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

From keynotes and plenaries 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:

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

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.

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 opens June 1.

Congratulations to the 2017 Technology Innovation Award Winners!

2018 Speaker Highlights

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. Jay and his wife Chelsea live in Berkeley with their two sons Cole & Case.``

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.

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.

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.

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. When not working or organizing, Sam enjoys quilting, cooking, hikes outside of cell phone range, and singing rather poorly.

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.

CONFERENCE PRICING AND REGISTRATION

$450
Early Bird Pricing
  • 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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