Tech Trends &
Best Practices for 2014
Jane Zhang,
Executive Director at TechSoup Canada
Director of Online Services at the...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
3D Printing
ChefJet, the first restaurant-approved food printer, uses
water to...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Wearable Technology
Google Glass is a hands-free, optical headmounted display ...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Wearable Technology
The Hövding is a wearable technology that relies on
advanc...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Robotic Technology
The Parrot AR Drone is an app-controlled helicopter,
equipp...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Even More Advanced Robots
ACM-R5, an amphibious snake-like robot from
HiBot Co...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Even More Advanced Robots

Google’s driverless car is a project
that involved ...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Modular Phones

Motorola’s Project Ara aims to develop a free,
open hardware p...
What is the World of Tech
Offering in 2014?
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift is an upcoming virtual reality headmounted displa...
However …
These cutting-edge technology trends are unlikely to
impact your charity’s day-to-day operations in 2014.
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#1 Responsive & Adaptive Design
Why is this important?
 Mobile devices are overtaking PC sal...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#1 Responsive & Adaptive Design
What’s the difference?
 Responsive web design is a single te...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#1 Responsive & Adaptive Design
Resources to help you get started:
 Free Responsive Template...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#2 Dynamic Data
Why is this important?

There is an oversaturation of static infographics
on ...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#2 Dynamic Data
Dynamic Data?

Dynamic data combines both static images and
text (searchable ...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#2 Dynamic Data
Good Examples
 Why Your Brain Craves
Infographics
neomam.com/interactive/13r...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#2 Dynamic Data
Good Examples
 Google’s Think Insights Databoard
think.withgoogle.com/databo...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#3 Modular Technology & Integration
Why is this important?
Modular technologies and a good
in...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#3 Modular Technology & Integration
Customize Your Tech Solution to Fit Your Needs
Taking a m...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#3 Modular Technology & Integration
Integrating with Existing Technologies
Think about how to...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#3 Modular Technology & Integration
A Few Tools that allow Modular Design
 Constituent Relat...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure
Why is this important?
Allows all nonprofits (in...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure
What it could look like:
 Highly sensitive
info...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure
Cloud Productivity
 Dropbox
Tools
 Smartsheet
...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure
A Word on Data …
Technology has made data collec...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#5 Mobile Beacon Based Sensors
What is it?
Essentially a wireless sensor network that can be ...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#5 Mobile Beacon Based Networks
Example: Geofencing
Geofencing is a virtual perimeter around ...
5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits
#5 Mobile Beacon Based Networks
Example: Apple’s
iBeacon

Apple’s iBeacon is a transmitter th...
Best Practices
There are certain trends in the use of technology that are
essential for success:

 Content Marketing & Cu...
Content Marketing & Content Curation
The “spray & pray”
approach is no longer
effective when it comes
to marketing.
Good c...
Targeted Communications
Donors and supporters have
different motivations to give and
different experiences interacting
wit...
Data Informed Decisions
Questions? Comments?
Jane Zhang,
Executive Director at TechSoup Canada
Director of Online Services at the Centre for Socia...
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  • Most of the technology you will see in 2014 are not new, but 2014 is the year of innovation and maturation of these technologies3D Printing: -Mention last year when the technology became more widely available. In past the technology and affordability of 3D printing was more important. -In 2014 we get to see how 3D printing have evolved. We are seeing 3D printed prosthetics that are lighter and more customized to help people to be more mobile, but we are also seeing creative innovations combining art, technology, and food.
  • Innovation and Maturation theme: Last year, Google Glass technology show cased how wearable technology truly helps to integrate the analog and digital worlds.In 2014, we are seeing a variety of wearable technology at affordable prices available to the public. Wearable fitness devices such as Fitbit or Jawbone helps to track our daily activities and give us real time feedback to allow us to make adjustments to our quality of life.
  • We can hope to see other wearable technology this year that with aid in how we interact with the world around us. From motion sensor that help to deploy airbags to self parking cars.
  • On the innovation front, Robotic have matured from mostly military implementation to consumer availability.The following technologies are still in the introduction to the technology phase, we hope as they mature we will see more applications of these technologies over the next few years.
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  • Google’s Think Insight’s Databoard allows for organizations to interact with the data and build their own infographic and share in real time with others.
  • Tech Trends and Best Practices for 2014

