2015 Bakersfield Agenda

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The following is the working agenda for the California Nonprofit Technology Leadership Summit on July 30 - 31, 2015 near Bakersfield, California.

  • The agenda is designed with a combination of planned sessions and participant-driven discussions, and is very likely to evolve through the course of the event.
  • There are no presentations or panels. The event will instead be focused instead on being fully interactive through collaborative sessions and focused dialogues.
  • The goal is to enable peer learning, address participant needs and questions, and surface both the tacit and active knowledge of this group of practitioners. Bring your stories, your ideas, your questions, and your knowledge to share!

We'd love to hear what you are thinking. If there is a session or discussion you would like to facilitate, feel free to be in touch with us.

The CA Tech Fest is an immersive experience to expand and strengthen the network of leaders in rural and urban areas through out California who are passionate about social justice and technology.

Session times will change, session titles will morph, new sessions will come and existing ones will go. But this is the latest we know, and we invite your feedback and contributions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Travel day.

6:30pm - Out-of-town participants start to arrive

Optional dinner available for arriving attendees at the venue.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

8:30am - Coffee and Registration

9:00am - Welcome and Opening Circle

The event will start with introductions and welcomes, an overview of the agenda and guidelines, and announcements.



  • Leverage technology in social justice efforts
  • Strengthen network of urban and rural leaders
  • Share knowledge and experiences in social justice and technology
  • Co-create and explore opportunities to collaborate post-event
  • Answer any questions participants may have

9:30am - Interactive Participant Plenary

Participants will engage in an interactive and collaborative discussion. Outcomes will inform sessions and topics of discussion for the rest of the day.

10:30am - Break

10:45 am - Agenda Framing discussions

Working in small and large group formats, participants will discuss "big picture" issues relating to technology and social justice in California. From there, they will brainstorm specific topics to be revisited in subsequent working sessions as well as in post-event efforts. The goal of the session will be to generate a visualization of the state of the field, and enable participants to weigh on which topics are most promising for focus and further discussion during the remainder of the event.

11:45 am - Intro breakout discussions

12:30pm - Lunch

Participants will be encouraged to sit with friends they have not yet met!

1:30pm - Mapping Your Journey

Mapping Your Journey photos

2:00pm - Interactive Project Farmer's Market Around the State

Participants will share work they are doing or topics they are working on in their various regions and fields.

3:15pm - Closing Circle

4:00pm - Adjourn day one

4:30pm - Post-event dinner and drinks

Friday, July 31, 2015

8:30pm - Coffee and light breakfast

9:00pm - Opening Circle

9:30pm - Peer Skill-Sharing Sessions

Participants will have an opportunity to share or learn tactical technology and campaigning skills in small group format.

  • Project Management
  • Taking a photo with DSLR camera
  • Public Speaking
  • Get more likes on social media
  • Tai Chi and Meditation
  • Online communications
  • Introduction to Linux
  • HTML The Lazy Way
  • Collaborative Design Process
  • Photoshop 101
  • Youth Media
  • Build a Social Media Presence
  • Sharing participatory mapping skills
  • Batch File Operations : Shortcuts on Apple

10:30pm - Break

10:45pm - Collaborative Breakout Sessions

Participants will choose from 5-7 working groups, and will be welcome to suggest or request additional sessions.

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Collaborative Breakout Sessions

Participants will choose from 5-7 session topics, and will be welcome to suggest or request additional sessions.

2:30pm - Break

2:45pm - Where From Here

The group will pause to take stock of the progress made to this point and to inventory action items, next steps, and other bridges to post-event collaborations.

3:15pm - Closing Circle and Appreciations

4:00pm - Adjourn

Aspiration will provide transit to the train or bus for Friday night departure