Social Impact Program

We combine a passion for social change with real-life experience in technology, design, delivery and deployment to help address the world's most pressing challenges.

How it works

We offer three engagement options to our social Impact clients:

  • Commercial Engagement – We place our renowned Agile development teams in the service of mission-driven organizations. In some cases, we are able to offer discounts below our commercial rates.
  • Pro bono - Assistance is offered each year to a select number of organizations with compelling ideas to advance their mission via technology, but who lack the resources to develop them.
  • Humanitarian Software program - This innovative program is a new pro bono model through which we provide on-going contribution to some of the world's most impactful humanitarian open source software projects.

We’re working on systems for antenatal and neonatal care for Ghana Health Services, and development of the MOTECH open source mHealth platform.


Program Leadership

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Lindy Stephens - Director: Social Impact Program

Lindy leads the Social Impact Program at ThoughtWorks and is passionate about the ability of great software to change the world and creating a diverse culture within the IT industry. Lindy joined ThoughtWorks in 2007, initially as a Project Manager and Client Principal. She subsequently took on the role of Head of Professional Services for Australia and for ThoughtWorks globally, with responsibility for strategic people planning. Prior to her current role, she spent 18 months as Managing Director for ThoughtWorks’ Australian business. Her particular focus is in making technology a career of choice for young women.

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David Walton MD, MPH - Director: eHealth

The Global Health Practice within Thoughtworks, which strives to leverage technology to improve healthcare delivery for the poor and disenfranchised, is lead by Dr. David Walton. Prior to joining ThoughtWorks, Dr. Walton spent 15 years practicing medicine in rural Haiti and working with the Haitian public sector to improve care delivery at the national level. He most recently executed the design and construction of the largest and most advanced teaching hospital in Haiti. He is currently on faculty of Harvard Medical School and continues to contribute to the scholarly literature.

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Zack Exley - Director of Organising

ThoughtWorks’ Organising Practice works with people active in movements to improve the technology, tools and tactics for building power. People tend to dream up the best potential new tools in the middle of organizing fast-paced movements, when new software development is normally impossible. The Organising Practice seeks to team up with those dreamers to try out new tools right when they are needed. The practice is led by Zack Exley, who has been an innovator in online organizing and fundraising since the 1990s, and before that worked as a labor organizer and software developer. Before rejoining ThoughtWorks, he served as Chief Community Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Wambui Kinya - Demand Lead for East Africa

While also focusing on business development for East Africa, Wambui is responsible for leading the Social Impact Program for Africa. She is passionate about working with the growing community of African Developers at ThoughtWorks to address Africa's unique Bottom of the Pyramid opportunities and create positive social impact that scales. Wambui Kinya joined ThoughtWorks in August 2013. Prior to joining ThoughtWorks Wambui has been in the professional services (digital marketing and technology consulting) industry for over a decade and worked in North America, Europe and East Africa for companies such as Praekelt, IBM Global Business Services and Digitas (Publicis Groupe). She currently resides in Kenya.

Learn more

If you have a vision of how technology can improve lives, and a desire to work with experts as passionate about improving the world as you are, take a look at our full brochure or get in touch with us.

Our mission is nothing less than to better humanity through software

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Contact us

Do you represent an organization with a social mission or want to gain insight into our Social Impact work, from our Social Impact team? We'd love to talk with you about what you're doing and explore how innovative technology could help