How can grassroots causes compete with big money campaigns that play dirty? If the Cambridge Analyticas of this world can deliver targeted, manipulative messages to millions, how can we fight them? And can we compete without compromising our ethics and violating GDPR ourselves? By helping our supporters convince their friends based on what they themselves know about them. We're not collecting any of this data, and we're open about the process. We also help supporters find each other based on location, and get involved in campaigning together. We have end-to-end encrypted messaging in-app, as well as an ephemeral, open local chat. We have panic buttons and other safety measures, as well as a way to contact the nearest coordinator with a single push of a button.
Jenny is a young progressive in a small town. She's shy and fears going to a meeting in a nearby city with politically motivated strangers. But she would like to find a way to help a progressive political party.
WITH IMPAKT, SHE CAN DOWNLOAD THE APP AND IMMEDIATELY GET INVOLVED.
When Jenny downloaded Impakt, she met others like her thanks to the local chat, including several people in her home town. They got together and started brainstorming about what they could do locally. Jenny also used the contact nearest coordinator button to get in touch with party structures and got some logistics help from Matt, the regional coordinator for her area.
Greg works on a construction site. He knows that there are many intermediaries between the laborers and the site owner each get a large cut of the money. He thinks the workers could get a fair shake by organising to negotiate their wages, or forming a co-op to be employed directly. But the frequent rotation of workers from site to site makes it difficult to gather numbers.
IMPAKT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR TEMPORARY WORKERS AND GIG ECONOMY WORKERS TO ORGANISE.
Using Impakt, construction workers in the entire country could self-organise regardless of what site they currently work at. They could coordinate events, vote and raise money. As an admin, Greg can also send alerts to anyone in an area for spontaneous gatherings.
Tracy is a small town teacher. She is planning on joining an upcoming nationwide teachers' strike but she fears that her community would not support her. She wishes she had better resources to defend her decision in her community and convince others to support the strike.
NO ONE CAN TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS BETTER THAN YOU. WE HELP YOU MAKE THE BEST ARGUMENT TO CONVINCE THEM, WITHOUT GATHERING ANY DATA.
Using Impakt, Tracy had access to current information and press releases of the union, and reached out to many of her friends. She had relevant information for parents of school-age kids, other public-sector workers and so on. The sharing process was easy and personalised. And the best thing of all - Impakt did not collect any data! Tracy had complete control over the whole process.
Anna is an organiser in an embattled trade union, engaged in heated negotiations. She often needs to make decisions in a matter of hours, but quite often she would like to be able to get input from the union members.
With Impakt, Anna easily create polls for union members, and notify those eligible to vote with a push alert.
Pete works with Greg at the construction site, and he thinks Greg has a lot of great ideas. But he has a family to feed and doesn't want to make waves with the bosses. He's afraid to openly support a union. He was relieved when Greg explained to him that Impakt has domain fronting - that is, the network operator can't see that you're connecting to it.
So even if Pete uses the work wifi, the bossess won't know that he's supporting the movement. Also, the server doesn't store identifying information, and Pete never had to so much as give his real name.
Agnieszka lives in a country with mid-level surveillance capabilities and has concerns about rapidly diminishing civil liberties. She would like to get people involved in direct action, but has concerns about repercussions. She decided to use Impakt to coordinate, because the app is stateless - if anyone's phone gets seized the app will not show what they have been doing in it. She also likes the fact that all chats are ephemeral - the contents dissapear after a short time. No personal data is being collected by the Impakt server. On any Impakt screen, one can trace two circles to activate a panic alert and notify other members of the movement that they need help. This is the only time that the Impakt app uses a device's location.
designer and CEO
Mathematician, hacker, university lecturer, and security and privacy consultant. She taught at some of the world's best universities and is a designer of network infrastructure, cryptocurrency protocols and educational games. Eva received her PhD from Dartmouth in probabilistic combinatorics and is a graduate of University of Cambridge and London School of Economics. She has extensive experience of grassroots campaigning in both USA and Poland, and is an expert on the operational and security threats faced by NGOs, labor and activist groups. It is that exposure to logistical hurdles and threats that gave birth to the earliest visions of Impakt.
backend developer and CTO
After a decade of delivering backend and middleware solutions at major technology corporations, Bartosz has decided to combine his work experience with his passion for grassroots organising. In addition to being a telecommunications specialist, he is a gifted coordinator who has led both large corporate projects and the logistics of social movements. Change Agent couldn't hope for a better technical lead to ensure smooth development.
full stack developer
Anna is a software developer with diverse experience, which includes a medical AI startup RowAnalytics, 5 years of experience in game development and several years as a bioinformatics research fellow at International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Warsaw. She is also a former lecturer at Poland’s first programming bootcamp, as well as a university-level educator. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh.
Jan is a progressive enterpreneur and economist specializing in digital economy and sustainability. He is the chairman of the board of the Instrat Foundation, and a formerly analyst at the Polish Development Fund.He's written on social and economic issues for leading Polish opinion and business media. He advises and supports a number of tech projects with positive social impact. He's a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and a G20 Global Solutions fellow.
front end developer
Barbara is a React Native ninja who is usually brought on by big-budget projects to save the development that's falling behind. With Change Agent Labs, she is following her heart.