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The #Ailluminate workshop concluded with resounding success, bringing together over 80 participants from diverse segments of our community. It was a remarkable platform where thought-provoking ideas were explored, and valuable experiences were shared. In an era where technology and artificial intelligence are driving transformation in the nonprofit sector, Ailluminate served as a beacon of hope for organisations seeking to harness these digital innovations for the greater good. With legendary speakers like Dr. Paul Geertsema demystifying AI for nonprofits, Kriti Karanam and Marcel van Vliet from Altis Consulting shedding light on algorithmic insights, Hema Sridhar championing social cohesion through technology, and Justin Rowlands unveiling digital identity projects, attendees gained priceless insights. The event was graced by community leaders and tech influencers, including Matt from Chorus NZ Limited, Chris Higgins from Rare Disorders NZ, Hannah Pia Baral from ACE Aotearoa, and former MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, who brought their expertise to the forefront. One of the most heartwarming moments of the workshop was the graduation of approximately 30 seniors who had been attending NZ Hangouts Online sessions since the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, highlighting the enduring power of digital connectivity in education and community building. The workshop was not just about learning; it was about forging connections and sharing knowledge. It was a celebration of what’s possible when nonprofits come together to explore innovative solutions for the challenges they face. The exchange of thought-provoking ideas and experiences has left a lasting impact, providing organizations with a roadmap for integrating AI and digital technologies into their missions. In this digital age, Ailluminate illuminated the path forward, demonstrating that nonprofits can leverage AI and digital technologies to create a positive impact. The resounding success of this workshop reinforces the potential for innovation and collaboration in the nonprofit sector. It’s an exciting time for nonprofits, and with the right guidance and community support, we can create a brighter future for all.



Hosted in a vibrant and dynamic setting, Ailluminate provided a platform for nonprofits to explore the latest advancements in technology and learn how to integrate them into their operations. With a stellar lineup of speakers and an enthusiastic group of over 80 participants in attendance, the event was nothing short of inspiring.

Unboxing AI for Nonprofits: Dr. Paul Geertsema

Dr. Paul Geertsema, a renowned expert in the field, took the stage to “unbox” AI for nonprofits. He discussed the various ways in which AI can be applied to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, from streamlining administrative tasks to improving fundraising efforts and optimizing program delivery. His insights were invaluable for attendees looking to navigate the complexities of AI adoption.

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Algorithmic Insights: Kriti Karanam and Marcel Vliet

Kriti Karanam and Marcel Vliet from Altis Consulting shared their expertise on algorithmic insights. They highlighted the role of data-driven decision-making in nonprofit work, emphasizing the importance of ethical considerations and data privacy. Their presentation served as a guide for nonprofits seeking to harness the power of data and algorithms responsibly.


Social Cohesion through Technology: Hema Sridhar

Hema Sridhar delved into the use of technology for promoting social cohesion, emphasizing the role of nonprofits in bridging digital divides and fostering inclusive communities. Her presentation showcased the potential of technology to connect people and promote a sense of belonging, irrespective of physical barriers.

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Digital Identity Projects: Justin Rowlands

Justin Rowlands from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) enlightened the audience on digital identity projects. He explained how nonprofits could leverage digital identity solutions to improve their services and outreach. His presentation opened up new avenues for nonprofits to enhance their engagement with constituents.

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Community leaders and tech influencers

The event was graced by the presence of community leaders and tech influencers who have made significant contributions to the nonprofit sector. Matt from Chorus, Chris from Rare Disorders, Hannah Baral from ACE Aotearoa, and Former MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi added depth and diversity to the discussions. Sridhar Mysore from Shanti Niwas, Nilima Venkat from Seva Trust, Disha New Zealand Trustees, Indian News Editor Yugal Parashar, Prof Mark Harcourt from University of Waikato, Sandra Harcourt from ShanHarcourt Business Services, Abhinav Arora from Better Future Trust were among the other prominent leaders. Their experiences and insights were invaluable for all attendees.

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Seniors graduating mastering the digital skills

One of the most heartwarming aspects of the Ailluminate workshop was the graduation of around 30 seniors. These individuals had been attending NZ Hangouts Online sessions since the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, showcasing the power of digital connectivity to empower and educate, even during challenging times.

As the workshop progressed, participants engaged in thought-provoking discussions and shared insightful ideas. The diverse perspectives and experiences in the room created a vibrant atmosphere where attendees learned from each other, expanding their horizons and fostering collaborative solutions for the nonprofit sector.

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Table discussions and socialising

With delicious food and opportunities for socializing, Ailluminate wasn’t just a workshop; it was a gathering of like-minded individuals passionate about using technology for social good. The connections made and the knowledge exchanged at the event will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on nonprofits, helping them become more agile, efficient, and responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.

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In a world where digital technologies are advancing at an unprecedented pace, Ailluminate served as a beacon of hope for nonprofits. It illuminated the path forward, showing that with the right guidance, organizations can harness AI and digital technologies to make a positive impact on the world. This workshop was a testament to the potential for innovation and collaboration in the nonprofit sector, and it left participants inspired and empowered to embrace the digital future with open arms.

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