California Nonprofit Technology Festival, Los Angeles 2019

Event Date(s): 
July 10, 2019 to July 11, 2019

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Join us on July 10 and 11 in Los Angeles, CA, for the California Nonprofit Technology Festival!

California Nonprofit Technology Festivals are Aspiration's state-wide, participant-driven gatherings designed to bring together nonprofit staff, community organizers, social justice techies, activists, students, and tech capacity builders to share knowledge, build leadership, and leverage technology to power our movements in just and sustainable ways.

The CA Tech Fest is envisioned as a safe and collaborative space for emerging leaders to collaborate with experienced practitioners and share their thoughts, engage in critical conversations, and build lasting connections across communities and networks. The agenda is designed with folks who want to grow their technology skills and strategic knowledge while connecting with others who are passionate about building and organizing across the state.

Come share your story, foster an ethic of listening, learn new tech and strategy skills and leave with connections to a passionate and growing community.

Register Now

If you're interested in participating but need support getting there, get in touch with us. We would love to have you there and have sliding scale registration, travel support, and scholarships for those who need it. Email us to learn more.

Location: We'll be hosting CA Tech Fest at:

1611 S Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Building on CA Tech Fest 2018

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Our most recent CA Nonprofit Technology Festival took place in Fresno, CA, where an inspiring network of local leaders collaborated with allies from around the state to build tech capacity, share knowledge, and strengthen networks of rural and urban leaders across the state.

We're excited to co-organize CA Tech Fest in Los Angeles with locally-based community members and allies to center local issues, build leadership, and strengthen connections across the state.

Things you can learn at CA Tech Fest

Much of the agenda will be co-created with participants in the time leading up to the event. Topics that are likely to be on the agenda include:

  • Technology strategy and planning: processes and practices for richly integrating technology into programs, campaigns, and other community efforts.
  • Best practices for online communications, including coordinating messaging and online channels as well as using analytics to measure reach and engagement.
  • Practical information security: what steps you can take to better protect organizational data and utilize more sustainable practices.
  • Paying for technology: how to manage and constrain costs while also finding ways to pay for essential tools and services.
  • Managing and protecting your organization's online identity, from domain names to contact information to security certificates and other elements of online identity.
  • Managing technology projects, both in terms of scoping deliverables and roles to actually seeing things through to completion.
  • Facilitative leadership: developing collaborative, open processes to address tech needs, co-design solutions and campaigns, and empower collective outcomes.

Sessions at CA Tech Fest have been language diverse on topics including digital storytelling, video production, data visualization, online and offline communications strategies, website maintenance, text and email encryption, protecting organizational data, and organizer self care.

Check out the most recent event agenda and session notes on our CA Tech Fest wiki.

Co-creating the Agenda

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The CA Tech Fest agenda is participant-driven and collaboratively designed as a combination of planned sessions and participant-led discussions. Conversations are movement diverse and designed to uplift local and collective knowledge, wisdom, and experiences.

To make sure the topics reflect the needs, passions, experiences, and talents of the people in the room, agenda topics are based on input contributed by participants both before and during the event.

If there is a session or discussion you would like to help facilitate or if you have an idea for the agenda, let us know.

We invite you to bring your stories, ideas, questions, and knowledge to share.

Help us co-create safe and accessible spaces

We strive to host accessible events that maximize the opportunity of all individuals to participate and engage wholly in all spaces and activities, in full respect of cultural and linguistic identities, care needs, and abilities.

NAVEL is wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral restrooms, and is close to public transit options with close parking availability. You can check out a map with details here.

For inquiries about accessibility or accommodation requests, please get in touch with us. Feel free to email us or give us a call at 415-839-6456.

We invite you to check out our Participation Guidelines and Event Expectations for sharing and exploration at Aspiration events. All participants will be expected to help create the most inclusive and safe space possible by honoring the Participation Guidelines and Expectations.

We welcome suggestions and ideas for how we can create even more inclusive and accessible spaces at our events. Share your thoughts with us.

Co-conveners and Community Partners

We are honored and excited to co-organize CA Tech Fest in Los Angeles with an inspiring group of co-conveners and community partners.

Co-conveners: LA Coop Lab, Advancing Justice Los Angeles, Information Ecology, Eastside LEADS and Central California Environmental Justice Network.

Community Partners: The Everett Program, Media Justice and Creative Commons.

We always welcome new collaborations with organizations and partners across the state. Please get in touch to start the conversation!

Let us help you get there

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If you're passionate about social justice and technology and want to participate but need support getting there, please let us know. We would love to have you there and want to find a way to make it work.

We have sliding scale registration, registration scholarships, and limited travel stipends for those who need them.

Please get in touch with us to discuss options.


Reach out to us if you want to connect or have any questions about attending. We look forward to celebrating and sharing space with you in July!