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The BADCamp Nonprofit Summit (NPS) is back in Berkeley for 2015, with even more opportunities for nonprofits and developers to collaborate, learn, and grow! We’ve got a full day of case studies, presentations, and small group breakout sessions, all led by nonprofit tech experts. Come and discover new tools and strategies, learn how to use them, and make contacts with other members of the Drupal Nonprofit community!

Non-Profit Summit Schedule8:00 - 9:00am: Registration
9:00 - 9:15am: Morning Introductions
9:15 - 10:00am: Lightning Talks

  • Community Technology - When Open Source Isn't Open Enough - Clayton Dewey, Aten Design Group
  • Drupal and Beyond: A Framework for Success - Sean Larkin, ThinkShout
  • The Care and Feeding of your Drupal Site - Jack Aponte, Palante Tech Cooperative
  • A Global First Strategy - Morgan Rich,

10:00 - 11:00am: Breakout Sessions (Four)

11:00 - 11:30am: Wrap up / Report back & announcements of afternoon
11:30 - 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00 - 1:15pm: Post-Lunch Icebreaker
1:15 - 1:30pm: Lightning Talk

  • Drupal8 Adventures - Evan Liebman, Memorial Sloan Kettering

1:30 - 2:30pm: Breakout Sessions

2:30 - 2:45pm: Report Back
2:45 - 3:00pm: Break
3:00- 4:00pm: Breakout Sessions

4:15 - 4:30pm: Lightning Talk

  • Digital Storytelling with Multimedia in Drupal - Christian Anthony, Earthjustice

4:30 - 4:45pm: Open EOD discussion time
4:45 - 5:00pm: Wrap up & Closing
5:00 - 6:00pm: - Continue the conversations in the Marsh Theater bar

Breakouts are back in a big way! We have an amazing group of speakers and facilitators who are excited to share with the community their insights and experiences at this year’s summit.

Some of the confirmed highlights include the following awesome sessions:

Fundraising with Drupal - Brett Meyer - ThinkShout
Nonprofits depend on fundraising – most of it offline. According to a recent report "93% of funds given to nonprofit organizations came from traditional means in 2014”. But that’s changing. It has to. As older donors are replaced by people who may have never owned a checkbook, online fundraising, already on the rise, will be critical to the success of every nonprofit. Drupal can, and should, be at the heart of that. Come to this session armed with your stories of fundraising success (or failure). We’ll explore current solutions and talk about where we want to go next.

Community Technology - When Open Source Isn't Open Enough
Clayton Dewey of Aten Design

Open source projects and their communities are founded on principles of freedom, transparency and collaboration. However, a project that embodies these values requires much more than just the ability to view and edit source code. We'll explore the new term "community technology" that is being used to describe projects that apply these three principles in a more holistic approach and its impact on Drupal and other open source communities. 

The Care and Feeding of your Drupal Site
Jack Aponte, Palante Technology Cooperative

So your organization's just launched a shiny new Drupal site, or you continue to use a less shiny but still great site that you've had for while. How do you make sure your site continues chugging along in a stable, swift and secure manner? Let's talk about how to approach ongoing maintenance and development for your nonprofit's Drupal site, including evaluating and applying software updates, responding to security concerns, building new functionality into an existing site, and figuring out when it's time to make the leap and upgrade the entire site.

Conscious Decoupling: A Unique Drupal Architecture, But is It Right for You?
Four Kitchens - Jeff Tomlinson, Dustin Younse

Your site’s content and it’s presentation still love each other, but does living together really allow them to grow in ways that are healthy for each as individuals? A decoupled (a.k.a. Headless) Drupal architecture can give you the power to leverage Drupal in new and exciting ways, but there are several potential roadblocks. In this session we will discuss how to successfully use a decoupled architecture, the issues you may encounter along the way, and whether it’s the right solution for your organization. We hope to hear your thoughts, so come prepared with stories and questions!

