Save the Date - 2011 Nonprofit Software Development Summit

November 16-18th, 2011

Aspiration's Annual NPTechie Love Fest is taking place right on schedule this year, 16-18 November in Oakland.

We'll be posting registration info and other event resources in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out these resources from last year's Dev Summit:

A big love bomb of thanks to all who have joined us for past Dev Summits's, as well as all of you who will join in the fun at this year's high-spirited, fully-interactive festival of folks who are passionate about developing software tools to support the work of social change organizations and community activists.

Activist Tech Teach-In

Event Date(s): 
June 7, 2011

Learn how use online tools in sustainable ways to support social change

The Ruckus Society and Aspiration hosted a free, all-day teach-in to show activists how to use technology on their own terms, in ways that mobilize stakeholders and increase impact.

The format of the event was highly interactive and question-driven, with participants collaborating in small groups.


The learning will be hands-on, and topics covered included:

Building Online Communications in Grassroots Nonprofits

Event Date(s): 
June 23, 2011

We're returning to Fresno, CA on June 23 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm with a no-cost training on building effective online communications for nonprofits and social justice organizations. Based on feedback from Central Valley participants, this training will include two interactive sessions to help you build out your online strategy efforts.

Register for June 23 in Fresno

Establishing a Publishing Matrix:

Starting Your Nonprofit on Social Media - Fresno

Event Date(s): 
April 6, 2011

We continued our Central Valley eAdvocacy Capacity Building Program with a training in Fresno, CA on Wed, April 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. This collaborative and hands on training provided nonprofits a better understanding of how to start using social media, like Twitter, Facebook, or blogging, for their organization.

The following are the materials used during the training.

These materials are distributed under a Creative Commons license, and we encourage re-use, modification, and re-distribution in any situation where they may be useful.

The Central Valley eAdvocacy Program is generously funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation. Special thanks to the Center for Multicultural Cooperation for coordinating the event space and providing interests of the Central Valley.

Sign up for the Central Valley Mailing List to get training announcements directly to your inbox.

Questions? Email

Penguin Day DC 2011

Event Date(s): 
March 20, 2011

Learn about Free and Open Source for nonprofits!

Penguin Day returned to Washington DC right after the 2011 NTC. We got to collaborate with lots of friends, old and new alike at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

Penguin Days are designed to let nonprofits and social justice activists learn about free and open source software that can support their work and potentially save them money, including tools for web publishing, fundraising, blogging, and campaigning.

Sessions included...

  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Software
  • Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
  • Participating in Free and Open Source Communities
  • Introduction to Blogging with Wordpress
  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
  • Free Culture, Creative Commons And Open Content
  • Managing Constituents with CiviCRM
  • Mozilla Drumbeat and the Open Web


p>Penguin Day DC 2011 was organized by Aspiration and PICnet.

It was a great day and we hope to see lots of you at the next one!

Mozilla Jetpack for Learning Design Camp

Event Date(s): 
March 10, 2010 to March 12, 2010

Aspiration traveled to Austin to run a 3-day Design Camp that culminated Mozilla's Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge. Ten projects from the Challenge were invited to the Camp, which took place prior to South By Southwest Interactive 2010. Aspiration designed and led the event in partnership with Mozilla, along with Philipp Schmidt, Jetpack for Learning (JFL) Coordinator, and Brian King and Andy Edmonds, JFL Course Leads.

The camp brought together developers, designers, and educators who are connecting the best ideas from open education with the coolest new open internet technologies. Design Challenge prototypes were finalized with support from the course leaders, and additional agenda time was spent discussing and working toward a shared vision for social learning in the open web. Selection and announcement of ultimate Design Challenge winner took place during Mozilla's SXSW Interactive event.

In addition to enhancing the ten great Jetpack for Learning projects, the Design Camp had several additional objectives:

  • Strengthen the community of practice among practitioners working in the Jetpack for Learning space;
  • Engage in visioning and collaboration around the future of open web technologies in the context of education;
  • Address participant questions and learning needs regarding all aspects of Jetpack and Firefox development.

Check out the draft Design Camp Agenda as well as the Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge home page. Also see event coverage on the MacArthur Spotlight blog.


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