IT Conference 2014

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014, 08:45 - 17:00

Overview

This year's IT Conference is kindly sponsored by 


2014 IT sponsors       

    
The 2014 IT Conference will have a mix of plenary sessions and workshops covering the key technological trends and how you as finance professionals can harness the power of technology to increase the effectives and efficiency of your charity.

Topics include the latest thinking on open data, big data, social media and The Cloud, as well as looking at areas to consider when developing your charity's 'bring your own device' policy and strategic issues such as using digital technology to empower people. As usual, their will be expert speakers from different backgrounds and sectors, providing a variety of perspectives on these technological developments.

Speakers

Confirmed speakers are:

CHAIR: John Tate, CFG Special Advisor
CHAIR, STREAM 2: John Ingamells, Director of policy and Engagement, CFG
Mike Thompson, Lead Consultant, MySociety
Paul Sparkes, Product Director, Advanced Business Solutions
Ivan Harris, Business Manager - Cloud Services, Eduserv
Hannah Keartland, Citizen Science Lead, Cancer Research UK
Carlos Miranda, Founder, Social Misfits Media
Simon Marshall, Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund
Peter Baeck, Principal Researcher - Public and Social Innovation, Nesta
Paul Titcher, Independent Consultant
Richard Cooper, Director of Programmes, Technology Trust
Andy Brown, Pre-sales Manager, m-hance
Mark Grisdale, Sales Manager, m-hance
Andrew Williams, Global ICO, Save the Children International

The Exhibition

There will be an exhibition alongside the conference programme. The informal setting is an excellent opportunity to find products and service suppliers who can assist in tackling your charities' problems and who can help to make the management of your charity more efficient. The conference timetable allows delegates plenty of opportunity to browse the exhibition and networking during breaks.

The following companies are exhibiting at this year's conference:

Advanced Business Solutions (Exchequer) - www.advancedcomputersoftware.com/exchequer
Advanced NFP - www.advancednfp.com
Aqilla - www.aqilla.com
Blackbaud - www.blackbaud.co.uk
CFG - www.cfg.org.uk
Eduserv - www.eduserv.org.uk
Premier IT - cloud.premierit.com     
Sapphire Systems - www.sapphiresystems.com/not-for-profit
Sayer Vincent - www.sayervincent.co.uk
The Access Group - www.theaccessgroup.com


 

Programmes/Presentations

 

08.45-09.25

Registration

09.25-09.40

Chair’s welcome

John Tate, CFG special adviser

09.40-10.20

Opening plenary: Using digital technology to empower people
This opening plenary will provide top tips for how organisations can use digital technology to empower people, achieve innovation and help them achieve their objectives.
Mike Thompson, Lead Consultant, MySociety

10.20-11.00

Plenary session: Developing your bring your own device strategy
This session will provide an overview of what BYOD actually is, how it can benefit your charity and how to start developing your strategy for using and managing mobile devices in your organisation.
Paul Sparkes, Product Director, Advanced Business Solutions

11.00-11.30

Morning break & time to explore the exhibition

11.30-12.15

Harnessing the power of The Cloud
With the funding challenges facing the charity sector, cloud computing appears to offer the benefits of improved service delivery and increased business agility with lower costs. So why is uptake so slow, where are the pitfalls and what are the critical success factors when undertaking a journey to the cloud?
Ivan Harris, Business Manager - Cloud Services, Eduserv

Gamification: a means to an end rather than an end itself?
Charities are increasingly exploring how to use gaming to raise funds, increase engagement and achieve their objectives. This session will explain how Cancer Research UK has used crowd-sourcing and a mobile phone game to accelerate its research and show that you don’t have to wear a lab coat to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Hannah Keartland, Citizen Science Lead, Cancer Research UK

12.15-12.20

5 minutes to move between sessions

12.20-13.05

Realising the benefits of open data
Increasingly, organisations are making more data publicly available to increase accountability, innovation , transparency and trust. This session will provide an overview of what is open data, its benefits, drawbacks and potential to transform charity operations and reporting.
Simon Marshall, Senior Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund

Is your charity making the most out of social media?
Charities of all sizes and complexity use social media, to raise their profile, as part of their fundraising and marketing initiatives or for other reasons. Whatever your objectives, is your charity making the most out of social media? Hear top tips on how you can use social media to its best effect to reap maximum rewards for your organisation.
Carlos Miranda, Founder of I.G. Advisors and Social Misfits Media

13.05-14.05

Lunch & time to explore the exhibition

14.05-14.50

Big data: How to put it to good use
Big data is being heralded as a game changer for many organisations. Individuals, organisations and governments create vast volumes of data and this is likely to increase as more and more mobile devices get created. However, only a small percentage of this data is analysed. This session will provide guidance on how charities can manage big data to improve decision - making and the charity's effectiveness.
 
Peter Baeck, Principal Researcher - Public and Social Innovation, Nesta

Managing data protection
The Data Protection Act controls the way information is processed by organisations and protects the privacy and integrity of data held on individuals by organisations. New ways of working and technological developments such as mobile devices give rise to new privacy and data protection challenges. This session will cover top tips on how to manage data accessibility, information sharing and how to keep data safe, using practical examples, including collaborative working and outsourcing.
Paul Ticher, Independent Consultant

14.50-14.55

5 minutes to move between sessions

14.55-15.40

Using technology to enhance collaboration
Join our speakers to hear top tips on how technology can be used to create a culture of collaboration in your charity and with your key stakeholders.

Richard Cooper, Director of Programmes, Technology Trust

Designing a finance system from scratch
Most of us have to work with inherited finance systems. Outdated hardware, software and processes are a few of the barriers we have to live with. However, what would happen if you were given an opportunity to design your perfect finance system? Where would you begin? 
Hear top tips for designing a finance system that meets the needs of your charity, now and into the future. 
Andy Brown, Pre-sales Manager, m-hance
Mark Grisdale, Sales Manager, m-hance

15.40-16.10

Tea/coffee break & time to explore the exhibition

16.10-16.50

Closing plenary
This session will focus on how charities can use mobile technology, cloud storage and data analytic tools to integrate information, improve presentation and help charities achieve their objectives.
Andrew Williams, Global Chief Information Officer, Save the Children International

16.50-17.00

Closing remarks by the chair
John Tate, CFG special adviser

 

Venue Details

Location

Inmarsat, 99 City Road, LONDON, EC1Y 1AX

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Bookings & Prices

Prices

  • CFG Member - £138.00;
  • CFG Member Colleague - £149.00;
  • Non CFG Member - £198.00;
  • CFG Subscriber - £254.00;
  • Other Corporate - £276.00;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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