December 20, 2016

5 Reasons To Attend the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference

If you’ve never attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference, you might be wondering what the fuss is all about. Here at NTEN HQ, we’re working hard to make sure that it’s an event unlike any other.

1. Professional Development

With help from our community of nonprofit technology professionals, we’ve curated over 100 educational sessions in 5 categories: fundraising, marketing & communications, leadership, IT, and programs. If you use technology in your nonprofit job, we’ve got great opportunities for you to advance your professional development. Sessions at the 17NTC will qualify for CAE and CFRE credits, making the NTC the best deal around for those working towards certification.

2. Exhibits

Our exhibit hall will feature over 150 exhibitors, giving you a chance to experience the latest in tools and technologies designed specifically for your work. Whether you are interested in shopping for new software, checking out a tool at the demo stage, getting a fresh headshot for your profile, or making memories with friends at our photo booth, the exhibit hall has something for everyone.

3. Community

Community is what sets the NTC apart. In addition to all the formal programming, we’ve put together numerous opportunities for attendees to meet and make meaningful connections in small group settings. Here’s just a sampling: Gather with attendees with similar affinities or interests at a lunchtime Birds of a Feather table. Hang out and chat with NTEN staff and volunteers in our cozy lounges. Have a good meal and explore DC—join five other attendees for dinner at nearby restaurants (we’ll make the reservations. You meet your new friends and colleagues and select and pay for meal you want, in a relaxing, small-group setting).

4. Salons

New this year, the 17NTC will host six Salons focused on two different technologies each day. We’re planning a WordPress Salon, Drupal Salon, a Microsoft Salon, a Salesforce Salon, and more! Each Salon space will be open throughout the day, and will include short sessions (like 20-minute demos or walk-throughs etc.), alongside opportunities for one-on-one consulting, helpdesk-type Q&A, and more. The sessions in the Salons will run concurrently along the regular NTC breakout sessions but because they are so short in duration, attendees can pop in or drop by throughout the day.

5. We’re here to help!

Amy Sample Ward, CEO, and Andrea Post, Conference Manager, recorded an orientation presentation to share more about the events in store for you at the 17NTC and how you can make the most of your NTC experience. If this will be your first NTC, this is a terrific way to find out what to expect, tips, and best of all, all the ways you can find and network with your nonprofit peers.

In the meantime, visit our conference site to register and to get the latest conference news and information.

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Bethany Lister
Bethany has been involved in some aspect of nonprofit nerdery for most of her career. Ask her about Portland’s fabulous NTEN Nonprofit Tech Club, PDXTech4Good, or the technology reuse and education nonprofit, Free Geek. She is all the time trying to be a better advocate for diversity and inclusiveness in tech. Her latest extracurricular adventures include: learning Spanish, knitting her first sweater, and dragon boating (not simultaneously). Bethany likes cats.
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