Next Thursday at least 125 people will be gathering to learn and talk about using the web for their not for profit organisation. The Engage Your Community conference is being held at Massey University in Wellington on 4 September.
The organising team (pictured above) met on Thursday for a final wrap up. Despite the last minute loss of Russell Brown as a speaker, the programme is complete and we’re all geared up for the event.
The main point of the day is to get people using some online tools in computer labs. Everything from running surveys to digital storytelling will be covered.
The Wellington e-rider IT service will be having a simple stand: anyone can come along and ask our roving IT professional Lindsay Hunter about networking, software installations, buying new computers or anything else.
I’ve ordered a $225 second-hand Dell computer from CoinNet on it so that we can do a show and tell if necessary. It comes loaded with Windows XP, but I’ll be loading the open source operating system Ubuntu as soon as I can.
I never intended to have a Windows PC in my possession, but the Dell will be invaluable for late night testing of websites on different browsers. That’s if I can work out how to run both Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0 simultaneously – tips welcome.
Registrations for the conference are still open – and possibly still at the early bird rate. Get in touch with Mike Brown, details on the website.