Local Data Lunch & Learn
May
30
12:00 PM12:00

Local Data Lunch & Learn

Join DigitalC and April Urban at the MidTown Tech Hive for 90 minute Lunch & Learn on North East Ohio (NEO) CANDO Property Data Portal.

This 90 minute, hands-on session focuses on the NEO CANDO suite of applications, NEO CANDO 2010+ and the NEO CANDO Property Data Portal. NEO CANDO 2010+ holds a range of data for the 17-county northeast Ohio region. In Cuyahoga County, NEO CANDO provides access to aggregated data for many important health and human services SOMETHING, like public assistance, juvenile delinquency, and property statistics around sales and foreclosure filings. The tool also provides a basic mapping feature and download features. The NEO CANDO Property Data portal provides parcel-level data on characteristics, tax information, sales, foreclosures, and sheriff's sales through a custom query interface. Attendees will become familiar with the navigation and use of the data systems, as well as the indicators available in both systems, learning how to understand and interpret the data.

The session includes lunch. Attendees will leave being able to navigate and use NEO CANDO data systems, as well as understand how to interpret local, civic data. Email Gretchen Mason with any further questions. Register here.

 

More about the instructor:

 

April Urban, M.S.S.A from Case Western Reserve University, is a research associate specializing in property research and consultation, focusing on code enforcement, foreclosure and REO properties and works closely with the community development industry to provide data and technical assistance in neighborhood stabilization. She most enjoys projects where she can work to aid communities in building their capacity to work with data, helping teach them how to use information to improve their practices and better the lives of people impacted by their work. She currently serves on the board of FutureHeights and volunteers with Open Cleveland, Cleveland’s Code for America brigade.

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Design Thinking ExperienceInnovation (TM) for Nonprofits
Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Design Thinking ExperienceInnovation (TM) for Nonprofits

Course Description:

Introduce your people to essential design thinking techniques, mindsets and behaviors in a hands-on format. This 90 minute workshop highlights how to bring creative habits like deep user empathy, radical collaboration and rapid experimentation to one’s work every day.

ExperienceInnovation™ | Aware enables your people to develop an awareness of and support for design thinking as an approach to problem solving. Our workshop will also help your people provoke fresh ideas to address a meaningful challenge or opportunity. Register here.

Outcomes

  • An introduction of design thinking into your culture through a shared experience

  • Awareness of the tools and techniques of the world’s leading designers

  • A compelling case for putting customers/humans at the center of all problem solving efforts

  • An understanding of how leaders can enhance and model innovative behavior

More about the Instructor:

 

Ellen has had a diverse career involving many facets of talent and organizational development. Prior to starting Canterbury Coaching and Consulting, her professional portfolio included working for an employee assistance program, creating and managing leadership training programs and conducting employee assessments for a northeast Ohio community college. Most recently, Ellen served as the manager of the Leadership Development Center at Lorain County Community College.

Ellen is a skilled facilitator with over 30 years of experience in talent and organizational development and in working with people as a trainer, mentor, seminar leader and coach.

Ellen is passionate about facilitating innovation learning experiences. She has loves bringing the power of the ‘learn by doing’ approach incorporated in ExperienceInnovation to her clients. She’s helped clients apply design thinking to such varied projects as improving profit margins in a manufacturing organization, designing a better more successful levy marketing effort for a community college and redesigning an intake process for a non-profit needs better and thus streamline customer contact and marketing She’s seen first hand the transforming nature of applying Design Thinking tools and approach to real world problems.

**There is a minimum of 12 participants to run the course. If we do not have 12 participants we will not be running this course. You will be notified in advance.

Register here.

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Improve Your Nonprofit's Digital Storytelling
Jul
18
9:00 AM09:00

Improve Your Nonprofit's Digital Storytelling

How to increase public awareness about your non-profits mission and impact through video storytelling on a budget.

Utilize the resources you already have within your organization to create impactful and compelling visual stories that bring in fundraising and attention. We'll discuss how you can turn the work, outreach and events you're already doing into opportunities to promote your cause--using the staff and equipment you already have--even a cell phone camera. Register here.

What you'll learn:

  • Effective digital storytelling techniques
  • How to tell stories on different social media platforms that connect with the audience
  • Leveraging the work your organization already does or events you are already producing and turn it into visual stories
  • How to best use whatever resources you have to make the best videos you can
  • Including live demonstration and hands-on practice

 

Watch this short video to learn more about what you will gain by taking this course.

