Nonprofit Tech Events in Vancouver: September Edition

Hey friends, there’s lots of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! Or for the latest updates join our group on Facebook and follow us on twitter at #Net2van.


Most NetSquared events are free, so don’t be shy – come join us!

Agile Practice for Nonprofits

When: Tuesday, September 12

Everyone is talking about Agile… But what does it actually mean? And how can I benefit from using agile frameworks like scrum or kanban?

Helga Breuer is a passionate Agile Coach with 15 years of international experience in the software development area over a wide range of industries.

In this workshop you will learn about the roots and benefits of Agile. Get inspired to apply that mindset to your daily work, using frameworks like scrum or kanban. Helga will present a valuable hands-on overview with tangible exercises and examples, that will show you, how to get started. Learn how to increase your throughput while focusing on your most important values and goals.

Pints Not Profits: Field Trip to Vancouver Hackspace

When: Thursday, September 28

Pints Not Profits – let’s bring nonprofit techies together over a pint after work. We’ll meet at Vancouver Hackspace (VHS) – The community garage for a community without garages!

This will be an informal opportunity to chat about #Tech4Good, meet new people, and learn about a community space that has all the tools you’d ever need to make your ideas come to life.

There will be an informal soldering workshop where you can make your own LED blinking badge. VHS runs the "learn to solder" booth every year at the Vancouver Mini Makerfaire, and for $5 worth of parts, you can build your own blinking PCB button badge!

Photojournalism for Nonprofits

When: Monday, October 2

Sick of getting the same repetitive images? Yes? Then this talk is for you.

Everything has a story, from your staff to your groceries, it’s probably just not being told very well. By the end of this session you’ll know the 7 shot types used in story telling, how to create a storyboard/shot list, and get some Q/A time to focus on your organizations image struggles.

How Delivering Webinars Can Benefit Your Mission

When: Tuesday, October 24

Webinars. We’ve all been in them. But have you organized or delivered one?

This Net2Van session will have two of our volunteer organizers, Tonya and Chad, share case studies of why their organizations pursued webinars as part of fulfilling their mission. We’ll cover pros and cons of the medium, best practices and things learned the hard way, benchmark webinar platforms, and walk you through the process of delivering a successful webinar: planning, recruiting speakers, marketing, delivery techniques, and follow-up.


Here’s a selection of upcoming learning opportunities specifically for nonprofits. If you have a suggestion for our next monthly event email us at [email protected]

We also recommend you check out the workshops from our friends at Vantage Point and Ladies Learning Code, Camp Tech, Red Academy, Groundswell, and Spring.

Scotiabank Philanthropic Advisory Forum

When: September 13

Scotiabank is once again pleased to be hosting its annual Philanthropic Advisory Forum on Wednesday, September 13, at Scotiabank Theatre.

Introduction to Project Management for Nonprofits

When: Saturday, September 16

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Non-Profit leaders to the practice of project management. You will learn how project management can assist you in successfully planning and completing initiatives through the use of basic project management tools and processes.

Xlerate Day Vancouver 2017

When: Thursday, September 28

Join us for a conference experience unlike the rest — the first-ever Canadian conference dedicated to integrated fundraising, marketing and campaigning for nonprofits and charities. Xlerate is an experience carefully curated by nonprofit marketers, fundraisers and agency professionals who are committed to advancing integrated marketing for nonprofits and charities. Join us for a relaxed day with other nonprofit leaders, designed to inspire your creativity and promote conversation and learning.

Volunteer Futures Symposium

When: October 4 + 5
Join BCACG & Volunteer BC – at VOLUNTEER FUTURES SYMPOSIUM 2017 – WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY. Annual Training Event for Volunteers, Non-Profits & Charities.

Cost-effective event known for its inspiring keynote addresses, practical workshops and relevant sessions with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and volunteers from across BC.

Anyone wanting to learn more about volunteerism and non-profit/charities sector can attend. Sign language interpreters are available making this event accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Topics: Technology for non-profits, engaging youth, volunteer management, diversity in leadership & more.

Keynotes: Bill Walters, DiverseCity onBoard & David Battey, Founder of Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)

Registration fees include: All sessions, breakfast, lunch, coffee & refreshments.

AFP Breakfast Event: The Art of the Ask

When: Thursday, October 12

BOSS: BC’s Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference

When: October 13

Vantage Point’s innovative one-day leadership conference will once again convene seasoned and emerging leaders, board members and volunteers in a shared space to develop competencies, skills and tools.

Psychology for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 14-15, 2017

Over two days, you will learn the most mission critical lessons in digital psychology, and gain mastery in recognizing and applying over 40 principles of persuasive design psychology. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to reverse-engineer the psychological patterns behind the world’s most successful websites, apps, ads and social media. You will also know how to translate psychological strategies into creative content, and understand how to optimize impacts over time.

Emotion & Motivation for Digital Behavior Change – Vancouver (2-day Workshop)

When: November 16-17, 2017

This 2-day workshop provides participants with a deep understanding of emotional design, by covering the essential lessons in the psychology and neuroscience of user emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. This workshop focuses on interactive design and content strategies aimed at evoking positive emotions, and design patterns that will help you avoid accidentally triggering negative user emotions.

National Philanthropy Day

When: Thursday, November 16

Join us as we celebrate philanthropy in Vancouver for the 20th straight year. Dr. David Suzuki and Severn Cullis-Suzuki will make a keynote presentation on the impact of philanthropy in their lives. Includes a 3-course plated lunch.

CanRoots West

When: November 16 – 18

CanRoots convenes organizers from across issues to learn, celebrate, and grow together. Attendees share best practices, hard-learned lessons, new ideas and inspire each other. This is a great gathering of progressive organizers working on some of the most important issues of our times.

Mission: Introduction to Project Management for Nonprofits

When: Saturday, November 18

The objective of this workshop is to introduce Non-Profit leaders to the practice of project management. You will learn how project management can assist you in successfully planning and completing initiatives through the use of basic project management tools and processes.


Got a nonprofit tech event that should be in the next newsletter? Let us know! Tweet at us using the hashtag #net2van.


Free Tech Work at RED Academy

RED Academy is looking for suitable organizations to get free digital work done by our students! Our students specialize in digital marketing, user experience design, user interface design, front-end web, and application development. Apply at

Free Consulting with The Community Corps

The Community Corps connects nonprofits and schools to free online help from skilled tech volunteers from top companies who can assist with technology related projects. Volunteers can help with training on software like Excel and Salesforce to updating websites, or providing unbiased advice on a hardware or software purchase. To get started create your account and post a request for tech help.


Free Geek Vancouver

Free Geek is a nonprofit community organization located in East Van that reduces the environmental impact of waste electronics by reusing and recycling donated technology. Through community engagement we provide education, job skills training, Internet access and free or low cost computers to the public. We’ve got electronics at the same price as Craigslist, but with a warranty.


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Eli strives to be a connector – the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love. Currently he’s the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year.