Apra Expanse 2023

Apra Expanse 2023

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    • Non-member - $510
    • Professional Member - $390
    • Associate Member - $390

Apra Expanse is the next evolution in Apra’s efforts to share the latest advances in data science. This two-day deep dive is designed to appeal to a broad range of data science and prospect development professionals through engaging and interactive content.

This virtual convening on the future of data science sits at the intersection of emerging technology and philanthropy. Apra Expanse will bring together data scientists, researchers, designers, and industry and advancement professionals around topical co-production sessions to promote focused interactions and connections. We will provide unprecedented opportunities for our community to dive deep into critical contemporary issues around topics such as data privacy, transparency, and corporate responsibility.

Apra is a recognized leader in strategic practices for professionals utilizing analytical skills, data-driven insights, and collaborative relationships to advance the missions of philanthropic institutions. Apra Expanse creates the space from which the most important and difficult problems in data science can be discussed, and practical, real-world solutions can be developed in co-production with practitioners from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.


"As Web3 takes shape, the need has emerged to create new tools to fund the development of this public good. This evolution has paved the way for data scientists, development professionals, and philanthropists to pioneer a new way of approaching Philanthropy as a whole. At Apra Expanse 2023, we will do just that: build a new means of funding the initiatives that matter most." - Pavel Rutherford, Apra Expanse Event Chair.

Apra’s Data Science Committee organizes and develops the programming for this program to ensure the relevance of content and diversification of perspectives.

April 25, 2023

All times are in Central Time Zone (CST)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introduction

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Class I - Smart Contracts

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.   Class II - Decentralized Applications (dApps)

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.     Hypercerts: A Protocol for Rewarding Impact


April 26, 2023

All times are in Central Time Zone (CST)

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks and Project Introduction

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Hackathon Session I - Healthcare

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.      Hackathon Session II - Community Development

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      Closing Remarks

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2023 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    In her remarks, Dr. Angela Becerra Vidergar will draw from her experience as a writer, producer, and university instructor to address the need for novel infrastructures to support the sustained growth of new spaces for cultural exploration. She connects lessons learned from teaching the rhetoric of space exploration at Stanford University and ventures in open-source publishing as sandboxes for thinking through the mechanisms that can make or break emerging frontiers such as the Web3 revolution.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2023 at 12:30 PM (EDT)

    A smart contract is a self-executing contract with the terms of the agreement between buyer and seller (or donor and organization) being directly written into lines of code. This session will focus on the computational element of blockchain technology. Smart contracts allow for implementing user-defined operations of arbitrary complexity that are not possible through plain cryptocurrency protocols. They are a powerful feature that, when properly designed and coded, can result in autonomous, efficient, and transparent systems. Participants will design and program smart contracts in Python and test and deploy them in a development environment.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2023 at 1:45 PM (EDT)

    Decentralized Applications, or dApps, are applications that are run in a decentralized computing system, like a blockchain. This guide will introduce what dApps are and how dApps are architected and implemented on the blockchain.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2023 at 2:45 PM (EDT)

    Building on Class I and II content, participants will be introduced to Hypercerts: a tool to build scalable retrospective reward systems for impact. In his role as the Head of Research at Protocol Labs, Evan Miyazono is at the cutting edge of what the future of philanthropy may look like. He will present the notion that coordination and collaboration are the keys to solving the world's greatest challenges. Leveraging tools built in his lab, he’ll articulate the role that Development Professionals can play in a new fundraising landscape.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    After a review of lessons learned from Day 1, Dr. Daniel Enos and Pavel Rutherford will discuss a Stanford University initiative being undertaken in Chile. Stanford Solutions is launching an observational study to validate an effective treatment that could halt the onset of renal failure in dialysis patients. The challenge will be to track the impact of the treatment as well as fund its subsequent clinical trials. Dr. Enos will discuss the other issues tied to poor kidney health in Chile, as well as the issues that may be faced during the observational study itself.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2023 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Participants will be embedded within teams led by builders in the Web3 space. Each team will have 40 minutes to build a Hypercert and the relevant funding framework for the Stanford Observational Study Project. Team leads in Data Science, UX Design, and Data Visualization will walk embedded attendees through their design process while also receiving input from the group on donor or development operations concerns. Each team will then combine their respective work and present a final product.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2023 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    The panel will sit down with Team leads and Dr. Enos to discuss issues encountered during Hackathon Session I and use cases of the new application in other sectors.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Using the framework from Hackathon Session I, Teams will build a Hypercert for use within the Community Development fundraising context. Measuring impact for current and potential donors will be the focus while also facilitating meaningful engagement with the organization itself.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/26/2023 at 3:15 PM (EDT)

    Join the Expanse Faculty to wrap up the event with where we're headed next and opportunities to take action.