Workshop for Non-Profits: Brainstorming Intersections of Community & Tech

  • May 22, 2013 · 6:30 PM


6:30pm Networking, Refreshments, Distribution of Materials

7:00pm Introductions & Presentation

7:30pm Group Workshop

"What are some specific actions tech companies could take to better serve the needs of non-profits and community organizations in San Francisco?"

8:00pm Retrospective

8:30pm Wrap-Up



The "backyard" movement is focused on elevating the best ideas, people and organizations blossoming right here at home in San Francisco.

We'd like to invite the non-profit community to this meetup to discuss the unique intersections of technology, entrepreneurship, community activism and politics that characterize our great city.

At our inaugural meetup, we'll deliver a presentation to members of the non-profit community about the upcoming Backyard Conference, to be held later this year. More information on the conference can be found below.

Following the presentation, we'll hold a workshop designed to help non-profit attendees surface meaningful topics they'd like to see discussed at the conference.

Workshop participants will generate ideas around the following prompt: "What are some specific actions tech companies could take to better serve the needs of non-profits and community organizations in San Francisco?" Afterward, we will examine the ideas produced by the groups, in an effort to better reflect the needs of the non-profit community in the design of the conference.

Note: For the purposes of the workshop, we are mainly looking for RSVP's from people who currently work in the non-profit space, with a particular focus on non-profits whose work is geared toward community revitalization. However, all members of the non-profit community are more than welcome to attend.



The Backyard Conference is a San Francisco-focused technology and design conference, highlighting the best ideas, people and organizations blossoming right here in our own backyard in the city. Industry thought leaders from the technology, design, and non-profit communities will showcase the impact their work is having on the city through a combination of formats, including lightning talks, speaker panels and fishbowl sessions.


The date has been postponed to the Fall. The conference will be held at Runway, a 30,000 square foot co-working and event space at Market Square (1355 Market Street). The building lies at the intersection of Central Market and the Civic Center, making it an ideal location for exploring tech's impact on the community. Tenants in the building include Twitter, Yammer and One Kings Lane.


SF-based startups, tech-enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, designers, non-profits, community leaders, local residents, and civic representatives.


Backyard will feature industry thought leaders speaking in three main content tracks:

(1) Lean Startup (2) Design Thinking (3) Tech+Politics.

The content of these tracks will be united around one common thread:

“How can we better foster shared understanding and dialogue between tech, design and civic change agents, in an effort to promote continuous innovation that benefits all residents of San Francisco."


The concept for the Backyard Conference originated from the frustration that there is no major conference in San Francisco whose sole objective is to celebrate tech’s positive impact on the city and community. Positioning Backyard as an inclusive, local tech-conference and celebrating “the best of what’s blossoming here at home” is our primary objective.



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  • Casey S.

    This was probably the most useful and stimulating meetup, I have ever been too. Thank you so much to everyone that was there and for Ryan for making this whole thing happen. I can't wait for the next meetup.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • darren b.

    sorry i missed it. it seems promising, although i am not in tech. i am in design architecture to be exact. the thing that popped up for me is the interdisciplinary cross pollinating aspect of the project. would like to attend other meetings

    May 23, 2013

  • matt

    Woops, missed this :( I work at a "green" non-profit in SF that has been around for a while and would answer "What are some specific actions tech companies could take to better serve the needs of non-profits and community organizations in San Francisco?" this way:

    We need skilled people in tech to align themselves with our mission statement and create new ways to communicate, organize, and participate in sustainable projects that turn SF into an Ecocity! Tech advances the mission statement by keeping us up to date with the latest tech, so we can better focus on transforming systems, etc...but we don't even know what tech is out there, nor would we know what to do with it if we did! If tech peepes came out to our organization, heard the vision, needs, etc. and lent their skills to the group, the rate of change would accelerate. Tech companies can help serve our needs by helping us determine what exactly our needs are and how they can help. Then, freely sharing skills to help!

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Vasilios P.

    An good collaborative environment.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Johnnie N.

    Sorry I can't make it but I'll get the scoop from Cheyenne.

    May 22, 2013

  • Torazo S.

    Excited about the community and conversation!

    May 22, 2013

  • Casey S.

    I cant wait!

    May 21, 2013

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