Welcome to Philadelphia NetSquared!

We’re excited to kick off the new year with another edition of our popular “Crowdsourcing Change” program on Tuesday, Jan. 3. We’ve lined up two terrific projects eager to receive the wisdom of our crowd, but we have room for one more — and that could be you!

If you (and your organization or project) are interested, please fill in the online form no later than Friday, December 23.

And we hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for our first Crowdsourcing Change of 2012!

Rob Stuart

Rob Stuart, a long-time member and leader of the nonprofit technology scene, both here in Philly and nationally, died Wednesday, October 26th. He came to several Net Tuesdays, and spoke at the February 2009 event on Democracy 2.0. He was an amazing and inspiring activist and technologist, as well as just being an incredibly nice man.

After the jump, more about Rob and how we’re responding as a community.

Update: Thanks for everyone who came out! We’ll post slides and other websites here shortly. If you’re not already on our email list, sign up at left to be notified.

Happening now, Tuesday, Oct. 4: We’re hosting a live webcast of our panel discussion on location-based services for nonprofits and social causes. Featured speakers:

  • Robert Cheetham, President of Azavea, which specializes in geographic data, geospatial analysis and the web.  Robert will talk about Augmented Reality: seeing the city with location-based digital overlays.  He’ll present an overview of the development of an NEH-funded prototype for an augmented reality application that used photographs from PhillyHistory.org.  What works, what doesn’t work and where the technology is going.
  • Rachel Weeden, Solution Engineering Manager at Esri, which “is built on the philosophy that a geographic approach to problem solving ensures better communication and collaboration”.  Rachel will describe ArcGIS Online, an open data platform for maps and geographic information that allows geographic data to be delivered as simple, useful maps. It includes free applications that require little to no training and are great for non-GIS users. ArcGIS Online can be used within an organization, or to share information with a larger community and the public.
  • Cliff Stevens, founder of Lokadot, a brand new mobile application that serendipitously streams crowd-sourced audio files based on your location.  Cliff will talk about the trends for people using their mobile devices for listening to audio/music and video, what are organizations doing, and what location-based mobile solutions are they using, to engage with their constituencies so as to leverage these trends and new-found capabilities.
  • Gloria Bell is Principal of Red Stapler Consulting, and an active force behind numerous local social media groups and events (including the Social Media Club and the upcoming SocialMediaPlus web 2.0 business summit (for which Philly Net Squared members can get a 15% discount).   Gloria will discuss FourSquare, the hyper-popular service for checking in your whereabouts, and how it can be used effectively by nonprofits.

Follow along on the live webcast now!

Just a quick reminder that Sept. 6 is our monthly Net Tuesday, where we’ll be applying the social web to projects for social change. The event will begin at 6:00 PM in Philadelphia, and also be webcast live beginning at 6:30 PM (US-Eastern). See you then!

Philadelphia Crowdsourcing Change

Join us this Tuesday evening for September Net Tuesday, Crowdsourcing Change: Applied Use of the Social Web!

Each presenter will show their website and share their objectives. Then the crowd (that’s you!) will participate in a facilitated discussion about how various social web tools and strategies might help them achieve their objectives. It’s a fun format for learning, sharing and potentially making a significant contribution to a couple of important causes.

  • For nonprofit staffers and activists, this is a great way to see how other organizations are using the social web, and share some of your own experiences.
  • For techies, you’ll get real-world case studies of how nonprofits are using technology, and have a chance to share your expertise — and business cards.

Our two featured projects for September are the Patch Adams Free Clinic of Philadelphia and Generocity.

Additionally, every person who attends will have the chance to win a free pass to SocialMediaPlus, a business summit for social media.

Learn more and get directions to the event, or view the event on Facebook or on Meetup. For those who can’t make it in person, as always, we’ll begin broadcasting the event live on the web at 6:30 PM.

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