Thursday, April 15, 2010

Recommended Conference: NTEN

We just returned from the 10th annual Non-Profit Technology Network Conference, held in Atlanta this week, which was attended by over 1,400 representatives from non-profits from around the world.

Leading up to the Conference, we hosted a Webinar in February, "No Wrong Door" which introduced a large philanthropic audience to CommunityOS.

At the conference, we hosted two Affinity Group discussions, "Data Exchange Specialists" and "Disaster Response Partners". These groups were a big hit, with participants ranging from local non-profits from across the country, to international organizations such as  Habitat for Humanity, Compassion International, Ushaditi, and the American Red Cross.

We also presented a workshop "Data Sharing: The Need for Client & Resource Data Standards" which focused on the need to, and the options for, sharing data across partnering organizations.  We discussed data sharing on common technical platforms, and data sharing across dissimilar systems. Clearly, there is a great deal of energy on this topic and we hope to support an ongoing conversation among participants in these various sessions.  And if that weren't enough, we hosted the NTEN Cyber Cafe and a booth at the "Science Fair".

NTEN is a great resource, check them out at www.nten.org.  You'll find everything from quick tips to solid research and resources useful to nonprofit organizations.  And the best part is that the organization attracts high caliber talent, so the networking and conversations between participants and members is truly engaging and worthwhile.

Dr. W. Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink, Inc.