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 nonprofit leaders, influencers and staff and explore how technology can spark meaningful change when used effectively.

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

From keynotes and plenary to breakouts and workshops, Tech Forward’s carefully selected content addresses how nonprofits can combine technology with their mission.

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

Productive

Secured

Informed

Innovative

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
  • 8:30 AM
    Conference Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote Speaker
  • 10:00 AM
    Plenary Speaker
  • 10:45 AM
    Session Breakouts
  • 12:00 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:15 PM
    Session Breakouts
  • 2:30 PM
    Session Breakouts
  • 3:45 PM
    Plenary Speaker
  • 7:00 PM
    Tech Forward PartyMix and mingle with guests downtown for the Tech Forward Party featuring live music, open bar and great food
  • 9:00 AM
    Breakfast and Welcome
  • 9:05 AM
    Plenary Speaker
  • 9:35 AM
    Plenary Speaker
  • 10:25 AM
    Session Breakouts
  • 12:00 PM
    Lunch
  • 12:30 PM
    Panel Discussion
  • 2:00 PM
    Closing Remarks

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 three organizations who have big plans to create change through technology. Think your organization can benefit? Click here to learn more about the awards, the submission process, and whether your organization qualifies

 

Congratulations to the 2017 Technology Innovation Award Winners

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.

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.

PAST SPEAKERS

Shiza Shahid

Co-Founder, NOW Ventures & Malala Fund

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Shiza Shahid

Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She focused on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world.
Shiza launched NOW Ventures in Silicon Valley, in partnership with AngelList, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world. She invests in mission-driven technology startups, that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models.

Rebecca Masisak

CEO, TechSoup

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Rebecca Masisak

Rebecca Masisak joined TechSoup in 2001 to launch and chart the growth of its technology product donation program and social enterprise. Under her leadership, TechSoup has distributed 15.9 million software and hardware product donations, and enabled recipients to save more than US$5.5 billion for direct services. As CEO, Rebecca has built TechSoup's capacity and reach to support the entire portfolio of TechSoup's programs, which bring products, information, human capacity, and resources to the communities who need them most. She speaks about social enterprise, global networks, and data as a resource for civil society and was awarded the Full Circle Fund's prestigious Full Impact Award in Technology.

Khuloud Odeh

VP for IT, CIO, 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.

Odeh has a BS in computer science from the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan; an MS in computer science from American University; and a PhD in information technology from George Mason University, where her research focused on the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of an IT organization’s practices. She also has a master’s degree in strategic leadership toward sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden, where her research focused on the enabling role of IT and broadband connectivity in sustainable urban development.

Leon Wilson

Chief of Digital Innovation & CIO, Cleveland Foundation

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Leon Wilson

Leon Wilson, has over 25 years in the field of Information Technology, currently as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology Services department, focusing on strategic and transformational use of technology and data within the foundation. Additionally, as the Chief for Digital Innovation, Leon oversees the foundation’s Digital Excellence grant-making strategy geared toward “building a stronger, more equitable and inclusive digital community”; along with elevating Greater Cleveland’s position as a major regional smart tech and technology innovation hub.
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.

Peggy Duvette

Head of Social Impact, Oracle + Netsuite

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Peggy Duvette

As the Head of Social Impact at Oracle+NetSuite Social Impact group, Peggy Duvette is responsible for the donation of the Oracle+NetSuite products to nonprofits located all around the world as well as our pro bono services. She is committed to helping nonprofits and social enterprises to further their social impact.

Chris Patten

Dir. Data Management, City Year, Inc.

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Chris Patten

Chris Patten, Director, Data Management & Enterprise Analytics, leads City Year’s ongoing transformation into an analytics-focused, data driven organization supporting students in 26 cities and over 300 schools nationwide. Chris joined City Year in 2016 after serving as Director of Operations and Vice President of Technology at a Boston-based private aviation startup. There, he helped grow the organization from 6 employees to over 50 by leading business process development, systems integration, software development, and analytics efforts.

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, 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.

James Rooney

Sr. Global Program Manager, Microsoft

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James Rooney

James Rooney is Senior Global Program Manager at Microsoft Philanthropies. In this role he leads Microsoft’s product donation program, partners with nonprofits, and manages programs and projects that use technology to address complex social issues. Throughout his 17-year tenure at Microsoft, James has held a variety of roles including hand-coding HTML webpages for the Microsoft Developers Network and leading a worldwide editorial and content team out of Microsoft's Dublin, Ireland, for the launch of Office 2010. He holds an MPA from the University of Washington Evans School, founded and led a nonprofit focused on urban agriculture and food security, and has served on the board of numerous other community-focused nonprofit organizations.

Robert Cheetham

Founder & CEO, Azavea

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Robert Cheetham

Robert Cheetham is the founder and CEO of Azavea, a B Corporation that applies geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact. Azavea creates geospatial visualization and analysis software for infrastructure, climate change, urban ecosystems, elections, transit, public safety and human services. The firm’s public service mission and research focus are at the heart of its work including: open source projects, R&D partnerships with universities, the Summer of Maps program, the OpenDataPhilly project, and donating a portion of its profits to charitable organizations.

