It's your turn! Session proposals have been submitted and we're ready to find out what content you'd like to see on the NCTech4Good Conference schedule for June 6 in Chapel Hill.
You've got your work cut out for you as there's a great selection of presenters and sessions. Many thanks to all who submitted them and are volunteering their time and expertise for the benefit of our community!
Ready to vote? Log in or create a new account at www.nctech4good.org and then view the full list of proposed sessions. To cast your vote, click the session title and "Vote for this Session" at the bottom of the page. Vote for any sessions that you’d like to participate in. Voting ends Mar 15!
While you're there, register to attend the Conference and/or the June 5 Pre-Conference Workshop, Becoming A Networked Nonprofit: Digital Strategies for Community-Based Nonprofits, presented by Beth Kanter, an international leader, trainer, and author in nonprofits’ use of social media.
Paula, NCTech4Good, Program Chair
Interested in presenting at this year's NCTech4Good Conference? You have just 4 days left to submit your session idea!
Session proposals help determine the concurrent sessions that will be offered on this year’s NCT4G schedule.
Curious about the type of content our community would like to see? Here's a few suggestions:
- Google Analytics
- SharePoint and Office 365 vs Google Apps
- Technology Budgeting
- Blogging for Nonprofits
- Request for Proposals (RFPs)
- Email marketing
- Responsive Design
- SEO for Nonprofits
- Video Storytelling
- CRM Showdown
Submit your session now through Feb. 28.
Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available, but they're going fast! If you’re interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NCTech4Good Conference registration is now open! Join us June 5-6, 2014 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. With social events, workshops, and tons of resources, the NCT4G Conference is sure to give you the tools needed to use technology to further your mission! The Conference provides an opportunity to network with peers, exhibitors, and experts who share both your enthusiasm for nonprofit technology, and the same challenges to making it happen!
This year's Conference is sure to be exciting! Beth Kanter, an international leader, trainer, and author in nonprofits’ use of social media, will facilitate a pre-conference workshop, Becoming A Networked Nonprofit: Digital Strategies for Community-Based Nonprofits, on June 5 and be our keynote speaker for the Conference on June 6. Register today -- early bird registration rates end on May 1. Additional fee applies to pre-conference workshop.
We’re taking session proposals now to determine the concurrent sessions that will be offered on this year’s schedule. Have an idea? Submit it now through Feb. 28. Don't delay!
Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available, but they're going fast. If you’re interested, contact email@example.com.
Improving website of the Alliance of Disability Advocates, Center for Independent Living
From the NCTech4Good meeting October 16:
- The website software is Dreamweaver, hosted on their own server.
- Dianne will create a requirements document.
- Leandra will get Paypal working on the existing site and clean up the home page (out-of-date info).
- And she'll create a wordpress site where we can build a replacement. (There was instant, unanimous agreement to move it to Wordpress.)
- Judy (and others who have time) will copy and paste content into the Wordpress site.
- Gabe will help with images and the map.
- Judy will apply for Google nonprofit membership for Public Information Network, Inc. (doing business as NCTech4Good Conference).
- Dianne will help us use Google Apps (http://googlefornonprofits.blogspot.com/2013/02/google-apps-for-nonprofi...) to post and share documents for this project.
- Allison offered assistance.
We learned about screen readers and that some websites with a lot of different types of content on the home page can be confusing. The current website is clean and accessible, but staff cannot update it and the Paypal interface doesn't work. The designer left before training staff.
There are 6 video clips on YouTube, each less than 10 minutes. Here are the links with some content notes.
Part 1. 6:39.
- Intro to their website and goals.
- Website uses Dreamweaver. Developer left without teaching them how to update it.
- Don't know how to add images or photos.
- People served have disabilities. No such thing as point and click.
Part 2. 9:36
- What does an accessible website look like.
- wral.com homepage is very busy. A lot of text, hard to sort out.
- Difficult for people with cognitive/intellectual disabilities.
- wunc.org is clean and accessible. Looks like 3 columns with a banner.
- How screen readers work.
- Columns need to be separated so screen readers won't read lines straight across.
- Heading tags are very helpful for navigation.
- Putting everything on the homepage is hard.
- People who are illiterate use screen readers.
- Navigating with tabs is very slow.
Part 3. 10:10
- More on how readers work.
- Some with disabilities may use text-to-speech.
