Transforming Nonprofits Through Technology

September 30 – October 2
Austin, TX

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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.

Case Studies | C-Level Speakers | Actionable Steps | Networking Parties

Topics will focus on four key characteristics of a digitally transformed organization:

2018 TECH FORWARD AGENDA

  • 4:00 PM
    Hotel Check-In Opens
  • 6:00 PM
    Welcome ReceptionJoin the Tech Forward Partners and other attendees at a meet & greet with food, drinks and music at the Sheraton's outdoor venue, the backYard
  • 8:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:15 AM
    Keynote SpeakerJustin Spelhaug, General Manager of Microsoft Philanthropy will bring a global discussion about how technology is evolving and the ways it is having a positive impact on the sector.
  • 10:00 AM
    Plenary SpeakerTris Lumley of New Philanthropic Council: “It’s Up to Us: Why the Nonprofit Sector Should Lead Technology Changes That Serve Purpose”
  • 10:45 AM
    Session BreakoutsAsk Izzy Case Study | Driving User Engagement Through Gamification | Technology as Differentiator, Impact Accelerator, and Force of Change
  • 12:00 PM
    LunchNetworking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM
    Session BreakoutsData Driven Decisionmaking | New Norms in Information Security | The Digital Dichotomy
  • 2:20 PM
    Session BreakoutsMaking Meaning from Data | Privacy-First Approach to Security | Nonprofit Culture Change
  • 3:40 PM
    Plenary TalkAn Interactive Experience: Design Thinking in Nonprofits
  • 4:30 PM
    Technology Innovation Award CelebrationCelebrate the 2018 Technology Innovation Awardees and learn about their innovative technology projects
  • 7:00 PM
    Tech Forward PartyMix, mingle and party with guests downtown on Rainey Street for the Tech Forward After Party featuring live music, open bar and great food
  • 9:00 AM
    Breakfast and Welcome
  • 9:05 AM
    Plenary SpeakerEvan Paul, VP of Product at Guidestar, explores the intersection of culture, information technology and decisionmaking
  • 9:40 AM
    Plenary SpeakerMarnie Webb, CEO of Caravan Studios shares the third wave of nonprofit technology and what it means for the sector
  • 10:25 AM
    Session BreakoutsAdvanced Security Threats | Data As a Swiss Army Knife | Blockchain | Break the Starvation Cycle
  • 11:40 AM
    Session BreakoutsClosing the Empathy Gap | First Priorities in Securing Your Org | Four Faces of IT Leadership
  • 1:00 PM
    Luncheon Panel Discussion“How Corporate and Foundation Investments Fit in the Social Sector”
  • 2:00 PM
    Closing Remarks, One-on-One Sessions and Small Groups
  • 2:30 PM
    Design Thinking WorkshopJoin Suzy Bureau for a followup interactive workshop on design thinking and how it will help you approach your organization's challenges

2018 Speakers

Justin Spelhaug

General Manager, Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft Philanthropies

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Justin Spelhaug

As the leader for the Tech for Social Impact in Microsoft, Justin brings together 20 years of experience spanning commercial and social businesses. Prior to his current role, Justin served as the Chief Marketing & Operations Officer for Microsoft Asia Pacific spending over 7 years of his career working across developed and emerging Asian markets. Justin also helped to launch the Unlimited Potential organization within Microsoft, with a focus on developing new and more affordable computing solutions to close the digital divide for lower income societies globally.

Justin started his career in the United State Marine Corps, earning numerous medals as part of his service. Justin’s hometown is Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington with honors.

Evan Paul

Vice President, Products, GuideStar

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Evan Paul

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.

Marnie Webb

CEO, Caravan Studios

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Marnie Webb

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, Marnie 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.

Tony Wells

President, The Wells Foundation

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Tony Wells

The Wells Foundation was created in 2001 by Tony and Dana Wells to provide technology and social entrepreneurship grants to nonprofit organizations. Their mission statement is “Create value for the community by developing stronger nonprofit leaders and investing in the next generation of social innovations”. In 2007, the foundation expanded its programs to Leadership Development including developing the first national executive education program for social impact investing. The foundation offered its first impact investment in 2005 and is recognize as one of the largest funders of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Investing in the Central Ohio area.
Wells has an International MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Wells is also an alumnus of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Wells is a lecturer at The Ohio State University on the subjects of social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and social impact investing. Wells was awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree in Public Service by Otterbein University in 2015. He and his wife, Dana, and their two children reside in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Tris Lumley

Director, Innovation & Development, NPC

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Tris Lumley

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.