Karen Graham

Executive Director, 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 Consumer’s Guide to Donor Management Systems--designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action.

Jean-Louis Ecochard

CIO, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit

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Jean-Louis Ecochard

Jean-Louis grew up in France at the onset of the digital age and found in technology the vehicle to quickly convert his ideas into new ways of working that transformed our world. His incessant curiosity led him to pioneer many technologies that we now take for granted: online banking, caller ID, internet access, global systems, B2B, digital trading, video conferencing, online advertising, and eHealth.
Jean-Louis spent the last 15 years giving back by accelerating the mission of The Nature Conservancy, transforming it into a cloud-based digital NGO and inventing breakthrough technologies to save our oceans. He also serves as a force multiplier in non-profit collaboration.
Jean-Louis resides virtually on the Internet @jecochard and physically in New Zealand where he lives sustainably with his wife and daughters, blending roles of husband, dad and systems visionary.

Sam Cullari

Counsel, Reed Smith

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Sam Cullari

Sam joined Reed Smith in 2016 and is a member of the IP, Tech & Data Group. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Sam served as Deputy General Counsel for Comcast Corporation.

With extensive experience in privacy and data security issues in the communications industry, Sam is well-versed on regulatory issues and Federal Communications Commission rulemaking. He has gained acclaim for his knowledge on legal risks and issues involving Customary Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as well as new product and technology development.

At Comcast, Sam directed the development of the company’s CPNI compliance program. In addition, he directed compliance under corporate privacy policies and laws, and served as lead counsel for the company in a variety of regulatory and litigation matters.

James McGowan

Dir. of Development, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

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James McGowan

James joined the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in 2015 to help lead its Development and Philanthropy efforts. In this role, James works to continue the development efforts already established and to develop and execute fundraising strategies for Generation X & Y philanthropic habits. Since starting with the Food Bank, James has led the development of the CRM & Warehouse Management System upgrades. James led the biggest challenge of his career in August 2016 when the Food Bank flooded with 5 feet of water destroying the whole IT infrastructure and had to rebuild it from the ground up.

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.

Kristin Teti

Director Program Development, Taproot Foundation

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Kristin Teti

Kristin oversees the design and development of the program infrastructure needed to effectively deliver our programming and drives the product strategy for expansion of online programs. She partners with cross-functional leadership to build and implement a cohesive strategy – driven by data – that maximizes efficiency and impact across programs. Prior to taking on this role, Kristin held the position of senior manager of national programs and program and development manager for Taproot’s Los Angeles office prior to that. In addition Kristin was a leading team member in the development and launch of Taproot+ the organization’s online marketplace for pro bono.

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.

Cody Damon

President/COO, Media Cause

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Cody Damon

As an avid consumer of data, Cody Damon, President and COO of Media Cause, specializes in turning analytics into sound digital communications strategies and identifying solutions for gaps in data. He loves working with organizations creating positive change within the world – whether it’s a local startup incubator or an international NGO- through smart, strategic communications poised for digital.

David Danylewich

VP, Strategy, Planning and Systems, Right To Play

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David Danylewich

David Danylewich is Vice-President – Strategy, Planning and Systems at Right To Play. Right To Play uses play as a learning tool to unlock potential and change behaviour in children and youth in the developing world. David originally started working with Right To Play in 2008 as part of the program operations team. However in 2015 he transitioned to a new role in the organization responsible for strategic and annual planning, process development and IT. As a relatively young non-profit founded in 2001, Right To Play has an opportunity to embrace new technologies and use them to empower staff. Prior to Right To Play, David was Executive Director at Youth Challenge International and started his career at Katimavik. David has a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. David is also personally engaged in play and sport as an avid trail runner, backpacker, skier and cyclist.

Ryan Reif

Information Systems Manager, The Water Mission

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Ryan Reif

Ryan Reif studied engineering and German at the University of Connecticut and felt a calling to provide safe drinking water to people in rural areas around the world. In 2009, he joined Water Mission, a small, fast-growing nonprofit that provides safe water and sanitation solutions to developing countries and disaster areas. At Water Mission, he has built the IT department to enable transformational growth across the ministry through staff empowerment. Ryan lives in Charleston, South Carolina and in his free time enjoys spending time outside, learning about and trying new things, especially when they involve cool kickstarter projects.

William Compton

SVP, CIO, Integra

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William Compton

William Compton is senior vice president and chief information officer, responsible for the global information technology function including enterprise applications, technology infrastructure, information security and business analytics.

Mr. Compton has more than 20 years of experience in information systems, systems implementation and business transformation. Prior to joining Integra in February 2013, he was chief information officer and vice president of global shared services at ConvaTec. Earlier, he spent 10 years with Bristol Myers-Squibb and several years consulting on information systems.

Mr. Compton received a B.S. in business administration and M.I.S. from East Carolina University and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

CONFERENCE PRICING AND REGISTRATION

$450
Early Bird Pricing
  • Early Bird Registration Available Through April 30
$750
Late Registration
  • Late Pricing will open September 1

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.

GET IN TOUCH

Address

Sheraton Austin Hotel

701 E. 11th Street | Austin, Texas

PARTNERS

Microsoft Philanthropies

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 techforward@techimpact.org to find out more information about opportunities available.

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