SCIENCE & TECH DEMOS

Innovations in science and technology are revolutionizing the future of changework. These demos give you a chance to interact with cutting-edge advancements that are so exciting that you might be tempted to yell, “Eureka!”

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Creating Change through Year-round Non-partisan Civic Engagement

Without transparency, accountability, and civic engagement – democracy doesn’t work. Change in politics – along with the divide it is causing – grows more partisan each year. Yet while politics is more polarized than ever, and with the 2020 election dominating the media, change is also happening in unexpected ways. IssueVoter (issuevoter.org) partners with organizations to engage individuals on the issues they care about and empower participation in accountable governance. Users receive email or text alerts about federal legislation, send their stance directly to their Member of Congress, and automatically track year-round representation with a individually personalized representative scorecard.

Presented by IssueVoter

Thursday, November 14

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Customize a Team Learning Experience through Kellogg Online Learning

Interested in developing a team learning experience for your organization? Join us in exploring Nonprofit Management Essentials (NME), a flexible and free online learning opportunity powered by the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management, fully funded by The Allstate Foundation. NME video content was designed by Northwestern University faculty and practitioners for emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector. In this interactive session, you will learn to customize and implement a learning experience for your organization to increase awareness of essential leadership and management topics.

Presented by Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management

Friday, November 15

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Leveraging Technology to Support Hunger Relief

Traditional food pantries are working hard to fill the needs of nearly 1 in 8 people who struggle with hunger in Chicago. But for many, the long wait times and limited hours are at odds with their hectic lives. Lakeview Pantry and the Thierer Family Foundation jointly responded by leveraging technology to create the Online Market, enabling families to order no-cost groceries online and pick them up at a convenient time.

Presented by Lakeview Pantry

Thursday, November 14

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

LGBTQ Asylum Seeker Help – There’s an App for That

Many LGBTQ asylum seekers struggle to find a safe place to turn for help during the lengthy asylum process, fearing discrimination due to their LGBTQ identity. Lawyers and nonprofits also struggle with where to refer clients. Launched in 2016, tech nonprofit AsylumConnect is the first and only resource website and app designed for LGBTQ asylum, helping connect 11,000+ users with verified LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly services in the U.S.

Presented by AsylumConnect

Thursday, November 14

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Matching Organizations for Greater Collaboration and Impact

BBB Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) knows there’s strength in numbers. Their online tool, funded in part by an ASAE innovation grant, inspires collaboration for greater community impact by helping match organizations looking to work with others around specific categories. Users can search for collaborative opportunities posted by organizations, add or manage their own, and subscribe to weekly email notifications. And this nationwide resource portal can easily be customized to encourage collaboration among organizations within the greater Chicago area, or other communities.

Presented by BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sextech: What It Is and Why It Matters

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

Wednesday, November 13

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Upcycling to Knit Together Nonprofits Operating Social Enterprises and Corporations

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 St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County

Wednesday, November 13

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Using Data to Drive Education Innovation Better, Together

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

Thursday, November 14

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Using Smartphones as an Equity Policy Tool

Increasingly, entities are using phone apps to engage with constituents and consumers, and foster and facilitate direct interactions and mentoring among people from diverse backgrounds. Mi Rialiti (my reality), an equity and inclusion phone app platform, enables historically marginalized people to network for social and economic empowerment. It provides an equity lens that allows users to safely capture and share real time “experiences” in writing, video, photography, and geo-code mapping; examine others’ perspectives; and build community (www.mirialiti.com).

Presented by The MXD Collaborative, Inc. dba Liquid Studios