I design and build technology for social good

Technology, Culture, and Innovation

It’s the intersection of technology and culture that gets me excited about the future. I’m passionate about finding ways that technology can help change people’s lives. It’s this passion for people and technology that led me to a program manager role at DAI, on their USAID project: Development Innovations.

I now focus on technology research and design for agencies based in South East Asia. I am also serving as the Innovation and Technology Advisor for Alongsiders International, working to design and implement technology within a grassroots movement across 16 countries. I’m excited about the future of technology in developing countries and how we can use it to make people’s lives better.

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I’ll write a longer post about this later, but last week I caught two men attempting to break in to our house in Cambodia. My wife and I are safe, but after a week of re-keying our house, hiring a part-time guard to watch the house, getting the gates and windows fixed, I am now just in a place to start talking about what happened. The invasion of your own personal space makes you feel...

Learn to Debug

“Debugging is the cornerstone of being a programmer. The first meaning of the verb to debug is to remove errors, but the meaning that really matters is to see into the execution of a program by examining it. A programmer that cannot debug effectively is blind.” — Robert L. Read – How to be a Programmer If you have any interest in being a programmer, go read this free book...

Jesse Orndorff

The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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