NetSquared Local Events: Week of July 1

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NetSquared Local is growing! NetSquared believes that the best way to build a strong, self- sufficient community of #nptech practitioners is for us to go outside and get face-to-face. We challenge you to join a NetSquared Local group or start your own ! What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently? This Week’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Event NetSquared tsevent

NetSquared Local Events: Week of June 24

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NetSquared events come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all! What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently? NetSquared DC dug into the strategy of the PoPville blog during Making of a Prince: Prince of Petworth. This Week’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group? Event NetSquared tsevent

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NetSquared Local Events: Week of July 15, 2013

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Find your local #nptech tribe by joining a NetSquared Local group. This Week’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Taipei, Taiwan: Homemade online map showing geographic data. Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Abidjan NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group? Event NetSquared tsevent

NetSquared Local: Week of June 10, 2013

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That’s why NetSquared Twin Cities is co-hosting a happy hour this week for nonprofits and technology folk in Minneapolis-St. NetSquared Local believes that the best way to build a strong, self sufficient community of #nptech practitioners is for us to go outside and get face-to-face. We challenge you to join a NetSquared Local group or start your own ! What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently? This Week’s NetSquared Events.

NetSquared Local Events in the First Half of August

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NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings… but we all know that meetings are boring! Find your local #nptech tribe by joining a NetSquared Local group. August’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Austin, TX: Austin 501 Tech Club & Netsquared Happy Hour. Don’t have a local NetSquared Local group?

NetSquared Local Events: Week of June 17, 2013

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We are deep into June already, but NetSquared Local isn’t taking a vacation! NetSquared Local believes that the best way to build a strong, self sufficient community of #nptech practitioners is for us to go outside and get face-to-face. We challenge you to join a NetSquared Local group or start your own ! What have NetSquared Local groups been up to recently? This Week’s NetSquared Events. Event NetSquared tsevent

NetSquared October Event Preview

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Last month was a monster for NetSquared - we held 48 events during Social Media September , including 14 workshops and nine social media surgeries. October’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Abidjan NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Washington, DC: NetSquared meetup.

NetSquared: In the Beginning

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In the beginning, TechSoup’s Marnie Webb, Daniel Ben-Horin, and Billy Bicket created NetSquared to "remix the web for social change." To get going, they built the first NetSquared website using open-source Drupal. An example of an API is when you put a Bing or Google Map on your website.). The NetSquared website was itself designed to be a model Web 2.0 Google Maps. " NetSquared Up Close and Personal.

A NetSquared Happy Holidays

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NetSquared holds free or low-cost educational events for people and organizations who want to learn more about using technology for social good. Our events are powered by a global network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, self-sufficient, local communities of nonprofit technology practitioners. NetSquared organizers plan events because they have skills to share, want to give back, and want to make the world a better place. Newest NetSquared Groups.

NetSquared Gets Down to Business This Summer

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NetSquared is taking it easy this summer! We gotta keep those NetSquared organizers busy! We sent official “NetSquared , a Project of TechSoup” cards to 22 groups this summer. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN’s Tech Clubs and HandsOn Tech. New York, NY: GEO Tools and Google Maps for Nonprofits. Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Guayaquil NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup.

NetSquared in May: Healthy as an Ox

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That means it’s time for our monthly roundup of all the crazy goodness created by NetSquared Local in May. What is NetSquared Local? NetSquared Local is TechSoup’s volunteer-driven network of nonprofit tech meetups and salons. They offer an opportunity to convene locally to share ideas, learn from one another and collaborate on projects for real world impact. NetSquared Local organizers rallied around Ushahidi’s BRCK kickstarter.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

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Your local NetSquared group is here to help with free, in-person events being held across the U.S. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events that gather the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar, or apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Houston, Texas: NetSquared Houston.

