Vancouver’s Nonprofit Tech Events Roundup for April 2017

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook and follow us on twitter at #Net2van.


Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

How to Manage a Scattered Nonprofit Team

When: Tuesday, May 2

Do you work with remote volunteers and/or staff? Are you having trouble working effectively? Or perhaps you have a routine that works, but would like to improve the experience? Nejeed Kassam, Founder and CEO of, will cover the best practices that make remote team management effortless!

Changemakers Summer Potluck

When: Tuesday, June 20


Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at

We also recommend you check out the workshops from our friends at Vantage Point and Ladies Learning Code, Camp Tech, Red Academy, Groundswell, and Spring.

Nanaimo: The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know

When: Thursday, April 6

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act must plan to complete their “transition application,” with revised constitution and bylaws, by the time of their 2017 AGM. This workshop will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition.

Imagineering ~ a kudoz #openexperience

When: Friday, April 7

Have you ever watched in wonder as a magician seemed to do the impossible? Were you delighted? Unsettled? Curious how the illusion was constructed?

Come join us for an evening with world-renowned mentalist and Kudoz host, Christopher Taylor. You’ll learn some simple illusions. You’ll meet and mingle with some fantastic folks over food and beverages.

But more than that, you’ll discover how magic is as much about creating a narrative as it is about sleight-of-hand. You’ll learn how this craft can be more than entertainment – how it can be brought into the day-to-day and impact how you experience your life, and how it can become a dimension of seeing that opens new possibilities.

Not-A-Party Election Party Presented by the Urban Worker Project

When: Saturday, April 8

Join Gen Why Media and the Urban Worker Project for a celebratory event that explores the connections between precarious work, affordability, and a stronger social safety net ahead of the 2017 provincial election. We’ll explore the issues through music, art installations, and lightning talks from community leaders.

Revelstoke: Societies Act Transition Workshop

When: Wednesday, April 10

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act must plan to complete their “transition application,” with revised constitution and bylaws, by the time of their 2017 AGM. This workshop will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition.

SVI Vancouver

When: April 19-21st

Join business leaders and social entrepreneurs at the Social Venture Institute (SVI) Vancouver for an intensive, interactive inquiry into how to face the day-to-day challenges of running a socially conscious enterprise. Join social change business leaders to fine tune your strategies, learn best practices for solving problems and build long lasting relationships with business peers and mentors.

Salesforce Nonprofit User Group

When: Thursday April 20, 2017; 12pm – 3pm (PDT)
Where: Salesforce Vancouver Offices Office #710 – 375 Water Street (Gastown) Vancouver BC V6B 5C6

Timeraiser Vancouver

When: April 27

Timeraiser is a party for social good, supporting artists and nonprofits. Here’s your chance to kickstart your art collection by giving back to your community. Bid volunteer time, not dollars, for original art by emerging Canadian artists. Bidding starts at 25 hours and maxes out at 150 hours. If a piece you love reaches 150 hours, anyone can match that bid and we’ll draw a winner at random from the max bids once the auction ends.
If you win, you have one year to finish volunteer hours and claim your piece of art. The best part? Volunteer with any nonprofit(s) you choose! Download the Timeraiser app to keep track of all your volunteer hours and send them directly to us!

Surrey: Black Boys Code Spring 2017 Hackathon

When: Saturday, April 29

Black Boys Code robotics hackathon to take place at the Surrey City Centre Library on Saturday April 29th 2017. Participants will be asked to develop the best, smartest, and most creative solution they can over the course of the BlackBoysCode Spring 2017 Hackathon Challenge. By the end of the workshop they will have programmed a physical robot to traverse obstacles. The boys will have also learned skills such as collaboration (working in teams), critical thinking (programming), and communication (presentation skills)…

Tractionforce 2017

When: May 11

TractionForce is back for a fifth year! We’ve been doing this long enough now to know what you’re looking for in a cloud technology and business transformation conference. For months, we’ve been thinking about how we can make this the most informative – and valuable – experience for you.

Supporting non-profits is a huge part of what we do. That’s why we’ve built out the non-profit portion of TractionForce. Non-profits will enjoy keynote and customer panel sessions specifically geared toward them.

Psychology for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 14-15, 2017

Over two days, you will learn the most mission critical lessons in digital psychology, and gain mastery in recognizing and applying over 40 principles of persuasive design psychology. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to reverse-engineer the psychological patterns behind the world’s most successful websites, apps, ads and social media. You will also know how to translate psychological strategies into creative content, and understand how to optimize impacts over time.

Emotion & Motivation for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 16-17, 2017

This 2-day workshop provides participants with a deep understanding of emotional design, by covering the essential lessons in the psychology and neuroscience of user emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. This workshop focuses on interactive design and content strategies aimed at evoking positive emotions, and design patterns that will help you avoid accidentally triggering negative user emotions. By the end of this workshop, you will know how to build emotionally rewarding websites, mobile apps and digital campaigns. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of emotional design strategies that will help you win your users’ trust, shape their habits, and form long-term relationships with your brand.


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Free Tech Work at RED Academy

RED Academy is looking for suitable organizations to get free digital work done by our students! Our students specialize in digital marketing, user experience design, user interface design, front-end web, and application development. Apply at or email

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to free online help from skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects. Volunteers can help with training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.


The Changemaker Summer Potluck BBQ returns this July and Eli and Ajay need your help!
We are looking for committee members who want to help lead the following roles:

  • Wrangling the musicians and BBQ DJ
  • Facilitating games! Start the group in a game of frisbee or bocce ball.
  • Communications – drafting social media and email invitations to our communities. We have the lists, but we need a writer!

If you’re interested please email or schedule me for a 15 call.

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