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Taking Events to the Next Level with Tech: How to Think like an Event Manager

Do you plan conferences, fundraising events, workshops, or other program events at your nonprofit? Do you also have 1,000 other things on your plate? If so, this Toronto Net Tuesday is for you! We’re going to look at how technology can improve your event and reduce your stress.

Fanny Martin (Art of Festivals), an experienced event planner, and Ben Raffi, the CEO of Uniiverse, will share their insider tips on using technology for events. 

At this session, you will learn:
• The areas (e.g. ticketing, promotion, scheduling, communications) where technology can play a role in your event
• Free and low cost tools that will help you in each of these areas
• How to decide which tool is right for your event

Who should attend? 
• Staff & volunteers at nonprofits, charities and social enterprises who organize events as part of their role. This event is especially created for people who are involved with events but aren’t professional event managers/specialists. You might be a fundraiser, admin staff, program staff, or anyone who works on events!

Live streaming 
This event will be live streamed, so you can attend no matter where you are! Joining is easy as there is no need to RSVP; just go to around 5:30pm Eastern Time.


Fanny Martin (Art of Festivals)
Fanny is General Manager of Subtle Technologies, a Toronto-based art & science festival, and concurrently runs Art of Festivals, an independent consultancy providing event, marketing and research services to a range of clients in Canada, France and the UK. For the past 10 years, she has been creating events for the public, private and nonprofit sectors, on topics ranging from education, tourism and arts & culture to community engagement. 

Benjamin Raffi (Uniiverse)
Ben Raffi is a passionate freediver and spearfisher. He is the President & CEO of Uniiverse - the world's social marketplace for events. Prior to Uniiverse, Raffi worked as an Associate Consultant at BCG in Toronto where he focused on an assessment of venture capital players within the context of TMT investments, and the North American digital landscapes. He began his career in marketing with Allergan in France, and as a teenager, Raffi was a diving instructor in Spain. After growing up in France, Raffi earned his BESc in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management from McGill. 

Donation price 
$5.00 (Pay in cash at the door. Receipts available.)

If you RSVP and find out later that you can’t attend, please change your RSVP to “Not Attending” to accommodate others who may be interested.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This had potential, but I didn't find it useful to have so much brainstorm time. There was clearly expertise available to us and it was crunched into the end, when many people had to leave at the proposed end time (7pm). I believe that one form of technology that might have been useful would have been a running time clock for the speakers and/or interjection by the moderators/organizers to indicate that the activity was taking up a disproportionate amount of the session. I will return, though!

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Joyce H.

      Thanks for your honest feedback! There are always things I can improve on as moderator, so I appreciate your great suggestions. If you see a running time clock at our next event, you'll know where I got it from :)

      November 13, 2013

    • Fanny M.

      Thanks Lee-Anne, I will take this into account to improve the workshop. It's the first time I was testing this format and I agreed that the sharing task was not quite adapted to the size of the group and the total length of the workshop. I do hope that you took a few things home, though!

      November 13, 2013

  • angela b.

    Would love to attend but can't make it. I see that it is being livestreamed - will that be archived so that we can watch it after the fact?

    November 6, 2013

    • Brenda P.

      Joyce, I couldn't make it tonight. Is it possible to get the takeaways from tonight? What web site should I refer to?

      November 12, 2013

    • Brenda P.

      thanks for your help.

      November 12, 2013

  • Ali

    Quite insightful and applicable!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Bassem G.

    I really like this style of the workshop! It's great, everyone is sharing!

    3 · November 12, 2013

    • Chaim Y

      Agreed! Great way to learn. I got 3 great tech tips from the group

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this!
    Will it be ending at approximately 7pm like last time?

    Thanks so much.


    November 5, 2013

    • Joyce H.

      Yup! We should be done around 7pm :) See you next week!

      November 6, 2013

  • Daria

    I wish I could go to actually meet people but will not make it in time after work - unless my timing changes. I will check out the livestream.

    October 15, 2013

    • Joyce H.

      I hope you can make it in-person, but we have a great group on livestream as well. Either way, I look forward to seeing you there!

      October 31, 2013

  • Ian G.

    Good topic! I plan to join the livestream. If you need, please consider using me for testing the livestream ahead of the event - from say 5pm.

    October 30, 2013

    • Joyce H.

      Thanks for being so considerate, Ian! We'll definitely take you up on that offer :) See you on livestream!

      1 · October 31, 2013

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