Practical Web Strategy for Small to Mid-Sized Nonprofits
Giant Rabbit - Daniel Heath

This session is for tech decision-makers--from accidental techies tasked with dealing with "the web" (because no one else wants to) to nonprofit leaders who want to chart a productive technology course for their organization. If your organization is small enough, you might be both people--accidental techie, over-taxed leader, haver-of no time and no budget, but the same fundamental needs as an organization with ten times your budget.

If you're that techie, you don't have a lot of experience (yet)--how do you pick a direction that doesn't lead to a lot of late nights and weekends and possibly leave your organization in a bind? If you're that leader, Drupal sounds amazing--but what are you really signing up for if you choose to use it, and what other choices do you have?

Internationational & Globalization with Drupal - Morgan Rick
At, we're in the process of shifting to a "global first" mentality. The catalyst for this change was a new initiative to bring on two new affiliates from Mexico and Brazil. Presently we're serving eight different sites, seven of which are built out of an international multisite for our non-U.S. affiliates. To help facilitate the global first strategy, the tech team has been transforming our U.S. site into a global platform that will serve as an umbrella for users from the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and all other countries for which we don't yet have affiliates. With Drupal's internationalization and localization tools, AWS Regions, and Fastly CDN support, we're building a scalable platform to support members from all over the world while giving them all a consistent, localized and streamlined experience.

Technology Projects as Community Organizing Opportunities
Misty Avila, Aspiration
In this session, we will discuss steps you can take to apply community organizing principles to your technology project and how non-technology factors typically exceed technology factors in determining the ultimate success of any technology solution at a nonprofit. By adhering to core social justice principles, engaging your community in meaningful ways, lingering in the problem space during pre-deployment activities, and moving to deployment in intentional, transparent and iterative steps, we believe you maximize your odds of seeing your tech strategy enjoy impact in your work.

DevOps in the Real World
Mike Pirog, Kalamuna
Do you do DevOps at your non-profit? Do you know what DevOps is and want to get in on the party? Do you have NO IDEA what DevOps is but know that you should? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this breakout might be for you. We will rock an open and ad hoc format to learn what people are currently doing for DevOps at their orgs. More importantly we will learn what organizational issues people are trying to solve via DevOps and what the lowest barrier to entry pathways people can take to level up all their things.

Lean UX in the context of Community Agile Development
Organizations: Center for Digital Archaeology (Michael Ashley, Kelley Shanahan), Kanopi Studios (Anne Stefanyk)

Developed over 5 years in Drupal 7.x, Mukurtu CMS 2.0 is an award winning, open source platform developed to help indigenous communities fully manage their own digital heritage. It responds to the core desires of tribal nations to maintain sovereignty in the backdrop of colonialist misappropriation of their culture for generations.

The 2.0 build was a partnership with Kanopi Studios who took a Lean UX & Design approach, focusing on function than fashion. In this breakout session we will discuss how to leverage this methodology. We will talk about the steps involved and tips and tricks. We will dive into best practices on crafting smart user stories, functional specs and getting stakeholder buy-in. Come to learn how to build, test, iterate and find more project success by doing things the Drupal way.

Fostering emerging nonprofit technology leadership
Misty Avila, Aspiration

Many times, the success of a technology project is connected to the investment from those working on-the-ground in an organization or network. Staff and community members who show passion, interest, or experience in using technology often play a duplicity of roles, including internal cultural shifting around technology adoption. Many times, these individuals are not the typical form of nonprofit leadership, and often do not identify in a technology role, at best an "accidental techie". However, we believe these are the mentors and drivers of technology adoption in nonprofits to help achieve effective and more impactful programmatic work. 

In this session, we discuss how to:< br/>

  • Identify nonprofit technology leadership and "accidental techies"
  • Provide mentoring and scaffolding to bolster their efforts and align with their passions
  • Explore social justice and technology leadership within organizations and across nonprofit networks
Event date and time: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 9:00am
Event location: 
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704