Audience size: 10 - 50
- Venue: Office/meeting space, restaurant events room
- Equipment: Laptop and projector (optional)
- Timeframe: 45 - 90 minutes
This is an interview-style event. You will interview your expert(s) about what software and services they think are vital to being an affective accidental techie.
The goal is to learn about other people's tools and techniques.
- Host three separate 20 minute interviews, rather than organizing a panel discussion.
- Send the questions to your experts before the event, but feel free to diverge from the question set. Let the conversation guide your follow-up questions.
- Prepare to ask 10 questions — but you'll probably ask fewer!
Event Title Options
The Nonprofit Techie's Toolkit
What's in Your (Virtual) Bag: The Accidental Techie's Toolkit
The Nonprofit's Technology Toolkit
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What are the tools and techniques nonprofit techies use to get the job done? In this month's meetup we ask nonprofit techies to open up their (virtual) toolboxes to share their software secrets and indispensable services. Plus, they'll reveal their origin stories and reveal the one piece of technology that they want to banish into a black hole.
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training—just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these nonprofit techies? Come join us to learn from your fellow charity professionals.
Here's a few questions you can use to start the interview. But you'll come up with even better questions. ;-)
- Who are you, and what do you do?
- What's your "origin story" — how did you become a nonprofit techie?
- What does "nonprofit techie" mean to you?
- How have you developed your skills?
- How do you balance/prioritize the technology management part of your role with the other pieces of your job?
SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE
- What software do you use every day?
- What piece of software is vital to your work?
- What is your secret weapon?
- Do you use open source/out of box/developed options? And why did you make those choices?
- What's worth paying for? Do you subscribe to any online productivity tools?
- What's one tool you think everyone should use (but doesn't)
- If you could banish one piece of software from the face of the earth, what would it be?
- What hardware do you use?
- What do you do when you can’t solve the tech problem? (i.e., what are resources you use to help solve the issue that aren’t google?)
- What types of things can you outsource? (Or: what are your “saves” and “splurges”? What conveniences do you see value in paying for?)
- How do you get your manager onside when it comes to paying attention to technology?
Finally, when's the last time you "fixed" something by turning it off and then on again? 😂