Do you have a great presentation topic that you’d like to share?
If so, we want to hear about it!
The TAG conference is the
one place for technology professionals working in philanthropy to share their
experiences with peers. Sessions should be about the
application of technology relevant to this specific audience niche.
• Education: Provide practical
educational opportunities and professional development for TAG members.
• Networking: Provide networking
opportunities for TAG members—connecting people with others facing similar issues
for information sharing.
• Community: Build the TAG community—relationships that can be leveraged beyond the conference.
• Leadership: Enable TAG to provide leadership to the
Theme and Sessions
The theme of the
conference is Knowledge: From Collection to Protection
Agenda Committee seeks the following sessions:
plenary sessions, one 60 minutes; one 90 minutes
breakout sessions, varying in length from 60–90 minutes.
TAG membership consists of a very diverse set of professionals, all responsible
for managing the technology function or a software application within a
is a wide range of technical expertise and sophistication among TAG members. Job functions vary from senior staff
such as a chief information officer and director of technology to a "jack-of-all-trades" manager of technology to technology-specific jobs such as
a database administrator, software developer, web specialist and network
Many members who are responsible for technology are
not technology professionals. Foundations
large and small are outsourcing the technology function and non-technologists
professionally trained in finance, grants management and communications are now
also responsible for technology.
Hands-on training for technical
staff on specific technologies is not the focus of this conference. However, we
technical sessions to provide enough technical information to be a relevant educational experience for
the technology professionals.
There will be three concurrent break-out sessions.
indicate whether your session is more appropriate for a management, technical or grants management audience. The committee hopes to have a good mix of all three session types.
Management: Target Audience = Technical or non-technical staff. Session should be designed to
discuss issues around technology management, change management, communications
and collaboration, with some part of the presentation dedicated to the
technology itself. These sessions deal with broader management issues and
policies related to the technology function versus an in-depth look at the
Technical: Target Audience = Technical staff. Session should be devoted to
technologies themselves and should take an in-depth look at the
technology. Despite this focus, these
sessions should be targeted to the general technologist rather than a
Audience = Grants managers and technical managers. Session should be focused on the grants
application/grants management process or tools or software to facilitate the
foundation’s grantmaking operations.
These sessions can deal with broad management issues and policies or
take an in-depth look at a particular grants management software.
The committee welcomes sessions that are educational, relevant, timely, engaging and valuable.
The committee identified the following high level areas of interest for potential sessions. Your session does not have to fit into one of these areas of interest but we share the list to provide some guidance about the type of content the committee hopes to include in the conference.
- Broad look at sector trends
- Technology strategy, as it relates to the sector
- Professional development for IT staff
- Business Intelligence
- Data: big data, open data, consumption of data, data utilities, master data management, data governance
- Grants Management Software
- Content Management: documents, records, digital assets
- Network Administration Tools
- Social media
- Community foundation-specific session
- Learning initiatives/impact and results
- Programmatic use of technology
submit your completed Call for Sessions Form by Monday, March 23, 2015.
Tips to Getting Your Proposal Accepted
- Outline succinctly what someone will learn from your presentation. List 3 key points the presentation will cover.
- Be practical. We are seeking practical advice from working experts.
- Offer a case study based on real-world experience, if you are a consultant, suggest a client as a co-presenter.
- Explain how to do something or how to implement a service or a technology.
your proposal title and abstract in a way that will entice conference
attendees to want to register for the conference.
- Complete the form in its entirety, including having speakers confirmed.
Please note: the application must be submitted in full. You can't save it and go back and edit the form later.