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August 27 – 30, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Hotel | Austin, TX

Ovarian Psycos Film Screening 

A new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from East Los Angeles build a community, confront injustice and redefine identity through a bicycle crew. 

Beth Z, aka Your Nerdy Best Friend! 

  • How DO They Do that?
    Secret Tech Weapons for Advocacy Professionals
  • Share and Share a Like:
    29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media
  • Stump the Nerd Booth:
    ask Beth Z your specific tech questions!

 

The Danger and Thrill of Netflix & Chill: LGBTQ Dating & Relationships in a Digital Age

Scott Fried, health educator and author, discusses social networking allows us to manipulate our image and broadcast to the world the illusion of who we want to be, instead of who we are in actuality.

Malika Saada Saar 

Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights  

Patricia Vonne 

Join the Q&A with singer-songwriter Patricia Vonne and hear the debut of her new song. 

River Cruise and Bat Watching  

Enjoy drinks, dinner and the downtown skyline as we cruise down the Colorado River. When the sun sets, appreciate a truly Austin experience as the largest urban bat colony in North America makes their evening emergence from South Congress Bridge.

Set against the backdrop of Austin’s vibrant music and technology scene, TCFV’s #Tech2Empower Statewide Conference is a fresh look at leveraging technology to build community, strengthen services, and tell the story of the Texas family violence movement.

This conference isn’t about “training” – it’s about creating an experiential learning forum for professionals who work within the realities of human frailty, leveraging technology, discussion, film and in-person events to maximize adult learning. 

  • Learn from state and national experts about the intersections between technology and family violence. 
  • Connect with passionate professionals. 
  • Enhance your skills and walk away with new strategies to apply in your communities.
  • CEUs available!

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Schedule

#Tech2Empower is an entire conference dedicated to the application of technology within a social justice context. The schedule will include more than 40 breakout sessions and a final day dedicated to 4 innovative sessions to apply your knowledge directly to your work.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

TimeItem 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmOpen to the Public
Happy Hour
@ The Highball
7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFilm Screening + Q&A Panel
@ Alamo Drafthouse (South Lamar)
Ovarian Psycos

Monday, August 28, 2017

TimeItemSpeaker
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 amOpening & Plenary 1Karuna Nain
Global Safety Programs Manager, Facebook
10:30 am - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am - 12:00 pmChoose Your Own Keynote 1Beth Ziesenis
Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend
How DO They Do That? Secret Tech Weapons for Advocacy Professionals
10:45 am - 12:00 pmChoose Your Own Keynote 2Scott Fried
Public Speaker, TalkAIDS, Inc.
The Danger and Thrill of Netflix & Chill: LGBTQ Dating & Relationships in a Digital Age
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch on Your Own
Apps4Change Tech Demo
Book signings!
Caravan Studios/Tech Soup
Beth Ziesenis & Scott Fried
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmSession 1The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmSession 2Dr. Raphael Travis
Associate Professor, Texas State University School of Social Work
The Healing Power of Music
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmSession 3Scott Fried
Public Speaker, TalkAIDS, Inc.
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmSession 4Amy Hill
Silence Speaks Director, StoryCenter
Digital Storytelling: An Interactive Workshop on How to Infuse Digital Storytelling in Your Work
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmTech HubBeth Ziesenis - Stump the Nerd Booth
Caravan Studios/Tech Soup - Apps4Change Q&A
2:45 pm - 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm - 4:15 pmSession 5Beth Ziesenis
Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend
29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Social Media
3:00 pm - 4:15 pmSession 6Leila Wood & Anna Wasim
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at University of Texas, Austin
Jaime Esparza, JD
District Attorney, 34th Judicial District
Project ReVEAL: Initial Evaluation of the Use of Video Statements in Family Violence Cases
3:00 pm - 4:15 pmSession 7Anna Gonzalez
Social Media Director, NASDAQ
Building an Online Community
3:00 pm - 4:15 pmSession 8Jennifer Morrison
Director, AdvanceNet Labs
Catherine Johnson
Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup
Safe Shelter Collaborative: Providing Faster Access
3:00 pm - 4:15 pmTech HubAmy Hill - Digital Story Screening and Q&A Session
Caravan Studios/Tech Soup - Apps4Change Q&A
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmBreak
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmPlenary 2 & Song Debut
Patricia Vonne
Musician, Songwriter, Actress, Producer, and Animator
How the Music Community Can Bring Awareness to Domestic Violence
All DayRegistration
iLounge
Tech Hub

