Non-Profit Success Through Open Source

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Excerpt

Open Source projects like CiviCRM are providing tools to non-profit organization that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive. This presentation will focus on success models for leveraging open source in the non-profit context. More importantly, the talk will highlight areas where small efforts from the open source community will lead to huge impacts on the non-profit world.

Description

Open Source projects like CiviCRM (www.civicrm.org) are providing tools to non-profit organization that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive. Even so, non-profit organizations are challenged to harness open source technology often because of a lack of accessible IT professionals.

Implementing open source solutions in the non-profit organizations requires some clever approaches to minimizing barriers to entry and providing responsive long term support. The good news is that there are a variety of mature open source projects that can be easily leveraged to support your favorite non-profit.

This presentation will focus on success models for leveraging open source in the non-profit context. More importantly, the talk will highlight areas where small efforts from the open source community will lead to huge impacts on the non-profit world.

Speaking experience

Speaker

  • Roberto Santiago

    raSANTIAGO + Associates LLC

    Biography

    Roberto A. Santiago is the principal of raSANTIAGO + Associates LLC (raSA). Before starting raSA in 2005 Roberto had a long career in software and technology consulting as well as advanced research in artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Roberto formed raSA to market web-based and open-source based business software solutions in alignment with his greater belief in using technology to advance the cause of social justice.

    His consulting career has focused on software development, enterprise software architecture, data management and new technology adoption. His software consulting career began in 1989 after graduating high school. He gained valuable experience with developing, applying and managing advanced technology during engagements at the National Science Foundation, USAirways and Booz and Company (formerly Booz Allen & Hamilton).

    Roberto has a bachelors of science from the University of Maryland where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy. He also has a masters of science from Portland State University where he researched and developed advanced theories of computational intelligence. Roberto has also done graduate research at Oregon Health and Science University where he focused on biological cybernetics.