AdvocacyDev III, Oakland, July 31 to August 2

If you’re passionate and/or curious about developing open source software for online organizing and online advocacy, Aspiration invites you to join us for AdvocacyDev III.

The third annual convening of developers, organizers, and activists working with open source tools for online activism will take place in Oakland, California from July 31 to August 2. If you’re interested in creating better tools for online activists and organizers, please join us for knowledge sharing and brainstorming!

In addition, Electric Embers will host their second annual Most Excellent AdvocacyDev Veggie-Friendly BBQ Shindig on Monday night the 31st.

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Sessions will include…

  • Show and tell on all the latest open source eAdvocacy platforms and tools, including the latest from CivicSpace/CiviCRM, Radical Designs Activist Mobilization Platform (AMP), GoodStorm, and others.
  • ScoutSeven’s DotOrganize project, and the findings of their research on needs and gaps in nonprofit eAdvocacy and database capabilities.
  • MobileVoter will share the latest in Cell phone/SMS organizing techniques, and join in discussion on how to better integrate SMS support into open source eAdvocacy tools.
  • PICnet will demo their brand-new
    NonprofitSoapbox platform, which integrates other open source tools and platforms.
  • Emerging technologies: Discussion of the role of VOIP and the Asterisk platform, and How-To’s on podcasting and activist blogging.
  • Prototyping new advocacy tools: Using Ruby on Rails to do rapid web development.
  • Building and configuring CivicSpace/CiviCRM sites
  • In-depth Drupal development session: Module development and theming
  • Business Development: How to pay the bills and work on advocacy development projects)
  • eAdvocacy Capacity Building: What trainings, documentation and knowledge sharing is necessary to grow the pool of practitioners in the eAdvocacy space. What is needed to better empower local organizers with local causes to use these tools?
  • Open standards and open API’s (Application Programmer Interfaces) for eAdvocacy: what’s needed to allow better data sharing, pooling of legislative and other public data, and enable feature interoperability between platforms? What eAdvocacy “mashups” are useful and possible?
  • Email Deliverability: While features and functionality of open source advocacy platforms continue to grow, deliverability of associated email blasts continues to decrease as service providers raise spam barriers and network neutrality is threatened.
  • Usability: how can online activist tools be made friendlier and more accessible for organizers and activists?
  • Trainings and skillshares on various platforms, tactics, and techniques.

The event will take place at East Bay Community Foundation Conference Center in Downtown Oakland.

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AdvocacyDev III is organized by Aspiration,

For more information, contact

Allen Gunn
Executive Director, Aspiration

Aspiration: "Better Tools for a Better World"