This week: NPOCamp and Austin News Hackathon

Two great events coming up this weekend in Austin, sponsored by EFF-Austin.

Friday, join us at NPO Camp – a Barcamp for Nonprofits and Techs. We had one of these several months ago, and it was a real blast! The idea here is to bring the nonprofit and technology communities together for a day and talk about the technical challenges the NPOs face, while educating the techs about that world. Last event, we had 200+ attendees forming into sessions and pods; all were lively.  Greg Foster, our newest EFF-Austin board member, has done most of the legwork in organizing the event, with major production assistance from Maggie Duval, also a board member and producer of the annual Plutopia event during SXSW. Sign up here.

Saturday, coders and journalists come together to build innovative news applications at the Austin News Hackathon, cosponsored by EFF-Austin and the local Hacks Hackers chapter led by Cindy Royal.  The day will begin with a presentation by Matt Stiles and Niran Babalola of the Texas Tribune, talking about some of the news apps they’ve been developing. Then teams will form to match ideas from journalists with technical expertise from the coders who are attending. These kinds of events are the future of journalism!  This event also benefited from Maggie Duval’s production assistance. Sign up here.

Both events will be catered by Pick Up Stix of South Austin.

Austin Non Profit Camp

Austin Non Profit Camp is a free, facilitated and participant driven conference that will be the place in Austin for non profits to learn and troubleshoot their technology problems in a supportive, collaborative setting.

Austin Non Profit Camp is being spearheaded by David J. Neff, Jon Lebkowsky, Maggie Duval and Matt Glazer. Their goal is to take the successful Bar Camp model and apply it to expand understanding and awareness of free and Open Source technology within the non-profit community in Central Texas.

How It Works

Non profits and technology folks come together to have conversations about the issues that they face in a no sales, no cost environment. We bring tech experts together with nonprofits in a context that will facilitate mutual understanding.

In addition to scheduled speakers, attendees will have the option to sign up to speak about issues and solutions they know best.

Nonprofit attendees collaboratively problem solve issues they face with running and promoting their organizations, workshopping with local technologists about the latest and most effective technologies and methodologies. These conversations will help nonprofits filter what’s useful from what’s not and keep their organizations humming and on track.


Google Apps, Data Exchange/Salesforce, Google Grants, Social Media, Marketing, Cloud Computing, Email Marketing, Fundraising in Social Media, ZERO COST Infrastructure, ROI of The Cloud

Event Details

Date: November 14th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – :00 p.m.
Location: ACC Eastview Campus
3401 Webberville Road

Keynote Delivered by: Holly Ross from NTEN

Austin Non Profit Camp is sponsored by: EFF-Austin, NTEN, 501 Tech Club, Plutopia Productions, Austin Social Media Club,, Social Web Strategies, GNI Strategies, Lights.Camera.Help. and Soma Vida. A special thank you/shout out to the Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College for providing the incredible space.

OneWebDay 2009 Austin Audio Recordings

The fine folks at FG Squared sponsored OneWebDay2009 Austin, which was co-produced by EFF-Austin and Plutopia Productions. What follows are the audio recordings of the talks and panel.

The Internet Then and Now

The Internet Then and Now

Description: The Internet was built originally as a dumb network – a transmission network. When commercial interests became involved, the battle for control of packets as emerged as well. Jon and Julie will explore the inherent conflicts in having entities such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable as both connectivity/access AND content and application providers. What can we do to keep bias out so all have the ability to connect?
Presenters: Jon Lebkowsky and Julie Gomoll

The End Of Free and Unfettered Internet Access: How Network Operators Are Restricting Internet Use

The End Of Free and Unfettered Internet Access: How Network Operators Are Restricting Internet Use

Description: Network Operators have made several attempts in the last few years restrict access to Internet services and content through selective bandwidth restrictions and service blocking. In some cases they deploy equipment that examines Internet content in order to determine if the service delivering it should be limited or restricted. Will this become the norm in the future? What does this mean to free and unfettered access to Internet content and services?
Panelists: Matt Henry and Michael Hathaway Moderator: Jon Lebkowsky

Online Activism and Government 2.0

Online Activism and Government 2.0

Presenter: Gregory Foster

Media, Mentoring & Technology in the Classroom

Media, Mentoring & Technology in the Classroom

Description: Media Diversity Council Founder / Executive Director, Carl Settles Jr. discusses how to leverage social networks and mentoring to develop sustainable approaches to diversity and economic empowerment.
Presenter: Carl Settles