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It's time to catch
up on some of the nonprofit technology trends and news out in NGO-land. We're in the
season for charities to brush off their video cameras to tell their story and it's
looking like the other Facebook (Google+) is starting to become a more useful
tool for community organizing. Finally, swing into spring with new web design fashions.
Since we're three months into the new year, you're welcome to revisit my new-and-improved list of 2013 forecasts for hot nonprofit technology trends as well. We've added a handy infographic to make it easier to see how right (or wrong) I am about this year's tech trends for the sector. You can also check out predictions from our friend Pat Callihan at Tech Impact to see whether we're on the same page.
Early spring this
year is shaping up to be the time for charities to make their case on video.
The YouTube doGooder Video Awards are accepting submissions of videos from individuals
and organizations that are using video to create real impact for important causes.
The contest is hosted by YouTube, NTEN, and the
marketing firm See3.
Four winners will
receive $3,500 in cash prizes donated by by Cisco, and also free registrations
to the upcoming NTEN Nonprofit Technology
Conference in Minneapolis in April. Winners will also be featured on You
Tube's Spotlight Channel on April 12. The submission period runs
from now through March 22. You can have a look at current submissions
and also last year's
winners. Here's a bit of the fine print and official rules on
Coming immediately after the doGooder Video Awards
Digital Storytelling Challenge (TSDIGS) coming April 1. While this is a similar nonprofit video competition with prizes, free
entry, and lots of public exposure. There are a few differences though. We're
accepting videos of any age, even ones that you submit to the doGooder Video Awards. Also charities from anywhere in the world can participate.
One of the things I like about our TSDIGs
page are the array of how-to resources: webinar recordings on the tools
for digital storytelling, pre-
and post-production of videos, also blog pieces on things like Capturing
Your Story on Camera, and Digital
Storytelling Methods: Time and Resources Needed. Definitely check those out
if you're new to nonprofit video making.
This is an interesting trend I found out about in the Nonprofit
Quarterly. Several nonprofit-focused Google+ Communities have now formed, and they're worth looking at. Google+ Communities
are similar to Facebook's
Groups. Both let
you communicate with a group of people in a more specific way than you would by
sharing information broadly with the entire social network. Any Google+ user can start a community on
any topic. Google+ Communities can be public or private, and either open for anyone
to join or by invitation-only.
Some nonprofit communities include Nonprofiteers,
Media 4 Good Community, Nonprofit
Web & Tech, nptech,
News & Trends. These last two are useful for leads on nonprofit technology news, I must say. Google+
has been relatively slow to gain social media traction, but it now has more than
135 million active users.
I am definitely not the guy paying close attention
to fashions in nonprofit web design, but according npEngage
there are such things, and we'll all be hopelessly out of date if we don't know
about them. Here are a few of them for 2013:
I think this is
more like a wishful thinking trend forecast, but there are signs of vigorous
competition in the area of cloud storage.
The U.S. mobile carrier, AT&T has created an Android and Blackberry app that addresses the problem of driving and texting, arguably the most lethal aspect of mobile technology. Over one-third of U.S. drivers (37 percent) have sent or received text messages while driving, and 18 percent said they do it regularly.
The app, called DriveMode, automatically replies to texts, calls, and email on
your behalf while you drive. It is free to AT&T customers and is part of AT&T's It Can Wait Campaign. It is available from Google Play.
You can vote on your favorite apps for good for Windows 8 and Windows Phone in our Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest now through March 15. Winning apps can receive $15,000 cash prizes and Windows 8 phones!
Finally, in case
you haven't seen them, check out the recent nptech news stories by Ben Teoh
from Connecting Up in Australia and
Jane Zhang from TechSoup Canada.
Ben and Jane both
think that 3D printing will soon be something useful for charities.
Please let us know
if you agree or disagree, or tell us your nonprofit technology news and trends in the comments below.
Image: See3 Communications