January 2017 Nonprofit Tech Events in Vancouver

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!

Understanding the New Top-Level Domains (TLDs)

When: Tuesday, January 10
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/233917175/

The way web addresses work is in the midst of a revolution. After 20 years of .com, .org, .ca and a few others, there are now more than a thousand new top-level-domains available for use. Today you can register a web address at .vip, .ketchup or .swiss. What does this shift mean for orgs? How can your organization explore the opportunities that all these new top-level domains represent?

Get Hands-On Help to Reclaim Your Domain

When: Monday, January 16; 3:00 – 5:00 PM
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/114816772/

Join us for our free “Reclaim Your Domain” office hours and get personal 1:1 or small group support for any of your domain-related questions.

Get help with:

  • Selecting a domain name (if you don’t already have one)
  • Determining the best free option for creating email address on your own domain
  • Transitioning your website to your own name like MyCharityName.Ca

Nonprofit Technology Show and Tell

When: Thursday, March 16
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/net2van/events/236276934/

This is a crowdsourced session, where participants are given up to five minutes to share a tool they use in their non-profit tech life. Learn from the best – each other.

Share anything that helps you do the amazing work you do. It can be a CRM, communication tool, fundraising platform, some social media magic-sauce, automation or other clever web genius that helps you further your mission or cause or execute your work. We only ask that you can show the solution and say what and why you use it.


Social Media Surgery: Hands on advice & help

When: Saturday, January 14
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Net2Vic/events/234607555/

The basic idea of a Social Media Surgery is that it’s an informal event where anyone in the community with questions about how to use social media (“patients”) can come and sit down with someone who is more experienced in that area (“surgeons”, aka “doctors” as we would say) and get friendly, personal advice.

Creating Integrated Campaigns – Multi-Channel Marketing in a Multi-Faceted World

When: Tuesday, January 24
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Net2Vic/events/235131286/

There are SO many channels to market your organization online and offline. Where do you start? What’s good strategy? How do you put a campaign together? Learn about a holistic, integrated approach to non-profit campaigns that tie it all together: Direct Mail, Direct Email, Online Advertising, SEO, and Out of Home Ads. Create a smooth donor experience and maximize your brand exposure!


Free Tech Work at RED Academy

RED Academy is looking for suitable organizations to get free digital work done by our students!

RED Academy is a leading-edge tech school for the designers, developers, disruptors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Our students specialize in digital marketing, user experience design, front-end web, and application development. A huge contributor to our student’s success is that they have the opportunity to work with real clients through our Community Partnership Program. It’s through these projects that our students gain real world experience which allows them to leave our programs ready to enter the tech industry.

If you have a project that needs RED’s help apply here: https://www.redacademy.com/community-projects or email andee@redacademy.com.

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects. The program is completely free and since its start has matched thousands of nonprofits and schools with skilled tech volunteers that have improved the technology capacity of these organizations.

The type of tech help the volunteers can provide ranges from training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. Best of all tech help from The Community Corps is free. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.


If you have a job to share reach out on Twitter using the hashtag #net2van or post to our free jobs board.


Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at info@net2van.com.

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.

Access Makeathon

When: January 27 – 29
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-makeathon-vancouver-2016-tickets-3473530423

The Access Makeathon is a 48 hour event that connects a person with a disability to a team of makers. Makers will build an open source assistive technology that directly addresses a need of the person they are paired with. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.

Squamish: Introduction to Project Management for Nonprofits

When: Friday, February 10
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-project-management-for-nonprofits-tickets-29879785242?aff=rss

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Non-Profit leaders to the practice of project management. You will learn how project management can assist you in successfully planning and completing initiatives through the use of basic project management tools and processes.

Tableau Training: Telling stories with data

When: February 22 – 23
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tableau-training-telling-stories-with-data-tickets-29682050813

This two-day, hands-on workshop with award-winning data journalist Chad Skelton will teach you the fundamentals of Tableau, the world’s leading data visualization software, as well as the principles of data storytelling. You’ll learn the technical skills you need to use Tableau effectively to analyze and visualize your data. And you’ll also learn the art of telling stories with data — from how to choose the right chart type to designing engaging Dashboards — from someone with years of experience building popular interactive maps and charts.

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

When: November 14-15, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-for-digital-behavior-change-training-week-vancouver-registration-30143121889

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
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychology-for-digital-behavior-change-training-week-vancouver-registration-30143121889

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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