17NTC Session Proposal Guidelines & FAQs

presenter3Thank you for your interest speaking at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), which will be held March 23-25, 2017 in Washington D.C.!


  • Public Proposals: May 25 – Jul 1
  • Public Voting: Jul 5 – Aug 1
  • Jury Voting: Aug 2 – Aug 31
  • Final Review: Sep 1 – Sep 28
  • Notifications: Sep 29

Public Proposals happen here.


Number of Speakers
Each session is expected to have at least two speakers that represent different organizations. Both for risk management purposes and to ensure a diverse range of voices and perspectives are represented in each session. There is also a limit of a total of four presenters (or three presenters plus a moderator, in the case of a panel discussion).

NTEN and it’s community place a high value on including a diverse range of voices in every session, in particular those from nonprofits and underrepresented communities. Sessions proposals are strongly encouraged to reflect this value in both the individuals participating as presenters and in the content delivered.

Nonprofit Voice
Each session is expected to incorporate a nonprofit voice within the lineup of presenters. If a session is selected and is unable to find an presenter from a nonprofit NTEN and the 17NTC Steering Committee can offer assistance in finding an appropriate match.

Tool Agnostic
As is the case with all of NTEN’s educational content NTC sessions should be tool agnostic. That is to say that specific tools can certainly be shared as resources but a session should not focus on one particular tool or service provider. We do this to ensure the focus of each session is on strategies, best-practices and resources that are applicable to a wide range of participants.

Each session is 90 minutes. The specific format for each session (panel, workshop, etc) should be driven by desired outcomes of the specific session and clear to attendees from the session description.

Advanced Sessions
We are working to incorporate more Advanced sessions into the agenda this year. Selection of advanced sessions will primarily be driven by demand as determined by voting and a presenter’s indicated willingness to make their session advanced.

Speaker Registration
All presenters must pay a discounted conference registration fee of $429. We do reserve set number of scholarships specifically to support presenters from nonprofit organizations for whom cost would be a major barrier to participation. We are also able to accommodate speakers who are only participating in their session and no other aspects of the conference with a free “session-only” registration for.


Are there particular topics in high demand?
How are sessions organized at the NTC?
Who can submit a proposal?
Can I propose a keynote address or an Ignite talk?
Can I propose a session if I don’t want to lead it?
Are bilingual session proposals accepted?
What are the review guidelines?
What happens next?
I’m ready! Where do I submit my proposal?
Who is on the 17NTC Steering Committee?


Are there particular topics in high demand?

The following list of suggestions is based on demand at the 16NTC, attendee survey feedback, and input from the 17NTC Steering Committee.

This is only a list of suggested topics. It is certainly not exhaustive or a requirement that proposals focus on one of the listed items. With 100+ sessions in the final program there is room for lots of topics.

  • Accessibility: Website, Social Media, Devices.
  • Process & Team Structures: Product Mangers, Agile, Digital First
  • Imagery: Permissions, Appropriate Representation, Asset Management
  • Leadership: Inclusion, Diversity, Accountability
  • Measurement: Data, Metrics & Goals
  • Content: Strategy, Creation, Management, Repurposing
  • Fundraising: Digital Campaigns, Muti-Channel Strategies
  • Funding for Technology and Digital Communications

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How are session organized at the NTC?

Based on feedback from past attendees, we don’t organize the conference by track. But we do create a programming lineup that represents a healthy balance of sessions categorized around the following themes:

Communications and Digital Strategy
These sessions focus on ideas and examples to help spread the word about your work and build and strengthen relationships with your community. In these sessions, participants should have a chance to learn about successful (and failed) efforts to integrate new communications technologies and tactics while also receiving tangible guidance and inspiration for their own communications programs.

These sessions are designed to help attendees learn about such topics as: Which fundraising technologies are working (and not working); how to evaluate and select fundraising tools and CRM systems; best practices in using and supporting fundraising tools and systems; and new ideas and trends

IT Staff
These sessions are for staff and consultants who manage and support technology infrastructure. This is a resource-sharing track for all nonprofit techies, so no matter how they arrived at their roles, participants are looking to share success stories and challenges, voice concerns, and glean wisdom from one another.

