to building effective PiTech, and we work to reflect this priority across each of our programs.
The PiTech Studio track is the latest addition to Cornell Tech’s unique Studio program in which Master’s students develop real-world tech with leading startups, established companies, and NYC organizations. Training public interest-minded technologists demands special attention, including opportunities to engage community leaders, public sector agencies, and non-profit funders. PiTech Studio focuses specifically on product development and business models to accelerate positive change in the public and non-profit sectors.
PiTech Impact Fellowships
PiTech Fellowships support technical researchers seeking to contribute to the public interest. Fellows actively engage with communities around a particular public concern that is enabled or complicated by technology. Our vision is to host annual cohorts of doctoral fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty sabbaticals to address specific societal needs; and to broadly foster the practice of public interest tech in the research community. Our inaugural summer program provides doctoral fellows with direct financial support as they embed within a community, NGO, foundation, or public sector organization. We welcome suggestions for partner organizations to host Impact Fellows.
Values in Design
Dynamic integration of legal, ethical, and policy frameworks is necessary for sustainable movement towards more socially responsible technology outcomes. For this, PiTech is leveraging the strengths of Cornell Tech’s influential Digital Life Initiative (DLI). The DLI community of scholars and policy portfolio is growing rapidly, as more leaders from industry and government look to DLI for guidance on issues of privacy, cybersecurity, blockchain, and AI ethics. PiTech and DLI’s partnership enables foundations in law and ethics to be put into practice and creates virtuous feedback across research, policy, and community impact.
All children should have access to the computer science content and computational thinking strategies they’ll need as digital citizens. In collaboration with Cornell Tech’s K-12 Initiative, PiTech seeks to promote equitable access to computing education in K-12 public schools.