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Spark Workshop: Connecting the 'dotzz' on Gender-Based Violence

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Spark Workshop with Natasha Johnson, founder of dotzz, on June 14, 2023.

Spark Workshop Series - Connecting the 'dotzz' on Gender-Based Violence

The dotzz app provides an essential tool for gender-based violence survivors, bringing critical services to survivors through their phones, including real-time shelter information, covert location sharing, secure storage for photos and identifying documents, the ability to complete domestic incident reports, access to financial assistance, untraceable text and phone communication, real-time incident reporting, a map of safety organizations, and more. Dotzz also includes an incognito feature that 'disappears' the app from cellphone homepages for added safety.

During this Spark Workshop, we'll brainstorm around two key areas.

  1. How to market dotzz to various agencies that support survivors while also building trust for the app?
  2. What is an ideal pricing model that agencies providing services for survivors would be willing to pay while ensuring dotzz always remains free for survivors?

About the Speaker:

Natasha Johnson is an artivist (activist + artist), advocate, academic, attorney, entrepreneur, and yoga instructor. With 22 years of experience as an educator and 16 years as an attorney, Natasha has made significant contributions to the field of gender-based violence.



Spark Workshop Series
Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures. These workshops tap into the collective knowledge within Columbia University and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community.

Spark is a platform for ventures to make valuable connections, as the audience is a self-selected group interested in the topic area. Ventures are also able to gather ideas through group brainstorming to help them address specific questions or problems within the business organization.

These workshops are free and open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that social innovators aim to address.

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This workshop is supported by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Club, Green Business Club, and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; and the Social Entrepreneurship Club at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

June 14th, 2023 from  6:00 PM to  7:30 PM
645 West 130th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States