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Tuesday, November 12

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BOOST

Upswell Plus
Data and Tech


  BOOST is a live, crowd-funded pitchfest in support of solving environmental challenges in Chicago and around the Midwest. Hosted by the Delta Emerging Leaders, the associate board of Delta Institute, BOOST brings together social entrepreneurs with unique and innovative projects to pitch their concepts to a live audience. Audience members vote with their ticket contributions to determine two winners who will each receive a $5,000 BOOST grant, which was awarded to KitcheNet in 2018. Grant funds are raised by the Delta Emerging Leaders through sponsorship and ticket sales. Location: Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 Please …

Wednesday, November 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

XR for Change Immersive Arcade

Immersive Arcade
Data and Tech


Homelessness. Girl power. Criminal justice. Nuclear annihilation. Whatever the cause, action begins with empathy — and there’s no better way to create empathy than the technologies of extended reality (XR). Straight from Sundance, Tribeca, and other top film festivals, the 13 XR experiences in this year’s Immersive Arcade will let you walk in another’ shoes and open your mind to the possibilities of XR storytelling. Try one or try them all, then be sure to stop by the Creators Lounge to learn how XR comes together and how it can empower your mission.

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 10:45 am

A Digital Policy Roadmap for Civil Society

Workshop
Data and Tech


Civil society increasingly depends on digital data and infrastructure. This reality creates new “fences” for civil society action by everything from regulations on data privacy and ownership to corporate concentration across media. Despite efforts to improve digital security and data governance, civil society infrastructure groups have not adequately addressed the policy needs of nonprofits in a digital age. You will explore how digital public policy shapes civil society and how to build practical connections between civil society and digital policy experts. Presented by Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society More about this workshop: Supporting Movements, Protecting Communities in the …

Wednesday, November 13

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

XR for Change Immersive Arcade

Immersive Arcade
Data and Tech


Homelessness. Girl power. Criminal justice. Nuclear annihilation. Whatever the cause, action begins with empathy — and there’s no better way to create empathy than the technologies of extended reality (XR). Straight from Sundance, Tribeca, and other top film festivals, the 13 XR experiences in this year’s Immersive Arcade will let you walk in another’ shoes and open your mind to the possibilities of XR storytelling. Try one or try them all, then be sure to stop by the Creators Lounge to learn how XR comes together and how it can empower your mission.

Wednesday, November 13

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Amplifying Local Voices to Build a Healthier Public Sphere

Science & Tech Demos
Data and Tech


Cortico, a nonprofit in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab, is gathering people whose voices are underrepresented in the public sphere into small group facilitated dialogues to share their perspectives on community needs and possibilities in the Local Voices Network. Recorded on Cortico’s own digital Hearth device, the conversations are transcribed, analyzed and uploaded to an online platform where they can be accessed by participants and local media. This session will offer an introduction to the Hearth device and a demo of our LVN platform. Presented by Cortico

Wednesday, November 13

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

XR for Change Immersive Arcade

Immersive Arcade
Data and Tech


Homelessness. Girl power. Criminal justice. Nuclear annihilation. Whatever the cause, action begins with empathy — and there’s no better way to create empathy than the technologies of extended reality (XR). Straight from Sundance, Tribeca, and other top film festivals, the 13 XR experiences in this year’s Immersive Arcade will let you walk in another’ shoes and open your mind to the possibilities of XR storytelling. Try one or try them all, then be sure to stop by the Creators Lounge to learn how XR comes together and how it can empower your mission.

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Connecting Eco-conscious Consumers through a Circular Supply Chain

Science & Tech Demos
Data and Tech


Circular Supply Chain combines supply chain, blockchain, identity, biometrics, and payment capabilities to connect eco-conscious consumers with base-of-the pyramid producers, enabling transparent and complete supply chain traceability, as well as allowing consumers to tip producers directly to reward good business practices. Hosted by Accenture

Wednesday, November 13

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Upcycling to Knit Together Nonprofits Operating Social Enterprises and Corporations

Science & Tech Demos
Data and Tech


Veteran upcycling fashion designer Mitra Gruwell (Enviafashion.com) will do a quick design demonstration of how materials considered trash can be saved from landfills and “upcycled” to sellable products. Then you’ll select from a range of damaged textiles and use various tools to create your own products, and learn how you can monetize and sell them online. Presented by Envia Fashion

Wednesday, November 13

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Using Data to Drive Education Innovation Better, Together

Science & Tech Demos
Data and Tech


artlook® offers tools, information, and insights to help education changemakers do what they do better, together. The software platform helps address school system inequity by providing education stakeholders — city, school districts and school leaders, funders, and community organizations — with information to make data-informed decisions that make change happen. artlook also enables teachers and community agencies to more efficiently coordinate and track program access across schools and students. Presented by Ingenuity

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sextech: What It Is and Why It Matters

Science & Tech Demos
Data and Tech


Adding tech to the end of “sex” gives people permission to talk about it. But while the media pushes a narrative that sextech is simply sex robots and VR porn, they’re only a tiny sliver of the actual spectrum that includes everything from menstrual trackers to inclusive sex ed. But the stigma around sex creates a notion of professional risk for those who want to work and/or invest in the sextech field. Presented by SexTechSpace