Public Interest Technology – New England (PIT-NE) will provide a framework for synergistic programming in higher education and workforce development in Public Interest Technology in New England.  With a coordinated set of program components, we expect PIT-NE to accelerate the development and institutionalization of PIT at regional higher education institutions and to provide expertise, experience, and training to a workforce who can use technology to positively address and resolve societal challenges. In particular, PIT-NE seeks to:

  • Increase connections, support and success for PIT-focused faculty interested in public interest technology
  • Expand PIT training, experiences, and opportunities for students
  • Increase regional visibility and impact of public interest technology and build PIT partnerships throughout the region
  • Contribute to national PIT-UN efforts and provide mentorship and a model for other regions who seek to promote PIT through the development of PIT-focused hubs.


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Colette Basiliere

Executive Director

Francine Berman

Co-chair of Leadership Committee

Azer Bestavros

Co-chair of Leadership Committee


In 2022, a group of 7 colleges and universities from across Massachusetts, led by PIT-UN members UMass Amherst and Boston University have gathered to share experiences, create connections, and promote Public Interest Technology (PIT) within Massachusetts.  The “PIT Massachusetts Meetup” has created a foundation for synergistic programming, collaboration, and a more vibrant presence for Public Interest Technology within Massachusetts and the broader New England Region.

In October of 2023, we this group launched Public Interest Technology – New England (PIT-NE) – a consortium of colleges, universities and partnerships whose goal is to develop and train a Public Interest Technology workforce and to strengthen PIT programs in higher ed throughout the region.

We believe that establishing PIT-NE as a regional hub will broaden and strengthen PIT programming and workforce development throughout the region and can also serve as a model for other regions as they develop their own synergistic networks.  We also expect PIT-NE to provide a mechanism that can be used to raise funds from regional trade associations, foundations, and local governments to build public-private partnerships that can help sustain the hub and create a workforce that can address real-world challenges and applications in the region.

Looking Ahead

We are looking to partner with more higher education institutions in New England to grow our network and increase our coverage. By engaging students and faculty at regional institutions, we will be able to facilitate regional PIT programs, activities, and events. We are also looking to establish mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners to create an efficient pipeline from academia to industry.

Join Our Network

We are actively looking to expand our network so if you are enthusiastic about Public Interest Technology and are ready to contribute to our movement, we would love to hear from you!