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Connecting Communities Wellington 2012

Microsoft New Zealand in association with Social Development Partners

Monday, 5 March 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (NZDT)

Connecting Communities Wellington 2012

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Connecting Communities will showcase the important role that technology plays for today’s New Zealand nonprofits, charities and community organisations.

The event is being hosted by Microsoft in association with Social Development Partners.

This free, one day event brings together a range of leading presenters from community organisations as well as Microsoft to bring you a range of relevant topics detailed in the programme below.

Numbers are limited with a maximum of two per organisation registering, please.

Please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements (just click on the 'Contact the host' button opposite).

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8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome Address: Setting the stage
Paul Muckleston, Managing Director, Microsoft New Zealand
9:30 NGO IT Landscape
Find out what it means to be a digitally proficient not-for-profit.
Andrew Mahar, Founding Director, Infoxchange Australia

“Constructive Disruption” with Cloud Technologies
What is cloud computing and what does it mean for the not-for-profit sector?

Rachel Turney, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft New Zealand
John Robson, Chairman of the Board, Child Cancer Foundation and Craig LeQuesne, from Plunket

11:00 Morning Break

Social Media & Online Tools
Learn about social media best practices in the not-for-profit sector and the Microsoft tools that complement social media activities.

Heather Mansfield, Principal Blogger, Nonprofit Tech 2.0


Client (Constituent) Relationship Management
How can technology help you better serve your clients and manage your relationships with donors and other key stakeholders? Hear from Microsoft and Citizens Advice Bureau about their experiences.

Daniel Thurston, Dynamics CRM, Microsoft New Zealand & Kerry Dalton, Executive Director, Citizens Advice Bureau

13:10 Lunch

Attend the workshop for which you have pre-registered for above:

Workshop #1: Digital Story Telling
Explore digital storytelling and its potential to engage and inspire audiences, celebrate achievement, and add value for funders & stakeholders. Learn some simple steps towards good storytelling, check out some great examples of digital storytelling in action, and learn the 'how to' with two free tools – Windows Live Movie Maker & Photo Gallery.

Guy Ryan, CEO, Inspiring Stories Trust

Workshop #2 – ICT Planning
The aim of information & communications technology (ICT) planning is to align your ICT use, acquisition and management with your organisation’s mission, vision and business plan. Attend this workshop to learn about using ICT as a strategic asset.

Andrew Mahar, Founding Director, Infoxchange Australia

Workshop #3: Cloud Computing
Is moving to the cloud the right move for your organisation? Attend this workshop to learn how to assess whether or not cloud computing makes sense for your organisation and what it takes to get there.

Paul Bowkett, Business Manager – Online Services, Microsoft New Zealand

Workshop #4 – Client (Constituent) Relationship Management
By consolidating an organisation’s essential information in one place, CRM software improves constituent insight and management, facilitates collaboration, streamlines business processes, reduces IT costs, and helps improve security. This workshop provides further insight into the specific steps you need to take before implementing a CRM system and how to get the most out of it once you start to use it.

Daniel Thurston, Dynamics CRM, Microsoft New Zealand with a Microsoft Partner


Afternoon Break


Microsoft's Resources for the Not-for-Profit Sector
Learn about Microsoft’s corporate citizenship activities and resources available for not-for-profits in New Zealand.

Microsoft New Zealand, Social Development Partners & Imagine Cup Student Participants

16:45 Wrap up
17:00 Conference ends

Our presenters

Paul Muckleston, Managing Director, Microsoft New Zealand

photo of Paul MucklestonPaul Muckleston joined Microsoft in 1996 had has held a variety of roles in New Zealand, France and Germany. He was appointed New Zealand managing director in July 2010. His previous role was marketing director where he led a team responsible for Microsoft New Zealand’s product marketing, public relations, marketing communications, advertising and business planning.

In 2005, Paul relocated to Paris as Director Strategy & Business Management for Central & Eastern Europe. Two years later he moved to Munich as General Manager for Small & Midmarket Solutions & Partners for Central and Eastern Europe. He was responsible for 24 subsidiaries and 33 countries, with 500 employees driving significant growth in customer acquisition, satisfaction, revenue attainment and organizational development.

Paul is a board member of the NZICT Group - an industry organization with the mandate to collaborate with business, aligned associations, communities and Government to promote the use of ICT to enhance NZ’s competitiveness and the growth of the local ICT industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and a post graduate diploma in business administration from Massey University.

Andrew Mahar, Founding Director, Infoxchange Australia
photo of Andrew MaharAndrew is the founding director of social enterprise Infoxchange Australia, which for over 20 years has been bridging information technology and the needs of the disadvantaged. Through Andrew’s work over 30,000 households and community organisations have access to affordable technology and are able to participate in an electronic world. The national not-for-profit enterprise has received Australian and international awards for its innovative use of communications technology to promote social justice, including the Stockholm Challenge Award, the Australian Information Industry Association’s Community Award, and the Bulletin Smart 100 Award among others.

