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!”

Wednesday, November 13

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Amplifying Local Voices to Build a Healthier Public Sphere

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

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Connecting Eco-conscious Consumers through a Circular Supply Chain

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

Thursday, November 14

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Creating Change through Year-round Nonpartisan Civic Engagement

Policy and Advocacy

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

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Customize a Team Learning Experience through Kellogg Online Learning

Capacity Building

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

Thursday, November 14

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Exploring Sustainability through the Arts

Big Ideas

As awareness of social equity increases related to the environment; so have discussions on how to integrate sustainable techniques into the arts. Teaching sustainable fashion and natural dying techniques presents the opportunity to discuss fashion, art, history, and the impact of capitalism on the planet, indigenous technologies, and emerging technology. Furthermore, centering art in conversations that connect cross-disciplines; challenging existing assumptions about consumerism, art, and technology; increasing the awareness in sustaining the world in which we live.

Presented by Chicago Center for Arts and Technology

Wednesday, November 13

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Help Test New Website Designed to Improve Quality and Quantity of In-Kind Donations

Capacity Building

Based on the Marie Kondo craze, people clearly want to reduce the clutter in their lives. But what if the items that no longer bring you joy, might for others? How can we connect people who want to donate “still good” items with nonprofits so they can help more people and pets? Help Do Good LLC beta test Re.Use.Full, a free website designed to match people with stuff they don’t want with nonprofits that can put their stuff to good use – while improve donors’ in-kind donation experience and increasing the quality and quantity of in-kind donations.

Presented by Re.Use.Full

Friday, November 15

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Innovate for Good Challenge Finalists Showcase New Tech

Data and Tech

Supported by Accenture and Independent Sector, the second Innovate for Good Challenge will be awarded at Upswell Chicago during the Innovation Main Stage & Award. This challenge recognizes organizations leveraging new technology to solve some of society’s toughest challenges. This year’s finalists are applying artificial intelligence, blockchain, and extended reality in novel ways. We welcome you to join them and take a peek at these inspirational ideas for yourself!

Presented by Independent Sector, Hosted by Accenture

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Innovate for Good Challenge Finalists Showcase New Tech

Data and Tech

Supported by Accenture and Independent Sector, the second Innovate for Good Challenge will be awarded at Upswell Chicago during the Innovation Main Stage & Award. This challenge recognizes organizations leveraging new technology to solve some of society’s toughest challenges. This year’s finalists are applying artificial intelligence, blockchain, and extended reality in novel ways. We welcome you to join them and take a peek at these inspirational ideas for yourself!

Presented by Independent Sector, Hosted by Accenture

Thursday, November 14

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Innovating on a Classic Design – Salvation Army Red Kettle

Data and Tech

Salvation Army is receiving fewer donations each year as their iconic red kettles become less relevant to a population moving away from analog money.

Altitude created a low cost digital kettle that provides donors the option for analog or digital payment. Altitude designers drew inspiration from the iconic red kettle, making a modern kettle that integrates seamlessly into Salvation Army’s current work flow and nods to its historic look. Collaborating with Pillar, Altitude created a kettle design with a full software solution that would be ready-to-go from day one.

Hosted by Accenture

Friday, November 15

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Leveraging Technology to Support Hunger Relief

Chicago, Data and Tech

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

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

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

Data and Tech

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

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Mapping the Funding Landscape for Native Communities

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Data can illuminate gaps and drive equity. In this session, we’ll show just how low funding to Native communities is and why that trend needs to change, using a new groundbreaking web portal jointly developed by Native Americans in Philanthropy and Candid. The portal features a funding map to let you explore what funding to Indian Country looks like. It’s a tool for funders interested in delving into this work for the first time, as well as for more experienced funders who want to increase their capacity and knowledge. Take a tour of the new portal in this session, with an eye toward transforming how we think of, and invest in, Native communities.

Sponsored by Candid

Thursday, November 14

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Matching Organizations for Greater Collaboration and Impact

Capacity Building

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

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Not Impossible Labs Technology Showcase

Data and Tech

Hunger: Not Impossible uses a text message-driven platform to address hunger on a geo-specific level by connecting those in need with access to nutritious food sources by connecting community based organizations, local government and the private sector.

Music: Not Impossible is a Vibrotextile™ wearable technology that translates sound onto the skin through vibration. Inspired by the deaf community, this technology provides all users a unique and nuanced music experience.

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Reducing Global Hunger and Food Waste through Virtual Food Banking

Data and Tech

While 821 million people — one in nine — go hungry around the world, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted — enough to feed more than a billion hungry people. Find out from the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) and The Demand Institute how data and technology are supporting food banks and eliminating food waste in the United States and around the world through the expansion of Virtual Food Banking.

Friday, November 15

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

RescueView – Increasing Resilience of Communities and Organizations Through Augmented Reality Innovations

Data and Tech

Resilience Collaboration User Environment (ResCUE) View is a co-operative effort between Accenture and other partners in the “full-scope resilience” ecosystem. The objective is to use the world’s best technologies to save lives by increasing the resilience of communities and organizations against natural and man-made disasters, including cyber-attacks. To accomplish this, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm is employed to sort through massive amounts of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) coupled with fully-optimized human response orchestration through an Augmented Reality (AR) interface.

ResCUE View allows operators in a traditional Emergency Management Center (EOC) or Security Operations Center (SOC) to rapidly respond to more diverse and actionable data than previously possible, resulting in a Resilience Operations Center (ROC). The ROC goes beyond traditional operations centers by allowing a ROC team to “virtually co-locate” and perform their jobs, even if their physical operations center space is inaccessible or unsafe.

The breadth of the data sources informing a ROC team’s activity is far broader than traditional emergency or cybersecurity data due to the patented “full-scope resilience” AI algorithm. The algorithm gathers OSINT on potential risks to the stability of an organization, even including financial, supply chain, public relations, human capital and other key operations.

Hosted by Accenture

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sextech: What It Is and Why It Matters

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

Wednesday, November 13

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Upcycling to Knit Together Nonprofits Operating Social Enterprises and Corporations

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

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

Thursday, November 14

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Using Smartphones as an Equity Policy Tool

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

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