- Besides serving people, they want the website to be a marketing tool.
- Fundraising and paypal. Paypal doesn't work.
- What they want on their website. Want to turn accessibility into a dynamic experience.
- Change to use Wordpress.
- Current layout looks good. Seems to have the content.
- Straight forward move to Wordpress.
Part 4 8:59
- Do you have access to your website? Yes, they have the password and can access the current site.
- What do you want on your website?
- Alerts by email.
- Start problem solving.
- Dianne will do a requirements doc.
- Leandra will fix Paypal.
- Nice to have a snapshot of what they have now. Nice to have after changes made.
Part 5 9:25
- Think about content.
- This discussion provides feedback from the general public.
- Make a wishlist.
- A few select people will do updates -- about 3.
- Role access in Wordpress can control who can do updates.
- Copy and paste from Dreamweaver to Wordpress.
- Website on their own server in their office, backups, Dreamhost.
- More on Paypal.
- Look at websites that do something similar to what you do. Which ones do you like. Bookmark what you like. Refine. Select a few. Ideas for designer.
Part 6 8:24
- Do you have any statistics on your site.
- Flat design, responsive, mobile considerations.
- What we'll do.
- Requirements document.
- Move over what they have now.
- Then evaluate where they want to go.
- Leandra will fix Paypal.
- Leandra will install Wordpress for us to copy and paste in content from Dreamweaver.
- Timeframe. Not pressured.
- Communicating with each other -- by email. Judy has email addresses.
If you would like to help out with this project, send email to me, Judy Hallman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 NCTech4Good Conference was amazing and we’re finding it hard to believe it’s been almost two months ago. The Conference Team has been digesting all the content, evaluation feedback, tweets, and video and we’ve come to one conclusion -- you all rock! We’re in awe of the nptech knowledge and greatness there is among our community.
There’s an abundance of information on the wiki, including session notes, slides, photos, short videos, evaluations, and the printed program.
Amy Sample Ward did an amazing job with the Pre-Conference Workshop. She gave folks useful strategies for social media. View some video snippets of the workshop. If you are interested in Salesforce, there are longer videos of the sessions Salesforce for Nonprofits and Integrating Salesforce with Drupal. These offer great tips as you dive into a new project.
If you need encouragement to come to next year's conference, read the evaluations, especially what people liked best. There is great feedback to help us improve next year! Also check out the video that provides an overview of the conference.
Q: How do you know you're attending an unconference?
A: You're not bored!
If you've never been to an unconference, please first go and read my post What's an "unconference" and why am I so excited about it! (I'll wait). If you have been to one before, you probably have some great stories to tell of unexpected connections between people, being part of a community that shares great ideas, and coming home energized and ready to do still more sharing and connecting. If you did NOT have this experience, you may have been participating in one of the dreaded pseudo-unconferences that have been popping up.
I'm not going to name names, because I know everyone is trying to do their best. As we've seen unconferences grow in the tech world, many groups want to take this energy home and apply it to other events. This is great, but it's important to understand the fundamental structure that makes the seemingly-chaotic unconference work.
NCTech4Good tried adding on a unconference the day after their main event in 2011, but people didn't want to give a whole second day (it happened to be a beautiful Saturday to boot), especially with the agenda being so unknown. Organizers wanted to incorporate the openness and engagement of an unconference with the predictability of a conference with sessions selected and advertised in advance.
I have seen so many hybrid unconferences fail. I wasn't sure it could work, but I worked with the organizers to develop a compromise that actually meets both needs incredibly well. We took a leap of faith and piloted this model last year, and this Friday we'll be doing it again! Here's how it works:
Before the event:
- Organizers solicit session proposals, invite public voting, and, then hand-curate HALF of the day's sessions leaving half of the rooms free.
- Speakers whose sessions are not selected are invited to attend and pitch their session at the beginning of the day.
- All of the selected sessions are added to the conference wiki, and registrants are invited to share their own ideas for sessions as well.
- The classic "unconference grid" (see right) is pre-populated with cards from sessions that were already picked by the organizers. The gris let's us see which sessions are in which rooms and at what times.
- Anyone who is interested in convening a session as well as everyone who is already on the grid stands up in front of the group and gives a 30-60 second pitch for their topic. This needn't be an organized presentation, although Powerpoints are welcome and projectors are available, but can be any form of panel, talk, conversation, demo, Q & A, or even a code sprint!