Rachel Turney, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft New Zealand

photo of Rachel TurneyRachel Turney is the product lead for Microsoft Office 365 responsible for marketing cloud productivity services in New Zealand. Previously Rachel held sales and marketing roles with Intel and Peace Software in the United States and Australia. She has also worked with the non-profit AFS Intercultural Exchange communities in Florida and Sydney having first been a school exchange student in Berlin, Germany.

John Robson, Chairman, Child Cancer Foundation

photo of John RobsonJohn has been involved with the Foundation (one of New Zealand’s largest children’s charities), since 2004, when he joined the Wellington Regional Committee as a volunteer to assist with financial governance. He joined the National Board in 2007, and took on the role as Chairman in the 2010/11 year. John will talk about the cloud strategy employed by the Foundation, and the benefits to the organisation and its members of the transition from on-premise hardware and support, to a cloud-based offering using Microsoft Online Services. John is the Chief Financial Officer for Provoke Solutions Limited, a privately owned software company with 65 staff worldwide, and with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Seattle.

Craig LeQuesne, General Manager Information Communications & Technology, Plunket

photo of Craig LeQuesneCraig's role is a reasonably new role to Plunket, and signals Plunket’s intent to use technology as a strategic tool to help achieve the best start for every child. This is what attracted Craig to Plunket, the willingness of an organisation to use technology effectively and make a difference for the children of New Zealand.  Craig has over 15 years experience working with IT in the education sector including web management and education sector shared services. One of Craig’s main goals is to bring a human touch to technology so that Plunket can maximise the outcomes for kids and their families.

Heather Mansfield, Principal Blogger, Nonprofit Tech 2.0

photo of Heather MansfieldHeather Mansfield is the principal blogger at Nonprofit Tech 2.0, and author of Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits. She also created and maintains the “Nonprofit Organizations” profiles on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Foursquare, which cumulatively have more than 500,000 Friends, Followers, and Fans. A pioneer in utilizing social media for the nonprofit sector, Heather has fifteen years of experience utilizing the Internet for fundraising, community-building, and advocacy. To date, she’s presented more than 100 social media and mobile technology trainings and over 500 webinars to audiences worldwide.

Kerry Dalton, CEO Citizens' Advice Bureau

photo of Kerry DaltonKerry has an extensive background of working in the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand, for both grass roots organisations and national organisations. She is passionate about the vital part that civil society plays in supporting a just society and the rights of citizens.

Kerry is currently the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Bureau NZ, one of the largest voluntary organisations in New Zealand. Kerry has been in her current role for the past 6 years, during which time she has led the Citizens Advice Bureau through a process of organisational transformation in which technology has been a key enabler of both the vision and the transformation of the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Guy Ryan, CEO, Inspiring Stories Trust

photo of Guy RyanGuy is passionate about storytelling, creativity and innovation for a better world. An internationally award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur, Guy co-founded the Inspiring Stories Trust – working throughout New Zealand to convene workshops and events that up-skill participants to harness storytelling and creative digital media to showcase young Kiwis making a difference.

Paul Bowkett, Business Manager - Online Services, Microsoft New Zealand

photo of Paul BowkettPaul Bowkett has been with Microsoft for over eight years in the CRM/business applications and more recently cloud services business. He is responsible for sales of all Microsoft Cloud Services to small medium business (SMB) customers across New Zealand. These services include Office 365, Windows Azure, Windows Intune, Office and CRM Online. Prior to his time in the Kiwi subsidiary Paul worked in a variety of roles at Microsoft Australia, and a number of other CRM software vendors. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business from Auckland University of Technology majoring in IS and marketing.

Have questions about Connecting Communities Wellington 2012? Contact Microsoft New Zealand in association with Social Development Partners

When & Where

Brentwood Hotel
Kemp Street
Wellington New Zealand, 6022

Monday, 5 March 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (NZDT)

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Microsoft New Zealand in association with Social Development Partners

Microsoft New Zealand and Social Development Partners combine to bring you Connecting Communities in Christchurch and Wellington for 2012.

Microsoft Community Affairs administers all of Microsoft's community investment programmes worldwide.

Founded in 1983, Microsoft Community Affairs was one of the first corporate community investment programmes in the high-tech industry. Today, Microsoft is the largest contributor in the high-tech industry and the third largest among all businesses in the United States.

Microsoft donates many millions in cash and software to nonprofit organisations throughout the world. Ultimately, Microsoft believes that by providing training and tools, we can partner to create social and economic opportunities that can transform communities and help people realise their potential.

Social Development Partners an active national network of community organisations in New Zealand, working to strengthen the capacity & influence of the community sector.

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