    1. 1. Tech Trends & Best Practices for 2014 Jane Zhang, Executive Director at TechSoup Canada Director of Online Services at the Centre for Social Innovation Slides and presentation prepared by Joyce Hsu
    2. 2. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? 3D Printing ChefJet, the first restaurant-approved food printer, uses water to melt sugar into shapes. Unfortunately the samples didn’t taste very good, but the technology is there. 3D Printing can now be used for printing customizable prosthetic limbs.
    3. 3. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Wearable Technology Google Glass is a hands-free, optical headmounted display that shows and captures information. FitBit tracks daily activity, calories burned, sleep & weight. The data is uploaded wirelessly so you can check progress via mobile or an online dashboard.
    4. 4. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Wearable Technology The Hövding is a wearable technology that relies on advanced motion sensors to employ airbags for cyclists.
    5. 5. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Robotic Technology The Parrot AR Drone is an app-controlled helicopter, equipped with a camera. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices with iOS & Android operating systems are compatible with Parrot AR Drone. Amazon is experimenting with Prime Air, an unmanned aerial drone that aims to deliver packages in 30 mins or less.
    6. 6. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Even More Advanced Robots ACM-R5, an amphibious snake-like robot from HiBot Corp, Japan is designed to aid in search and rescue operations. Tawabo, a robot tour guide at Tokyo Tower, speaks Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English.
    7. 7. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Even More Advanced Robots Google’s driverless car is a project that involved developing technology for autonomous cars. There are currently 3 states in the US that allow the testing of automated vehicles.
    8. 8. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Modular Phones Motorola’s Project Ara aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphone.
    9. 9. What is the World of Tech Offering in 2014? Virtual Reality Oculus Rift is an upcoming virtual reality headmounted display. Consumer version is expected to become available later this year.
    10. 10. However … These cutting-edge technology trends are unlikely to impact your charity’s day-to-day operations in 2014.
    11. 11. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #1 Responsive & Adaptive Design Why is this important?  Mobile devices are overtaking PC sales BetChemy Ventures, May 2013  There are 1 billion smart phones in use and this number will grow to two billion in two years Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2013  Your website needs to be optimized to respond to any device your supporter is using, otherwise your call-to-actions, important content and donation forms may be missed
    12. 12. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #1 Responsive & Adaptive Design What’s the difference?  Responsive web design is a single template with flexible images and fluid grids  Pro: Easier and cheaper to implement  Con: Pages load slower, content not fully optimized  Adaptive web design utilizes scripting to adapt to various sizes  Pro: Pages load faster, content and web design fully optimized  Con: Requires advanced knowledge of JavaScript and CSS  You can also combine both responsive and adaptive
    13. 13. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #1 Responsive & Adaptive Design Resources to help you get started:  Free Responsive Templates  HTML5 & CSS: HTML5up, HTML5Templates,  CMS: Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla  Email templates: ZURB, Antwort, Campaign Monitor  Coding resources for creating adaptive design  LessFramework  StackOverflow
    14. 14. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #2 Dynamic Data Why is this important? There is an oversaturation of static infographics on the web – people are becoming dull to the medium moz.com/ugc/infographics-are-dead-long-live-infographics
    15. 15. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #2 Dynamic Data Dynamic Data? Dynamic data combines both static images and text (searchable content is better for SEO). Create dynamic data where users can watch, click and really explore your data
    16. 16. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #2 Dynamic Data Good Examples  Why Your Brain Craves Infographics neomam.com/interactive/13reasons  Air BnB’s Annual Report airbnb.com/annual
    17. 17. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #2 Dynamic Data Good Examples  Google’s Think Insights Databoard think.withgoogle.com/databoard  WarChild Holland Annual Report annualreportwarchild.org
    18. 18. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #3 Modular Technology & Integration Why is this important? Modular technologies and a good integration strategy will determine how agile and “future-proof” your nonprofit can be – especially with little or no internal IT support. The modular approach allows you to:  Customize your tech solution to fit your needs  Better integrate with existing technologies
