Grassroots Use of Technology 2008

Visit the 10th Annual Grassroots Use of Technology website!

9th Annual Organizers' Collaborative
Grassroots Use of Technology Conference

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - ALL DAY

hosted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
and major support from

This year's theme was "Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate"; it focused on the new technologies and organizing tools available for connecting organizers and their communities. Check out the day's agenda.

We are helping presenters get their workshop materials posted online. Keep checking back as we continue to update.

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As always, the Grassroots Use of Technology conference is one of the only events that brings technology and endusers together, allowing us to learn from each other.


Breakfast and Registration will begin at 8:30am. The conference will not actually start until 9:00 when we will have our Keynote Presentation.

There will be three workshop sessions, and each session will have about 4 to 5 concurrent presentations. Workshops will be identified by technical level; the program is designed to be accessible to beginners while offering options for tech experts.

Full schedule of the day.

The final program is online.


The Organizers Collaborative is proud to announce that Nick Jehlen of Action Mill will be joining us this year to draw lessons from his recent work on the Winter Soldier campaign organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War. His provocative presentation is entitled, "Think Outside the Toolbox." Find out more.



The Umass Lowell Campus is about 30 miles northwest of Boston. It is accessible via the commuter rail and by rt. 93 or rt 495.

Full directions and hotel / dorm information.



  • Registration is $75 Regular
  • Limited Income $35
  • $10 Discount for OC Members

Registration Policy
You may receive a refund of your full registration fee, minus a $5 admin charge, if you cancel before June 18. After that date we will not provide refunds.

Register Online!


The success of our conference is directly related to the strength of our community. So take a moment to share the opportunity with a colleague. Send an email, post a flyer, and generally let folks know. You can download a flyer HERE.

LOOK WHO'S COMING (why not join them?)

(a selection of New England-based group)
Cambridge Community TV, Cambridge, MA

Community Software Lab, Lowell, MA

CTC VISTA Project, Boston, MA

Database Designs, Boston, MA


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Conference Workshops

  • Keynote Speaker
    Nick Jehlen, Winter Soldier Project
  • Social Networks - Transforming Knowledge Creation
  • Jump Start your Facebook/LinkedIn Presence with ODB
  • Making Facebook and Myspace work for Organizing
  • Strategies for Shaping the Media/Tech Future
  • Building your own News site using Drupal
  • Web Traffic: Getting the Clicks.
  • Search Engine Optimization for Nonprofits
  • Tools for Managing your Web Site
  • Connecting with Youth: iMentoring
  • Hands on Collaborative ELearning Tools
  • Managing & Recruiting Tech Volunteers
  • Helping your Computer System Grow Up
  • Choosing the Right Software
  • Everything You Need: The Nonprofit Internet Starter Kit
  • Keeping It Simple: Low-Cost Tech Solutions
  • HAVA Great Idea?: Using Voter Databases
  • Movement Building: Organizing the "Organic" Internet

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** Update (6/11): With less than weeks to go, the conference has now reached 75% of capacity, or 150 attendees! **

Major Support Provided by:


Platinum Sponsors:


UMass Lowell


Gold Sponsors:


O'Reilly & Associates


Silver Sponsors:


Data Collaborative

Democracy In Action

Constant Contact

Bronze Sponsors:


Peace Development Fund

Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Wainwright Bank

Evolve Foundation

Internaut Consulting

Other Sponsors:

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  • Green Media Toolshed
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    - Political Research Associates (PRA)
    - Database Designs
    - Resist
    - Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts-->

    Details on sponsoring.

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    "The Grassroots Use of Technology conference is a wonderful opportunity for people in the field of activist technology to meet, network and share experiences working with the latest technology to advance the goals of our organizations" - Gregory Heller

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