NTEN Member Update: Get back in the loop!

Submitted by Eileigh on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 2:12pm

Flickr: Dinner SeriesFlickr: Dinner SeriesIf summer vacation has you feeling a bit out of the loop, this week's Member Round Up is ripe with opportunities to re-connect with the community and, if you're feeling lucky, take a gamble with your great, innovative ideas. From futuristic challenges to free, online resources, there are plenty of reasons to put down those grill tongs and cast aside that cheesy beach read...

NTEN Member Knight Foundation announced their latest Knight News Challenge: mobile. The contest runs from August 29 until noon EDT on September 10, and hopes to uncover new ways of using mobile as a social engagement tool. Winners will receive a share of $5 million and access to The Knight Foundation's network of peers and advisors. This is the third and final installment of the challenge, which seeks to encourage media innovation, and is open to innovators in all industries and countries. Learn more about the challenges, check out the winners, and submit an idea.

While you're out shaping the future, submit a new app idea to Mozilla Ignite, an open innovation challenge hosted by Mozilla, the National Science Foundation, and NTEN member ZeroDivide. Consider a world in which the internet is 250 times faster. That's the future in which this challenge is asking you to imagine how healthcare, education, energy, workforce technologies, and other sectors might be revolutionized. The grand prize is $5,000 for the best idea – plus a chance to be made a reality. Learn more about Mozilla Ignite or consider being a mentor to an app development team.

With Dreamforce just around the corner (September 18-21), NTEN member Salesforce is hosting a Nonprofits Guide to Dreamforce webinar on September 12 to help folks navigate the more than 650 sessions. The webinar is an in-depth look at the Dreamforce agenda, the Foundation zone, and can help illuminate which sessions are relevant to your industry. Sign up today!

A new (and free) resource for nonprofits has crested the horizon line: NTEN member Heller Consulting recently launched online community The Connected Cause. The community is a space for sector leaders to share information about how nonprofits are using technology to connect with their supporters and succeed in their missions. The conversations focus on Constituent Relationship Management (CRM),social media, and online marketing.

Global software provider BlackBaud is looking to honor nonprofits that have used their products in new and innovative ways to make a positive impact in their local communities and around the world. View the Blackbaud Impact Awards categories and nominate someone worthy. Winners will be announced at the Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits in Washington D.C., October 1.

Already celebrating are NTEN members Debra Askanase, Beth Kanter, Calvin Stowell, and Lovette Ajayi who recently received recognition from Sparkah Business Consulting in their pick of the world's top 100 social media agencies and consultants of the year. Congratulations!

Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!