Event-Planning Tips from NetSquared Organizers

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TechSoup's NetSquared initiative hosts meetups every month around the world for people who care about technology and social change. After years of hosting local events, NetSquared has amassed a considerable amount of experience planning, marketing, and hosting local events. We've compiled a lot of that expertise into the NetSquared Community Organizer's Handbook. Photo: Houston NetSquared , Schipul , CC license

What's NetSquared Up to in May?

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Here’s your monthly update from the world of NetSquared Local. What Is NetSquared Local? NetSquared Local is TechSoup's volunteer-driven network of nonprofit tech meetups and salons. NetSquared Local groups hold monthly in-person events for anyone interested in the connection of technology and social impact. Check out our map of events to find your closest group. How big is the NetSquared Local community?

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

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National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. Well, the average NetSquared organizer spends 8.2 Find your closest NetSquared group. This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and HandsOn Tech. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

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Get answers to your tech challenges at a NetSquared meetup (see list below). Check out this video from NetSquared Northern Michigan’s recent meeting. ” September’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map. Adidjan, Ivory Coast: Abidjan NetSquared Meetup Group Monthly Meetup. Victoria, Canada: The Art of Digital Storytelling - A NetSquared Victoria Panel.

How the NetSquared Challenges Have Accelerated Tech for Good

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The NetSquared Challenges Foster Tech Innovation. Ushahidi entered our legendary third NetSquared Mashup Challenge in Santa Clara, California in May 2008. TechSoup partnered with agencies like USAID and tech companies like Microsoft and Yahoo to host these "tech for good" challenges annually via our NetSquared program. First, tech-for-good projects (either nonprofit or commercial) submitted a description of their project on the NetSquared website.

Keeping Your 2016 Resolutions with NetSquared's Free Workshops

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Luckily for you, NetSquared is here to keep you on track. NetSquared holds free or low-cost educational events for people who want to use technology for good. Our live, in-person events are hosted by a global network of volunteers dedicated to building strong, self-sufficient local communities of nonprofit technology practitioners. See if there's a group close to you by searching our map. Don't have a NetSquared group near you?

Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

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That's why TechSoup created NetSquared , our global network of volunteer-led Tech4Good meetups. We believe that NGOs learn best from each other, so NetSquared provides a platform where we can come together face to face to share technology tips and create a community of practice around tech for good. NetSquared's direct on-the-ground support of nonprofits gives us a unique insight into the technology needs of small grassroots nonprofits.

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Need Hands-on Help? NetSquared's Free Workshops Are in Your Community

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That's why TechSoup supports a global network of tech trainers called NetSquared. NetSquared groups focus on topics that address their unique local tech challenges, but once a quarter, we select a common theme. In the US, the Chicago and Portland groups visited their local Microsoft stores to learn how to leverage the Office 365 donation. Find your closest NetSquared group. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group.

NetSquared Mashup Challenge: How Do You Combine Data for Social Change?

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As some of you know, part of my work is being the Community Builder for NetSquared , a project of Tech Soup that facilitates the adoption of social web tools by nonprofits and NGOs. We're hosting a contest called the NetSquared Mashup Challenge that I wanted to let you know about, and am hoping that you'll pass on to social changemakers and web innovators in your community. NetSquared badges to put on your blog, web site or email signature. •

Let’s Connect at the NTC!

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NetSquared Open Space (NOS): APIs and Open Data. Who : Facilitating: Amy Sample Ward | NetSquared; Billy Bicket | NetSquared. The NetSquared team will be working the room to activate and facilitate conversations so everyone can enjoy the ride. Local Community Organizers (#localco). Who : NetSquared and other Community Organizers. It’s open to the public so invite your local Atlanta friends to meet you there!

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09NTC: Let’s Connect in San Fran!

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NetSquared’s Global Community Builder , Amy Sample Ward, will be at the NTC this year to connect and collaborate with friends, colleagues and new faces in the sector. Here’s how to find Amy and connect with NetSquared. A chance for local organizers to come together, network, ask questions, etc. Takeaways: A chance to connect with other local organizers. NetSquared Office Hours. Have questions about NetSquared, Net Tuesdays or innovation Challenges?

