A big love bomb to Gunner, Heather, Tim and the hundred-odd other fellow nonprofit software developers who made last week’s Nonprofit Software Dev Summit a fantastic experience in slightly nontraditional conferencing.
Among the highlights for me were:
- The unexpected appearance of dear nonprofit tech colleagues such as Amanda Hickman, Laura Quinn, Teresa Crawford — in addition to the great ‘usual suspects’ like David Taylor, Rob Miller, Allen Poole, Leda Dederich and more. All are amazing people that I don’t get to see nearly often enough, and it’s more than worth the time and effort of travel to get quality face-time with them.
- A great demonstration from Simon Rowland of DirectLeap of his inexpensive, easy-to-use web-based robo-calling tool. I can see some pretty powerful uses of this kind of technology, and it’s amazing to think that it is about to become accessible to small organizations.
- The first ever nonprofit techie geek trivia contest. Steve Andersen, David Taylor, Simon and I put up a good fight, made a great attempt at packing our questions into the final round, but were ultimately defeated by a powerhouse team anchored by Eugene Kim and Evan Henshaw-Plath. (Potentially trivia geeks be warned: there seems to be no bit of Silicon Valley tech trivia that Eugene does not know.)
- Did I mention the food? Seattle is a pretty good eating town, but San Francisco is in another league. (Or maybe I just don’t get out enough at home!) In four days, I didn’t have a single less-than-excellent thing to eat. A big thanks to Joel Burton and Rebecca Weaver-Gill for being such gracious hosts.
Some nice event photos on Flickr. Not sure that much made it onto the wiki or into blogspace yet, but I suspect many are still recovering from brain (and fun) overload.
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