The "premier annual event for anyone interested in helping nonprofits make more effective use of technology to achieve their missions" will take place in Washington, DC, from Wednesday, April 4th through Friday, April 6th, 2007. I’ve made my arrangements to attend, and if you haven't already done so, then mark your calendars and plan to be there.
The 2007 conference, Reinventing Politics: Creating Social Change From the Ground Up, will bring more than 1,000 people together for three days of connecting, learning, educating - and playing, so that we don't forget how much fun technology and changing the world can be.
Collaborators, colleagues, and clients in the nonprofit and technology sectors will have the opportunity to share resources and learn about what works, what doesn't work, and what is in the works when it comes to using technology to help make the world a better place.
No matter what your connection to nonprofits and technology, the Nonprofit Technology Conference has something to offer. The conference will address common issues faced by nonprofit leaders, program staff, development professionals, IT staff, Circuit Riders, and other technology support providers, and topics on the agenda will span a broad range of technology expertise.
Topics on the agenda will span a broad range of technology expertise - including such things as raising money with text messaging to building a
better newsletter to microformats. With more than 90 sessions planned, you're bound to find what you're interested in. To see more topics that will be covered, browse the agenda and see what other activities are planned.
Another great opportunity not to be missed is the Day of Service. Every year, the Day of Service helps conference participants give something back to the local non-profit community. Here's how it works: conference participants and local DC area volunteers team up, pick an organization to share their skills and expertise with and spend a few hours on-site. The projects include software skills coaching and local area network documentation. If you're attending the conference, you can pick out a project online here.
Still looking for other reasons to attend? Here's what is on my list of other things to check out:
Affinity Group Meetings: Affinity Groups are groups of people with a common interest or identity that come together at the conference to talk about things that interest them. Getting involved in these meetings is a great way to share experiences, tips, and ideas and meet with people
just like you – other people who are webmasters, consultants, or bloggers, to name a few. Browse the schedule to see which meetings you want to attend.
The Science Fair: Held on Wednesday April 4 from 3pm to 8pm, the Science Fair is your
chance to meet the folks providing the tools and services that make our
sector go. Featuring over 70 companies and organizations, the Science Fair is always full of surprises.
Breakout Sessions. More than 90 breakout sessions across five tracks will cover everything from raising money with text messaging to building a
better newsletter to microformats.
Plenary Sessions. Get your dose of headliners and important information that affects all
of us in the nonprofit community over breakfast and coffee. On Thursday and Friday morning, leaders in the sector will bring new ideas and inspiration to the community.
Innovation Plaza: Stop by the Innovation Plaza to learn more about the best nonprofit projects, tools, and services from the sector.
Great Social and Networking Events including an After Party: dinner and reception with plenty of opportunities to meet peers and colleagues. All the live entertainment, food and drink will keep you entertained.
I'll certainly be there from beginning to end because it's the best opportunity I will have to meet colleagues and learn a tremendous amount about this sector. If you are going to the conference, leave a comment here or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll try to meet up before or after the conference.
See you all there!