First Charity Digital Tech Conference inspires sector for 2019

Charity Digital’s inaugral conference saw a diverse range of speakers from across the charity and tech sectors deliver an energetic day of learning and networking.

Chloe Green | 15th Feb 19
Image shows delegates at the Charity Digital Tech Conference

Charity Digital’s inaugural Charity Digital Tech Conference saw 187 attendees from across the non-profit sector come together to learn from a wide range of experts and discuss their digital strategies.

The conference, taking place at Resource for London on the 13th February, attracted a wide range of charities and non-profit organisations with an interest in furthering their cause through digital.

The 21 sessions taking place across four streams included interactive talks and a panel discussion designed for everyone from beginner to advanced level, focused on giving charities at every stage in their digital journey the chance to learn from experts and peers, and improve the way they use digital technology to drive their missions.

This included topics from digital fundraising and data management to digital charity leadership, tranformation and innovation, operations and improving efficiency, and data security and regulation.

There was also discussion on social media, following the hashtag #CTDC2019.


A combined effort

Charity Digital, the organisation behind Charity Digital News and the Charity Digital Exchange programme, has been supporting charities with software donation since 2001 – this is their first full-day conference.

The day was made possible thanks to sponsors Workplace by Facebook (Platinum sponsor), Brand iQ (Gold sponsor), m-hance (Gold sponsor), Trillium (Silver sponsor), Lightful (Silver sponsor), NCSC (Silver sponsor), Donr (delegate pack sponsor) and NetSuite (badge sponsor).

Folllowing the daytime event, there was a lively networking drinks reception thanks to sponsorship from m-hance.

Event delegates also got a first look at Charity Digital News’ annual survey report looking into the trends and behaviours of the charity sector around IT and digital, which will be available for download for Charity Digital News readers next week.

Post-conference feedback was very positive, with 54% of attendees saying they’d strongly recommend the event to others.

Charity Digital CEO Jonathan Chevallier said: “I was really proud that Charity Digital was able to deliver such an impactful event bringing together over 180 charity attendees for a day full of learnings about how to make the most the most of digital technology.”

“I am really grateful to the sponsors who provided the financial backing to enable us to run the event and the amazing panel of speakers who gave of their time to create such a wonderful event.”

For those that weren’t able to attend in person, stay tuned for a write-up of highlights from the day of sessions. Videos of a selection of sessions will also be available on the Charity Digital News site in the coming weeks.

The panel discussion was streamed live and is available to view over on the Charity Digital News Facebook page.

Full list of speakers:

Katy Murray, NPC

Andy Tonner and Tristan Shirley, Prospectus

Tory Cassie and Mandeep Padan, m-hance

Haydn Thomas and Susie Perks, Lightful

Kate White and Sorrel Parsons, Superhighways

Paul McMullan and Suzy East, DataKind

Stuart Cripps-Schnoor and Marcel van den Boogard, Brand iQ

Vince Gatrick and David Bibby, Mencap

Victoria Carver, AdGreetz

Jo Kerr

Zak Kaufman, Vera Solutions

Julienne Lesaicherre, Facebook/Instagram


Kristina Barrick, Scope

David Smith, Futures and Foresight

Elizabeth Carter, Charity Digital/Charity Digital Mail

Harry Hurd, Clear Honest Design

Stuart Hearn, Clear Review

Panel discussion:

Paul Swift, Age UK

Duncan Brown, Shift Design

Audree Fletcher

Fiona Dawe