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How to Improve YOUR Digital Presence - Part Two

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

When a cause finds you: Practical considerations and tools for the short-term and questions to ask for the long-term when designing a website.

Chad Capellman has been working online since the late 1990's, when he took a pay cut from dual part-time roles at the Washington Post and to focus exclusively on the web.

Dubbed by a friend as "the Forest Gump of the internet," he has had several stops along the way for startups, non-profits, hospitals, agencies and news organizations, and has learned some valuable lessons and tricks.

Currently the business development manager and senior strategist at Taoti Creative, Chad will talk about his experiences as a lone "web guy" helping out friends with causes that include political campaigns, a church web site, and arepository of information created in the wake of the assassination of a global icon in fight for the rights of native peoples.

During this 90-minute session, Chad will talk about the following:

:: Some background on his experiences and how it's shaped his perspective.

:: His experience building and publishing a website in 12-minutes while on the wifi in a restaurant in Lima, Peru while on vacation and helping a friend's family through an unspeakable tragedy.

:: Perspectives on building the initial web platform for what is shaping up to be the craziest at-large county council election in the history of Montgomery County.

:: Available tools and resources to think about as you tackle your own causes.

:: Once you hit a point where you need more help, how to think about finding the right fit for your unique needs.

Registrants who complete a pre-talk survey will have the ability to have their own challenges addressed as part of an active workshop, where Chad parses your needs and recommends a range of solutions, many of which are free or on the very affordable range, all the way to context for thinking about how to engage other partners.

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