April Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicLearn something new in April! Classes include Writing for the Web & Social Media, DIY Websites with WordPress and Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits!

Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).

Writing for the Web and Social Media
Thursday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Writing content for your website or social media is very different from writing for other types of communications because of the way people read and use the Web. Learn how to improve your written website and social media content, increase your site’s usability as well as readability and improve the effectiveness of your online communication channels.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

DIY Websites with WordPress
Thursday, April 13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Are you a website novice who needs to know how to design a basic website that is easy to update and has room for future expansion? WordPress is a website content management system that is great for building and managing websites, even for beginners. Nonprofit staff without previous web design experience and experienced web designers who want to learn WordPress are welcome.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits
Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using social media for your organization requires planning, strategy and management. Learn what you should consider before getting your nonprofit started in the social media realm, what to expect afterwards and how to keep the ball rolling. You will have the opportunity to work on a draft strategic plan for your organization’s social media that you can take back to your office and refine. Basic social media concepts and terminology are recommended but not necessary for attending this class. We will focus on planning and strategy rather than on “how to” use the social media tools.

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $125 ($115 if paid online)

Celebrate the wrap-up of Steel City CodeFest at “NextFest” on April 7

About NextFest

Steel City Codefest 2017Steel City Codefest and Inclusive Innovation Week are teaming up to bring you a fair of tech for social good in Pittsburgh. Join us as we close out Inclusive Innovation Week and celebrate the participants of Steel City Codefest with food, speakers, and activities for all ages.


  • Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
  • Councilman Burgess, City of Pittsburgh
  • Kate Dewey, The Forbes Fund
  • Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue
  • Awards to Steel City Codefest participants
  • Activities from Inclusive Innovation Week participants

Doors open at 4:30PM. Programming begins at 5:30PM.

Registration is free to all, get your tickets here!

Volunteers wanted for HackFest Pittsburgh event in April

Please note that the Bayer Center is not affiliated with this event. All inquiries should be directed to Presbyterian SeniorCare Network at srcarehackfest@srcare.org.

About HackFest Pittsburgh

Hackfest Pittsburgh is coming up on April 7-9. The event is being hosted by Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, who is seeking additional volunteers from a variety of backgrounds including developers, engineers, application designers, healthcare professionals, gerontologists, marketing professionals and business experts.

Here are the event details that have been provided by Presbyterian SeniorCareNetwork. You can also download their event flyer here or register for the event here.

Event Details

We’re looking for a good mix of talented people from a variety of backgrounds – both students and nonstudents – to be part of our local LeadingAge HackFest, where you will use technology to solve challenges facing older adults.

The local event will be held at Longwood at Oakmont, A Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Community, located in Verona, PA, from Friday, April 7 until Sunday, April 9.

FREE transportation available from the Oakland area to the Longwood at Oakmont location.

Rough agenda

  • Friday, April 7: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (includes dinner)
  • Saturday, April 8: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Sunday, April 9: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (includes breakfast and lunch)

Cash prizes! Winning team from HackFest Pittsburgh will compete in the national HackFest competition in New Orleans, LA, October 29-November 1. Your travel, lodging and conference access paid!


  • Please apply as an individual. Our coordinators will develop teams of 4 to 6 participants. You may indicate in the notes section of the registration page if you want to be on a team with others you know. We will provide the tools you need to hack.
  • Remember: You must be 18 years of age to participate.
  • To round out the teams, we are looking for developers, engineers, application designers, healthcare professionals, gerontologists, marketing professionals and business experts.
  • The application period closes on Tuesday, March 21, at 11:30 p.m.
  • Your deposit is 100% refundable, which means we’ll give it back to you once you show up and participate in our HackFest.
  • Ideas will be generated at the event itself since we are seeking unique new ideas.
  • Please read and accept the HackFest official rules and legal disclosures (included as a waiver on the registration page).
  • If you have any questions, send an email to srcarehackfest@srcare.org.

February Technology Classes at the Bayer Center

Technology is the new magicFebruary kicks off our spring semester of tech classes with Excel Day! Register online or email bcnm@rmu.edu if you have questions (or want to register 3 or more people for a discount).


Introduction to Excel
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. – noon

Learn Excel basics in the morning session including:

  • Worksheet creation
  • Formula creation
  • Cell formatting using “mouse pointers”
  • Absolute cell references
  • Printing your worksheet

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day

Intermediate Excel
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about Excel in the afternoon including:

  • Worksheet templates creation and use
  • Using functions
  • Creating links between worksheets
  • Database features
  • Chart creation and formatting

Instructor: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) per session OR $100 for the whole day

New Year’s Resolution: Attend Bagels & Bytes Meetups!

Bagels & Bytes attendees sitting around a table talking about techWhy a nonprofit tech meetup is good for you

If you are managing technology at your nonprofit, whether intentionally or accidentally, it’s useful and healthy to connect with other people doing similar work. The Bayer Center organizes the Bagels & Bytes meetups to provide space for the nptech community to connect and communicate.

About Bagels & Bytes meetups

If you’ve never attended Bagels & Bytes, we welcome you to check us out! If you used to attend, but haven’t in a while, make 2017 your year to come back. Everyone needs to take time out for “sharpening the saw” – we all need to build in time for stepping back, reflecting and getting our creative juices flowing again. Bagels & Bytes is just one way to do this.

2017 meetup dates

Check out the Bagels & Bytes blog to see past meeting notes or join us on Meetup.com for easy reminders and meeting RSVPs! Here are the B&B dates and locations booked so far for 2017:

Bagels & Bytes – Allegheny group

The first Wednesday of each month except for January and July from 8:30-10 AM.

  • February 1 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • March 1 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • April 5 – Grow Pittsburgh
  • May 3 – Frick Art & Historical Center
  • June 7 – Computer Reach (a.k.a. the “Bagels & Bytes Open Source Summer Fiesta”)
  • August 2 – Location TBD
  • September 6 – Location TBD
  • October 4 – Location TBD
  • November 1 – Location TBD
  • December 8 (1-4 pm) – Dave & Busters (“Bagels & Bytes Holiday Party”)

Bagels & Bytes – Westmoreland group

The second Tuesday of every other month, January/March/May/July/September/November, from 8:00-9:30 AM, typically at King’s Restaurant on Rte. 30, west of Greensburg.

Registration for NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference is Open

ntc2017logoThis year, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) comes to the east coast. Produced annually by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the NTC is the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. Over 2,000 of the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world assemble to collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology.

The conference will take place from March 23 – 25, 2017 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

With over 100 sessions exploring technologies, best strategies, and pressing issues; an exhibit hall highlighting the latest nonprofit products and services; and networking events every evening, the 17NTC is an event that cannot be missed!

The Bayer Center’s own Cindy Leonard will be giving two breakout sessions at the conference:

She is a regular NTC attendee and is happy to speak with anyone who wants to learn more about the conference (email her at leonard@rmu.edu).

Learn more and register here.

Coming in January 2017: “Is There an App for That?” Community Series

Steel City Codefest presents: is there an app for that?

The “Is There An App for That?” community series – hosted by the Steel City Codefest team – invites individuals from local nonprofits, government agencies, or social good programs to think through challenges that could be helped or solved through technology. If their panel of local technology experts is unable to provide you with ideas of already existing solutions, we may select your challenge to be developed as a custom app during the 2017 Codefest.

Join them at one of the Carnegie Library Branches for a free evening of problem-solving and find out more about submitting a challenge to the 2017 Codefest.

Visit steelcitycodefest.eventbrite.com to register.