The connected world is only as strong as the people who protect it.
As Guardians, we defend, protect, and advance the most vulnerable people in our communities. Across the world, our employees, through their passion and desire to help those in need, are at the heart of our giving.
Our global Heart of Giving programs are open to all full-time and part-time employees. Employees can support their favorite causes and plan meaningful efforts in their own communities with matching gifts, individual volunteer grants, and team volunteer projects at any time during the year. When the need arises, we offer specific giving campaigns with matching gifts above and beyond the standard giving limits, and support various collections and projects in the offices on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.
Heart of Giving in Action
Heart of Giving - The Fabric of Change
One unexpected impact to engaging employees in volunteer efforts is the opportunity to take a broad view of the impact of the digital divide. Tracy Steele, Vice President, Global Services Operations, at NETSCOUT shared a unique story about how we are all part of the fabric of change, and through this volunteer work with Tech Goes Home, connected to history.
NETSCOUT’s Coast-to-Coast Hackathon Event | Heart of Giving
In March, 2019 NETSCOUT organized a simultaneous hackathon in our Westford, Massachusetts, and San Jose, California offices. Supported by our volunteers, 208 students came together to collaborate and use technology to solve issues they see in our local communities or the world at large.
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One goal of Netscout’s social impact programs is to help open the door to careers in STEM by reaching out to communities that are often underrepresented in tech. Hackathons combine learning and fun, a great way to get kids involved. In addition to the satisfaction of working with students, a hackathon is an intense team-building opportunity for employee volunteers.
Life in 2031
We partnered with Shooting Stars Foundation for the Equal Opportunity Virtual Hackathon attended by a group of 139 middle and high school students from 7 countries. The theme for the event was Life in 2031. Students considered what the world might look like 10 years from now, whether in learning, travel, culture, climate change, environment, health, or technology. Students attended workshops in HTML and CSS coding, a workshop for ideation and brainstorming presented and a workshop in STEM career exploration. Forty-seven employees volunteered as speakers, mentors, judges and event staff.
Shooting Stars Foundation
We partnered with the Shooting Stars Foundation to host a hackathon in our Allen Texas office for over 60 high school participants from the North Texas Area. Supported by 30+ employee volunteers, participants were challenged to collaborate and build a functioning website or proof of concept or application, with innovative ideas that could benefit society. The event allowed students a chance to recognize and develop their potential to excel in STEM fields and provided a forum for students to learn from and interact with teachers, mentors and industry experts.
UMass Lowell Innovation Hub
We held our in-person hackathon at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub (UML iHub) in Lowell, Massachusetts. We hosted workshops and "help desks" focused on Internet of Things (IoT) led by NETSCOUT engineers, 3D design led by UML iHub, and web application development led by Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Speakers from the City of Lowell, Mill City Grows, and UTEC challenged the students to solve specific real-world problems related to related to the environment and sustainability.
In Bangalore, India our team planned and successfully executed an engaging hackathon event for 100 students. We partnered with Sparsha Trust to ensure sure low-income students also had an opportunity to participate. It was heartwarming to see children from different backgrounds and experiences work together and help each other. We hope we encouraged the children to be always curious and inquisitive throughout the hackathon and beyond.
Westford MA and San Jose CA
On the same day, we held hackathons in both our Westford MA and San Jose CA offices, with more than 100 middle and high school students in each location! They were challenged to collaborate and build a functioning application or prototype that could benefit society. Students attended workshops hosted by DeltaHacks and CodeWiz on website development and basic application programming.
We hosted a Virtual All-Girls Hackathon for 90+ participants middle and high-school students from the Bay Area, Boston, Dallas, Denver, and Chicago. The challenge for the day was developing Innovative Responses to Pandemics, and teams were evaluated on feasibility, creativity, entrepreneurship.
Families That Hack Together
In addition to providing the satisfaction of working with students, a hackathon is an intense team-building opportunity for employee volunteers, who get to meet and work with people across the company. We also have the pleasure of working with NETSCOUT family members who stepped up as student leaders for these hackathons.
Being able to work alongside colleagues to better our local communities is a privilege. To have Netscout’s support of these efforts is an honor and makes us proud to be Guardians of the Connected World. These are just a few of our stories.
DOTYK2, Czech RepublicVolunteers from our Brno office partnered with employees of the nonprofit Dotyk 2 to organize a sporting and socializing event for social rehabilitation of stabilized schizophrenics. We had a great time supporting the participants and Nordic Walking together!
Network of Community Ministries, TexasNine volunteers worked at a mobile food pantry at a food donation event with Network of Community Ministries to collect, screen, and sort donations of food, toys and clothing from the community for three hours on what turned out to be a cold Saturday in Texas. We were able to collect 1,628 lbs. of food along with another $2,000 worth of donations!
The Food Bank of South Jersey, New JerseyGuardians from the Marlton office participated in The Food Bank of South Jersey’s mobile pantry to assist with loading food boxes into recipients’ vehicles. We are proud to say that we were able to deliver essential foods to over 100 families who showed up that day!
Medicine Wheel, ColoradoSeven volunteers joined with Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, a local mountain bike advocacy and trails group, and Kids on Bikes to work on the El Pomar Youth Bike Park in Colorado Springs. We helped out by installing and replacing rail fencing, maintenance of trails, and vegetation cleanup.
Operation ELF, MassachusettsOur Westford office was a collection site for Operation ELF, an all-volunteer gift giving organization that brings hope, joy and the spirit of the holidays to children who would not otherwise receive a gift. Volunteers staffed a contactless collection day as well as managed ELF packages shipped to our office over a two-week period. Then we sorted all the items, matched them to the children’s wish lists and packaged them up for delivery. Most importantly, we had the opportunity to put smiles on the faces of more than 150 children!
Northern Illinois Food Bank, IllinoisGuardians from our field sales teams volunteered to serve the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mission and box 5,575 pounds of fresh produce which amounted to 4,646 meals!
Sparsha Trust, IndiaA team of 10 volunteers from the Bengaluru office partnered with SPARSHA Trust, to teach the students new skills in IT infrastructure and learning Office suite – Word, excel and ppt. We spent a wonderful Saturday guiding, mentoring, addressing the questions of the students!
Spandana Foundation, VirtualAs part of a virtual cybersecurity camp offered by Spandana Foundation, we mentored 25 middle and high school students affiliated with diverse organizations in several states, including National Society of Black Engineers, Haitian American Caucus, Jack and Jill Foundation. We guided the students through a series of workshops covering topics like Windows security and basic commands in command prompt; different types of social engineering attacks and cyber threats; cyber ethics and the CIA triad; applications and security networks; and cloud and IoT security.
Solutions in Hometown Connections, VirtualOver several weeks, our volunteers worked virtually with 3 members at Solutions in Hometown Connections (SHC), all recent immigrants to the US, to update and create resumes, cover letters and their LinkedIn profiles, and conduct mock interviews. We are so glad our efforts will help the SHC team to be more confident in their future job-search efforts.
These are just a few of the organizations with which we have partnered over the years.
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