What role does technology play in our organizations? How can NTC attendees help their organizations reach that vision? What frameworks will help them make smart tech decisions and manage change? Participants in these sessions should have a chance to grapple with these questions and more.

These sessions are designed for individuals on the front lines, serving their communities. Introduce them to some of today’s cutting edge applications or methodologies—from location-based services to effective strategies for tracking and using data for organizational impact—and help them better understand how technology can increase not only their efficiency, but also their effectiveness.

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Who can submit a proposal?

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status or previous roles within the community. In particular, individuals and organizations that have not presented previously at an NTC event and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to participate.
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Can I propose a keynote address or an Ignite talk?

Thanks for your interest! Our keynote speakers are by invitation only. If you’re interested in submitting an Ignite talk proposal, please stay tuned to the conference site for more details.
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Can I propose a session if I don’t want to lead it?

Absolutely. Our goal is to select topics that will be relevant to all attendees, and we can’t do that without your suggestions! Simply submit a proposal and indicate that you don’t want to present the session yourself under the “Session Type” field on the session proposal form.
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Are bilingual session proposals accepted?

Presentations can be delivered bilingually or in English. If your presentation serves a bilingual community, please provide us with a translation.

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What are the review guidelines?

Community Voting
Community voting is open to anyone to participate. Individuals are limited to only one vote on a particular session but unlimited votes overall.

Jury Voting
Jury voting is private round of voting comprised of NTEN staff and the 17NTC Steering Committee which is made up of a group of leaders within the nonprofit technology community that are representative of the larger community.

Questions Jury voters will have in mind when considering sessions include:

  • Is proposal content of current interest or an emerging topic?
  • Has proposal content been implemented?
  • Is the proposal an innovative solution, or does it offer a fresh treatment?
  • Does the proposal address or support solving significant problems in nonprofit technology?
  • Is the outcome or takeaway clearly defined so that the audience clearly knows what they’re leaving with?
  • Does the session designer/speaker have expertise in this topic?

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What happens next?

Starting on September 29, 2016 you will have received notification about the status of your proposal. If not, please contact the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference staff.

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I’m ready! Where do I submit my proposal?

You can submit your proposal by visiting the our Session Proposal page of this site.

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Who is on the 17NTC Steering Committee?

We are excited to have our largest group ever of amazing community volunteers helping shape the focus and educational content for 17NTC.

Alaina Pitt, Welcoming America
Amanda Johnston, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Andrea Berry, Maine Initiatives Community Foundation
Anthony Caufield, Three Square
Ari Gluck, Independant Thoughtrepeneur and Do Gooder @ Large
Ashleigh Turner, Options for Sexual Health
Birgit Pauli-Haack, NPTechProjects
Brianna Doxzen, Last Call Media
Burt Edwards, Interaction
Cary Walski, MSP NP TechClub
Cathy Whitlock, National Parkinson Foundation
Chris Tuttle, Tuttle Communications
Cindy Leonard , Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at RMU
Cristen English, Creative Suitcase
Debra Askanase, Community Organizer 2.0
Emily Weinberg, APA
Erika Roach, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
Francis Miles, Feba Radio UK
James Porter, The END Fund
Jane Sands, Planned Parenthood Northern California
Jeanne Allen, Jeanne Allen Consulting and NCTech4Good
Jennifer Jordan, Kids’ Food Basket
June Reyes, Willamette Partnership
Kara Whaley, Annevar Media, LLC
Kellie Brownell, Giant Rabbit LLC
Kim Hearn, Icing Smiles
Kristal Johnson, FundJoy LLC
Lauren Girardin, Lauren Girardin Consulting
Lokyee Au, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Margaux O’Malley, Grand Junction Design / NTEN’s Drupal online community group
Mark Hallman, Evergreen Digital Marketing
Mary Beth Harrington, 501c3 – Taking Nonprofits to the Third Power
Norman Reiss, Center for Court Innovation
Peter Panepento, Panepento Strategies
Roshani Kothari, D-Tree International
Sue Anne Reed, The Engage Group
Susan Barrows Libby, InsideNGO
Tara Collins, RUPCO
Therese Edney, Saint Louis Science Center
Todd Tolbert, The Internet Society
Vered Meir, Year Up