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

TimeItemSpeaker
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 amPlenary 3Malika Saada Saar
Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google
10:00 am - 10:15 amBreak
10:15 am - 11:30 amChoose Your Own Keynote 3Ian Harris
Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Safe Technology
10:15 am - 11:30 amChoose Your Own Keynote 4Shael Norris; Charles Coleman; Daisy Coleman; Ella Fairon; Jada Smith
Co-Founders, SafeBAE
Youth Leveraging Tech and Film to Influence Cultural Change
11:30 am - 1:00 pmLunch on Your Own
Apps4Change Tech Demo
Caravan Studios/TechSoup
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmSession 9Karuna Nain
Global Safety Programs Manager, Facebook
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmSession 10Jane Claire Hervey
Founder and Director, #bossbabesATX
Leslie Lozano
Co-Founding Board Member and Arts/Workshop Coordinator, #bossbabesATX
The New Networking: Coalition- and Community-Building
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmSession 11Jane Anderson
Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
#GUILTY: Identifying, Preserving, and Presenting Digital Evidence
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmSession 12Jessica Grace
Program Manager, Behavioral & Community Health, UNT Health Science Center
Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer, PhD
Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Health Equity and Associate Professor, UNT Health Science Center
TESSA Project: Collaborative and Integrated Systems Between Health Clinics & DV Programs
1:00 pm - 2:15 pmTech HubCaravan Studios/Tech Soup - Apps4Change Q&A
Jennifer Morrison - SafeNight App
Texas Technology Access Program - Assistive Technologies for Survivors
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmSession 13Catherine Johnson
Chief Operating Officer, Caravan Studios (a division of TechSoup)
How Can TechSoup Help Your Nonprofit?
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmSession 14Brandi Reed
Director of Education & Prevention, Family Support Services
Human Trafficking: How Technology Facilitates Exploitation and Healing
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmSession 15Dr. Dyann Daley, MD
Anesthesiologist, Cook Children's Medical Center; Executive Director, The Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Risk Terrain Modeling: Predictive Analytics to Prevent and Effectively Intervene in Child Abuse Cases
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmSession 16TBA
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmTech HubCaravan Studios/Tech Soup - Apps4Change Q&A
Jennifer Morrison - SafeNight App
Texas Technology Access Program - Assistive Technologies for Survivors
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 pm - 5:15 pmSession 17David Mandel
Founder, Safe and Together
Enhancing Survivor Parent and Child Safety: The Safe and Together Model
4:00 pm - 5:15 pmSession 18Glenaan O'Neil
Regional Director of Immigrant Victims Services, Lone Star Victims Advocacy
Heather Bellino
Executive Director, Texas Advocacy Project
Mobile Advocacy: Enhancing Connections to Survivor Services
4:00 pm - 5:15 pmSession 19Ian Harris
Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Agency Use of Technology
4:00 pm - 5:15 pmSession 20Erika Sussman
Executive Director, Center For Survivor Agency and Justice
Economic Justice for Survivors: An Online Atlas for Direct Services Providers
4:00 pm - 5:15 pmTech HubCaravan Studios/Tech Soup - Apps4Change Q&A
Jennifer Morrison - SafeNight App
Texas Technology Access Program - Assistive Technologies for Survivors
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Boarding begins at 6:30 pm.
Boat departs at 7:00 pm.
Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner
All DayRegistration
iLounge
Tech Hub

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Learn how to apply your new skills and knowledge directly to your work through one of four innovative sessions on our final day! The day will start at 8:00 AM with breakfast and closing at 2:00 PM after a luncheon. 