    19. 19. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #3 Modular Technology & Integration Customize Your Tech Solution to Fit Your Needs Taking a modular approach to CRMs will help your nonprofit find the best fit for your needs without paying for features that you won’t use:  Sumac offers add-ons that have distinct functionalities. All of the addons are useful, but not all nonprofits need them (i.e., course registration add-on, case management add-on, etc.)
    20. 20. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #3 Modular Technology & Integration Integrating with Existing Technologies Think about how to integrate the technologies you are using to improve efficiency.  Salesforce, integrates with over 250 applications, including EventBrite, Social Media, SAP, Oracle EBS, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.
    21. 21. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #3 Modular Technology & Integration A Few Tools that allow Modular Design  Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)  CiviCRM  Salesforce  Sumac  Content Management System (CMS)  Wordpress  Joomla  Drupal
    22. 22. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure Why is this important? Allows all nonprofits (including healthcare organizations) to enjoy benefits of both:  Benefits of the Cloud: User-friendly, self-service features without expensive IT resources  Benefits of Internal servers: Store sensitive information that cannot be hosted outside of Canada If your nonprofit has not set-up a hybrid cloud/IT system, design your cloud service usage with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration is possible
    23. 23. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure What it could look like:  Highly sensitive information hosted internally (e.g. patient information)  Productivity processes on the cloud (e.g., meeting minutes, collateral materials)
    24. 24. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure Cloud Productivity  Dropbox Tools  Smartsheet  Huddle  Evernote  Skydrive  Google Docs Cloud Productivity  Office 365 for Nonprofits Suites  Google Apps for Business  Zoho
    25. 25. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #4 Hybrid Cloud & Internal IT Infrastructure A Word on Data … Technology has made data collection and data sharing very easy. As a nonprofit, consider:  What kind of data are you collecting? (And why?)  What can you accomplish with the data that is freely shared?  Are you contributing data to the sector/larger mission?  How are you collaborating with other nonprofits on a national and international scale? Read more on TechSoup Canada’s website:  Under Blog > Take The Next Step with Data Sharing for Nonprofits www.techsoupcanada.ca/en/community/blog/take-the-next-step-with-data-sharing-for-nonprofits
    26. 26. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #5 Mobile Beacon Based Sensors What is it? Essentially a wireless sensor network that can be used for routing, monitoring and tracking. Why is this important? Gives nonprofits the potential to create more engaging experiences and to improve operations
    27. 27. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #5 Mobile Beacon Based Networks Example: Geofencing Geofencing is a virtual perimeter around any geographic area. It can be used by nonprofits for:  Improving event participants’ experiences (e.g., attendees could automatically check-in to an event zone using a geofence app, you can send a phone alert/notification to an event attendee when they enter or leave a geofence area)  Keeping track of your nonprofit’s assets (e.g., your office manager can receive a notification when a laptop leaves your office)
    28. 28. 5 Tech Trends for Nonprofits #5 Mobile Beacon Based Networks Example: Apple’s iBeacon Apple’s iBeacon is a transmitter that notifies nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence.
    29. 29. Best Practices There are certain trends in the use of technology that are essential for success:  Content Marketing & Curation  Targeted Communications  Data Informed Decisions
    30. 30. Content Marketing & Content Curation The “spray & pray” approach is no longer effective when it comes to marketing. Good content marketing & curation is the best way for your nonprofit to build brand loyalty and engage with your supporters.
    31. 31. Targeted Communications Donors and supporters have different motivations to give and different experiences interacting with your nonprofit. Speak to them properly to inspire positive responses.  Loyal Donors don’t want to read “Let me introduce you to our mission”  Prospects don’t want to read “As you may know, we’re raising money for … ”
    32. 32. Data Informed Decisions
    33. 33. Questions? Comments? Jane Zhang, Executive Director at TechSoup Canada Director of Online Services at the Centre for Social Innovation Slides and presentation prepared by Joyce Hsu

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