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Join a Nonprofit Tech User Group This August

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Your NetSquared organizers are gearing up for Social Media September , a month of social media for social good -themed events. We’ll be hosting social media surgeries for local nonprofits and community activists. Find your local #nptech tribe and consider sharing your skills as a volunteer surgeon by joining a NetSquared Local group. August’s NetSquared Events. Find your closest NetSquared group on our global map.

How Digital Democracy Empowers Marginalized Communities

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Many years ago, NetSquared hosted challenges and conferences to highlight and bring together fledging social entrepreneurs. For example, in post-earthquake Haiti, Dd trained and empowered local women to track and document incidents of gender-based violence. This work included developing a secure system to track, map, and report incidents of gender-based violence; an emergency hotline; and media training to support women in documenting and sharing their experiences.

Your #NPtech Community Calendar for July

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Not only will you be contributing your skills to local nonprofits, you'll also be building your reputation and connecting with your tribe. NetSquared is here to help you along the way with everything from slide templates to planning checklists. Not sure if hosting a NetSquared group is for you? There's probably a NetSquared group near you , but if there isn't, we'll help you start your own. New Orleans, Louisiana: Putting NOLA on the Product Hunt Map.

Social Media for Social Good Events Coming to a City Near You

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While the rest of you have been enjoying the summer partying on the beach, TechSoup’s NetSquared organizers have been plotting and scheming in front of their computers. During our month of social media for social good -themed events being held in cities across the globe NetSquared organizers are offering free workshops and events. Find your local #nptech tribe by joining a NetSquared Local group. September’s NetSquared Events.

(More than) 15 useful, creative and odd Google mashups | Beaconfire Wire

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» (More than) 15 useful, creative and odd Google mashups Posted Thursday, March 6th, 2008 at 9:09 pm by Ali Cherry (11 posts) Google Maps is a free web mapping service application that allows developers to create “mashups&# with other data and embed the map on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. the Seven Wonders of the World map falls a little flat). Get it on the map.&#

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

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Ushahidi has been developing open-source crisis mapping software for over eight years now. LABB created an Oil Spill Crisis Map in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Since then, it has since logged, mapped, and tracked more than 14,000 reports of petrochemical pollution. The organization got started when a group of Kenyan bloggers led by Erik Hersman began doing online mapping of violence reports after the 2008 Kenyan election.

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Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

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TechSoup's NetSquared community is hosting free monthly technology meetups in 74 cities globally, but with more than 39,000 members, it can be hard to get a sense of the community's needs. That's why we do an annual survey of our members — because our local volunteers are always striving to figure out how they can help your nonprofit use technology to do more good. Why Are You a NetSquared Member? Find your closest NetSquared group.

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Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

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We can provide a map, the vehicle, and even the road snacks, but the community needs to be the driver. After mapping the community and identifying shared goals you can focus on, you can start identifying the online tools and technologies that the community (especially when you break it down into segments) already uses, for what, why, and how. We are at a very interesting time – with shifts happening locally and globally, governments changing, and new paradigms emerging.

Is There a Community of #Tech4Good Activists Waiting for You?

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TechSoup's NetSquared community of Tech4Good meetups is growing! Find your closest NetSquared group. As a NetSquared organizer, you will become known as someone who's a leader in the Tech4Good community. Here are the top nine cities without a NetSquared group and an estimate of how many potential members are waiting for you on meetup.com. Start a NetSquared group. --> Upcoming Tech4Good Events. Los Angeles, California: Using Technology in Local Activism.

The Evolution of NPTech: Keynote and slides

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At TechSoup, we’ve worked on a number of toolkits, including the Community Organizers Handbook where NetSquared Local organizers from around the world share their experiences and recommendations in the same place as organizational information and templates all to support knowledge sharing across the network, help new organizers get their groups established, and provide examples and resources to anyone else looking to build community whether they are connected with our program or not.

