MATCHING CHARITIES WITH SKILLED SPECIALISTS 

TO SOLVE PROBLEMS 


The Skills Exchange has been developed as a place for charities and skilled specialists to come together to solve problems, increase charity capability around the use of technology, and increase the awareness of skilled specialists about the challenges charities face in their daily operations.


Welcome To Pitch Events

The format of upcoming Skills Exchange events will involve participating charities pitching their technology problem to a room of skilled specialists, who will then be matched with charities and encouraged to use up to two days of their corporate volunteering leave to help the charity resolve their problem.

Participating charities will be provided support throughout the entire process, starting with assistance defining and pitching their problem, through to post-event support to ensure all parties maximise the potential for their problem to be resolved. This format enables a broad range of charities to be involved and pitch their technology related problems to an eager audience of specialists.

Contact maria@telcotogether.org.au to learn more about the types of problems you may like to consider exploring at Skills Exchange events.

Upcoming Events

  • Sydney - Tuesday 4th July, 4:30pm - 6:30pm 

  • Melbourne - Tuesday 19th September, 4:30pm - 6:30pm 

  • Additional events to be announced

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from both charities and skilled tech specialists to take part, so be sure to register and we will be in touch directly to discuss the finer details.

      

Background

The Skills Exchange was created in response to findings from Telco Together’s 2015 Charity Insights research program, which asked Australian charities to tell us about their operational challenges and what support they require. The findings of this research demonstrated a need for greater short-term skilled volunteering in certain areas such as communications technology and The Skills Exchange program aims to address this need.

In 2016, Telco Together trialled a number of pitch-style trial events in Melbourne and Sydney to test the idea of matching charities and technology specialists to help solve problems and we are now ready to launch The Skills Exchange to all Australian charities through a series of events in 2017, the first which will be held in Sydney in July 2017.

Questions?

To learn more or ask a question about Skills Exchange or other programs please contact our Programs Manager Maria Simonelli;

T: (03) 9923 3487
E: maria@telcotogether.org.au

The Skills Exchange program will also incorporate a stream-based approach in future, where small groups of charities are able to explore a particular topic in more depth over a series of sessions, learning from each other, and from specialists brought in from the telecommunications industry. 

Read about previous Skills Exchange events trialled in Melbourne & Sydney.

Watch video to see comments from previous participants 

After The Event

Once a match has been made, IT and tech specialists can provide up to sixteen hours of pro bono support. As specialists will be looking to use their time to maximum effect, both parties may decide that a short consultation is sufficient to provide enough direction and guidance to resolve the issue at hand.