Christina Louie

Global Program Manager, Box.Org

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Christina Louie

Christina is the Global Program Manager of Box.org, the social impact initiative within Box that aims to enable nonprofits to innovate and fulfill their missions. Christina leads employee engagement across 2,000 global employees in addition to driving general Box.org programs. She's worked at Box for 4 years, starting as a G&A and Technical Recruiter with social impact as a passionate side job before becoming the second official member of the Box.org team. Previous to Box, Christina was a Teach for America corps member in San Jose and carries a deep passion for youth and education.

Khuloud Odeh

CIO and VP, Technology & Data Science , The Urban Institute

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Khuloud Odeh

Khuloud Odeh is vice president for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO) at the Urban Institute, where she leads the strategic planning and implementation of research, operations, and communications technology. Odeh is not your typical technologist: she brings a unique blend of education, IT organization leadership, change management experience, and understanding of global and local sustainability challenges. Over the course of her career, she has helped various organizations develop and implement strategic IT roadmaps that align with and support business process improvements, innovation, and organizational growth.

Before joining Urban, Odeh was IT director for the Grameen Foundation, a global poverty-fighting organization. She served previously as the CIO of CHF International (now Global Communities) and as senior IT advisor to Jhpeigo’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program.

John Ryan Brooks

Director of Systems, Doctors Without Borders

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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.

Corey Newhouse

Founder & Principle, Public Profit

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Corey Newhouse

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.

Saffet Ozdemir

VP Information Security, AARP

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Saffet Ozdemir

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``

Erick Straghalis

President & Chief Strategy Officer, StitchDX

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Erick Straghalis

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.

Erik Arnold

CTO, Social Impact, Microsoft

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Erik Arnold

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.

Cathy Golightly

Assistant Director of MIS, Family Health Initiatives

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Cathy Golightly

Cathy Golightly is the Assistant Director of MIS for Family Health Initiatives and its parent organization, the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, where she provides technical leadership and guidance to the organizations’ more than two dozen programs, and collaborates with program staff and clients to build mission-focused IT solutions. She led the effort to establish and continues to evolve Family Health Initiative’s (FHI’s) security program. Cathy played an integral role in the development and implementation of FHI’s flagship Perinatal Risk Assessment (PRA) system, a statewide portal that enables universal risk screening and referrals for pregnant women in New Jersey.
Cathy holds a B.S. in Sociology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University.

Karen Graham

CEO, Idealware

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Karen Graham

Karen Graham is a sought-after speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant with expertise in technology leadership and innovation, nonprofit software, and digital strategy. As Idealware’s Executive Director she leads a team of researchers, presenters, and writers who create technology information resources--including the Consumers Guide to Donor Management Systems--designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action. Her past experience includes leadership roles in capacity building, arts, and human service organizations as well as a software startup. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas.

David Spriggs

CEO, Infoxchange, Australia

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David Spriggs

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.

Sam Chenkin

Director of Consulting, Tech Impact

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Sam Chenkin

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.

David Geilhufe

Senior Director, Oracle NetSuite Social Impact

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David Geilhufe

Michael Enos

Senior Director of Community and Platform, TechSoup

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Michael Enos

Michael Enos is Senior Director of Community and Platform for Techsoup Global. Techsoup's mission is to build a dynamic bridge that enables design and implementation of technology solutions for a more equitable planet. In his role, Michael directs dev-ops, enterprise infrastructure, information and technology security, and software development teams that build and support platform products and services. Michael earned his MBA from Santa Clara University.
Michael Enos's professional career in technology begin in 1996. Beginning as a system-admin for a bay area non-profit that served adults in need, he transitioned into a role as a technical consultant, developing data systems to help measure and track service quality to the individuals being served.

Michael was hired at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in 2000 to manage technology and information systems. He helped transform the organization into a more effective enterprise, using best in class technology to efficiently distribute food, communicate, raise money, and measure the Food Bank's impact. As CTO, he also worked at a national level with other enterprise food banks on developing IT best practices and standards as part of the Feeding America Technology Governance Team.

Jermaine Dykes

Sr. IT Manager, Mobilitie

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Jermaine Dykes

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.

Jay Hirschton

Executive Director, Full Circle Fund

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Jay Hirschton

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.

Keith Thode

CEO, Chief Scientist, AdvanceNet Labs

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Keith Thode

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.

