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Allyson Kapin 7 min read

Four Conferences Online Organizers Should Attend

Conference season is gearing up. With so many conferences to choose from and ranges in ticket prices, it can be overwhelming to decide which conferences to attend. Here's Frogloop's top four picks for the next few months.

1. Organizing 2.0

If you work in the labor or the community organizing world, your mission is to meet your constituents when and where they need you. So, where does your nonprofit fit in this race to capture your online audience? The Organizing 2.0 conference in NYC aims to help nonprofit staff answer that question and develop a game plan for your nonprofit’s online organizing future.

Session include:

  • State of the Netroots in the Age of Obama with Ari Melber and Nancy Scola
  • Designing a Winning Advocacy Campaign with Larissa Lawrence of Care2, Michael Whitney, Julia Blitzer, and Debra Rosen
  • Learning from Obama for Local Campaigners with Colin Delaney and Charles Lenchner
  • Starting Off on Social media with Jen Nedeau and Shireen Mitchell

Date:  December 5th

Fee:  $10

2. NonProfit 2.0 Unconference

The Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference in DC will lead a series of sessions and conversations about using social media to create networked communities and movements. From volunteers and political action to cultivating donors and partners, social media for causes represents a mission. Join Amanda Rose, founder of Twestival as she kicks off the unconference with a special keynote. The rest of the agenda will be set the day of the conference by attendees.

Date: February 12, 2009

Fee: $45

3. SXSW Interactive

SXSW Interactive features five days of presentations on cutting edge tech, apps, social media and more. Each year more and more sessions are designed for nonprofits as more nonprofit staff attend one of the most talked about conferences of the year. Nonprofit and social justice tracks for the conference include:

  • Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change By Beth Kanter
  • Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit? Donations 2.0 by Skylar Woodward

Date: March 12-16, 2010

Fee: $475 and up

4. Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)

Year after year, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) packs their sessions with some of the brightest and most talented nonprofit leaders, technology innovators, social media and fundraising rock stars. Attend this conference in Atlanta, GA and learn the latest trends, practical how-tos, and IT solutions to optimize your organization's technology and to further their missions to create more social good in the world.

Sessions include:

Date: April 8 -10, 2010

Fee:  $359 and up

Editors Note:

LATISM DC is another great conference focusing on Latinos in Social Media. The conference happening in DC on Decemebr 11th and 12th will bring together organizations focused on reaching Latinos and the seasoned social media veterans that can help them. From Blogs, My Space, Twitter, YouTube to Facebook, hear about what’s worked or not worked so far in the Latino community.

What conferences are you looking forward to attending over the next few months?


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Allyson Kapin

Allyson has been named one of "Top Tech Titans" by the Washingtonian, one of the Most Influential Women In Tech by Fast Company, and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. As Founding Partner of Rad Campaign, she leads the firm's client and online strategic services. For over a decade Allyson has helped non-profit organizations and political campaigns create dynamic and award-winning websites and online marketing and recruitment campaigns. She works side-by-side with her clients to meet their web needs and maximize their online effectiveness to create real world impact.