On Saturday, June 17, 2006 over 200 individuals from community-based organizations throughout the Northeast will come together for the 7th Annual Grassroots Use of Technology Conference. Sponsored by Organizers‚ Collaborative (OC) and the CTC Vista Project at UMASS Boston, this national conference will provide valuable training and information to nonprofit professionals and activists on how they can best use technology to effect social change. The conference will take place at UMASS Boston from 8:00 am to 5:30pm. The registration fee is $60, which includes breakfast and lunch.
This year's conference theme is Making Technology Relevant to Nonprofit and Social Change Groups, with a focus on helping community organizations to better serve their constituents. "We are really excited about this year's program," said OC's founding executive director, Rich Cowan. "It will feature over fifteen different workshops and panels geared towards nonprofit organizations, techies, and activists at all levels of technical expertise. Past participants have described the conference as a valuable and rare opportunity to meet, network, learn new trends, and share experiences about using technology to advance the goals of their organizations. This year's special guest speakers will include Terra Friedrichs of CitizenActionTeam.org, who will discuss how her organization utilized technology to mobilize thousands of survivors during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The conference will be followed by a supporters' dinner at South Kitchen & Wine Bar. The dinner will feature an awards presentation to community organizations in the Boston area that exemplify the use of grassroots technology. Tickets for the dinner are $55 and can be purchased online.
For more information about the conference and dinner visit the conference website: http://conference.oc-tech.org or call: 617-720-6190.