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TUNE CARES Q3 Newsletter

Ali Kollman

Q3 was a busy quarter filled with TUNE Cares experiences all around the world. Catch the highlights in this newsletter that include an announcement from TUNE Women, stories from Berlin and Tel Aviv TUNErs, and a sneak peek into our plans for Q4. 

TUNE WOMEN

ICYMI: TUNE Women has officially launched! An evolution of We Lead, TUNE Women creates a network for employees who are committed to supporting women internally and in the tech industry, and strives to improve TUNE’s ability to develop, retain, and advance women within our organization — and beyond.

Grace Hopper CelebrationTUNE HOUSE

The third cohort of the TUNE House is officially moved in. We’re thrilled to welcome six new students and two from last year. Read their bios.

Thanks to corporate and employee contributions, the students started the school year by attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing on October 4.

Melinda Gates and her team made a visit to the TUNE House in August and discussed their stories about how they first got into technology.

We’re also gearing up for our second year of the TUNE House Roadshow, a program where scholars and female engineers from TUNE visit high schools and middle schools that offer computer science classes in the greater Seattle area. During these visits, panelists share stories about what led them to pursue a technical degree, educational choices, challenges, mentors they’ve had, and any advice they’ve picked up along the way. Our goal is to share knowledge and awareness of careers in tech. If you’re interested in having the Roadshow visit your child’s school, please reach out to [email protected].

We have a full year in store for them. The students will be attending technical workshops put on by TUNE engineers, an entrepreneurial workshop by Techstars, paired up with mentors, and much more.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

BOATS & CODES

In August, TUNE hosted “Boats & Codes,” a fundraising event for iUrban Teen, a STEM+Arts education program that brings together underrepresented teens and young adults for career exploration and mentoring.

Employees, friends, and family came together and doubled our donation goal, raising a total of $3,085.45. Hillary, our Community Engagement Coordinator and Cameron, our CCO presented the giant check to organization representatives who also attended the event. All proceeds from Boats & Codes will help create beneficial mentoring opportunities and events that encourage youth to engage in the world of technology.  

2nd ANNUAL WE HACK

TUNE hosted our second annual We Hack event, an overnight, two-day coding event focused on female students who demonstrate a passion for computer science, UI/UX, HCDE, engineering, and information technology. This year we had over 20 attendees who ranged in age from high schoolers to college students, as well as several hackathon judges who are engineers at Amazon and Microsoft.

Participants had 36 hours to create a project focused on empowering females professionally and personally. Our winners this year created “Brag Log,” a texting app where users record accomplishments and affirmations each day. At the end of the week (or month), the app will send you a list of all of your affirmations and accomplishments from the previous month.

Thanks to our friends at Google, winners of We Hack were awarded a tour of their Seattle office, lunch with several females in leadership, and a power hour consisting of mentorship and recruiting advice. A huge thank you to the TUNE employees involved.

BERLIN GIVES BACK

During the month of August, our wonderful team in Berlin took an afternoon to make and deliver sandwiches for a local homeless shelter through Vostel Volunteer.

 

 

TEL AVIV VOLUNTEERS AT THE AMCHA DAY ACTIVITY CENTER

Invigorating. Rejuvenating. Enriching. Energizing. These are the first words that came to mind after spending the morning with a group of Holocaust survivors as part of TUNE Cares.

On a September morning, several TUNE employees gathered in Ramat Gan, just a few minutes from our office to spend the morning at the Amcha Day Activity Center.

This facility is a meeting place for Holocaust survivors to get together and participate in activities such as therapy, yoga, art, card games, and general social togetherness. Our team in Tel Aviv had the opportunity to attend an event marking the beginning of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) as well as some of the members’ recent birthdays. We helped set up the event space, and then joined them in raising a toast for the New Year. 

Check out the blog post here.

TUNE HOSTS THE SEATTLE SCALABILITY MEETUP

During the last week of September, TUNE hosted the Seattle Scalability Meetup, and had the honor of hearing from one of our very own engineers, Vladimir Schupinov. The topic of the demo was deployment of end-to-end HasOffers production system on a single docker machine, which can even be a Macbook. Being able to deploy some or all of the system increases dev velocity by making it possible to introduce changes in interfaces between services and to test and tune using production data.

SPOTLIGHT TUNER

“Anja joined TUNE Berlin five months ago and brings an amazing energy, motivation, and willingness to help wherever she can. She has done an amazing job with the move to the new office, and she organized an incredible event where we made and delivered sandwiches to homeless shelters in Berlin. We’re very lucky to have her on the team. Thank you, Anja!” – Gili Tidhar, Director of Account Management

PLANS FOR Q4

We have big plans for Q4, including our second annual November to Remember, a time where we dedicate an entire month towards giving back to our communities around the globe through clothing drives, street cleans, volunteering and more. This year’s themes include: Pets, Homelessness, Environment, and Safety and Security.

GET INVOLVED

If you have an idea and are looking to make a difference together, contact [email protected]

In the meantime, check out how TUNErs gave back in 2016 in our Annual Report

While we’re helping mobile marketers, we’re also helping the communities in which we live and work. TUNE Cares is our community service program supporting thought leadership, education, the environment, diversity, and more. Employees are encouraged to share their passions, and a team of dedicated TUNErs helps identify opportunities to build awareness and engage with the community to support the causes that matter most to our employees.

Author
Ali Kollman

Ali is a content marketing manager at TUNE. She is also a manager of the TUNE House program and creator of the TUNE House Roadshow. Ali received her bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Washington. Outside of work you can find her traveling and exploring new neighborhoods by foot with her husband and furry companion.