Technology and innovation should be thriving in nonprofits.
Tech Forward is creating a forum to bring a larger conversation to our sector, one that looks past methodical day-to-day IT and towards mission-focused, transformative applications of technology. Join the nonprofit community and elevate the conversation around how technology can change the way we work as mission-focused organizations.
No vendors, no exhibitors – just content, and 100 other like-minded nonprofits.
Welcome ReceptionJoin the Tech Forward Partners and other attendees at a meet & greet with food, drinks and music
Registration and Breakfast
Plenary Speaker“It’s Up to Us: Why the Nonprofit Sector Should Lead Technology Changes That Serve Purpose”
Session BreakoutsDriving User Engagement Through Gamification | Advanced Security Threats | First Priorities for Securing Your Organization
Session BreakoutsData Driven Decisionmaking | New Norms in Information Security | Breaking the Myth of Blockchain
Session BreakoutsMaking Meaning from Data | Breaking the Starvation Cycle | Four Faces of IT Leadership
Technology Innovation Award Celebration
Tech Forward PartyMix and mingle with guests downtown for the Tech Forward Party featuring live music, open bar and great food
Breakfast and Welcome
Session BreakoutsWhy Culture Change is So Hard | The Digital Dichotomy
Session BreakoutsClosing the Empathy Gap | Innovation in Ask Izzy | Privacy-First Approach to Security
2018 Speaker Highlights
CTO, Social Impact, Microsoft
Erik Arnold is an information technology professional with over 25 years of experience in IT leadership, business technology, and systems integration. Erik has a passion for applying technology solutions to the development sector and joined Microsoft in 2017 as the Chief Technology Officer for the Tech for Social Impact team in Microsoft Philanthropies. Prior to Microsoft, Erik served for eight years as the Chief Information Officer at PATH, an international NGO focused on global health. Prior to PATH, Erik was Vice President of Technology at Corbis, an e-commerce company in the digital media space.
Erik is active in local, national, and international technology communities. He sits on the boards of directors Pet Partners and on the technology advisory boards for a variety of social impact organizations in the public and private sectors.
Erik holds a MA from Brown University.
John Ryan Brooks
Director of Systems, Doctors Without Borders
John Ryan Brooks
John Ryan Brooks is the U.S. Director of Systems for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders. He has worked in systems development for MSF for over 12 years, including eight field assignments in Haiti and Uganda. In his current role he is part of the leadership team guiding the U.S. office through its digital transformation. John Ryan started working in non-profit tech in 1997, at a small clinical research organization in Atlanta which made investigational HIV medicine available to patients who had no alternatives for treatment. Since then he has worked alternately as an application developer and database administrator at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, an electronic medical records start-up and Trinity Church on Wall Street. He also led wilderness trips for many summers at a girls' camp in Maine, which is where he honed his most important management skills. He will draw on all his experiences in non-profit to make a case for using visual means of communication whenever possible, especially when it comes to data.
Founder & Principle, Public Profit
Corey Newhouse is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit, which helps mission-driven organizations measure and manage what matters. Ms. Newhouse has a wide range of experience in building the learning culture of organizations ranging from museums to school districts to philanthropies. She’s passionate about using data to improve program quality, and making data collection and analysis less terrible for everyone involved.
