Events and Conferences: Local Constituencies Work to Solve Globally Relevant Problems
In an age of virtual communications and social media friendships, face‐to‐face meetings are more valuable than ever before. They create the personal bonds that online networks build upon and extend.
To foster social impact, different communities — that do not automatically intersect in the normal course of events — must be engaged. These communities include civil society organizations, community members, tech companies, technology activists, philanthropists, and government. Face‐to‐face conferences and meetups build trust and help participants to understand and collaborate with each other.
The TechSoup partner network has developed an expertise; it brings together a diverse cross-section of the community to foster discourse about tech and innovation with current and potential stakeholders. These in-person events spur meaningful discussion toward common goals and enable people to explore opportunities to drive partnerships, increase socioeconomic development, and advance new technologies.
Our events have a variety of formats. Besides conferences and summits, we hosted one of the very first innovation challenges in 2007, which helped launch Ushahidi. These events have evolved into volunteer‐powered, community‐based meetups that now happen regularly in more than 50 cities around the world.
Looking at a room of 30 people from all walks of the nonprofit sector, I wasn’t sure my planned session was going to work. The participants represented very diverse causes – from HIV intervention and prevention, cultural restoration and preservation, empowerment of rural farmers, faith-based child protection, food wastage, disability rights, to LGBTQ and gender … Continue reading Mapping NGO Capacities Across the Region
The TechSoup team participated in the BarCamp ASEAN Conference 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for an annual gathering of local tech companies, large business, small enterprises, government offices, nonprofits, and students. A two-day coming together of different sectors and groups, all in the purpose of finding ways to collaborate and open opportunities for Cambodia’s promising youth. As … Continue reading BarCamp ASEAN : Top NGO Priorities
At the ICT Mekong Camp 2017 where more than 120 participants from the Mekong countries convened, five key issues continuously cropped up in conversations and break out sessions: hate speech, fake news, digital security, information privacy, and tech knowledge and support. Although the five Mekong countries are in very different stages of economic development, with … Continue reading TechSoup’s Role in Strengthening Civil Society in the Mekong region
Simon Gee and Matt Jung joined the AVPN Conference in Bangkok, Thailand last 9 June 2017.
In November 2016, India announced a complete ban on the 1000 and 500 rupee notes, as part of the government’s efforts to crack down on the counterfeit economy. Operating on a 95% cash transaction basis, the sudden move to a sudden cashless economy left the majority of Indians in a panic – vendors who mostly … Continue reading Digi-monetization of India
Less than 30 years ago, ageing populations were perceived to be a burden to families and society – their contributions to community were heavily outweighed by the need to look after them. In recent years, the emergence of new technology solutions, designed and built specifically to address ageing on different levels, be it dementia, Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Ageing in a Technological Era
Every year, we tour different cities around Taiwan to explore new ICT innovation and trends with the nonprofit communities. In 2017, we hosted three events, including CEO Day, in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Topics covered included “NGO Case Studies: Appliances of Azure and Office 365”, “NGO Website Design in Mobile Age” and group discussions among CEOs. … Continue reading NGO Connection Day 2017 in Taiwan
Nonprofits around the globe face similar challenges. However, with changes in political landscapes, shifts in economic powers and evolving market trends, these challenges often become very geographically contained. In early May 2017, TechSoup Thailand organized a networking and learning event to understand the current challenges that Thai nonprofits are facing. As a technology nonprofit, TechSoup … Continue reading Reintroducing TechSoup Thailand
The “Technology for Good Day” event, formerly known as “NGO Day”, has established itself as a key platform for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public and private sectors to exchange experience, develop partnership and explore new ICT and strategies in meeting social needs of all kinds. It also signifies the 13th year collaboration between Microsoft Hong Kong … Continue reading Technology for Good Day 2017
