Innovative

Understand the future of technology and how it can change our communities for the better. NGOs can harness the power of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Processing and Blockchain – learn how to leverage the availability of innovative technologies to change the way you work and make the world better.

2019 Featured Topics

Practical Uses of
Artificial Intelligence in Nonprofits

Artificial Intelligence (AI) shows great promise in addressing humanitarian, development, and conservation challenges – from emergency response to refugee education and health diagnostics. Numerous tech companies are investing time, resources, and technical expertise, working alongside nonprofits to develop solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues. Come learn about how AI can extend an nonprofit’s reach. In this educational talk we will cover what AI is and how it can be used both for planning programs and measuring impact.

Tools for Taking Action:
Cultivating an Organizational Culture
of Curiosity and Learning

This session will focus on how to develop an organizational culture that values learning and curiosity. Participants will learn about the key components of a learning culture, how to develop it within an organization, and how to sustain it for the long-term. The session will highlight research-based practices as well as stories from the field. Participants will also engage in a series of fun reflection and planning exercises to jumpstart their own learning culture efforts.

Public Policy Research in the
Era of Big Data, Cloud & AI

At its best, public policy research shines a light in the dark, illuminating social conditions so we can see our way through to solutions. But that light is only as bright as the best research tools and techniques will allow. Recent advances in data science are expanding the range of what’s visible and possible in at least three ways: filling fundamental gaps in knowledge, refining policy design, and clarifying connections between raw data and actionable information.

At the Urban Institute, we are leveraging the power of technology and data to transform the way we deliver value and accelerate impact. We work to fill knowledge gaps by accessing new sources and types of data, deploying cutting-edge methodologies to unlock them for rigorous analysis. Urban is refining policy design by leveraging advanced cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and predictive analytics to strengthen and enhance our microsimulation and policy analysis. Lastly, Urban is making high-quality information more accessible and interactive using new communication tools and technology (DataViz, APIs and Micro services).

Design Thinking for Nonprofits:
Post Conference Workshop

Does your nonprofit organization struggle to get unstuck and try new things? You’re not alone, and there are strategies that can help! In this workshop, we’ll facilitate a live and collaborative Design Thinking session. Participants will learn out of the box brainstorming techniques, paper prototyping, how to validate that your approach will actually work and how to pitch your idea.

Participants should expect an interactive and dynamic experience. During this two-hour  workshop, participants will work in small groups to bring an idea to life.

Topics and sessions will be updated on a continuous basis. Check back for updates.