Technology for Giving & Sharing
Lightning Talks & Expo

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Ballet Austin, 501 W 3rd St.
Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Lightning Talks
7:00 p.m. – Expo & Reception
Free and open to the public

The holidays remind us of the importance of giving and sharing. Austin is not only a generous community, but also one of the most technologically savvy cities with many entrepreneurs who care about improving and advancing society through technology. Join us for a special Austin Forum Tech Expo showcasing how local companies and organizations are developing and applying technology for social good. A set of seven (7) companies and organizations will present lightning talks that showcase how they make it possible to give and share resources, effort, ideas, and funding to positively impact Austin and the world. Following the lighting talks, guests will have the opportunity to visit with each technology company/organization in the expo.

Karen Bantuveri, VolunteerSpot
Miriam Kagan, Kimbia
George Koutitas, Gridmates
Tyler Markham, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
Scott McElroy, ehco™
David Sandal, Give as you Get
Graham Treakle, Pass The Plate

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volunteerspot-logo-white2Karen Bantuveris
VolunteerSpot has helped more than 8 million people make a difference in their local schools and communities by providing free, easy coordination tools for powering local good works.
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kimbia-logoMiriam Kagan
Kimbia provides nonprofits (primarily) with best of breed fundraising and constituent engagement tools and services to free nonprofits from the shackles of devoting significant resources and precious staff to figure out “how” to engage, and spend time focusing on why engage and how to promote and achieve their missions.
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gridmates-logo-smGeorge Koutitas
Gridmates is an interactive energy donation app that connects givers of energy with people in need.
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CAFBlogo_H4C_woSATyler Markham works at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas as the Agency Retail Coordinator, where he assists approximately 60 agencies that CAFB has empowered to directly rescue food from retail stores. Last fiscal year these agencies rescued 8 million pounds of food and distributed more than 6.5 million meals. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he is a University of Texas at Austin graduate with a BBA in Supply Chain Management and is passionate about reducing food waste and creating a more just society.
The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas partners with Feeding America to use and implements the reporting platform Online Marketplace. This system allows our network of 65 high-performing agencies to efficiently track and report donations from 110 retail partners with more than 350 scheduled pickups per week. The donation receipts created by our partner agencies are returned to the corporate retail partners that are participating, enabling them to monitor their donations, prepare their taxes, and better support the community.
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ehco_logo_lemonScott McElroy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. During college, he worked with some amazing people in the music industry before moving into technology. Scott’s mother, who passed away from cancer in 2005, and the special people that surrounded him during that time, fostered his passion for helping others at a young age. Scott and his wife, Jenna, have one son, Christian, and are expecting their second son, Hendrix, any day now.
The ehco™ app is a mobile P2P payments platform for donors and nonprofits. Donors are able to easily sync a debit card or bank account to give money directly to their selected nonprofit. Donors simply select a nonprofit, enter an amount, and click to give.
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give-as-you-get-logo_(HI-RES-JPG)-final-2059-543David Sandal has always been passionate about community. He’s taken years of high tech business experience in Marketing, Operations and Customer Experience to help many nonprofits refine their business processes and enhance their success. A few years ago, he created Give as you Get, an online network that supports the community and nonprofits through non-traditional fundraising. David began volunteering and working with non-profits over twenty years ago and is currently working with a startup developing a new tool to help nonprofits expand their reach through collaborative storytelling and peer-to-peer fundraising. He has enjoyed leading and participating on the boards of numerous organizations across the country.
Give as you Get provides an easy way to support your favorite nonprofit through regular online shopping. It’s an innovative site that provides much needed support to over 100 local nonprofits through regular online buying at no additional cost.
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fPVXu_2lGraham Treakle  is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After spending several years in banking Graham started a successful real estate company, then dabbled in the tech business in 2006 creating a form generator for real estate investors with his brother Ross Treakle. Graham and Ross teamed up again to create Pass the Plate, a giving tool that lets individuals give to any of the 1.6 million non-profits in the United States.
Pass the Plate took the entire IRS database of 1.6 million non-profits and uploaded them to our database. We sprinkled on a little special sauce and now a user can give to any go the 1.6 million registered non-profits in America! We are giving made easy!
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