“Anyone here uses Skype for international calls?” Sheepish grins around the room, then silence. “I know little bit lah, but not so pandai (clever in Bahasa Malaysia). Can teach Aunty?” This was the typical response we received during our training for nonprofits: they’ve heard, they’ve seen, but never explored. Be it Skype, Slack, MailChimp, Outlook, … Continue reading How Digital Literacy Affects Nonprofits
Every year, we tour in different cities around Taiwan to explore new ICT innovation and trends with NGOs. In 2016, we hosted six events around Taiwan with topics covered “Office 365: Sharings and Experiences of NPO”, “Powerful Tool for Social Workers: Visio with Powerful Pedigree Stencil” and strategy of social media contents. 499 attendees, representing … Continue reading Taiwan: 2016 NGO Connection Day
In December 2016, Hong Kong’s I.T Resource Center (ITRC) organized the ITRC Forum 2016 themed Computing Everywhere. The forum served as a platform for nonprofits and ICT solution providers to meet and share relevant technology trends and development. The main objective of the forum was to encourage the adoption of ICT applications among nonprofits, which in … Continue reading Hong Kong: ITRC Forum 2016 – Computing Everywhere
The Macau ICT Forum 2016, co-organized by HKCSS and the Social Work Bureau of Macau Government, is held at Macau on December 14, 2016. The aim of the Forum is to facilitate the understanding of ICT trends and the role of ICT in delivering and advancing social services for NGO coworkers. The Forum includes … Continue reading Hong Kong: Macau ICT Forum 2016
There is much to learn in Myanmar, a country that has just embraced globalization for the first time in its history. The TechSoup Asia-Pacific team recently embarked on a short familiarization trip to Myanmar, to meet with stakeholders and understand the social development challenges that the country is facing, having just opened its doors to … Continue reading Tech For Nonprofits In A New Democracy
This conference will be on 18-20 May at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne, and is hosted by TechSoup’s partner, Connecting Up.
SocTech is the abbreviation of Social Tech(nology), a new initiative of the Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC). SocTech promotes inter-sectoral collaboration between the social and technology sectors, emphasizing the power of technology as a society shaper. In the mid to long-term, SocTech targets to foster a vibrant and dynamic culture in the Hong Kong community, … Continue reading Hong Kong: SocTech
Earlier this year, DBS Foundation kicked off the inaugural DBS Social Innovators 2016. The HK$2 million program provides funding and incubation support to social innovators to solve various problems through social entrepreneurship. Over the past three years, DBS Foundation has promoted the development of social enterprises in Hong Kong amounting to HK$6 million. The Foundation … Continue reading Hong Kong: HKCSS – DBS Social Innovators 2016 Final Pitch
Frontier Foundation has hosted NGO Connection Day in Taiwan since 2008. Every year, we tour in different cities around Taiwan to explore new ICT innovation and trends with NGOs. Over 4,000 NGO workers attended 46 campaigns. NGO Connection Day has been an annual highlight for NGO ICT sector in Taiwan. If you need more information, … Continue reading NGO Connection Day in Taiwan
The Technology for Good Day, formerly known as NGO Day, was a grand success this year. Sixty-two senior executives attended the executive breakfast, and 87 IT managers and front line officers attended the half-day conference. Fifty-one NGO coworkers attended the two technical workshops. The theme of the event was Cloud Technology – From Theory to … Continue reading Hong Kong: Technology for Good 2016 Events
#WeSpeakCode in Jakarta, March 2015, a week-long series of workshops hosted by Microsoft, the YCAB Foundation and TechSoup Asia, specifically dedicated to introducing coding to students, women and nonprofits
Hosted by TechSoup partner ASSIST in Manila in Oct. 2014, the Digital Summit for Development Strategies brought together 400 Delegates and 55 speakers and thought-leaders to connect and share innovative, tech-related solutions
These are monthly meetups of tech-minded non-profits to share new innovative technology best practices.
This one day event was attended by 400 youths and 25 different NGOs all seeking to build opportunities and connect willing volunteers to NGOs