Nonprofit Tech Fest Coming to Mecca May 3-4

April 19, 2013 /

Attendees of the Fresno Tech Fest included Ivan Delgado, of Coachella Unincorporated, and Trinidad Arredondo, of Regional Access Project Foundation. Photo: Courtesy of ASPIRATION















MECCA — The California Nonprofit Technology Festival – a high-spirited, fully interactive statewide convening — is coming to the Eastern Coachella Valley.

Also known as Coachella Tech Fest, this event will take place Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mecca Boys & Girls Club.

“We are excited to bring together nonprofits from across the state for this unique opportunity to collaborate with the amazing people creating change in the Coachella Valley,” said Misty Avila, director of communications and training for Aspiration, an organization dedicated to bringing technology to non-profits.

Ivan Delgado, beat reporter for Coachella Unincorporated, encourages anyone involved in community organizations to attend.

“There is a lot of different information available, such as a WordPress and social media workshops and how non profits can use these to their advantage,” said Delgado, who attended Fresno Tech Fest in September 2012.

Coachella Tech Fest is designed for those interested in social justice, including:

  • Nonprofit staff building online communications into their work
  • Community-based and youth development organizations looking to find a community of support for their technology challenges
  • Social justice techies supporting nonprofits and social change efforts with technology
“While [Coachella Tech Fest] is indeed an event focused on nonprofit technology needs, we welcome anyone who is working to make positive change in their community and wants to learn how they might use online tools and tactics to support those efforts,” added Allen Gunn, Aspiration’s executive director.
Attendees can learn how to create websites with limited time and budgets, use technology to support community organizing, and build effective email newsletters.

Sessions are based on the needs of the participants. Those interested should register as soon as possible to let organizers know their areas of interest. Sliding scale registration is available.

Coachella Tech Fest is made possible by California Consumer Protection, Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities, Regional Access Project Foundation, and Mecca Boys and Girls Club.

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