Morgan Berman

CEO, MilkCrate

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Morgan Berman

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.

Suzy Bureau

Founder, GiveBackHack

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Suzy Bureau

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) hails from Columbus, Ohio USA and is dedicated to building communities through Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies – locally & globally: from facilitating Startup Weekends in Mexico, Ireland and across the US, representing the US alongside delegates from 100+ other countries at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to facilitating the invite-only Startup Extreme conference in Norway.

She honed her technology & startup chops as the first product-specific employee at CoverMyMeds, an HIT startup that grew to be Ohio’s first unicorn acquisition. There, she focused her energy on growing a user base through enhancements on the core product - then moved on to commercializing two new successful innovation products alongside a great team.

Now, Suzy is focused full-time on bridging the gap between technology, social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship through the organization she founded, GiveBackHack. GiveBackHack is a community that starts with a weekend event pulling top hackathon participants together and continues throughout the year in communities to create lasting social enterprise. The organization provides a Design Thinking framework and set of resources to help social impact initiatives go-to-market in a startup-mindset.

Recently, Suzy was named the first “Create Columbus Visionary” by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission.

David DeParolesa

CEO, Give Lively

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David DeParolesa

David DeParolesa is the CEO at Give Lively, a startup that builds better fundraising tech and gives it away to nonprofits for free. Much like a foundation, Give Lively was founded by philanthropists for the sole purpose of providing free and valuable technology resources to nonprofits. Prior to Give Lively, David founded Web Philosophic LLC, where he created a way to help bring attention to Democrats running for Congress in 2016 and a simple way to read popular news from trusted news sources. He previously worked at Discovery Communications and American Express, where he led product development for Discovery's TV-Everywhere product and helped reshape Food & Wine Magazine’s digital experience. When he isn't developing products, coding, or designing the ``next big thing``, David can be found making tasteful improvements to his Hell's Kitchen rental or back in Boston playing with his baby niece, Olivia.

Taj Carson

CEO, Inciter

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Taj Carson

Dr. Taj Carson is the CEO and Founder of Inciter (formerly Carson Research Consulting). Inciter is the home of Incite, a cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform designed to enter, store, and create reports on client data and program activities for nonprofits and social service agencies. Inciter is a firm that specializes in using research, data analysis and data visualization to help organizations raise awareness, raise funds, and tell the story of their impact. Dr. Carson has more than 20 years’ experience working in research and evaluation, and 8 years of experience in the technology field. She received a Master’s degree in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015, a certificate in technology entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in 2010, and before that a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware in 2000

David Rode

President of Corporate & Foundations, Blackbaud

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David Rode

David is an experienced software executive with extensive global experience and a demonstrated track record in the cloud & software-as-a-service industries. He is the President of Corporate & Foundations at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), an enterprise SaaS company that serves the entire social good community, which includes nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and the individual change agents who support them. David is also the Founder & Executive Director of Social Unity, a nonprofit digital marketing agency for nonprofit organizations whose workforce development program gives youths from underserved communities an opportunity to launch their careers in digital marketing science. David holds an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Jordan McCarthy

Infrastructure and Security Lead, Tech Impact

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Jordan McCarthy

Jordan firmly believes that social progress should shape the implementation of technology, not the other way around. Jordan loves working with organizations of every shape and size – from 3-person grassroots advocacy groups to 300+ person social-services providers – to help them figure out what kinds of technical tools, analyses, and strategies can help them maximize their social impact. Jordan has a decade of experience in systems and network administration, technical writing and education, and technology policy analysis, in contexts ranging from Silicon Valley Universities to D.C. thinktanks to small community-based non-profits. Jordan is currently based in and loves Philadelphia, but also misses the rugged wilderness of the West, and is glad to have a chance to visit.

CONFERENCE PARTNERS

Microsoft Philanthropies

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD SPONSOR

WHAT TO EXPECT

Intimate Crowd

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.

Location

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!

Handpicked Content

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.

Downtown Party

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!

CONFERENCE PRICING AND REGISTRATION

$450
Early Bird Pricing
  • Available through April 30
$750
Late Registration
  • Late Pricing opens September 5

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who Should Attend This Conference?

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 techforward@techimpact.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.

THE VENUE

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.

The hotel block is now closed. To make your hotel reservation at the discounted rate of $199, please email techforward@techimpact.org and inquire about available rooms.

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.

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Sheraton Austin Hotel

701 E. 11th Street | Austin, Texas

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