VP Information Security, AARP
Saffet Ozdemir is AARP's Vice President of Information Security, where he is responsible for establishing and driving the long term vision and strategy for the security program. Saffet joined AARP in 2014, arriving in Washington DC by way of Seattle, WA where he worked for Amazon.com. During his 18 years in Information Security, he has held leadership positions for companies such as Zappos, Caesars Entertainment, and Wachovia Bank, giving him vastly different perspectives on the topics of cyber security, brand trust, and customer loyalty``
Executive Director, Full Circle Fund
Throughout his career, Jay has always committed his time to mission driven organizations dedicated to making positive change in underserved communities. As the Executive Director at Full Circle Fund, Jay has built a dynamic programmatic strategy that is drives local impact by strengthening the social impact community. Prior to this role, Jay was the Senior Vice President at buildOn, an international nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. In addition to overseeing buildOn’s fundraising goals, Jay managed the national operations team. As an innovative social sector thought leader, Jay has a long track record of programmatic impact and building innovative philanthropy models to scale that ensure sustainable funding. Jay and his wife Chelsea live in Berkeley with their two sons Cole & Case.``
Sr. IT Manager, Mobilitie
Jermaine Dykes is a Sr. IT Project Manager with over 10 years of Project Management/Information Technology experience. He has expertise in Project /Program Management and have shepherd projects that has encompassed $5M-$10M budgets in sectors including Government, Gaming, Hospitality, Education, and Telecommunication. Jermaine excels in focusing his teams on delivering value, especially in a fast-paced environment.
He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching in Project Management, Information Technology and Business Management graduate programs at UNLV and Colorado Christian University.
Morgan Berman is the Founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a mission-driven B-Corp certified company that offers an award-winning platform to measures and grow social and environmental impact for all. She and her team work with clients as big as Fortune 100 companies to tiny nonprofits, powering their unique capacity to make and track impactful behavior change with customized gamified apps. In her free time she wins gold medals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Previously, Leon served as the Senior Director of Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association. He is a 2015 Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Lifetime Achievement Awardee, and Idealware board member. Leon holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, M.S. in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN, and ABD graduate work in Computer Science at Wayne State University. He is a frequent speaker at many nonprofit conferences and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan teaching information technology in the school of business and public administration.
Director, Innovation & Development, NPC
Tris leads NPC’s work on innovation, researching and developing innovative approaches, new models and new ventures to create significant, long-term contributions to the capability and capacity of the social sector. He also leads on developing NPC’s relationships with core funders—philanthropists, foundations and businesses who have a shared commitment to transforming the social sector to achieve its full potential.
Working with partners in the UK and globally, Tris develops initiatives to maximise the value of existing and emerging innovations in all sectors, through their application in the social sector. NPC’s focus within the area of innovation is on the use of digital technology and data to transform the delivery of activities, products and services, and to transform the relationships between funders and investors, the charities and social enterprises they support, and the people they all aim to serve.
Tris helped initiate and develop NPC’s Digital Transformation Programme, which is currently focused on creating practical collaborations on digital technology in areas like the youth sector and women’s empowerment, and the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to improve impact practice across the UK charity sector. He is also a board member of Social Value International, a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, and is a regular speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S.
Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in consulting, emerging technology research, and scientific and engineering innovation.
CEO, Infoxchange, Australia
David Spriggs is the CEO of Infoxchange, an Australian based not-for-profit social enterprise with the vision of ‘technology for social justice’. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. David has over 20 years of experience working in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Queensland, a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.
Director of Consulting, Tech Impact
Sam Chenkin manages the consulting and data services teams at Tech Impact. During their tenure, they have shepherded Tech Impact through its transition from a regional nonprofit IT services provider to a global influencer in the nonprofit technology field. Sam has built a suite of offerings that include low-cost and sustainable cloud migration services, managed IaaS offerings, and a thriving data practice that provides database selection, implementation, and support services. Sam's work has driven the growth of the Tech Impact brand and created an organization that now provides these services to clients around the world. Sam is an activist who believes that the issues in our society cannot be changed through simple philanthropy or social enterprise. They believe this change cannot happen in the private sector and requires reaching beyond the nonprofit world and directly into communities. Sam seeks to use technology to make the world a better place, rather than to make the rich richer. When not working or organizing, Sam enjoys quilting, cooking, hikes outside of cell phone range, and singing rather poorly.
