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Our first #16NTC experience in San Jose was a great one!

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Apr 7, 2016 3:28:39 PM

Walking into the huge San Jose Convention Center to set up our exhibit for 16NTC was very exciting. What's 16NTC? It's the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference organized by NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network). It brings together over 2,000 of the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world for 3 days to collaborate, innovate and discover new ways to spark change with technology.


This was the first time that Altus Dynamics had participated in the conference, and we were immediately wow'd by the amount of people in attendance and the over 100 educational sessions offered over the 3 days. As a sponsor of the event, we set up our booth in the Exhibit Hall so that we could meet attendees during the breaks. We even ran a fun little game to get people "engaged" with others at the conference.


But what we really enjoyed doing is sharing our experience in digital marketing and CRM best practices during our session: "Relationship Building 101: How to Make Your Constituents Fall in Love with You". We presented the session with Kathryn Murphy from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation  and we covered things such as best practices on how to find new donors, win them over and then build a long term relationship with them. If you are interested in the content, you can view the slide share below and we're most likely going to offer it as a webinar in the upcoming months so stay tuned!

The highlight of the conference for me (and also the most stressful part!) was that I was selected to present on the main stage as part of the Ignite Keynote series. Have you ever head of an Ignite Keynote? Well, it's a 5min presentation where you are allowed to have only 20 slides that advance AUTOMATICALLY every 15 seconds. Now you understand the stressful part! Lucky for me, I was presenting on a topic that I was super passionate about and an audience of people who work in the nonprofit sector make for the most supportive and encouraging group to present to.

You can check out the Ignite here:

16NTC Ignite - NPTech Makers of Change: How Sharing My Personal Story Helped to Open Minds - Melissa Alvares from NTEN on Vimeo.

We hope that we will see you all at #17NTC in Washington DC next year!

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This Post Was Written By Melissa Alvares
Melissa truly believes that technology can change the world for the better, and loves that she gets to see that in action every day at Sparkrock. She’s been involved in building computer labs and teaching technology skills in rural Rwanda and Uganda, and locally is a regular volunteer at the Daily Bread Food Bank and mentoring new immigrants through the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)