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Tech Giants Launch an NBA Finals Bet for Charity

In the spirit of the NBA finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, two tech organizations, one Toronto-based and the other in San Francisco, have launched a bet for charity.

TechTO, an events and community organization in Toronto and sf.citi, aka the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, have launched #TechBet, a friendly playoffs bet between the two tech hubs. Each organization will put forth $ 10, 000, and are challenging local tech communities to join in and raise the stakes to $ 100, 000.

“We believe that Toronto’s technology ecosystem is ready to dream bigger and the Raptors are showing us exactly how to do that, “ said Alex Norman, co-founder of TechTO. “With this #TechBet, we are hoping to inspire the community to do just that; dream bigger.”

If the Raptors lift the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, all funds will go to the Canada Learning Code, an organization that teaches digital skills across Canada, particularly women, girls, people with disabilities, and Indigenous youth. If the Warriors win, funds will go to Circle the Schools, an organization that helps advance student skills in literacy and prepare them for college and career readiness.

Ron Conway, founder of sf.citi has his own interesting thoughts on the outcome of #TechBet. “I love how the #TechBet brings together the Bay Area’s tech community with Toronto’s tech community to celebrate this historic playoff moment and support each other in building future tech leaders. I know the Warriors will beat the Raptors, so I’m betting on both my home team and the betterment of my home town. Go Warriors!”

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