April 22 – A benefit was held at the Decatur Club for Decatur native Michael Kehoe’s project Johego.
Kehoe gave an overview of what his goal was with his project and was followed by a question and answer session with those in attendance.
Johego is a nonprofit tech startup that is dedicated to revolutionizing community development through big data and mobile technology. Kehoe talks about why he decided to engage in the Johego project.
“There are a lot of structural insufficiencies in the social service sector that can be eliminated through careful application of technology and organizational changes and we believe Johego is the vehicle for that,” says Kehoe.
Kehoe has been working on Johego full time for a year and a half now. Through his work during that time he was able to create a demo version of the app he is building that can be used on smart phones.
Johego is trying to raise up to $205,000 in order for several things. The funds would help complete the initial development and field testing of the smart phone app. It would hire and compensate a fulltime executive director, programmer and fundraiser. Finally, it would rent co-working office space and pay for professional service fees throughout 2016.
Kehoe says the support at Thursday’s event meant a lot to him.
“I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve received,” says Kehoe. “It’s both humbling and inspiring.”
Up to the benefit, Johego had raised $11,029. The benefit last night raised $37,000 and donations are still being accepted. To donate, checks can be made out to Johego, you can go through the Community Foundation or online by clicking here.