Many of UpDayton’s projects shook up things in Dayton, and now UpDayton is shaking up how its projects are selected.
The nonprofit organization, with goals that include attracting and retaining people under 40 in the Dayton area, has moved its annual project pitch event from the spring to the fall.
The 11th annual UpDayton Summit is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at The Brightside Music and Event Venue, 905 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton.
Regular registration is $30 at https://updayton.org/summit-tickets and at the door.
NEW TIME OF YEAR
Lauren White, UpDayton’s executive director since September of 2018, said the summit was moved from spring to fall to make time for the project incubator process that saw eight projects selected to present ideas, out of 19 applications.
Leaders selected for the summit have been given assistance creating plans and crafting stories to maximize volunteers and other resources.
“We’ve been helping them through workshops,” White said.
FEWER WINNERS TO ALLOW FOR MORE CONCENTRATED HELP
Audience members will vote to select two projects. Each winner will receive $1,500 in seed money and the support of UpDayton resources for one year.
Three winning projects had been selected in the past.
White told this news organization that the change was made to avoid stretching resources too thin.
“We just didn’t have the resources to give these people the level of service they deserve,” White said. “We could set them up for more success.”
NEW PROCESS FOR GETTING VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED
Audience members will be able to indicate how they can help the project be successful through a new “crowdsourcing” process.
Attendees will be able to check on pieces of papers where they can add value to particular projects. Someone from that project will contact them.
“Attending the summit is one of the most impactful ways for Daytonians to get involved in their city,” White said in a press release. “I am excited about the new program and crowdsourced connections process because these projects are committed to continuing regardless of winning and attendees will now have a clear understanding of how to get involved in each project.”
2019 UPDATE SUMMIT PROJECT IDEAS (Descriptions provided by UpDayton):
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