Thursday, March 31, 2016

Collaborative Learning at its Best at the SmartSimple Spring Community Conference

It’s officially spring, and that means the SmartSimple Spring Community Conference 2016 is only a few weeks away. SmartSimple community conferences offer a unique experience for both clients and the SmartSimple team to come together for a day of engaging conversation, learning opportunities and networking with peers in your industry. Gain insights from other SmartSimple users, share ideas for enhancements and meet your peers from across the United States and Canada.

Get On the Right Track

Based on your feedback, we decided to expand this year’s conference to include more targeted sessions and client participation. In addition to adding more ways to get to know other SmartSimple clients, we’ve expanded the scope of topics, increased the number of sessions and created two SmartSimple user tracks.

General User Track

Industry-specific sessions for system best practices and usage

This user track will be broken down into industry-specific sessions for non-developers and IT users. Grants managers, administrators, research managers and executives will benefit from the Grants Management sessions. Medical case managers, insurance professionals and IMEs can take advantage of targeted Case Management sessions that focus on their unique industry.

“We’ll be covering a range of insightful topics for the General User Track, including a client-led presentation by representatives from Toronto Arts Council. They'll be sharing their stories on how SmartSimple has streamlined their processes at 3:00 PM within the Grants Management-specific sessions,” says Sarah Harris, Director, Client Support and Operations.

“For our case management clients, we have two sessions,” says Brian Lai, Senior Business Analyst.

“The first one will cover new and upcoming platform enhancements that can be leveraged by IMEs and insurers. We’ll then open the floor to attendees, asking how they use CMS360°, what new features they’d like to see, and where they’d like us to take the SmartSimple platform.

We’ll also be hosting a session on recent and upcoming HCAI enhancements so we can prepare clients for changes coming in 2016.

"Our goal for the end of the day is to give everyone a better understanding of how others in their industry use the platform and how they can integrate these best practices into their own business processes,” says Brian Lai.

View General User Track agenda >

Technical User Track

Platform-specific sessions intended for a technical audience

The second user track we created is for the unique needs of system administrators, IT staff and developers. This is the perfect opportunity for technical users to work directly with the people who build and configure SmartSimple. Not only will you gain valuable insight into what makes the platform tick, you’ll also have the chance to share your feedback and take a look at ways to make your system perform better for your users.

“Our goal for this track is to show technical users how to better leverage SmartSimple for both greater value and easier maintenance. Three major platform enhancements from recent upgrades will be covered extensively and we’ll showcase a range of use cases and walk through how you can deliver them to your organization,” says Serkan Bilgi, Systems Solutions Architect and one of our technical track presenters.

In addition, Chin Chuah, Systems and Infrastructure Controller and Oliver Lo, Director of Software Development, will also be talking about the new SmartConnect RESTful API. During this session you’ll learn all how our JSON-based API works and challenge developers to come up with their own system integrations while discussing relevant use cases.”

View Technical User Track agenda >

Don’t Delay, Register Today!

This year’s conference promises to be our most engaging and interactive yet. There are sessions to suit every member of your team, opportunities to take a deep dive into your system and network with colleagues from across North America. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 13th so be sure to reserve your spot.

Register now >

SmartSimple Spring Community Conference 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM
St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church Street, Toronto, M5C 2E9

Full details on the venue, how to get there and where to stay, session presenters and full details on both tracks are available on the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you all on April 20th!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ending Conflict with Empathy - SmartSimple Sponsors Conference in London, England

Each year, The British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences holds a series of conferences in London, England. These conferences provide opportunities for leading and emerging scholars to discuss innovative themes in the humanities and social sciences with significant academic impact.

Earlier this month, The Academy hosted the highly topical conference Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution. Specialists in the fields of neurology, psychology, psychiatry, communications, international affairs and cognitive sciences gathered to discuss this dynamic, new theory for conflict resolution in the Middle East. SmartSimple was honored to sponsor the reception held at the end of the first day of the conference.

Conference attendees at the SmartSimple sponsored reception

"There is a great deal of research happening in the neuroscience of empathy,” says Haifa Staiti, Gather Fellow, Seeds of Peace, and one of the conference organizers. “At the same time,  peacebuilding is an active and long standing field, but this was the first time the two fields were brought together to exchange knowledge and insights.”

Over the two day conference, experts discussed topics that included the latest research in empathy neuroscience, translating empathy in clinical settings to practices in  conflict resolution and the relevance of empathy neuroscience to the Middle East conflict. “The hope is that by bringing neuroscience and psychology to peace-building we can help organizations develop evidence based tools and interventions that have a higher chance of affecting change and making impact on building peace in conflict regions" she adds.

“We really appreciated that SmartSimple hosted our reception the first evening. This was a great opportunity for the delegates to discuss the presentations and exchange ideas and views in a comfortable and casual setting,” Haifa says.

“It was a honour for our company to be, in some small way, part of this amazing initiative” says Mike Reid, COO of SmartSimple. “The world always needs more empathy and dialogue and it’s our job as human beings to act on that.”

SmartSimple is the industry leader in grants and research management systems, currently in use by family foundations, community trusts, scientific research granting organizations and other philanthropic entities. You can learn more about us on the SmartSimple website.