President & Chief Strategy Officer, StitchDX
Erick leads client strategy and creative for StitchDX in Boston, a digital experience agency helping organizations optimize and drive engagement with the people that matter most – their employees and customers. Erick has spent nearly 20 years integrating organizational development, brand strategy, and digital technology to craft creative and effective brand, marketing, and collaboration solutions for Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, and SMBs. He’s worked with major household brands like Apple, Verizon, Comcast, Lowe’s, Pottery Barn, the U.S. Postal Service, and AARP to build brand awareness, drive engagement and collaboration, and amplify revenue generation. He currently lives just outside of Boston, where he enjoys summer hiking, winter skiing, and spending time with his wife and three kids.
CEO, Chief Scientist, AdvanceNet Labs
Keith is the lead founder at AdvanceNet Labs. After a career in consulting and executive roles with firms such as Accenture, i2 Technologies and Infor, he shifted his focus, primarily applying his skills to address social sector challenges. He is an accomplished social entrepreneur, having been a founding force in The Aidmatrix Foundation, and for over a decade led the daily operations as its Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer before spinning off some of the latest innovations as the basis for AdvanceNet Labs.
Keith also contributed to the launch of several other organizations and today contributes to the advancement of other social sector and commercial concerns including: AidConnect (Germany), Social Venture Partners Dallas, 121 Community Church, Finney Media and several real estate consortia.
Vice President, Products, GuideStar
For his entire career, Evan's work has focused on engaging diverse stakeholders using cutting-edge technologies to enable large-scale decision making and collective action. Evan is responsible for GuideStar's product research, design and development. Before joining GuideStar, Evan co-founded the first software as a service Web application in the University of California system, called SeaSketch, which is used by agencies around the world for collaborative planning of ocean resources. He has written multi-stakeholder negotiation simulations published by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and worked with leading stakeholder engagement firms such as AmericaSpeaks, the Consensus Building Institute, Kearns & West, and Concur. His work has enabled diverse interests to reach agreement on issues including climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, and health care. At the beginning of his career, Evan worked as a campaigner for ForestEthics and field organizer for the Public Interest Network. He has a master's in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri.
Prior to working at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, James served as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD), fulfilling the role of Chief Operations Officer for the organization and leading its technology and partnership development initiatives. One project of note is Operation Dragon Fire, a technology initiative destined to change the face of public health preparedness. The goal of the project was to fill the gap in real-time, local, and accurate information received during an emergency and to provide a single-trusted source that is publically accessible.
Specific relief efforts where James has provided direct support include the following: 2007 Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the BP oil spill, the 2011 Japan Tsunami and Earthquake, 2011 Hurricane Irene, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Moore Oklahoma Tornadoes, and the 2014 US Ebola response.
In 2005, he was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to serve as the Development Officer for the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. James has also held positions at various non-profits agencies, primarily in disaster relief.
He attended the University of South Alabama, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in non-profit management.
CEO, Caravan Studios
Marnie Webb is the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Caravan Studios’ collaborative approach uses a theory of technology intervention to allow communities to respond to the issues they care about most. Caravan Studios has used this methodology to launch projects in the United States, Brazil, and Qatar. The work they do impacts survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, youth who are in poverty, immigrant workers, and people who want greater food security. Caravan Studios has received funding from Microsoft Philanthropies, Vodafone Americas Foundation, Humanity United, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Named one of the Top 10 Silicon Valley Influencers by San Jose Mercury News, Webb is a sought after writer and speaker on innovation, community, and the social web. In 2008, she won NTEN ``Person of the Year`` award and was included in to the Nonprofit Times' list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector and is the initiator of the NPTech tagging experiment.
Previously, Kristin was an MSW counselor at Leeza’s Place in Los Angeles where she performed crisis intervention and needs assessment with caregivers, including client counseling and program referral services. She has also worked as a compliance officer for a Los Angeles-based hedge fund and for the American Bar Association: Death Penalty Representation Project in Washington, DC.Kristin holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Justice and Psychology from American University.