- Cards for new sessions are added to The Grid, and then we work out any conflicts or special requirements, and Voila! We have a schedule.
As you can tell, I am very skeptical of the whole idea of messing with unconference process, and I wasn't completely sure it would work last year. But it was a resounding success and everyone came away satisfied. This year we'll be doing the same and I expect it to go even better. I hope to see you there!
Do you know of or work with nonprofit executive directors and staff who could benefit from knowing more about technologies in areas such as fundraising, social media, and communication and advocacy tools? The NCTech4Good Conference at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill June 6-7 is designed to meet their needs, as well as the needs of IT support staff who want to increase their skills! Current topics include making the most of Google grants, hardware and software donations, video storytelling, responsive design, social media, Salesforce, and Drupal, and more sessions will be added during the opening session based on the needs and interests of attendees.
Networking is one of the most important aspects of the Conference. Talk with others who are facing similar challenges and experts who have solved similar problems.
For more information and to register, see nctech4good.org. The cost is only $75 for the conference and $75 for the pre-conference workshop through May 31.
Note: Small business representatives are also welcome.
Amy Sample Ward will conduct a workshop 10 am - 5 pm, June 6, at the Friday Center on Using Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage Your Community, which will help nonprofit staff members understand how to utilize and integrate email communications, social media, and mobile devices to promote community engagement and achieve social change.
Amy is an excellent speaker with vast knowledge of nonprofit needs, technology tools, and how to create websites, build community, and engage supporters. Attendees will have the chance to learn as a full group, participate in small group interactive exercises, as well as develop personalized resources and plans for their own organization. The workshop will cover the basics for engaging your community online, review social media policies, and even get attendees started with strategic planning for a new project or campaign.
Additional benefits of attending the pre-conference workshop:
- A complimentary copy of the book Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money and Engage your Community (Wiley and Sons; 2013), co-authored by Amy and Allyson Kapin.
- Workshop participants may apply 6 hours toward the Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management. More information.
Here’s what a few people in the know say about the book:
- The pervasive nature of the Internet makes action a possibility anywhere, from the streets and homes in your nearest city to the tractors and woods of rural life. Social Change Anytime Everywhere authors Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward offer a needed new look at how mobility and social tools impact the business of change. Geoff Livingston, author, public speaker, and strategist.
- If you are looking for a recipe book for tips and tactics to integrate mobile and social media to round out your nonprofit’s marketing plan, look no further than this book. Beth Kanter, master trainer, blogger, and coauthor of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit
- People are more impatient, busy, and distracted than ever, but they still want to help causes like yours – and they will, if you follow the advice Amy and Allyson are handing you in this book. No more excuses about how hard it is to get people’s attention these days. You have the manual now. Read it, and go for it! Kivi Leroux Miller, president, Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com: author, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide:High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause
Also check out philanthropyjournal.org, featuring interviews with Amy. The articles are: Tips for starting, fine-tuning your cross-platform communications and Nonprofits must use multiplatform conversations to engage with donors, constituents.
The cost of the workshop is $75 through May 31; $125 after.
Many thanks to Google for sponsoring the Workshop!
With social events, workshops, and tons of resources, the NCTech4Good Conference is sure to give you the tools needed to use technology to further your mission. Join us June 6-7, 2013 at the William & Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
We received dozens of amazing session proposals and are grateful to those who voted. Your votes are in and the session schedule is now available.
Have a session you’d like to see added? Let us know! We’ve reserved spots for Design-Your-Own Sessions so you can pitch your idea the day of Conference. Simply share it during the opening session and participants will vote. Top ideas will be added to the schedule.
New this year! Amy Sample Ward will lead us in a Pre-Conference Workshop, Using Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community, on June 6 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional fee applies.
Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available, but they're going fast. If you’re interested, email@example.com.
You can pitch an idea during the opening session to have it voted on and added to the program.
This conference is a hybrid of a conventional conference with an "unconference." During January and February, many very interesting session ideas were submitted. Then folks in the NCTech4Good community voted, selecting some sessions that clearly should be on the program. But several slots were reserved for Design-Your-Own sessions that will happen alongside the scheduled sessions. Participants will pitch their session ideas and vote on ones they would like added to the conference schedule. Ruby Sinreich describes how this works in her blog post.