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Registration

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  • If you are a government agency and need to pay by check, email Crystal Tabony.

Full Conference

For admission to all sessions and included meals on each day of August 28, 29, and 30.

Early Registration Rates (ends June 15, 2017)
$225: TCFV Member
$275: Non-member

Regular Registration Rates (starts June 16, 2017)
$270: TCFV Member
$320: Non-member

One Day Only

For admission to all sessions and included meals on ONE day of either August 28, 29, or 30.

Rate
$165: TCFV Member or Non-Member

Events

Available with any conference registration.

Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner
$15: TCFV Member
$25: Non-Member

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations received by August 6, 2017 will receive a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.

Questions?

Contact Crystal Tabony, Information Visualization & Administrative Specialist, at ctabony@tcfv.org.

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Keynotes

Malika Saada Saar

Malika Saada Saar is Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights. Before joining Google, Malika was founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. She also served as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group. As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families. Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Malika as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

The Obama White House selected Ms. Saada Saar to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights and Essie Justice Group.

Malika has been featured in the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Elle, Redbook Magazine, Essence, Tavis Smiley Show, BBC, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio. She has also been honored by Brown University’s highest alumni award, the Roger Williams award, and by Georgetown Law Center’s esteemed Robert F. Drinan Award for Public Service.

Malika holds a B.A. from Brown University, M.A. in education from Stanford University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

 

Patricia Vonne

Patricia Vonne has proven herself a truly ascendant and transcendent musical artist. The San Antonio, Texas native singer, songwriter, bandleader and actress just released her 6th album “Viva Bandolera” of Texas border rock on her own Bandolera Records.

Patricia continues her trailblazing ride along the borderline where Castillian & Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar meets all- American rock ‘n’ roll. Her song “Traeme Paz” was featured in the film ” Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and she was voted Best Female Vocalist 2014 & 2015 at the Austin Music Awards. Patricia has toured internationally including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has shared the stage with Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Raul Malo & .collaborated with Texas musical heavyweights such as Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Doyle Bramhall & Flaco Jimenez.

Patricia reprises her role as Dallas (aka Zorro Girl) in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and has appeared in Spy Kids, Desperado and Machete Kills. Her award winning animation videos shot and edited by Patricia, features her original illustrations for her song “El Marinero y La Sirena which won the audience award at Cine Las Americas Film Fest 2015 & was featured at SXSW Film Fest 2015 and “Paris Trance” which screened at the Paris Film Festival, Paris Short Film Festival, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival & Women’s Independent Film Fest 2016 & her latest homage to Federico Garcia Lorca “Huerta de San Vicente” will screen in May 2017 at Cine Las Americas Film Fest.

“Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico” – Word magazine

 

Beth Ziesenis

Meet Your New Nerdy Best Friend…Beth Ziesenis: Author. Speaker. Nerd. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by Meetings & Conventions magazine and MeetingsNet. Since her first Commodore 64 computer, Beth has made a verb out of the word nerd. She helps computer users all over the country filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for business and personal use through presentations and her books, including the latest title, Nerd Know-How: The 27+ Best Apps for Work and How to Use ‘Em, available on Amazon.com.

 

 

Scott Fried

Scott is a talented, passionate and captivating professional speaker. Scott is also a health educator and an author, and he speaks about a variety of topics including diversity, inclusion, human rights, LGBTQ issues, sexual responsibility, abstinence, dating, transmission of HIV, alternative sexuality, eating disorders, body image, self-mutilation, suicide, alcohol and drug misuse, divorce, broken-heartedness, intimacy, spirituality, and the effects of technology in this digital age.

