As you may know, since 2003 501cTECH’s Technology Innovation Awardshave recognized D.C. area nonprofits who put technology to use in an innovative way to improve key aspects of their operations and help advance their missions. It has also served as a reminder that technology is just as important to nonprofits as it is to large corporations.
Nonprofits may submit applications in the following three programmatic areas:
PreK-12 and STEM Education, sponsored by CenturyLink
Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development, Sponsored by Accenture
Veterans and Military Families, Sponsored by BAE Systems
Applicants must designate which one they believe most closely aligns with their project idea, but the cause area you select does not need to be the sole focus of the organization. If you can explain how your project applies to one of these categories and advances your nonprofit’s mission, we strongly encourage you to apply.
Past winners have included the YWCA of the National Capital Area, The Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Winners have completed a wide range of projects that empowered them through digital capabilities, including web-based learning portals, comprehensive salesforce customization, mobile application development, and innovative social media strategy. Their stories can be found on 501cTECH’s blog, and a full list of past winners and their projects are available on 501cTECH’s website.
This is a unique opportunity to turn that great idea you’ve been holding onto into a reality and we would love to help you do it. The deadline to apply isFriday, July 1 at 5 p.m.
Hopecam received the 2015 Technology Innovation Award in the K-12 & STEM Education category, sponsored by CenturyLink. Earlier this year, I caught up with Brad Hawkins, a member of Hopecam’s Board of Directors, and learned about the history of the organization and how the $7,500 award is making a big difference.
Brad became involved with Hopecam four years ago after hearing Hopecam’s founder, Len Forkas, speak about his 2011 Race Across America. Over the span of only 12 days, Len biked over 3,000 miles from San Diego to Annapolis in what is considered one of the toughest bike races in the world. Each day of the race, Len rode in honor of a different child with cancer. “I had the luxury of choosing to put my body through the physical challenge” Len said when reflecting on the race, “children with cancer don’t have that choice. I wanted to raise greater awareness of childhood cancer and the resources available to children and families.”
For Len, this bike ride was deeply personal – his own son had been diagnosed with Leukemia 9 years earlier.
As of February 2016, there is a new strain of malware circulating the internet, hidden in infected Microsoft Word documents. This ransomware, known as “Locky,” arrives in an user’s inbox as an email with a Microsoft Word document attached, containing malicious macros. Once enabled, the macros will scramble and encrypt files and the user must either pay a ransom, or hope that a recent backup will prevent any lost data.
How to Identify an Email Containing Locky
According to KnowBe4’s security awareness training blog, an email with ransomware will have a subject line similar to "ATTN: Invoice J-99223146" and a message such as "Please see the attached invoice and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice." The content of the word document will appear scrambled and illegible with various fonts and symbols, and the top of the document will prompt the user to enable macros in order to read the document.
Screenshot of infected word document, courtesy of KnowBe4:
Guest post from our Technology Partner, Converged Network Services Group. CNSG provides comprehensive, end-to-end telecommunications services. From carrier, cloud and IP infrastructure services to contract negotiation, issue resolution and every matter in between—they do it all.
Does this sound like you? Your computer keeps deleting the grant application you’ve been working on for the past 3 weeks because your storage is too full. Your phone keeps sending your selfies to your boss and you can’t figure out why. You want to tweet that there’s a clothing drive on Friday, but you can’t figure out why your Wi-Fi isn’t working. You think an update is going to a fancy restaurant instead of McDonald’s. You had no idea why people keep saying your music is “in the cloud.”
When: Friday, February 12th, 12:00PM-1:30PM Where: Mayer Brown LLP, 1999 K Street
Join 501cTECH's Vice President of Technology Services, Mike Raftery, and Client Relations Manager, Marc Noël, at the 2nd of a 3 event series. The Pathfinder Initiative is a series of conferences that connects and engages nonprofit leaders with industry experts. It recognizes the need for nonprofits and NGOs to effectively utilize and access the internet in a safe and meaningful way, and provides a forum for discussion on how to achieve this. The event will be an opportunity for your organization to:
Learn about new products and services
Connect and network with others in the nonprofit community
Speak up and be heard about international internet policy
501cTECH's presentation will discuss the challenges that nonprofits face in technology, and solutions that will increase their efficiency in everyday operations. Specific topics include secure cloud solutions available to nonprofits at little to no cost, the importance of frequent technology health checks, and implementation and impact of best practices.
Helping students set goals and work towards them is a huge step in empowering underserved youth. That’s the idea behind Teens Run DC, a nonprofit that promotes the physical, social and emotional well-being of DC students through running and mentoring programs.
On December 9th, 501cTECH, NetSquared DC, and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) co-sponsored a happy hour and panel discussion on digital trends. Panelists included thought leaders in the digital engagement space: Charmaine Nokuri, Chris Tuttle, DeRay Mckesson, and Jo Miles, and Colin Delany and Roshani Kothari moderated.
The discussion focused on how nonprofits can use digital platforms to further their missions.
Photo: Colin Delany, Jo Miles, DeRay Mckesson
Chris Tuttle’s opening remarks summed up the focus of the discussion quite well. There are three areas where organizations tend to struggle on digital platforms: