In the spirit of technology, 501cTECH tried something new at the first 2015 Technology Innovation Awards judges meeting held on September 10th: we conducted voting through online polling application, Poll Everywhere. The application replaced traditional voting by show of hands with a simpler, anonymous system where judges voted from their computers or mobile devices. The judges responded to three polls, one in each of the three Technology Innovation Awards cause areas: PreK-12 and STEM Education, Skills to Succeed & Workforce Development, and Veterans and Military Families. Each poll consisted of a list of organizations who had submitted applications, and based on those lists, the judges voted for two finalists. As the votes came in, they were displayed in real time on a PowerPoint presentation screen.
Using Poll Everywhere was a resounding success. As a result of the time saved through online voting, we were able to place emphasis on discussing the applications themselves – exactly what was needed for the record number of applications that we received!
We're pleased to announce this week's Technology Innovator of the Week: Women Thrive Worldwide. Women Thrive Worldwide is the leading nonprofit organization bringing the voice of women around the world directly to decision-makers in Washington, D.C.
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The end of the year is always a time of both endings and new beginnings, particularly in the nonprofit world. In the past month, I have seen some of my longtime colleagues move on to new roles. Chuck Bean is leaving his longstanding and very impressive role as the founding Executive Director of the Nonprofit Roundtable to head up the Council of Governments (MetroCouncilGovt). Ilir Zherka, who did heroic work at DC Vote for more than a decade, has joined National Conference on Citizenship, a congressionally chartered nonprofit. The much loved Lindsay Buss has moved from the leadership of nonprofit stalwart, Martha’s Table, to the philanthropic side of the nonprofit world by joining the World Bank. And, Sharon Baskerville recently stepped down from her role as the founding executive of DCPCA after an amazing run as a visionary in community health care. So, change happens.