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Harnessing AR For More
Profound and Accessible

Idris Brewster, Founder and Executive Director, Kinfolk

Kinfolk specializing in bringing the underrepresented history of black and brown people to light using technology, with the ultimate mission of uprooting oppressive systems and reconsidering public spaces through art, technology, and storytelling.

Hear Kinfolk’s Co-Founder share his experience building and leading Kinfolk and the development of their flagship Augmented Reality app, which allows anyone with a smartphone the ability to place an AR monument that celebrates and honors history’s underrepresented heroes in community centers, local museums, living rooms, and more.

Data-driven Social Impact:
An introduction to SIRE

Hec Maldonado-Reis, Tech Impact’s Data Lab

Here’s a common issue: nonprofits need funds to obtain and leverage data, yet need data to obtain funds. How do we bridge this gap? With the increasing need to collect and utilize more operational and programmatic information with limited resources, The Data Lab has developed Social Impact Reporting and Evaluation (SIRE), a tool that aims to support community-level change.

Join this session to understand the different organizational learning opportunities that relate to social impact-driven work, determine your social impact strategy engagement readiness related to your data maturity, and become familiar with SIRE and its advantages.

Emerging Best Practices in
Tech Funding

Chantal Forster, Executive Director, Technology Association of Grantmakers

Funding nonprofit tech is gaining traction in philanthropy as grantmakers seek to provide operational support and avoid the nonprofit starvation cycle. Learn 3 emerging best practices from tech funders throughout the U.S.

Building A Visualization Dashboard

Lee Broderick, Senior Consultant, Tech Impact

Building a dashboard is easy, but understanding what data to use and how to best present it is a challenge many organizations miss. Using the build of an Annual Report as an example, learn about best practices and how to get started visualizing data for your organization.
This workshop will focus on the steps organizations need to take before they begin the visualization build including drawing out your report, identifying key performance indicators (KPIs), and documenting where the data for each metric lives. Designed for leadership members, development staff, or any other team members looking for visualization tools, this workshop does not require technical expertise.
Data Warehouse or House
of Cards? How to Tell If You
Need a Data Warehouse

Taj Carson, CEO, Inciter

In a world where everyone is talking about machine learning and artificial intelligence, a data warehouse sounds positively pedestrian. Not so fast – even though data warehouses are more accessible and affordable than ever before, they require a lot of technical expertise and resources.

Join this session where we will help you develop a framework for your organization to decide whether you should use a data warehouse. We will cover things like whether you have (or want to have) the capacity to support it, how comfortable you are managing data security in a cloud-based warehouse, and cost vs. benefit analysis. Leave with a better understanding of whether and how your organization can benefit from a warehouse.

The Ins and Outs
of SOC and SIEM

Francis Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Tech Impact

As security measures continue to grow, so does the threat landscape they are trying to protect against. SOC (Security Operations Center) and SIEM (Security Incident Event Management) combine two powerhouse services that help nonprofits stay ahead of attackers.
SOC is the team of security professionals that manages an organization’s security operations. While SIEM is the software solution used by the SOC to collect, analyze, and report on security data. SOC and SIEM play a critical role in maintaining an organization’s security posture and protecting against cyber threats. In this session, learn about what this means for nonprofits, how to identify your specific needs, and build an action plan to help unsure your organization’s safety and its ability to meet the requirements for cybersecurity insurance.
How Dashboards Changed
Our Organization

Brian Ford, Chief of Staff, National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)

Dashboards are a popular concept, and for good reason. When built with intentionality, they are a quick and easy snapshot of organizational data that save your constituents a great deal of time. We are excited to bring you an interactive session where you can explore inefficiencies to target and resolve through easily digestible reports and extraordinary clarity. (Spoiler alert: open dialogue about what does not work [and why] is KEY!)
Join the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) team for a peek behind the curtain at how they created efficiencies and built an interactive reporting dashboard for staff and board members without breaking the bank. This simple, but powerful technology created a vehicle to better communicate KPI and impact data real time. Learn how NEFE identified the gap, turned it into an opportunity and created a solution that continues to evolve and support the organization.
Do you need Digitalization or
a Digital Transformation?

Matthew Bonn, Sr. Functional Consultant, Zuri

When organizations are ready to focus on updating and upgrading their systems and procedures, it’s important to understand different methodologies and their benefits. In this session, we’ll examine the difference between digitalization and digital transformation, and why organizations need to transform, not just automate their businesses. We’ll cover the challenges, approaches, and areas of transformation through metrics and workbooks to map out customized plans.

Analytics Doesn't Need To Be
Dramatic To Be Valuable

Andrew Patricio, Principal, Digital Services, Unidos US

With terms like “data science” we may be guilty of unconsciously setting unrealistically high expectations when we make the case for analytics to our colleagues and leadership. But in reality, organizations don’t need it to be that daunting, or to wait for some unexpected program result or startling correlation to justify an investment in analytics. It’s less about insights in results than insights in actions: what can and does your analytics tell you about what to do next?
Join this session to hear how Unidos harnessed experimentation in analytics – systematically trying different approaches and iterating towards what is most effective – and how you can take your analytics from dramatic promises to ubiquitous usage.
Everyone Gets a (Cybersecurity
and Privacy) Framework!

Junell Felsburg, Sr. Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure, The Columbus Foundation

As cybersecurity threats and compliance requirements continue to grow and expand, it’s more important than ever for organizations to have a clear and comprehensive cybersecurity program in place. But with so many frameworks and recommendations, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s where the Secure Controls Framework comes in.

In this session, designed for organizational leaders building or expanding their cybersecurity programs, you’ll learn how to use the Secure Controls Framework, Maturity Modeling, and objective-based implementation programs to create a program customized for your organization’s needs.

The best part? The Secure Controls Framework isn’t just another set of rules to follow. Instead, it provides a clear framework for organizing and building secure and compliant cybersecurity and privacy programs that work. And because they have overlapping components with other frameworks and recommendations, you can be sure you’re building a program based on real-world best practices. You’ll leave with the tools and knowledge to build a strong, effective, compliant cybersecurity program that protects your organization from even the most sophisticated threats.

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