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About Us

We started Atma Connect to build resilience in low-income urban communities. Founded in 2014 and based in Oakland, California, we are a nonprofit technology company that creates solutions to empower users. We envision a world where neighbors help neighbors prepare for disasters, improve access to basic needs, and overcome chronic challenges.

 

We view vulnerable people not as objects, but as agents in change.

We launched AtmaGo as a neighborhood-level social network app in Indonesia in 2015. In thousands of posts and replies, AtmaGo users are sharing real-time information about fires, floods and crime—and offering advice and solutions about jobs, education and health.

Many technology programs in the developing world are geared towards collecting information from the users or telling them what to do. Atma Connect believes in a fundamentally different approach: using technology to help people help each other by sharing solutions, taking collective action, and building community resilience.

Our goal is to scale AtmaGo to connect and empower billions of underprivileged people in every region of the world so they can improve their communities from the ground up.

 

How Atma Connect Compares to others

AtmaGo solves the place-based needs of communities better than other social apps like Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp because the content is geographically organized and useful. Our users have told us that they trust AtmaGo more than government apps like Qlue and Lapor because the content is community generated. Our strategic advantage is hyper local, user-generated content focused on people helping people.

AtmaGo is unique because it works on all kinds of phones and requires very little bandwidth. Because users engage with each other daily around basic needs and challenges, they rely on and trust the information on AtmaGo, knowing that it comes from their own community. People are far more likely to survive serious disasters and address chronic vulnerabilities when they have good social networks and connections.

Timeline of growth

AtmaGo first launched as a way for people to share water prices, but users told us they wanted to share more information than just water prices locally—so we completely changed course and launched a new version.

 

Upcoming Events

  • May 16, 2017: Founder and CEO, Meena Palaniappan traveled to India to speak at the 9th Annual ICT4D Conference – “Harnessing the Power of Data for the Sustainable Development Goals”. The two sessions included Public Private Partnerships and a special session on the power of Atma Connect.
  • September 17, 2017: Atma Connect is a finalist in the MIT Solve Challenge Competition on Women and Technology. Founder and CEO, Meena Palaniappan, will be pitching on Sunday, September 17 in New York City at the Solve Challenge Finals. Atma was selected out of 950 solutions submitted from 103 countries.
  • October 4, 2017: Founder and CEO, Meena Palaniappan, will be speaking at the sold out Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in October 2017. Meena will be on the “IoT for Social Good: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly” panel. 

 

Join our Team!

If you are passionate about our technology, we would love to hear from you!  We have just closed the following paid positions:

  • Women’s Outreach Manager Position (Indonesia) – Closed
  • Program and Operations Manager (California) – Closed
  • Development and Research Volunteer (California) – Open