Oct. 9, 2014
Toan Lam's Go Inspire Go healing rift between Tech and the community
Tech companies are being vilified -- blamed for the rise in living costs, from $8 coffees to skyrocketing rents. But many of the companies and employees are out there doing good.
Former Bay Area TV reporter, thought leader and motivational speaker Toan Lam, now "Chief Inspirator" of San Francisco-based Go Inspire Go, is bridging the divide by connecting local tech giants, kids and the community. LinkedIn awarded Go Inspire Go with a Social Innovation grant to grow their grassroots Community Heroes program -- a positive, innovative effort inspiring kids to engage in service projects within their community.
"Everybody has the power to help, whether you're a tech giant or everyday person," said Lam. "Through storytelling and technology, we can connect people from all corners of the community for good."
Now some of the biggest names in tech -- Salesforce and Indiegogo -- are pitching in to help expand Lam's dream to uncover unsung heroes, including sparking the hero that he believes is within all of us.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, these companies are joining forces with Go Inspire Go's Community Heroes kids from three Marin County schools for a superhero cape-making party where more than 125 community members will craft capes and surprise Go Inspire Go "unsung hero" 8-year-old San Bruno native Nico Castro. Lam first met Nico as he battled cancer in 2012, and helped him collect more than 200 Halloween costumes for his friends in the hospital. As part of Nico's third-annual costume drive, the capes will be donated to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in S.F. and Oakland. The event is being filmed as part of Lam's TV show pilot, which will feature Indiegogo's online campaign to help advance Nico's cause.
Where: Kent Middle School, 800 College Ave., Kentfield, Calif.
When: Sunday, Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m.
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