Have you heard of ASAE’s Springtime Expo? Yes, it’s an event for meeting planners. However, the expo is also a great place to visit technology vendors that specialize in that area of association managment: think software for distance learning, expo management, registration management, abstract management, and audio visual needs. Last year, I attended for the first time and was amazed at the number of tech vendors to visit. It’s happening on April 28th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the tradeshow only registration option is a bargain. If you’re looking for technology solutions around meetings and events, check out the expo hall search to see if it might be worth a visit for you.
The ASAE Technology Council kicks off #ASAETech chat today at 3 pm ET on Twitter. Maddie Grant, the Chief Social Media Strategist at SocialFish and co-author of Open Community will moderate today’s topic, How to get more engagement in your online communities/social media sites.
These monthly chats will focus on hot topics for technology leaders in the associations and non-profits and will be moderated by volunteers in our industry. Flag your calendar now for the 2nd Friday each month at 3pm ET. If you’ve never tuned in for a live Twitter chat before, you can follow along simply by using Twitter search . However, participating is easier using a site such as TweetChat.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a current member of the ASAE Technology Council and a big supporter of their efforts. Let me know if you have a suggestion for a future topic or would like to volunteer to moderate.
I highly recommend that AMS administrators and users get involved with their software’s users group. iMIS folks should give serious consideration to attending one of more of the NiUG events held each year. I’ve attended quite a few NiUG meetings on the east coast, and this slate of sessions and speakers offered at the upcoming conference in Chicago on April 18-20 offers a jam packed lineup.
The pre-conference schedule offers 5 choices of full day training sessions for an additional fee. The extra fees are reasonable by comparison with other training centers. Plus at NiUG, you get the benefit of training with iMIS expert trainers on an iMIS Database with iMIS tables and fields. For new iMIS Database Administrators, these sessions can be eye opening, empowering you to return to the office and create new solutions to business problems at your association. The pre-conference sessions include the following offerings:
- Task Center
- SQL Server Intermediate/Advanced
- Crystal Reports
- SSRS-SQL Server Reporting Services
- Introduction to iMIS Membership and AR/Cash
The conference itself includes the following sessions:
- What’s coming in iMIS 15.2 -from ASI
- Trends and Engagement with Mobile Platform in Your Organization-Alan Atwood, TX Medical Assn and Kelly Flowers, Powered by DUB
- Social Networking Going Mobile: Becoming Social and Generating Engagement- Andy Steggles, Higher Logic
- A look at ASI’s Resources – from ASI
- And 18 additional breakout sessions over 2 days.
If you miss this event, start making plans now to get to the next NiUG event in Baltimore on October 19-21, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor.