Quarterly Notes from the Tech Team: Spring 2015


It has been busy here at Dexterity Ventures Inc. (DVI) over the second quarter of 2015. Here is a quick snapshot of what the Tech Team has been working on:

Version 2.0: In May we released Version 2.0 of our GIVE_api, which provides access to the data that DVI has gathered on 1.6+ million charities across North America. The XML/JSON web service gives developers the ability to quickly add philanthropy into a web or mobile based application. Developers were also able to use the GIVE_api at The Change Tank, a social good idea and pitch event that took place May 22-24, 2015.

Developer Resources: We have been working to add even more resources for developers interested in our GIVE_api. The result of these efforts is the upcoming release of developer kits for iOS, Android, Java, PHP, .NET, and Javascript. Although our API will still be able to be accessed via our REST web-service (through either XML or JSON), developers now have the option to use our SDK's which allows them to quickly integrate our API within their application without the need to parse the data within our web-service. Data will now come through as a native object within their language and can then be used as needed.

Demos: We also created new Product Demos for our GIVE_api and our Advisor Toolbox products to give interested users an opportunity to see these tools in action. In addition to creating the demos, we also added a new page to our DVI website which features these demos.

Nepal: Saturday 25 April 2015, a 7.8 quake struck Nepal flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the impoverished Himalayan nation. A second earthquake of 7.3 in magnitude struck Eastern Nepal on Tuesday May 12, 2015 near Everest. The United Nations estimates that over 8 million people have been affected, 1.3+ million children are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, and that some 1.4+ million people require emergency food aid as a result of the quakes.

DVI and Place2Give created the Place2Give Nepal Relief Fund supporting agencies with the ability to supply relief where it is needed the most; GlobalGiving, Shelterbox Canada, and Splash International Foundation Seattle. Our tech team was in charge of getting the Fund page up and running. To see the Fund, and to find out more about the organizations it features, click here.

New Site: We designed and launched a new site to feature DVI’s major events. You can check this site out at www.dexterityevents.com.

Until Next Quarter,
- The DVI Tech Team


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