Keynote, Tuesday, June 5, 2018:
Participatory Development Methodology
In this session Marnie Webb describes the methodology Caravan Studios uses to create technology products like the Safe Shelter Collaborative. Using mobile and crowdsourcing technology, the Safe Shelter Collaborative engages individual donors to securely and anonymously fund emergency hotel stays for domestic violence and human trafficking survivors.
The methodology, based on principles from design thinking, relies on engaging community members at all stages of development. Participants will leave with an understanding of the steps necessary to develop a project, as well as the community engagement methods possible for building and supporting the use of the product.
Workshop, Wednesday, June 6, 2018:
Techniques to Understand and Engage Your Community of Supporters
Developing a successful public good technology project requires engagement from a wide variety of community stakeholders. During this hands-on workshop Marnie Webb will describe Caravan Studios’ product development research methodology and engagement techniques. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to identify stakeholders who will be engaged throughout product development process – from idea generation through the feedback stage.
This is a day-long hands-on workshop limited to 50 participants.
About Caravan Studios:
Marnie Webb and her team at Caravan Studios build apps that help communities organize, access, and apply resources to their most pressing problems. Apps from Caravan Studios are designed to meet specific needs identified by nonprofits and communities.
Caravan Studios relies heavily on in-person events (#Apps4ChangeDemos) to generate opportunities for technology intervention. Designs are developed with the community, not by techies for the community. Caravan Studios has used this methodology to launch projects in the United States, Brazil, and Qatar.
Caravan Studios has received funding from Microsoft Philanthropies, Vodafone Americas Foundation, Humanity United, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
About Marnie Webb:
Marnie Webb is the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. Prior to joining Caravan Studios, she was co-CEO of TechSoup Global, a 28-year-old organization that distributes more than $600 million in donated technology to NGOs world-wide. In this role, she counseled Fortune 500 technology companies, such as Cisco and Microsoft, on philanthropic initiatives that align with their business objectives and recognize the creativity and innovation that nonprofits have to offer.
Named one of the Top 10 Silicon Valley Influencers by San Jose Mercury News in 2009, Webb is a sought-after writer and speaker on innovation, community, and the social web. She has also been included in to the Nonprofit Times’ list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector, and received the 2008 NTEN “Person of the Year” Award.
Webb developed, led, and launched NetSquared.org, one of the first crowd-sourced funding communities for social benefit innovation. NCTech4Good is a NetSquared affiliate.