Socially Mobile: Upcoming Events of Interest

Many of us lead a very active lifestyle, and increasingly, we're using mobile devices like iPads, smartphones, and other tech for online access. (Non-profits and social good organizations are also increasing their activity via mobile) There's an event next week focusing on mobile tech that I'll be participating in (and volunteering for) which I would like to well as provide some great networking and educational opportunities as well.

On September 24th, the Heartland Council is sponsoring a one-day "Mobile University" conference focusing on the latest in mobile marketing and development. In all honesty, there is a more corporate/private sector slant to this conference, but it's a great opportunity to learn about an emerging technology. (Increasingly, non-profits and other social good entities are being encouraged to adopt their current practices towards the mobile sphere).  Thankfully, I am able to attend as a volunteer, since the cost is a bit high.

(Contrast this experience to another, more high profile conference coming this week. Currently, I'm doing pro bono consulting work for two low/zero budget non-profits, including one that only recently received their 501c3 status. When asked, the conference representative's response was, " can pay our reduced consultant rate, we're trying to keep those seats open for zero/low budget non-profits." I have filled out a volunteer form - after all, I will not make false claims about my employment status with a pro bono client -  but to date have not received a response.)

Next Wednesday, if you're a coder/programmer and are looking to help develop a great socially beneficial project, be sure to attend next week's Hackathon for Social Good at 1871, which is free for everyone, including pro bono consultants)

Finally, I run a small - but growing - networking group called the Chicago Geek Breakfast. We'll be meeting this Thursday, and you're welcome to attend...but you're responsible for your own breakfast. Details/RSVP information can be found here.

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