More about the instructor:

 

Ben Harper is the Owner and Creative Director of Breakwall Media, a Cleveland-based video production company.

Ben is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Journalism and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in broadcast communications. After beginning his career as a television reporter, Ben moved to his true passion, working behind the camera. After working first as a Chief Videographer and then later as a Senior Digital Newsroom Producer on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Ben worked with the U.S. Department of State’s International Information Programs Bureau as one of the first members of a new video unit dedicated to improving video communications and outreach online and in embassies worldwide.Throughout most of his time producing, both in Washington and abroad, Ben has worked on small teams meaning he is capable of stepping into multiple roles throughout the production process. He also consults extensively, and has trained staff on messaging and video production techniques at U.S. Embassies in more than a dozen countries. Since returning to Ohio five years ago, Ben has continued his work with Breakwall Media, creating and producing visual storytelling for non-profits and government agencies in Northeast Ohio, across the country and internationally. Ben is passionate about telling visual stories in a way that meaningfully impacts the audience, and also in helping others make media that does the same.

Dani Carlson is currently the Director of Communications and Digital Strategy for the nonprofit nonpartisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions.

In this role, Dani is responsible for teaching staff how to better communicate the nonprofit’s mission. She also manages the organization’s website, social media presence and sets external communications goals. Before joining Community Solutions, Dani spent more than a decade as an investigative journalist at television stations across the country, winning multiple awards, including an Emmy, for her reporting. Her work, both traditional video pieces as well as digital stories, has appeared on multiple national networks and websites. She’s appeared on NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, CNN and has had multiple digital stories garner hundreds of thousands of views on sites like the Huffington Post and Popular Mechanics. A Chicago native, and proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School, Dani has also brought her real world experiences back into the classroom as a journalism instructor at Northwestern and at Kent State University. 

Register here.

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Build Community & Refine Your Message -- Social Media Training for Nonprofits
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Build Community & Refine Your Message -- Social Media Training for Nonprofits

This two-part course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective social media campaigns to drive in donations, raise awareness for your causes, and increase event attendance. Participants will learn key strategies that effectively drive in donations and event attendance, and they’ll walk through key components of Facebook’s tools. They will learn how to leverage social media tools for maximized impact.

Participants will be encouraged to think about social media strategically, communicate their organizational mission clearly, and post content relevant to their target audience. They will also learn how to run Facebook Ads that drive in donations, event attendance, and meet other financial organizational goals.

The two sessions include hands-on projects, walkthroughs, lectures, and more. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops to follow along and produce materials during the course. Register here.

Course at-a-glance:

Part 1- Saturday May 19th, 9am-12pm: Participants develop a customer avatar, organizational pillars, and a custom framework for social media. They learn how to strategically develop organic content and plan effective social media posts for their target audience. They learn how to use organic social media tools and schedule a week of strategic posts to help meet organizational goals.

Part 2- Saturday May 19th, 12-3pm: Participants gain familiarity with Facebook Ads and Facebook Ads Manager. They learn how to use Audience Insights, develop target audiences, develop ad budgets, and they walk through setting up ads to drive in donations, event attendance, and more in coordination with budget and audience strategies. **Optional 12-1pm office hours are available!

Course Investment: $420

Attendees must attend both sessions.

You Will:

  • Develop a customer avatar and gain a deep understanding of your target audience

  • Know how to develop organic and paid content that clearly communicates your brand’s mission

  • Know how to amplify blog and video content for increased traffic

  • Know to use Facebook tools to drive in fundraising

  • Know how to use social media tools to raise awareness for your cause

  • Know how to activate supporters on social media

  • Know how to drive in attendees to your fundraising events

Intended Audiences:

  • Individuals who are in charge of social media marketing for their organization

  • Consultants who want to expand their social media knowledge in a hands-on environment

  • Individuals who want to make a career change to social media marketing

  • HR specialists who hire social media managers

  • CEOs who hire social media managers and want to learn more about marketing their nonprofit

  • Individuals who need to communicate with social media managers

  • Marketing professionals who want to learn strategic social media

Class preparation:

  1. Participants must bring a laptop to these sessions. (Tablets and mobile devices are not acceptable substitutes.)

  2. All participants must have a basic understanding of how to use Facebook for organic content creation and they must have a Facebook Page published.