WHAT TO EXPECT
200 nonprofit attendees from across the sector to learn from and network with during and after the events. No vendors or exhibitors and an agenda that focuses on making connections with likeminded nonprofits from across the country.
Right in the heart of downtown Austin! Enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer – from food and drinks to live music and history. We'll be steps away from both 6th Street and Rainey Street which we will explore during our downtown party on Monday night!
Keynotes, sessions and workshops divided by your organization’s experience and priorities. Discussions based around case studies and real-life examples of nonprofits using technologies to advance their mission with actionable next steps and takeaways to bring back to your organization.
Experience Austin as it is meant to be enjoyed! After an inspiring first day of content, trade in your work shoes for your cowboy boots and get ready for the Tech Forward Party. The party will be downtown on Rainey Street, and features an open bar, great Texas food, and an original Austin band. You'll get to mingle and meet other attendees and speakers all while encountering the true Austin culture and learn why they call it the live music capital of the world!
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARDS
Tech Forward not only inspires organizations to change the world, but also recognizes those who have plans to make an impact in their community through innovative technology projects. At Tech Forward, we’ll recognize organizations who have big plans to create change through technology and grant $10,000 towards their project. Think your organization can benefit?
Click here to learn more about the awards, the submission process, and whether your organization qualifies. Application period for 2018 is now closed.
Congratulations to the 2017 Technology Innovation Award Winners!
Tech Forward is for all types of nonprofits from grassroots to muli-national organizations. If your nonprofit will benefit from learning more about ways data analysis can help with outreach, or how to keep your organization secure when building a mobile workforce, and hear inspiring talks about what other nonprofits have been doing with technology – we want to see you there.
Who are the speakers?
Tech Forward speakers are philanthropic and nonprofit leaders from around the world. Each have each made a significant and unique impact on the ways in which nonprofits use technology to meet their missions.
Do I need to signup for breakout sessions?
No, breakouts are on a firstcome, first serve basis, but we don’t anticipate space issues. In the month before the event, we will reach out to all registrants with more breakout information.
Can I bring a guest to the parties?
Absolutely! Guests are welcome at the Welcoming Reception and Monday night Tech Forward party. A $25 charge which includes both events is available to purchase at check-out.
What payment types do you accept?
All payments are processed via secure payment via Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover). If check payment is required, please contact us directly for additional information.
What is your refund policy?
For registrations canceled before September 1, Tech Forward will refund your registration fees in full less a $100 cancellation fee. No refund is available for cancellations after that date or no-shows at event. All requests must be in writing emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration transfers allowed at any time.
Who is Tech Impact?
Tech Impact is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to empower nonprofits and the community to use technology to better serve our world. We have been providing nonprofits with technology services since 2003, specializing in managed IT support, cloud implementations and data services. We believe in the power of nonprofit organizations to change the world and we partner with organizations and companies that share that belief in order to bring the best technology resources to our community.
Finding a good hotel can be tricky, so we took some of the guesswork out with a special rate of $199/night at the official conference venue – Sheraton Austin Hotel. Situated within easy walking distance of the state capitol, Erwin Center, 6th Street, and the University of Texas campus, Sheraton is close to multiple music, cultural, and entertainment experiences.
To make your hotel reservation at the discounted rate of $199, visit the Tech Forward reservation website or call the Sheraton hotel reservation center at 1-888-627-8349 and reference the Tech Forward Conference group block.
Tech Impact partnered with Hotels for Hope for this event. Hotels for Hope donates $2 per actualized room night to nonprofit partners. And that’s at no cost to you. Your room nights create new opportunities and better tomorrows for children.
Tech Forward partners are handpicked organizations that are giving back to the nonprofit community through technology. These exclusive partners are an integral part of the conference from deciding topics and focuses to curating content and speakers each year alongside the Tech Impact team.
Interested in partnering with Tech Impact? Reach out to email@example.com to find out more information about opportunities available.