He is also the author of three books: If I Grow Up: Talking with Teens about AIDS, Love and Staying Alive; I i My Invisible Kingdom: Letters From the Secret Lives of Teens; and A Private Midnight: A Teenager’s Scrapbook of Secrets. He has a DVD of his parent lecture entitled, “How to Talk to the Creature in Your Car.” He has been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers and is featured in the books The Five Gifts of Illness: A ReconsiderationLiving Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDSThe Faces of AIDS: Lives at the Epicenter; and The World is a Narrow Bridge: Stories that Celebrate Hope and Healing.

Each year, Scott leads a team of volunteers to Roatan, Hondura to do community work for indigent families, conduct HIV/AIDS educational workshops, feed prisoners and hand out thousands of free condoms.

 

Karuna Nain

Global Safety Programs Manager, Facebook

 

Ian Harris

Technology Safety Legal Manager, National Network to End Domestic Violence

 

Shael Norris, Charles Coleman, Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon, and Jada Smith

Co-Founders, SafeBAE

Special Events

Ovarian Psycos Film Screening

Join us at the Alamo Drafthouse for a special screening of Ovarian Psycos. A new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from East Los Angeles build a community, confront injustice and redefine identity through a bicycle crew. In partnership with Women’s Community Center of Central Texas: Alt Girl Cinema.

Sunday, August 27 at 7:00 PM
Open the public – tickets available soon

 

Song Debut

Don’t miss the worldwide premiere of a new song written by Patricia Vonne to shine a light on domestic violence. The song will be followed by a live Q&A with Patricia Vonne.

Monday, August 28 at 4:30 PM
Exclusive to conference attendees

 

Lone Star River Cruise with Dinner

TCFV’s work is powered by members! Join us for our member appreciation event and cruise down the Colorado River. Enjoy drinks, dinner and the downtown skyline. As the sun sets, appreciate a truly Austin experience as the largest urban bat colony in North America makes their evening emergence from South Congress Bridge.

Tuesday, August 29 at sunset
$15 for TCFV Members
$25 for Non-members

  • Price includes dinner.
  • Boarding begins at 6:30 pm and boat departs at 7:00 pm.
  • Dock is very close to the hotel and details are located here.

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Tech Hubs

Learn more about the tools that you can use to further your work. Throughout the conference, experts will be available to personally answer your questions about making tech work for you.

Beth Ziesenis – Stump the Nerd Booth
Author and Speaker, Your Nerdy Best Friend

Amy Hill – StoryCenter
Silence Speaks Director, StoryCenter

Catherine Johnson – Apps4Change
Chief Operating Officer, TechSoup/Caravan Studios

Jennifer Morrison – SafeNight App
Director, AdvanceNet Labs

Assistive Technologies for Survivors
Texas Technology Access Program

Venue

Hyatt Regency Austin HotelHyatt_Regency_Riverview_Room
208 Barton Springs Rd | Austin, TX 78704

Reserve Your Lodging Now

  • Participants must reserve and pay for their own rooms.
  • Block rate is available for the nights of August 27, 28, and 29.
  • Rates start at $141 + tax per night.
  • Rates are available until August 6, 2017.

Hotel Parking

  • Overnight Self-Parking:
    $10 within block rate
    $24 regular rate
  • Daily Self-Parking:
    0-5 hours – $5.00 per hour
    5 + hours – $24.00
  • Overnight Valet: $32.00
  • Daily Valet Parking: $19.00 with no in/out privileges

Questions About Lodging?

Contact Anoush Crane, Event Planner, at acrane@anoushcrane.com.


Transportation

The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

  • Airport Super Shuttle:
    Transfer from the airport to the hotel is $14 per person. Reservations are not required for transport from the airport to the hotel, but advance pickup arrangements must be secured to travel from the hotel to the airport. Please call 512-258-3826 or contact the concierge to arrange a pickup.
  • Taxi:
    Taxi transportation to and from Hyatt Regency Austin is approximately $20 – $27 for one passenger.
  • Car Rental:
    If you didn’t rent a car from the airport, no worries! Numerous rental companies offer complimentary delivery of rental vehicles to the hotel. Please contact the concierge for more information.

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