Web for Nonprofit - March, 2019


Our focus this month is on Web Accessibility for nonprofit organizations. One of our members, Ed Brandon, kindly offered to present Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Accessibility.

1 pm - Welcoming and registration

1:15 pm - Opening

1:30 pm - Keynote
Title: What You Should Know About SEO & Accessibility
Speaker: Ed Brandon

When developing a new website, businesses often think about mobile responsiveness and aesthetics, however, search engine optimization (SEO is key to being seen and accessibility is critical and the law. This will be a solid introduction to both.

Accessibility guidelines are in a huge state of flux at this time, with much uncertainty about what to do and what not to do. This is true even at the level of the committee that sets the guidelines.

Ed will provide a good introduction to these two with several tips to achieving both objectives.

2:00 pm - Keynote #2
Title: How to create a true responsive website.
Speaker: Osamu Wakabayashi at Zen Ideas

There are many things that can go wrong when you switch to view a website on mobile: columns arranged on the wrong order, headlines get too big, padding and margin not of the right size... The list goes on.

This is a challenge not only for designers, but for the simple WordPress user as well. It can be frustrating. You buy a theme that promises to be mobile responsive, only to find out the design breaks on mobile!

Let me show you how to create a true responsive website with WordPress that look perfect across all devices.

2:40 pm Networking (20 mins)

About the Speakers

Ed Brandon
His background is computer programming, since the 1960s! He's automated an oilfield, created high-accuracy interpretive soil maps for the Canada Land Inventory, maintained automobile insurance software (policy, claims, etc.).

He has been interested in international development. He was active in supporting: the Joint Church Aid program that clandestinely flew in relief supplies nightly to Biafra during the Nigerian civil war [masked]),
was vice chair of OXFAM Canada in the early 1980s, was a senior program officer for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 1984 to 2000, was IT Manager in Mexico at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (affiliated with the FAO and funded by government aid budgets and the World Bank) until I retired in 2005,
went back to work in 2006 as webmaster for the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) until 2017.

Osamu Wakabayashi
He owns a web design and consulting company; his passion is to make more of an impact by helping nonprofit organizations with a mission to help improve the planet. His primary goal is to make his client's website successful and help them achieve their mission goals. He's been fortunate to work with mission-driven organizations making positive impacts in the world.