  3. Participants will be expected to complete pre-course and post-course surveys

More about the instructor:

 

Shana Mysko is a social media manager and educator who leverages social media to drive in sales for organizational growth. She is the CEO and founder of Radical Reach Social Media Experts, a growing social media agency in Cleveland, Ohio. She teaches courses and workshops in social media management with the goal of educating others on strategic marketing and sales practices that drive in revenue. She is passionate about raising businesses to their full potential. In her free time you can find Shana in a pinball parlor playing competitively and occasionally winning tiny trophies. Shana is married to a middle school teacher and owns a charming Boston Terrier named Manny. Questions about this course? Please get in touch! EmailShana@RadicalReach.com.

**This class is limited to 12 people. We must have 10 people or the class will be canceled. Register here.

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Data Analytics Workshop: Landscapes of Change
May
15
to May 17

Data Analytics Workshop: Landscapes of Change

Are you an urban planner, information scientist, or social change agent in the nonprofit or civic sector? Over the course of 3 days you will improve skills in data analysis, accessing local resources, and visualization tools focusing on land policy and mapping data. You will hear from GIS mapping experts from the county, learn about innovative local data tools, and recieve hands-on training in data analysis tools. All workshops will be held at the MidTown Tech Hive (6815 Euclid Ave). Register here.

Day 1: Tuesday, May 15:

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM- Thinking like a Data Scientist

  • Learn what exactly data analysis is, who can benefit from learning data analysis, examples of real-world contexts and applications, tools and tips for analyzing and communicating data, and how to design and answer data-driven questions.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM- Local Data/ GIS Mapping Tools with Dan Giersz

  • Learn about the various GIS resources maintained and provided by the Cuyahoga County GIS Department including the new MyPlace Real Property application with the most up-to-date parcel information, the Cuyahoga Open Data Portal, public web services available through ArcGIS Online, and the fully interactive GIS Web Mapping Application you can use to make professional quality maps, and download results.

Day 2: Wednesday, May 16:

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM- Excel for Data Analysis with Adam Hecktman

  • Excel is a tool that most people are familiar with, and many people use every day. Excel can be leveraged to unlock the value of open data of all kinds, and it is particularly well-suited to query and visualize open government data from multiple sources. Learn how to access, transform, cleanse, query, and visualize data using tools that are easy to learn and easy to use.

Day 3: Thursday, May 17:

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM- Data Visualization in Tableau with Joshua Terchek

  • This module introduces participants to the basics of Tableau. Specific topics include the different versions of Tableau, connecting to data, types of data, basic visualizations, worksheets, and tips and tricks. By the end of this course, participants will be able to make basic interactive visualizations.

 

Register here.

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Excel Lunch & Learn
Apr
18
3:00 PM15:00

Excel Lunch & Learn

DESCRIPTION

Join DigitalC and Microsoft for a 90 minute Excel Lunch & Learn May 23rd 12-1:30pm and learn tips and tricks on how to more effectively use Excel as a tool in your everyday work. You will have the opportunity to partake in hands-on training from Microsoft Civic Tech Fellows and ask questions you have regarding collection and analysis of your organization's data.

The session includes lunch and focuses on Pivot Tables and executing V-Look Ups. Come enjoy lunch in a supportive, casual environment at the MidTown Tech Hive. Email Gretchen Masonwith any further questions.

 

More about the instructors:

 

Jarryd Huntley, a Civic Tech Fellow at Microsoft, is a local technologist who has been working in IT for nearly a decade. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Akron he has worked at a number of local enterprises, startups, and volunteering at a number of local meetup groups and special events. He also plays important roles in Cleveland’s growing game development scene as both an academic by teaching game development at Lorain County Community College, and as an independent game developer through his newly formed studio.

Taylor Henschel is a Master of Science student in User Experience Design, and he received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati. Taylor's background is in government and politics and for the past three years, he served at Cleveland City Council. Taylor is civic technology advocate and acting convener of the Cleveland Civic Tech and Open Data Collaborative. He began his Civic Engagement Fellowship with Microsoft in January.

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MidTown Tech Hive: 2nd "Beer at the Barn"
Jan
17
11:00 AM11:00

MidTown Tech Hive: 2nd "Beer at the Barn"

Missed the Last Beer at the Barn? The MidTown Tech Hive is opening soon! Join us Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Dunham Tavern’s Barn, the Tech Hive’s upcoming next door neighbor and learn about the Tech Hive’s offerings - coworking, classroom space, offices - all in a state-of-the-art building and how you can purchase office and desk space. REGISTER HERE!

