Dreamforce’s Silver Lining – Looking forward to giving back

August 22, 2011 Appirio
Narinder Singh

We’ve always believed that one “silver lining” of cloud computing is its accessibility– it makes technology that’s traditionally only been accessible to the largest organizations in the world available to organizations without many resources at all– including non profits, thanks in part to the generosity of our partners at Salesforce and Google.  Making that promise a reality is what led us to launch Appirio’s Silver Lining program– using our time, our talent and our technology for social good.

As always, giving back will be a big theme at this month’s Dreamforce conference. We wanted to take a minute to share some of the activities we’re most excited about, including the launch of a fun new Silver Lining program we’re calling “Extreme Cloud Makeover– Non-Profit Edition.”

Giving back
With nearly 100 Appirian’s at Dreamforce, we’re making the most of the opportunity to give back at the event itself.  Look for our “Silver Lining” t-shirts as Appirians help with Project Night Night and UCSF Children’s Hospital Amenity Kit creation. And of course, as a “Platinum” sponsor for the Alanis Morrisette concert to benefit the  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, we’re looking forward to helping top the amazing $3M raised for this great cause last year.

Looking forward
But of course, Dreamforce is the starting line for giving back, not the finish line. We’re looking forward to using the entire week to engage with the non-profit community and identify ways for us to have even more impact in the days ahead.

To do that, we’re excited to announce the launch of our “Extreme Cloud Makeover– Non-Profit Edition.” The idea is to send the staff of one lucky non-profit home on an upcoming Friday afternoon with a system that just isn’t quite there. and return Monday morning to flexible, effective, cloud-based systems that users love. We’ll extend your existing salesforce.com implementation, “extreme makeover” style, with a bunch of Appirans contributing their cloud expertise all weekend long. This has been one of the most popular contributions this year in Appirio’s Ideas Community, and we’re excited that so many Appirians are willing to donate their time and talent towards such a good cause.

Get involved
Sound interesting, for your non-profit or one you’re involved with?  Nominate yourself here. We’ll select a winner for the makeover based on the opportunity for us to have significant impact over the course of a weekend, so be as specific as possible about how we can extend your Salesforce implementation. We’ll also be selecting up to 3 runners-up to benefit from free contests that we’ll sponsor on our rapidly growing CloudSpokes developer community.

Dreamforce is always an exciting time for the non-profit community. We’re thrilled to have our own non-profit customers, including MOMA, Architecture for Humanity, and JDRF, share the success they’ve already experienced in the non-profit track. We’re excited to put in some elbow grease at the event itself. And of course, we can’t wait to meet the first winner of our “Cloud Makeover!”

See you at Dreamforce,
@singhns

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Nominate yourself for “Extreme Cloud Makeover– Non-Profit Edition”

Note: Nominations are due by end of September – so get your nomination in NOW!

Imagine going home on an upcoming Friday afternoon with brittle, expensive on-premise systems that users barely tolerate and returning Monday morning to flexible, effective, cloud-based systems that users love!

That’s the magic of a “Cloud Makeover.”  Appirio is looking for a lucky non-profit salesforce customer to work with, “extreme makeover” style, with a bunch of Appirans contributing their cloud expertise over an intense weekend. We want to dramatically extend how you use salesforce. This has been one of the most popular contributions this year in Appirio’s own internal “Ideas” community, and we’re excited that so many Appirians are willing to donate their time and talent towards such a good cause.

Do YOU want an extreme cloud makeover? Fill out this form. We’ll select a winner for the makeover based on the opportunity for us to have significant impact over the course of a weekend, so be as specific as possible. We’ll also be selecting 3 runners-up to benefit from free contests that we’ll sponsor on our rapidly growing CloudSpokes developer community.

NOMINATE YOUR ORGANIZATION HERE

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