Fuel Good 2018 was one for the books! With three days jammed full of inspiring keynotes, educational sessions, awesome food, and amazing people, the conference flew by. This year was our biggest yet, with more presenters, more attendees, and a new venue to hold it all together. With so much that happened we wanted to take this opportunity to recap the highlights of Fuel Good 2018 and get you inspired for the 2019 conference!
I'm not going to bury the lead - Fuel Good wouldn't be nearly as fun without the parties and networking opportunities. We kicked off this year's conference with a beer & cheese bash at Batch Restaurant. If you attended you probably took a selfie and learned more about cheese than ever thought possible. It was great to be able to catch up with old friends and make some new ones in the process.
We kept the good times rolling throughout the week at our Tradeshow Happy Hour and Industry Networking Dinner. At the Happy Hour, attendees mingled and got to know the Fuel Good vendors while enjoying drinks and appetizers. If attendees visited every vendor booth, they were entered to win an Amazon Echo! After this, we moved the conversations to our Industry Networking Dinner at Jump Restaurant, where we enjoyed (even more) drinks and delicious food.
Thursday morning began with Paul Nazareth, the VP of Community Engagement at CanadaHelps, leading a 10 Minute Speed Session on Social Media for Social Good. Paul has been featured in the Globe and Mail and Forbes for his use of digital-media, and shared why Nonprofit executives should harness the power of social media.
Following Paul, Sparkrock President Colin Dickinson officially launched the conference and started the conversation on different ways we can use technology to fuel more good in the world and reminding customers what they've been able to achieve with technology with this short video:
Our featured keynotes on Thursday and Friday morning were Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew, the Director of Community Affairs/Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas, and Liz Weaver, the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute. Both speakers have extensive backgrounds in the Nonprofit Industry and inspired attendees with the tools to create a real social impact and positive change in their communities.
We had over 40 industry-specific sessions for attendees to choose from, with more customer presenters than any year before! With 5 different tracks, such as "Become a Product Pro", "Town Hall Panels", and Boardroom Brainstorms", there was an opportunity for everyone at every skill level and learning style out there. Some of the highest rated sessions were the Town Hall Panels, as attendees were able to actively participate in discussions with experts from different organizations . It's fortunate that we moved to a larger venue this year, as most of the sessions were at capacity!
Last, but certainly not least, the best and most important part of Fuel Good is the strong sense of community fostered among the organizations in attendance. These three days allow for the opportunity to grow professional networks and learn from those with similar challenges and experiences. At Sparkrock, our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and are the reason we continue to put Fuel Good on every year.
From all of us at Sparkrock, thank you to everyone who came out to Fuel Good 2018, and we hope to see you next year!