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October Learning Studio Data Analytics Workshop
Oct
10
to Oct 12

October Learning Studio Data Analytics Workshop

  • Washkewicz College of Engineering Fenn Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DigitalC is launching a Data Analytics Workshop Oct. 10-12. Participants will receive an introduction to data, learn how to access local data resources, and experience a primer on data analysis and visualization using tools like Excel and Tableau. Register HERE

Read about the great work Learning Studios is doing on DigitalC's blog.  For more information on the Learning Studios, visit us HERE.

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CLE X
Sep
26
9:00 AM09:00

CLE X

CLE X is a day long, invite-only event that brings together Cleveland's hottest innovators in tech, design, art, science and education to spark new ideas and share creativity.

This second annual event will take place on Sept. 26th at the Cleveland Children's Museum. We have limited open spaces for participants, fill out the application HERE. 

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NEOhio GIS conference
Aug
31
4:30 PM16:30

NEOhio GIS conference

Join your colleagues from Ohio, nearby states, and beyond who focus on utilizing Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial technologies to deliver practical solutions and develop new and innovative technologies.

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Erie Hack Kick-off
May
3
3:30 PM15:30

Erie Hack Kick-off

Erie Hack Water Data and Engineering Hackathon is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program that will bring together coders, developers, engineers, data experts, and water professionals to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition will award more than $100,000 in cash and accelerator services to up to four winning teams and one high school team.

Days Remaining:

APRIL 8

Quarter final for Cleveland & Erie PA (team registration ends 5pm on the 25th)

APRIL 12

Closing of Individual Registration

APRIL 13

Semi-final in Detroit.

APRIL 14 – MAY 2

Acceleration and Support Program for finalists

MAY 2 & 3

Two day Water Innovation Summit (and finalist presentations/winners announced)

Find out more at: http://www.eriehack.io/

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Impact Pitch
May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Impact Pitch

  • Global Center for Health Innovation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Impact Pitch is a reverse pitch competition for makers developing ultra high-bandwidth hardware, software and business applications that want to impact their local community. Maker applicants hear pitches from civic orgaizations and then compete in two rounds for part of a prize pool of $1,000 to $60,000 in cash and in-kind services. The competition is organized by DigitalC, US Ignite, and other regional organizations. Register here.

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Health-Tech Corridor Pitch Night
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Health-Tech Corridor Pitch Night

Experience entrepreneurship from startup to exit. Hear from entrepreneurs and then listen as six startups pitch their big ideas in hopes of achieving their own dream of building a company to exit. Food will be provided with a cash bar. Top three pitches will be selected by HTC’s panel of industry experts. Register here.

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CLE Housing Hackathon
Apr
7
to Apr 8

CLE Housing Hackathon

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, DigitalC, and Cleveland State University are partnering to host the 2017 Cleveland Housing Hackathon. With support from national and local organizations, the Cleveland Housing Hackathon calls on critical thinkers, civic leaders, and tech enthusiasts to aid Clevelanders participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, with developing innovative solutions for problems associated with mobility towards well-resourced neighborhoods.

Refer a friend and recieve a free prize!

To register for 2017 Cleveland Housing Hackathon, click here

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Smart Devices & Systems Cluster Meeting
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Smart Devices & Systems Cluster Meeting

Team NEO will host its quarterly Smart Devices & Systems cluster meeting on Thursday, March 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Independence Ohio.

The featured speaker for the meeting will be Lev Gonick, founder and CEO of DigitalC, a civic tech collaboration that partners with the community to design technology-driven programs and services.

 

Register here.

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Data Days
Mar
2
to Mar 4

Data Days

The Collaborative officially kicked off in the fall of 2015 in bid for partnership through the joint Living Cities, Code for America, and National Neighborhood Indicator’s Partnership (NNIP) grant. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the grant supports teams of civic technologists, data practitioners and government officials in cities to develop data and technology solutions to address pressing problems. Register here.
 

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Citizen Tech at the Happy Dog
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Citizen Tech at the Happy Dog

A panel from Destination Cleveland, The Cleveland Cavilers and local technology firms ThunderTech and InTouch will discuss how they used sensors to support traffic and way finding during the RNC, during Cavs games and how creating a network of sensors can support building a Smart Technology Infrastructure for Cleveland.   We'll discuss how this technology can be used, leveraged, and benefit Cleveland and civic organizations going forward. Register here.

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