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NCTech4Good Conference

  • 06 Jun 2013
  • 07 Jun 2013
  • The Friday Center, Chapel Hill

NCTech4Good's 4th Annual Conference
June 6-7 in Chapel Hill

The 4th annual NCTech4Good Conference, “Where tech meets social change,” will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, at The William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

It will be preceded by an all-day workshop on Thursday, June 6, featuring social technologies facilitator Amy Sample Ward (see brief bio below).

Registration, session proposal submissions, and sponsor submissions start January 14, 2013, at

This conference is designed to serve nonprofit professionals, volunteers and consultants, as well as small business owners. The conference focuses on technologies in areas such as fundraising, social media, and communication and advocacy tools, offering both pre-selected presentations and workshops, and spontaneous sessions.

Credits toward a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management may be obtained for attending the conference and/or the workshop, for additional fees.

Workshop: The pre-conference workshop, “Using Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community,” will be on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Friday Center, and will include a buffet luncheon. The cost of the workshop is $75 through May 31; after that date, the cost is $125. A free copy of Amy Sample Ward’s new book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community, will be available to attendees.

Evening social: There will be a social and networking event at The Aloft, near the Friday Center, on Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. for folks participating in the workshop or conference, with free hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, plus a cash bar for alcoholic beverages and other food.

Conference: The main conference begins Friday, June 7, with registration at 8 a.m. and includes morning and afternoon presentations, some selected by early online voting and some determined in the first session of the conference. Select sessions you want to attend before coming to the conference, but keep your mind open to last-minute offerings. The keynote address will be given by Amy Sample Ward. Also included are a buffet luncheon and a concluding wine & cheese reception at 5 p.m., during which a number of door prizes will be awarded. (Note: Sponsor representatives and conference organizers are exempt from prizes.) The cost of the conference is $75 through May 31; after that date, the cost is $125.

Here’s how conference sessions are determined:

- Submit proposals for presentations and workshops January 14 through February 28, 2013.

- Vote for sessions you would like to attend March 1 through March 15.

- The preselected portion of the program will be confirmed by April 1.

- Submit additional ideas for sessions and special interest gatherings until the day of the conference.

- During the opening session, pitch your session proposals, and then we’ll vote for additional sessions.

- During the keynote presentation, room assignments will be made for the additional sessions and the final display grid of session topics and room assignments will be prepared.

Amy Sample Ward: Amy Sample Ward is Membership Director with NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. Previously, she served as Community Development Manager for a program area at TechSoup Global (called Community-Driven Innovation) where, among other responsibilities, she managed the NetSquared program.

Amy focuses on leveraging technologies for social change. She is a co-author of Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage your Community to be released by Wiley and Sons in February 2013. In 2009, she co-authored Social by Social: A practical guide to using new technologies to deliver social impact. Since 2008, she has been a contributor to Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her blog focuses on strategic uses of new technologies for communities and organizations.

Things you should know:

- Directions to the Friday Center

- Be sure you park in the right parking lot. The first parking lot (on the right as you come in Friday Center Drive) is reserved staff/student parking undefined don't park there. Go a little further; you'll see the Friday Center. Take the first right after you pass the building. Parking is on the left. Parking map

- Meeting rooms can vary in temperature. You might want a sweater.

- Be sure to visit the exhibits. The sponsors allow us to keep registration fees low, and they want to show you the services they offer for nonprofits.

If you post about the conference in your blog, send tweets, post photos or video, please use the tag "nct4g".

- For the reception, we'll have complimentary beer, wine, punch, some cheeses, and fruit with dip. The Friday Center closes at 7 p.m.

You can continue conversations at a local restaurant. See the conference travel page

There is information about hotels, and other information for travelers on the conference travel page.

Bring business cards. You're going to meet a lot of interesting people. And you'll want business cards for the drawing undefined we'll have some treasures to give away.

For travelers: Blocks of rooms at a discount are available to conference attendees at The Courtyard by Marriott and The Aloft, both in Chapel Hill. The Courtyard by Marriott is adjacent to the Friday Center, and The Aloft is about a half mile away, within walking distance, but The Aloft also offers a free shuttle bus to and from the Friday Center. See Travel for more information.

For those who would like to spend the weekend in the Triangle, visitor information is available from the three visitors bureaus at, and

About NCTech4Good

NCTech4Good is the regional network for sharing knowledge about technologies that can advance the mission of nonprofit organizations. This sharing occurs during monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and the annual conference. Join the group at the Meetup site.

NCTech4Good is supported locally by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, Public Information Network, Inc (also known as RTPnet), and our sponsors, listed on the conference website. We're a NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network 501 Tech Club and a NetSquared Local group.

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