Save the Date: TechNow 2017 Conference happening October 19

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the 14th annual TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Aliza ShermanOur Keynote Speaker

Aliza Sherman
Digital Strategist, Author, Speaker, Consultant

Aliza Sherman helped pave the way for women online and in the Internet industry. She is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. In addition to starting the first woman-owned Internet company in the early 90s, Cybergrrl, Inc., she has been writing, speaking and consulting about social media since 2006 and social mobile marketing since 2010. She is also well known for her expertise on women’s technology and business issues.

She is an advocate of sensible, practical and manageable uses of technology that achieve business goals. She deftly cuts through hype to get to the essence of what tech tools to use and how to use them well for optimal results.

She has written 11 books, most recently The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter.

Follow Aliza on Twitter: @alizasherman

Call for Breakout Proposals: TechNow 2017 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofits

Share your technology knowledge or “lessons learned” story with other nonprofits at a TechNow 2017 breakout session!

We are looking for leading edge, well-designed and interactive breakout sessions.  The content and format must fit into a 75-minute session.  Vendors are permitted to propose sessions, but we prefer that a nonprofit co-presenter be included.  (We can help you find one, if needed.)


Propose a Breakout Session now!
Session proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, June 2, 2017.


Contact Cindy Leonard at the Bayer Center if you have any questions – leonard@rmu.edu – or visit the conference website for more information.

Watch TechNow Conference Speaker Videos

TechNow: a technology conference for nonprofitsIf you missed the TechNow conference on Oct. 27, you can still benefit from some of the knowledge shared by watching the recorded video of the opening plenary by Leon Wilson and the afternoon keynote by Marnie Webb.

Save the date! TechNow 2017 is tentatively scheduled for 10/26/17, location TBD.

Opening plenary speaker:
Leon Wilson, Chief Technology and Information Officer, The Cleveland Foundation


Afternoon keynote speaker:
Marnie Webb, CEO, Caravan Studios, a Division of TechSoup

Save the Date: Cody Switzer of The Chronicle of Philanthropy to keynote TechNow 2015 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Thursday, October 29, 2015, for the 12th annual TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend.  TechNow has something for everyone!

TechNow 2015 will be held at Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, PA.

Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.

Cody SwitzerCody Switzer
Senior Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Cody Switzer is senior editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, where he oversees all online and social media efforts. He led the Chronicle’s recent website relaunch and the creation of its online resource section, which offers practical, how-to information for nonprofit professionals.

He speaks regularly on the ways technology is changing nonprofit communications, marketing, storytelling and fundraising. He has written about those topics as well, covering everything from basic social media tactics to how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have embraced philanthropy. He is also a regular host of the Chronicle’s webinar series.

Before joining the Chronicle, he worked in online marketing and communications with Goodwill Industries International. There he was part of a team that won the Excellence in New Communications Award from the Society for New Communications Research. He also served as online reporter for the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pennsylvania, while that publication was Pennsylvania Newspaper of the Year in 2009. He is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Keynote Session:  Telling Your Organization’s Story Online

A good story is a powerful thing.

After all, stories are the way we share ideas. They help us make sense of the world. They drive our decisions. From selecting photos to posting on social media, the design of your website, the content of your appeals, and even communicating within your organization, you are telling stories everyday. But are you telling the right stories?

In this session we’ll discuss the basics of story — conflict, rising and falling action, connecting with an audience – and how they apply to your online and internal communications. Plus, we’ll look at great examples of nonprofit storytelling online and discuss how to identify and develop stories within your organization.

What stories will you tell?

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Call for Breakout Session Proposals: TechNow 2015 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofits

We are currently seeking breakout session proposals for the 2015 TechNow conference. You are free to submit a session on any topic you like, however, preference will be given to sessions designed around these topics:

  • Utilization of cloud technologies and/or virtualization
  • Emerging technology trends
  • Big data and database management
  • Cyber security
  • Responsive website and email design
  • Mobile technologies and usage in programs

TechNow draws a broad audience, so we slot the sessions into four tracks:

  • Online / Cloud
  • IT Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing / Fundraising

We are looking for leading edge, well-designed and interactive sessions.  The content and format must fit into a 75-minute session.  Vendors are permitted to propose sessions, but we prefer that a nonprofit co-presenter be included.  (We can help you find one, if needed.)

Propose a Breakout Session now!
Session proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Contact Cindy Leonard at the Bayer Center if you have any questions – leonard@rmu.edu – or visit the conference website for more information.