Digital Capacity Forum for Digital Happiness

Digital Capacity Forum

7 July 2017 (Friday), Sofia University, room 224

The forum is dedicated to digital capacity building for NGOs working with disadvantaged communities and social entrepreneurs working towards greater good and enabling social achievement. “Pursuit of Happiness” and the social economy will be the general topic with a focus on the EU approach and digital technologies.

Challenges and opportunities for digital skills and capabilities for NGOs will be presented and discussed as well as trends, social innovation, co-operation and funding models, regional development strategies, success stories, NGO and social enterprise best practices in the digital age.

Friday morning session - Happy Digital Society

9:00 – 9:30

Nancy Schiller, President & CEO America for Bulgaria Foundation
Sarah Perrine, CEO Trust for Social Achievement

  • Grantmakers perspective: investing in digital skills
  • ABF: a long history of investment in capacity/enablement/transformation

9:30 – 10:00

Levent Korkmaz, Digital Evolution Consultant, Begital

  • Rise of the Third Sector, anti-Darwinism and Compassionate Capitalism
  • State of digital society: “pursuit of happiness” and “the business of changing the world”
  • The role of NGOs using technology for good: digital “happiness” through enabling “achievement”
  • (R)evolution, disruption, crises, trends, challenges, gaps but also solutions and success stories
  • Why digital transformation? And how? “Chaos, Order and Organisation”

10:00 – 11:00

Tanya HristovaGabrovo Mayor
Sevdalina VoynovaSofia Development Association
Leona AslanovaInnovation Starter

  • Digital age, globalization, sustainable development goals
  • European Digital Single Market 2020 and social achievement
  • Regional development strategies and “social economy”
  • Social innovation and digitalization “Innovation mindset for a better (digital) society”
  • How to Transform Bulgaria into a happy digital society? Local and regional initiatives

11:30 – 13:00

Natalia Miteva, Education Program Director, America for Bulgaria Foundation
Eugenia Volen, Director “Capacity Building” Program, Trust for Social Achievement
Elitsa Barakova, Executive Director, Bcause

  • How digital can overcome societal challenges: gaps and solutions
  • NGO presentations: examples of digital initiatives
  • Digital inclusion and social achievement success stories (using technology)
  • Role of mentors and inclusive leadership: women, minorities, older generations
Friday afternoon - Digital Technologies for Good

13:00 – 14:00

NGO 3.0 and technology for good: how NGOs can leverage Internet and digital tools

14: 00 – 15:30

Ms. Nicola WalshAmazon Web Services
Prof. Rumyana Peycheva-ForsythEducational Technologies Center, Sofia University
Ashod DerandonyanListen Up Foundation

  • Digital for e-learning, training, examples from STEM
  • Digital skill gaps and solutions, lifelong learning and basic digital skills
  • Digital tools & platforms and technical innovation

16:00 – 17:30

Atanas Tzanov
For Our Children Foundation
Levent Korkmaz Begital

  • and Salesforce University for non-profits (TrailBlazer)
  • Social Media Listening and Sentiment Analysis


Pavel Kounchev – Time Heroes
Inna BoyadzhievaBackersWay
Plamena Mihaylova Central Coordination Unit, Council of Ministers

  • Digital for improving organizational capacity
  • Digital for fundraising, communications, volunteers and donor relations
  • Social media driven campaigns and digital marketing
  • Digital crowdfunding opportunities
  • Digital capacity investment, co-operation, funding

Move it Forward with/for Roma Women

8-9 July 2017 (Saturday+Sunday), Sofia University, The Egg Hall

The Digital Leadership Institute, Begital and Trust for Social Achievement are proud to announce Move It Forward – female digital starters weekend – in Sofia, Bulgaria to develop digital projects with and for Roma women.

This initiative, part of the DLI inQube female digital accelerator, is supported by top technology companies, women’s networks and communities and the digital startup ecosystem. Its objective is to give beginner girls and women the skills to drive positive change and enable them to become digital entrepreneurs and leaders.

Weekend Program

8:00 – 8:30 – Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 10:30 – Opening Plenary: Inspiring talks by Move It Forward Partners
Welcome & Keynote Presentation
Welcome: Ms. Cheryl Miller, Digital Leadership Institute
Keynote Presentations:
Ms. Zina Tenekedjieva – Roma activist
Ms. Billiyana Petrova – IT specialist

10:30 – 12:30 – Workshop 1: Launch Your WordPress Website in the Cloud with Ms. Nicola Walsh, Ms. Chris Gerpheide & Ms. Boryana Goncharenko / Amazon Web Services

12:30 – 13:30 – Working Lunch

12:30 – 14:30 – Workshop 2: Securely Manage your Cloud Presence with Mr. Peter Drnovsek / Amazon Web Services

14:30 – 18:00 – Brainstorming, Proposals, Idea Selection, Team Grouping & Project Work

18:00 – 19:00 – Dinner

19:00 – 22:00 – Project Work with Coaches (Optional)

8:00 – 8:30 – Coffee & Danishes

8:30 – 10:30 – Workshop 3: Smartphone App Development with MIT App Inventor for Android with Ms. Cheryl Miller, Digital Leadership Institute

10:30 – 14:00 – Project Work with Coaches

12:30 – 13:30 – Working Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 – Presentation Preparation

15:00 – 17:00 – Closing Plenary: Project Presentations & Judging

16:30 – Keynote Presentation by Ms. Sasha Bezuhanova, Move.BG Founder and BCWT (Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology) Chairperson

17:00 – 19:00 – Awards Dinner & Networking


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