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Join Our Engineering Team and Volunteer with Inveneo!

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on September 14, 2015 in the categories: Events, News

Are you interested in digital content for both hardware and software? Do you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area? Inveneo could be looking for YOU!

5499255205_16f6c2980a_bInveneo is investigating new and innovative technologies to deliver digital content to rural schools in developing regions which are off-the-power grid and have no Internet connection. Two technologies we would like hands-on help with include Outernet and Rachel Pi.

The work would entail:

  • setting up the hardware and software of these systems
  • testing their approach, benefits, and limitations
  • investigating (from a software approach) how to integrate these systems together to work in a rural school

We ask the volunteer to work a minimum of five (5) hours per week, primarily in the San Francisco office. The individual would work directly under the Engineering Department, and additional comprehensive work may be requested for ICT support. This position could continue after the initial research is completed.

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to Jana Melpolder if you would like to apply. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Inveneo Delivers 100 New Internet Connections for Ebola Fight in West Africa

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on June 18, 2015 in the categories: Events

Inveneo, in partnership with Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer, and NetHope, as part of the joint Ebola Response Connectivity Initiative (ERCI), succeeded in delivering 100 new high-speed Internet connections to government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

End Users

Humanitarian workers working in West Africa’s healthcare sector are now able to go online thanks to Inveneo and partners from the Ebola Response Connectivity Initiative (ERCI) project.

As a result of this project, individuals working in NGO, UN, or government offices, Ebola treatment facilities, hospitals, and logistical hubs can now use high-speed broadband Internet to connect with healthcare applications, NGO headquarters, healthcare workers, and friends and family.

Inveneo delivered the milestone of 100 connections in less than five months. According to Inveneo’s Executive Director, Bruce Baikie, “The commitment and close collaboration of all partners was essential. The true stars of this project were the field teams, which included staff from Inveneo and Damsel, Inveneo’s certified partner in Sierra Leone. The field teams were just incredible, scaling rooftops and towers up to 175 feet high to install equipment underneath the blazing hot West African sun, six or more days a week in the realization that every connection counts to help save a life and create a more resilient healthcare system.”

This project establishes a sustainable infrastructure for high-speed Internet access in remote areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia, which plays a key role in preventing and/or mitigating future disease outbreaks while helping organizations respond more efficiently and effectively to community needs.

The ERCI Project Partners

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Founded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his sister Jody Allen in 1988, the Allen family’s philanthropy is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $529 million to more than 1,500 nonprofit groups to support and advance their critical charitable endeavors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Foundation’s funding programs nurture the arts, engage children in learning, address the needs of vulnerable populations, advance scientific and technological discoveries, and provide economic relief amid the downturn. For more information, visit

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to

EveryLayer has developed a cloud-based software platform and new approach that allows ISPs to deliver faster, better, cheaper broadband in the emerging markets of Africa and Asia. EveryLayer’s platform simplifies how providers design, deploy and manage low cost last mile networks and provides technical and commercial blueprints so service providers can speed to market in weeks, not months, with new services that are 80% lower cost than leading broadband providers.

Inveneo is a non-profit social enterprise that delivers the tools of technology – sustainable computing and broadband – to those who need it most in the developing world, to transform lives through better education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and faster relief. Inveneo is leveraging more than 10 years of experience of successfully introducing technology and expanding connectivity to underserved areas of Sub-Saharan Africa to implement this project.

Founded in 2001, NetHope is a consortium of 42 leading international humanitarian organizations providing emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 180 countries. Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, NetHope enables members to leverage their technology investments to better serve their end beneficiaries.

Save the Date! Our 2014 Office Holiday Party

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on November 21, 2014 in the categories: Events

If you are in the San Francisco area and work at Mission*Social, please mark our holiday party on your calendars!


Inveneo Is Hiring: Finance Manager

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on November 14, 2014 in the categories: Jobs, News


Job Title: Finance Manager

Supervisor: Bruce Baikie

Department: Accounting & Finance

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Reply to:

About Inveneo:

Inveneo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to connect and empower rural and underserved communities in the developing world with information and communications technologies (ICTs). We work with and serve organizations that deliver vital education, healthcare, economic development and relief services to some of the poorest communities in the world, enabling these organizations – NGOs, governments and others – to more effectively serve people in need through technology. We partner with local ICT entrepreneurs though our Inveneo Certified ICT Partner (ICIP) program, now active in 24 countries, to deliver and support these solutions locally.

Since 2006, Inveneo and our Inveneo Certified ICT Partners (ICIPs) have delivered innovative solutions reaching more than 3,200,000 people in over 1,800 communities in 31 countries mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Haiti.

Position Summary:

Inveneo is seeking a finance manager to head our financial strategy; report financials to senior managers and board of directors; and perform general accounting duties, including A/P, A/R, and payroll.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for and manages all fiscal operations in a nonprofit social enterprise with a mix of funding that spans public and private grants, government contracts, and private donors
  • Accountable for forecasting, general ledger, cash flow, accounts payable, payroll, and accounts receivable of all global programs
  • Regularly report financial state of the firm to senior management and board of directors
  • Manage and mentor half-time finance assistant in performing general accounting duties
  • Partner with program and project managers in developing and managing budgets
  • Work with independent auditor and external accountants for 501(c) nonprofits (OMB Circular A-122), including OMB Circular A-133
  • Comply with various state, federal and grantor monitoring requirements
  • Contribute to business development cost proposals
  • Train and familiarize staff on USAID regulations compliance
  • Review and update accounting policies and procedures for internal control purposes
  • Prepare weekly financial statement analyses and perform monthly and yearly close
  • Administer and monitor 401(k) plan for ERISA compliance and form filing