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Women Who Tech Telesummit: Tools Galore Panel

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Moderator: Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared. Google Earth Outreach from Rebecca Moore: Google’s mapping tools may seem like an obscure tool to use in your work but these aren’t traditional maps: the new generation of mapping technology is fully interactive, enables storytelling, and more. (Did Google’s Mapping tools include: Google Earth. Google Maps & MyMaps. Google Maps API. Also posted on the Frogloop blog for nonprofits here.

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Supporting Nonprofit Tech Educators Across the Globe

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But first I'm going to show off on behalf of our NetSquared organizers. The NetSquared organizers' events help TechSoup deliver on our shared mission of ensuring that civil society has the tools and skills necessary to use technology effectively. But I'm not the only one singing the praises of the NetSquared organizers. Being a NetSquared organizer isn't an exclusive club — anyone is welcome to join! Image 2 : Glenn Hirsch via NetSquared / CC BY.

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TechSoup Global at National Day of Civic Hacking

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TechSoup, Caravan Studios , and NetSquared were on the scene to observe and participate in hackathon events all over the country. The challenges included connecting African farmers to markets, creating an online networking space for women veterans, mapping Africa’s natural resources, and a few others. Arthur Grau of NetSquared Honolulu reported back on the National Day of Civic Hacking/Code for Hawaii event in Honolulu.

Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation, Case Studies, and Workshop

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Think of it like this: In “Community-driven Social Impact,” the driving is up to the community; but you can act as the vehicle and event the map for those “drivers.” Events: NetSquared Camps. Community Driven Social Impact strategies for events – let’s look at the NetSquared Camps pilot.

Turning City Data into Apps with Apps4Warsaw

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What happens when you combine local government, open data, and creative and tech-savvy citizens? Before they officially launched the competition, the TechSoup Europe team members mapped out Warsaw technology-for-good communities and groups — some they had already worked with and some they hadn't. The Public Choice Award: Rollerblading map of Warsaw is an app for rollerbladers that lets users easily map and share recreational routes.

Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, January 1-12

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From NetSquared. Use our newly launched Local Impact Map to learn how organizations are using technology products and knowledge to further their missions. Here's what we've been talking about so far this year. From the TechSoup Community. TechSoup Blog. Guest blogger Grant Howe, VP of research and development for Sage North America's nonprofit solutions, kicks off a series of posts about providing great IT leadership.

Restart Romania Social Justice Challenge Spotlights User-Generated Content

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To get diverse perspectives from TechSoup Global staff about user-generated content, we asked Marc Manashil, Community Evangelist for NetSquared, to share how challenges like Restart Romania enable users to get engaged at all levels. NetSquared has also hosted eleven global challenges, with over 800 people having submitted social innovation projects to our project gallery.

Developing Apps with a Community-Centered Approach

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Like TechSoup's other community-driven tech-innovation initiatives — the NetSquared challenges , the ReStart movement , and Apps4Warsaw — Caravan Studios' work is informed first and foremost by the needs of the community itself. Anna Jaeger, the CTO of Caravan Studios, describes Caravan Studios' approach as a human-centered methodology to develop apps that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to address social problems.

App Recommendations from TechSoup Staff: Part Two

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This is part two of TechSoup staff recommendations for mobile apps beyond the usual suspects : Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, Pandora, iTunes, and Google Play. has a great weather map. Muni Alerts – our local bus and train app for routes, schedules, and arrival predictions down to the second. Elijah van der Giessen, NetSquared Community Manager. BART Runner – is our local commuter train app.

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Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

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The FEMA app includes preparation guidelines for a variety of disasters, including checklists, safety tips, and local shelter maps. For more innovative and engaging ways to use technology for disaster relief, check out NetSquared's tips on Mobilizing Online Communities in the Face of Disaster and the value of crowdsourcing for nonprofits.