|TAG 2017 Call for Sessions|
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TAG 2017 Annual Conference
November 6-9, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, LA
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The theme of the conference is Learning. As organizations strive to mature in collecting relevant data and assess the impact from that feedback, the next challenge for organizations is to infuse and maintain a learning culture within their organizations to solidify the knowledge investments made.
At this year's TAG conference, we invite you to learn about the latest technology trends for your organization and leave with ideas to build learning workers that can advance your organization’s learning.
The Conference Agenda Committee seeks the following sessions:
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.
There will be three concurrent break-out sessions. Each session must be categorized as technical, management or grants. We hope to have a good mix of all three session types. Since the majority of sessions we receive are for the management track, we encourage you to think about submitting sessions for the technical and grants tracks.
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 sophisticated engineer. To tie to the theme, these sessions should address making the most impact with your technology resources.
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 technology itself. To tie to the theme, these sessions should talk about managing systems and processes for greatest impact.
Grants: Target 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. To tie to the theme, these sessions should talk about measuring your foundation’s and grantees’ impact.
TAG Conference Goals
The primary goal of the annual TAG Conference is to be an educational learning opportunity for TAG members. What makes the conference unique is that it is the one place for technology professionals working in philanthropy to share their experiences with peers. As such, the conference sessions should be about the application of technology relevant to this specific audience niche.
Many members indicate they join TAG to network and share information and ideas with their peers. This conference is one way for TAG members to network with each other and build the TAG community. It also enables TAG to provide leadership to the sector.
The TAG membership consists of a very diverse set of professionals, all responsible for managing the technology function or a software application within a philanthropic organization. Vendors and consultants who work in the philanthropic sector also attend the TAG conference.
There 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 administrator.
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.
Tips to Getting Your Proposal Accepted
Please note: the application must be submitted in full. You can’t save it and go back and edit the form later. If you need to change something, please email Lisa Pool at email@example.com.
TAG is a nonprofit and we do our best to plan the conference to break even and keep the registration fees reasonable. We try to accommodate expense reimbursement requests but we do have a limited budget. Our policy for speakers is to provide free attendance for the day of the conference. If you wish to attend the full conference, we ask that you register and pay for the conference. Please let us know whether you require or request travel expense reimbursement and/or the conference fee waived. Please note there is a possibility this could impact the committee’s decision to accept your session.