• The Difference Engine

    Web Development Apprenticeship

Transforming people and nonprofits through technology

We Deliver Much More Than Code

Our web development apprenticeship program exists to transform people’s lives by empowering those who do not have the typical background for entering tech to launch new careers in that field. We provide professional technical solutions to nonprofit and mission-based organizations to help carry out their purpose.

We can build a range of products and features, including:

Database apps (to replace spreadsheets)

Volunteer / inventory management systems

Dashboards for data collection and reporting

Secure payment / donation collection

Customized social networks

Workflow and collaboration tools

Mobile responsive websites

...and more!

We create web applications and sites that allow organizations to use tech to further their missions throughout the world.

How It Works

Our organization works with non-traditional entry level web developers and provides them with real life projects over a staggered 17 week program participation model. They work collaboratively within a team environment under the supervision and mentorship of experienced tech professionals. We offer our solutions PRO BONO to qualified nonprofit or social organizations.

Client Interviews

First, we schedule a meeting with your organization's key stakeholders and our program director to get the initial details of your project and see if we're a good fit. The ideal client/project is brand new, open to any technical solution(s) our team can create and has an open time frame.

Requirements Gathering & Kickoff

Once we're ready to go, we collaborate with you on breaking the project down into specific roles and detailed features. This is a critical first step into getting started on your project - client involvement is KEY. Then we get to work!

Development & Delivery

This is the crux of what we do. Using an iterative process, we breathe life into your product, creating the features that drive its functionality and turning idea into reality. Instead of waiting until the end to demonstrate the final product, we build it in stages, always looping you in to make sure we stay on the right track. Our apprentice developers make sure you’re beyond satisfied before handing over your finalized, polished product.

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