Aspiration Hosts California Tech Leadership Summit in Bakersfield

Author Details

Javier Kordi

Communications Coordinator
Organization: Aspiration Tech

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Editor’s note: This terrific event is great for anyone looking for new technologies and strategies for furthering a social justice mission. In particular, there is an emphasis on how to use technology to promote equity in California’s communities of color.

On July 30 and 31, fellow capacity builders, mentors, and community organizers from across the state are joining together at the first California Nonprofit Technology Leadership Summit held near Bakersfield at the National Chavez Center.

The CA Tech Summit will be an immersive experience to strengthen the network of leaders in rural and urban areas who are passionate about social justice and technology.

Over the past five years, participants from more than thirty unique California cities convened for the California Nonprofit Technology Festivals in Fresno, Sacramento, Coachella, Los Angeles, and Richmond. From community health, environmental justice, to youth leadership organizations, a diverse range of nonprofits collaborated to learn new skills and share knowledge.

From this ongoing work, a core group of returning participants and organizations expressed interest in diving deeper into ways to grow and support leaders, create mentoring resources, and share capacity building models. The CA Tech Summit is designed to address this need.

What is on the agenda?

We hope that people leave the Valley with expanded support networks and sustainable practices for navigating the intersection of technology and social change. The interactive agenda will be created with participant input before and during the Summit. Topics may include:

  • Sharing ways to support emerging nonprofit leaders
  • Addressing the specific technology needs of activists and organizers in California
  • Developing resources with input from a diverse set of participants
  • Highlighting social justice and technology projects
  • Helping to shape next steps for Aspiration’s statewide capacity building work, especially in the Central Valley and with bilingual organizations

Because of limited space, only forty people will be able to attend, so make sure to reserve your spot or let us know you are interested. We invite CA Tech Fest veterans, nonprofit capacity builders, and anyone passionately involved in social justice efforts to come participate.

Time and place
The CA Tech Summit will take place at the historic national park and memorial dedicated to Cesar Chavez, one of California’s greatest organizers. The Central Valley is where we started our grassroots technology capacity building program, and we are convening in Bakersfield to honor the work of these communities.
  • Thursday, July 30 and
    Friday, July 31
    8:30am – 4:00pm
National Chavez Center
29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd
Keene, California 93531

We have travel stipends to support interested participants. Email us as soon as possible to let us know. Sliding scale registration is also available. Reach out to us:

Many thanks

This event would not be possible without the California Consumer Protection Foundation, who generously supported the California Nonprofit Technology Festivals and our efforts in the Central Valley starting in 2011.