Making Connections

Community is what makes the NTC amazing. There is something for everyone at the NTC.

Online Community Forum

Introduce yourself and connect with other attendees in the 17NTC online community forum. This is a great place to network, find a roommate or a carpool, share conference and travel tips, and get excited about making your way to DC for 17NTC!

Conference App

Coming in March: Download the 17NTC mobile app to find your way around the conference and Exhibit Hall, curate your own personal schedule for easy conference attendance, explore what exhibitors are offering, network with other attendees, and more.

Birds of a Feather

Gather together based on shared interests or identities and have casual conversations during our annual Birds of a Feather (BOF) lunch. Librarians, Drupalists, YNPNers, conservationists, and loads more are already set to meet! See the current schedule of proposed BOF groups or suggest your own.

Dine Around DC

We’re encouraging a new semi self-organized dinner gathering this year: Dine Around DC! Join fellow attendees for small gatherings at nearby restaurants on Friday, March 24 at 6pm. Check the collaborative document to find a reservation that interests you and add your name to reserve your seat. Arrive at the restaurant a little before 6pm. Enjoy conversation in a small group setting, then pay for your own meal when you’re ready to leave.

Self-Organized Community Events

We know the NTEN community will host a ton of great unofficial gatherings while we’re at the NTC together. We’ve created a collaborative document to help community members connect. Want to invite attendees for a pre-plenary jog? Hoping to find some folks to go the Portrait Gallery with you? Want to gather with your fellow knitters? Add your events to the collaborative doc!

NTEN Center

The NTEN Center is our central hub for all things NTEN. Grab a seat, grab some swag, and learn more about NTEN. Visit the NTEN Center and chat with NTEN staff and NTC ambassadors, or just take a breather.

NTC Orientation

Join us for an informal welcome orientation for NTC newbies. Meet with NTEN staff and NTC ambassadors for Q&A and networking. More information to come in.

NTC Ambassadors

We’re looking for a few friendly folks to serve as NTC ambassadors and help us create the vibrant, inclusive community we brag about. If you’re an NTEN member, have attended at least one other NTC, and enjoy meeting and welcoming new people, contact us ( about joining the volunteer ambassador team!