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Can't-Miss Sessions at the Nonprofit Technology Conference

Hosted by NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is the premier annual event for nonprofit techies. It's where our sector gathers to keep on top of emerging trends and best practices. So of course TechSoup will be there, along with 2,000 of our fellow geeks. We are sending several of our best representatives to host sessions, listen to the needs of nonprofits, and answer your TechSoup questions.

Here's where you can find us during 19NTC in Portland, March 12 – 15.

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Conference Sessions

TechSoup staff members will be sharing their expertise in several presentations and panels. We hope to see you there!

Editor's notes: Links to the sessions are no longer functional and have been removed. NetSquared is now called TechSoup Connect.

Reinvigorate Your Programs and Events Through Multi-Directional Learning

Wednesday, March 13, 3:15 – 4:30, Room 251

Who wants to sit through another presentation or demo? Not us! Learn how to make your nonprofit events, webinars, and programs became more interactive, livelier, and productive Join Debra Askanase, Kevin Martone, and TechSoup's LaCheka Phillips for this workshop, which promises to push your idea of who is the educator and what your event or program can be.

The Accidental Techie's Guide to Creating Awesome Online Learning Experiences

Thursday, March 14, 10:30 – 11:45, Room E142

Julia Campbell and TechSoup's Daphne Lagios bring more than a decade of experience in designing online trainings in a wide variety of accessible formats. They'll lead this highly participatory and activity-driven workshop to help you evaluate online training delivery methods and build effective training for your nonprofit staff or external constituencies. Assess different LMS (learning management systems) and learn from your peers and experts how to use online learning tools to accomplish your organizational goals. You'll also gain insights on the needed mindsets and skill sets to achieve your mission and have a greater impact in your programs.

Creating Global Communities Online and IRL

Thursday, March 14, 3:00 – 4:15

So you've launched a community, but you're ambitious and want to go global. Join a fireside chat with Emma Togni, from TechSoup Italy, and Elijah van der Giessen to discuss the unique challenges and best practices for scaling global community both online and IRL (in real life).

Digital Wallets: So Hot Right Now

Thursday, March 14, 3:00 – 4:15

Your donor just bought a house on a smartphone, and you want them to mail you a check? People are doing everything on their phones — yet the nonprofit sector hasn't figured out how to appeal to mobile-first supporters. The session will explore emerging mobile technologies like digital wallets and streamlined donation forms, and how nonprofits can take advantage of these to elevate donor experience, appeal to younger donors, and increase online donations.

This session features Give Lively's David DeParolesa, Malala Fund's Nicko Margolies, PayPal's Robin Dupont, and TechSoup's Dara Westling.

What It Looks Like When an Online Community Works

Friday, March 15, 10:30 – 11:45

Both Ceres and TechSoup's NetSquared manage online communities. Ceres manages a network of investors engaging corporations on issues from environmental practices to social justice. NetSquared is a global network of volunteer-led meetups dedicated to building the digital capacity of nonprofits. They use different online community tools for different outcomes, but both online communities are central to how they achieve their missions.

Hosted by Karen Uffelman of Percolator Consulting, attendees will learn about the methods both organizations are using to power supporter collaboration. Find out what has made both communities successful, lessons learned along the way, and how to judge what tools your online community needs.

Birds of a Feather Lunchtime Discussions

You don't need to eat lunch alone! NTC is also organizing informal discussion tables based on shared interests or identities. Find the best session for you or host your own. Come join the TechSoup staff for any of the lunchtime chats below.

Wednesday, March 13

  • Public Good App House Tech Products — Susan Tenby
  • TechSoup Tour! — Daphne Lagios and LaCheka Phillips

Thursday, March 14

  • Public Good App House Tech Products — Susan Tenby
  • Tech Club Organizers and NetSquared Organizers — Karen Borchgrevink and Elijah van der Giessen
  • TechSoup Tour! — Daphne Lagios and LaCheka Phillips

Friday, March 15

  • Public Good App House Tech Products — Susan Tenby
  • Tech Club Organizers and NetSquared Organizers — Karen Borchgrevink and Elijah van der Giessen

We can't wait to see you at NTC. Feel free to ask any of the TechSoup attendees questions either at one of our scheduled sessions or in the hallways. You can identify us from our TechSoup shirts or badges, and we're super-friendly. Honest!