During the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Autodesk launched the Technology Impact Program to provide the latest professional software to 500 nonprofit organizations–a commitment worth an outstanding $7.5 million. The program has delivered software suites, including Building Design Suite Premium, Product Design Suite Premium, Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, and Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate, to over 200 nonprofits thus far and has under 300 still available. Along with program recipients MASS, D-Rev, and KickStart, the disaster relief housing nonprofit Build Change has benefited from the Technology Impact Program.
Founded in 2004, Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries while simultaneously training builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them. The organization is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and works with communities affected by earthquakes and hurricanes in China, Colombia, Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In the ten years of operation, Build Change has built over 19,000 safer homes and empowered nearly 9,000 homeowners–and is still counting. As seen in their extensive Technical Resources library, having access to quality software significantly helps in communicating how to build safer homes in vulnerable areas of the world.
Click here to learn more and apply for the Autodesk Technology Impact Program, online at Autodesk.com.