CA Tech Leadership Summit near Bakersfield, California

Event Date(s): 
July 30, 2015 to July 31, 2015

On July 30 and 31, 2015, fellow capacity builders, mentors, and community organizers from across the state joined together at the first California Nonprofit Technology Leadership Summit held near Bakersfield, California at the National Chavez Center.

We'll see you at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit!

Allied Media Conference 2015

We are flying to Detroit, Michigan to participate in the Allied Media Conference from June 18-21. Aspiration and friends will include Misty, Javier, Nasma, Beatrice Martini, and Michelle Thorne.

We're excited to get lost in the flurry of sessions and festivities, but hopefully we find you somewhere along the way. Here's a snapshot of our known agenda if you want to connect.

Capacity building in Spanish: What's lost in translation?

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The Spanish-speaking community faces unique accessibility challenges with technology. Most technology tools are built solely with English-language users in mind, and are often too costly for most migrant communities in California. This holds especially true among nonprofit organizations working in service of Latin@ communities.

Construyendo capacidad en español: ¿Que se pierde en la traducción?

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La mayoría del tiempo, la comunidad latin@ enfrenta desafíos de acceso a la tecnología. Las herramientas tecnológicas han sido, y siguen siendo diseñadas para usuarios que hablan inglés, y también son muy costosas para las comunidades migrantes en California. Esto es especialmente cierto entre organizaciones sin fines lucrativos que trabajan en servicio de comunidades latin@s.

Escuchando a las organizaciones sin fines lucrativos a través del estado de California, nos dimos cuenta de la necesidad de una colaboración en diseñar y facilitar talleres tecnológicos en español. Para empezar, durante los meses de Marzo y Abril estuvimos localizando nuestros talleres de comunicación en linea ya existentes. Organizamos nuestro primer taller en español en Los Angeles con la ayuda de IDEPSCA, el 8 de mayo del 2015. Los recursos están disponibles aquí. A continuación encontrarán algunas de las cosas que aprendimos durante el taller en Los Angeles.

Digital humanitarian response: Meanwhile, in Nairobi...

I was in Nairobi, Kenya, at the end of April participating in various happenings across humanitarian response spaces. From interactive gameplay to resiliency indicators, here's how we focused attention on frontline communities through digital means.

Facilitating gameplay to model for resource allocation

Game materials to indicate water points

I attended the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9) with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre in Nairobi on April 24-30. I was there to facilitate a game which simulated the citizen reporting of water resource status and distribution in an area to better inform allocation.

The game stems from Taarifa, a free software project that has been widely deployed to collect, visualize, and map infrastructure information. The Climate Centre is well known (and appreciated) for their distillations of complex climate, environmental, and social systems into fun-to-play games, which are available on their website.

CA Roadshow: Building strategies for technology use

Social Justice Tech Skillshare mind-mapping

After a week on the road, JC and I are back from this year's first California Training Roadshow. We ventured from the Bay to Bakersfield, then continued on to Los Angeles where we met Misty and hosted two interactive events with local nonprofits and organizers.

To kick things off, fifteen people joined us on May 6th for the Social Justice Technology Skillshare. We started the day by creating a mind-map of what topics to address and questions to answer. An interesting distribution of topics emerged compared to previous years.

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