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Where and who do I go to, to look for volunteer work in information technology in my area (Honolulu, Hawaii)

I currently switched majors into information technology and I wanted to know where I can build experience #information-technology


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Edmond’s Answer

Hi,

I don't know of any IT specific organizations (even here in Los Angeles) but in my field (Information Security) one has to have a strong foundation and background in IT to be successful in our careers. So I would recommend two infosec related organizations who both happen to be active in your area.

ISSA ( www.issa.org) caters to the information security (infosec) professionals and tackles the administrations, policy and management aspects of infosec. Their local chapter in Honolulu is at http://www.issahawaii.org and free to attend (at least for first timers).

OWAS (www.owasp.org) caters to application security (appsec) professionals and everything relating to both client-server and web applications. Their local chapter in Honolulu is at https://www.meetup.com/OWASP-Hawaii/ and free to attend.

If you haven't done already, check out meetup.com as well. Search for 'tech' or 'security' or any other specific IT related topic.

Good luck!
-edmond

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Traci’s Answer

I would suggest that you start with your school as they may know of opportunities that you could take advantage of.

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Lara’s Answer

HI Thomas,

I just found out today these amazing volunteering sites that may have some IT related projects:

- Tech Soup: TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other non-profits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. TechSoup has a series of discussion groups where nonprofits ask questions about technology. You may log into the community at any time and try to help nonprofits and volunteers with questions about software, databases and more. https://www.techsoup.org/joining-techsoup/become-a-volunteer
- The United Nations Volunteers programme: The UNV Programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/opportunities
- Cathafire: Catchafire makes it easy for professionals to give their skills to mission- driven organizations in need. Catchafire works with over 8,000 nonprofits who anticipate the growing need for immediate and long-term assistance. https://www.catchafire.org/volunteer?name_filter=&type_filter=1&type_filter=2&page=1

I hope that helps!

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Ben’s Answer

I recommend searching online (google, LinkedIn, etc.) for companies with offices in your city. LinkedIn is a great, free way to search for people working in your desired field, and you can reach out to them to ask questions about how they got to where they are and see if they have any recommendations for internships, other contacts of advice on where to start. With some luck, if you reach out to enough people you may be able to find a mentor in your town who has gone through the process before who can help guide you. Can't hurt to ask!

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Prakash’s Answer

I would suggest exploring "remote" opportunities from your end. IT has developed to a global industry now.

You can find many opportunities searching through the web.

All the best!

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