February 24, 2014

Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous 14NTC

14NTC is just around the corner and the community is buzzing with tips, recommendations, and other advice on making your Washington D.C. and NTC experience a rewarding one. We’ll be crossing our fingers for a blizzard-free time (13NTC, anyone?) and some early cherry blossoms. But besides packing that warm jacket just in case, you can plan your D.C. trip with the help of your fellow nonprofit attendees.

Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous 14NTC

10. Login to myNTC, your conference information and connection center. This is your go-to dashboard for all the latest conference details with easy access from your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Find a full list of all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors. Check out the full conference agenda and add events to your calendar. Plus, you can chime into the discussion board, which is a terrific way to discover folks to connect with as you plan your conference experience.

9. Prepare your conference strategy. NTEN Community Member Jason Shim recommends taking notes, and allocate some post-conference time to follow up on all the resources and topics you learned about to start applying these to your work. “Don’t be shy”, says Peter Campbell. “Whomever you start talking with at this conference is going to be an interesting person; they’ll have great stories to tell about their work and their organization, and they’ll be a possible resource to you. Read on for more tips (and maybe add your own). And don’t miss John Kenyon’s blog post on his top tips.

8. Visit a Giant Panda. The National Zoo is just a couple of blocks away from the conference. Admission is free and John Guaragno recommends seeing Bao, the giant panda, who is not yet giant, merely cat-sized.

7. Brush up on your speaking skills. If you’re speaking or presenting at NTC, check out these resources to help you catapult your session from great to fabulous.

6. Find your flock. Join the informal Birds of a Feather discussions to share insights with a group of fellow attendees of a similar background or interest. Want to find other nonprofit folks in your area? Make sure to stop by the 501 Tech Club Happy Hour. This is a chance for any Tech Club member in any city or anyone who’s curious about what 501 Tech Clubs are, to meet face-to-face and learn more.

5. Take in the sites and tastes of DC. NTEN Community Member Bonnie McEwan is looking forward to checking out the new MLK memorial on the mall, and Ivan Boothe suggests a trail along the Potomoc for a nice outdoor view. DC is the town for global foodies and Roshani Kothari has a whole list of tasty places to have a bite. Liz Komper has the sccop on food trucks to check out – and that’s just the beginning of all of the community site-seeing and restaurant recommendations.

4. Grab a pint. Now in its 6th year, #NTCbeer is a great way to kick off your conference experience by grabbing a drink – or two – with new and veteran attendees alike!

3. Continue the party. The socializing doesn’t stop after the day’s sessions. On Thursday, March 13, join Idealist Consulting’s NPO Party (pre-registration required), and then on Friday, March 14 get ready for the Progressive Party at night. This year there will be four parties to keep the conference groove going (and they are free for NTC attendees). Learn more about the Progressive Parties on myNTC.

2. Let the games begin! Never mind the Olympics; the NTC Geek Games are a true test of your geek strength. Come join us for fun and games at our second annual Geek Games. Make sure to bring your brain power to compete in Geek Bingo, a helicopter obstacle course, karaoke, and dodgeball! Live music will be provided by the band, Pirates for Sail (yes, pirates!).

1. Start tweeting. Follow the #14NTC hashtag for the conference buzz, pictures, and updates. We’ll also have a conference hashtag for sustainability: #14NTCgreen. During the conference, help us spot examples of sustainability efforts, and send us your suggestions and ideas!

See you in DC!

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Megan Keane
Megan is a long-time San Francisco bay area resident with an extensive nonprofit background in community management, social media, and volunteer management. She's a problem solver and network builder passionate about connecting with people both on and offline. As NTEN's Membership Director, Megan supports the NTEN community, helping others connect, learn, and make the most of technology, and has spoken internationally on nonprofit technology. While she's not online, Megan can be found teaching or practicing yoga, hiking, or curling up with a good book. She's also a self-professed penguin nutcase, er, enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter: @penguinasana
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