Required Job Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business with an accounting emphasis, MBA/CPA highly desirable
  • 3+ years of accounting experience; experience in not-for-profit and/or fee-for-service businesses
  • Strong self-starter, able to manage many responsibilities with limited guidance in a fast-paced environment
  • Adept in budgeting, forecasting, cost analysis and cash flow management at all levels, from project to firm-wide
  • Knowledge of GAAP, nonprofit accounting requirements, and Quickbooks
  • Strong knowledge of OMB Circulars A-122 and A-133
  • Solid knowledge of Excel, including complicated calculations, pivot tables and lookups
  • Experience with inventory accounting
  • Strong multitasking and analytical/troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to work with people from a wide range of cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds


Highly Desirable Job Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of governmental cost accounting/reporting requirements
  • Understanding of cost allocation methodologies
  • Ability in leading, guiding, training, and advising different team members on finance, accounting and audit-related matters
  • Experience with Replicon time/expense reporting software and/or Paychex payroll processing
  • Experience with
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Additional Comments:

  • Position is full-time but may be flexible, based in San Francisco
  • Must play well with others

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Join Inveneo’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration!

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on October 8, 2014 in the categories: Events



Inveneo is celebrating 10 years of delivering the tools of technology – sustainable computing and broadband – to those who need it most in the developing world.

Throughout the past 10 years Inveneo’s incredible team has transformed the lives of over 3.2 million people in 31 countries! Thank you for being a part of the team. Whether you worked with us as a partner or staff member, your efforts have helped ensure that those in need have better education, healthcare, economic opportunities and faster emergency relief.

Celebrate with us!
October 23rd, 2014

Please RSVP by October 17th by replying to this email
or by sending an email to Jana, Inveneo’s Media Manager.

Mission Social, 5th Floor
972 Mission Street
San Francisco

Meet Inveneo’s 2014 Summer ICT Interns

  1. Posted by Jana Melpolder on June 24, 2014 in the categories: Education, News

The Inveneo team has been lucky to bring on four new interns this summer. Hailing from Harvard, Northwestern, and UC Berkeley, these four individuals are bringing innovative ideas and fresh insight to our current ICT projects. They are helping our engineers by conducting online research, surveys, and technical documentation. A few are also providing assistance to the editorial team for both the Inveneo and ICTworks websites and newsletters.

We are very happy to have these four individuals join the Inveneo staff for the summer. Check out who recently joined our team!


AtulSquareAtul Adhikari was born in Cambodia, where he spent the first five years of his life. He then went to Nepal and lived in the capital city Kathmandu for 13 years. He is currently in the U.S. studying Computer Engineering and Economics at Northwestern University. He loves to travel, read, and meet new people. Having recently interned at two different education development organizations in Nepal, he is very excited by the idea of introducing technology to rural parts of the world in order to address problems and improve the quality of life for communities everywhere.

At Northwestern, he is part of Engineering World Health and the NUSTARS satellite team where he has been involved with several interesting projects, one of them being the development of a multi-parameter tester for hospital equipments in Rwanda. He loves startups and hopes to create one of his own after graduation. Currently he is working with a startup group of Northwestern MBA students named Reachey. You can reach him by email.


CorbinSquareCorbin Halliwill studies Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, with an additional focus in Global Poverty and Practice. In addition to working at Inveneo this summer, Corbin is building a mobile app that empowers students to connect with each other to walk home at night. This app will aggregate data about crime and street lighting to find safer walking paths and integrate existing campus safety tools with an intuitive user-experience at its core.

Corbin was recently a finalist at the Big Ideas at Berkeley Contest. He is also a webmaster and an executive board member for Engineers without Borders at the UC Berkeley Chapter. He spends his free time outdoors as much as possible sailing, backpacking, and skiing.


DanielleSquareHappily trekking from the east coast to the west coast, Danielle Schulkin is a recent graduate of Harvard University (’14) where she studied the History of Science and Government. At school, she worked for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she fostered an interest in the ways new technologies can be harnessed for the public good. She is looking forward to delving into the many ways Inveneo leverages ICT4D and expanding her understanding of the intersection between innovation, law, and society.

In the past she has interned at The Washington Post and has worked as a student coordinator for Harvard’s 2013 Hack IP Challenge. Upon completion of her Inveneo internship she will be travelling to Tel Aviv, Israel as a fellow for the prestigious Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship Award. You can follow her on Twitter.


EricSquareEric Zan is interested in how information can play an empowering role in human lives by enhancing a person’s agency and freedoms. Eric was first introduced to the ICT4D world after he quit his software engineering job to help start an ICT4E program in Cameroon with Helps International. He then attended graduate school at UC Berkeley where he spent much of his time researching best practices for ICT4D projects, telling stories with data, and designing products for social impact. His affinity for nature and conservation led him to use his newfound skills as a product designer and user researcher to improve the visitor experience in California’s public places and the United States’ National Parks.

He is a co-founder of Sahay, a social enterprise leveraging information technologies to empower domestic help workers through greater access to job opportunities in India. Eric has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas and a Master’s Degree in Information Management from UC Berkeley’s School of Information. He is currently working on his startup, Sahay, and enjoys helping the great people at Inveneo for the summer. You may find Eric hiking, biking, or kayaking Northern California or virtually at LinkedIn, Twitter, on the web, or by email.