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The Rise of Tech Designed for Low-Income Americans

The Rise of Tech Designed for Low Income Americans


Touchscreens and mobile interfaces have also advanced enough to make it easier for people to start taking advantage of technology. Just about anyone, from children to the elderly, can get started on a smartphone or tablet. That’s an improvement from before, where folks who were starting out with a computer would need to take classes to learn.

Tech education is also much more readily available. Online courses offer affordable ways to learn to code, and access to devices isn’t limited to just top-tier universities with big computer science budgets. These shifts in education can make it possible for low-income Americans to build their own tech solutions to problems. They’ll also be best positioned to give back to their own community when they succeed.

We’re encouraged by the growing number of companies that are seeing beyond their own circle of friends to create technology that can help the underprivileged. Thankfully, there are more founders working toward a positive social impact than we have the space to highlight. For this article, we spoke to the teams behind Blue Ridge Foundation’s Significance Labs, mobile wallet appWipit and international gift card service Quippi learn more about the joys and challenges of designing for America’s working class.

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I only realized recently that smartphones are affordable computers.

That a poor person in America is more likely to own a smartphone than a computer.

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