A sharpened focus on security and privacy concerns marked this 12th annual Non-profit Developer Summit last week where members of non-profit organizations and advocacy groups shared information and learned how to better apply technology .
The took place at Oakland’s Preservation Park, See #npdev.
Aspiration’s Executive Director, Allen Gunn, known as “Gunner” to all participants, was the MC . His deep voice and and friendly quips kept the assembly on time and on the agenda.
“For this year, I was gratified to see so many people interested in discussing security in the context of human practices rather than technological fixes,” Jaris said.
“All these technologies are only tools and they will not do anything for you. Rather, you have to do things with them. Choosing both the right tools and appropriate ways to use them are both important,” Jervis said. “It’s really easy in the technology space to be distracted by shiny new apps…. But it doesn’t matter if an app does XYZ if XYZ isn’t what you need.”
Another attendee was Oaklander Neil Planchon, who works with 2.Oakland (an organization that grows and nurtures the Oakland technology and innovation ecosystem – www.twopointoakland.com) and Open Oakland (which fosters civic engagement). He recommends the Nonprofit Software Development Summit (#npdev) to anyone who is involved in the Nonprofit community. “This community is a fantastic collection of professionals, activists and organizations that get me excited each year. Newbies and regulars leave with an expanded view of the tools that exist, a refreshed knowledge of what other global and local organizations have new opportunities for collaboration. ”