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Techno-Activism Third Monday

Event Date(s): 
September 19, 2016

6pm-8pm
2973 16th St., Suite 300, across from the 16th & Mission BART

Want to meet allies in the Bay area who share your commitment to digital rights? Got ideas, projects, campaigns, or data to share? Want to discuss your shared —or differing—concerns in a relaxed environment without any mansplaining?

Then join us for Techno-Activism Third Monday in September!

CampaignCon - Activism and Technology Skillshare

Event Date(s): 
October 24, 2016 to October 27, 2016

How can we push the boundaries of digital campaigning for social change? A diverse mix of campaigning orgs and activist groups are coming together October 24-27 near Barcelona, Spain for CampaignCon, a skillshare on next-generation campaigning. We'll grow networks and build capacity through peer learning, and develop strategies to mobilize people-powered movements.

Is there a digital response ecosystem?

We have been working on a map of the digital response ecosystem here at Aspiration. While we still have a ways to go, I wanted to pause to reflect on why we are working on it and some things I have learned along the way. If you're so inclined, the closing section includes a request for feedback and a way to be in touch.

The technology of Doctors Without Borders

After HumTechFest and the Humanitarian Technology Innovation Conference, I headed up to Toronto for the Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières / MSF) Canada Logistics Day. This is a day where MSF showcases and explores the ways they currently (and potentially could) do logistics.

San Francisco August digital responder meetup

Event Date(s): 
August 11, 2016

Calling all active, past, and potential digital responders! We want to know what you're up to, treat to you some snacks and beverages, and get to know why you do what you do. Join us for a lightly structured meetup on Thursday, August 11th from 5:30p to 7:30p in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood just off the 16th Street BART stop.

San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center Ten Year Anniversary Party

Event Date(s): 
August 4, 2016

The San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center is celebrating our ten year anniversary with a party at the Tech Center on August 4 at 5pm, and you're invited! Come share a drink and a snack with fellow nonprofit techies, staff, and activists.

Where:

San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center
2973 16th Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

When:

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 5pm-8pm

About the SF Tech Center:

Community organizations in times of crisis

We have been working at Aspiration on our digital humanitarian and disaster response program for a year and a half. On June 4th and 5th, we hosted our second Humanitarian Technology Festival as an interactive and participatory event for practitioners, students, designers, etc. to gather and contribute to the current state of response.

Civic tech and digital response

We are preparing for the Humanitarian Technology Festival on June 4th and 5th in Cambridge, Mass. This participatory event is for field practitioners, media makers and storytellers, technology developers, information security practitioners, members of affected populations, researchers, and everyone in between. We are hoping for a strong contingent of civic tech and civic media folk as well, for reasons we hope this post will make clear.

West Coast digital responder meetup

Event Date(s): 
June 16, 2016

Ever wanted to know about, or work on, disaster and humanitarian response technology from a people-first perspective? Aspiration's Humanitarian Technology Festival (#HumTechFest) strives to build capacity for humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts through technology and community.

CA Tech Fest Watsonville Agenda

The following is the working agenda for the California Nonprofit Technology Festival on April 28 and 29 in Watsonville, California.

Planning better disaster response with the Climate Centre

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre is an interesting organization, tasked with advising all the different Red Cross and Red Crescent groups, whether country- or topic-based, to understand and reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on vulnerable people. Some of this has to do with understanding long-term trends and shifts, some of it with training about how climate works, and some in specialized support and resources.

Humanitarian TechFest 2016 East Coast

Event Date(s): 
June 4, 2016 to June 5, 2016

HumTechFest is for those who have ever wanted to know about, or work on, disaster and humanitarian response technology from a people-first perspective. Our second #HumTechFest took place on June 4th and 5th in Cambridge, MA as a participatory and community-driven convening designed for field practitioners, media makers and storytellers, technology developers, information security practitioners, members of affected populations, researchers, and everyone in between.

When?

    Saturday and Sunday
    June 4th and 5th
    9:30am - 6:00pm both days

Where?

Those who could not make it to the East Coast were encouged to join us for a West Coast meetup on similar topics Thursday June 16th from 6p to 9p.

Agenda

Sessions

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Agenda and Sessions

The agenda was co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up and during the event.

We' tried to build capacity for humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts through technology and community. This event happened the weekend before the related but different Humanitarian Technology Conference.

Topic areas which were likely to be on the agenda included...

  • Existing Response Technology Projects
  • Situational Awareness
  • Responsible Data Lifecycles
  • Easier After-Action Reports
  • Self-Care for Organizers
  • Participant-Led Sessions: More than half of the agenda were built by participants before and during the event, covering topics, tools, themes and issues proposed by those present.
  • Learning by Making: Hands-on workshops for sharing essential technology skills.

Let us know what should be on the agenda and how we can make this event more relevant and valuable for you!

Humanitarian TechFest 2016 East Coast Sessions

The Humanitarian Technology Festival session list will be co-developed with participants, facilitators, and partners in the time leading up and during the Festival.

The agenda will be designed and facilitated using Aspiration's unique participatory model, in an environment where powerpoint slides are discouraged and dialog and collaboration drive the learning.

Sessions likely to be on the agenda include...

Humanitarian TechFest 2016 East Coast Agenda

The following is the agenda for the Humanitarian TechFest 2016 happening on June 4th and 5th in Cambridge, MA.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

9:30 - Coffee and light breakfast

10:00 - Opening Circle

The event will start with introductions and welcomes, an overview of the agenda and guidelines, and announcements.

10:30 - Interactive Plenary

2016 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 16, 2016 to November 18, 2016

Dev Summit

Our 13th annual Nonprofit Software Development Summit took place November 16 - 18, 2016 at Preservation Park.

Unified in our plurality of voices - Global Voices Exchange

Global Voices is "a border-less, largely volunteer community of more than 1400 writers, analysts, online media experts and translators." They've been around since 2005, weaving together locally-produced stories from all over the globe.

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