17NTC: Let The Voting Begin!

The voting period on session proposals for the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference (17NTC) has begun! After more than a month of gathering session proposals, we open up public voting to gather additional feedback to further refine the agenda.

This community-driven process helps us build the most relevant agenda possible for 17NTC in Washington D.C. on March 23-25, 2017.

Voting: Open from July 5 – August 1

Review Proposals & Vote Today


Below are some answers to frequently asked questions to get you started.

Do I need to log in to vote?
Yes. This allows us to ensure individuals can only vote once on each submission, are able to change their votes throughout the Voting Stage, and are associated with comments (which builds transparency and accountability).

Are there any restrictions on who can vote?
No, voting is open to anyone. All you need is a login to participate. Don’t have one? Take a few moments to quickly create one here and you’ll be ready to participate.

Is there a single sign-on?
Yup, this year we have moved the voting system onto our own website so all you need to do is login with your usual NTEN account and you are all set.

Can I change my votes?
Yes. At any point during the Community Voting phase, you can log in and change your votes. Use the “Proposals I’ve Voted On” link in the side menu to quickly see a concise list.

Can others see what I voted on?
No. Users (and proposal authors) can only see how many votes a particular submission has, but not who is associated with those votes.

How can I find submissions on topics I am interested in?
With over 500 proposals, there are many to choose from. You can narrow down the field of sessions by topics that interest you in a couple of ways:

  • Use the search box in the upper left-hand corner to search for terms and keywords
  • Click on relevant tags to see related submissions

Can I encourage people to vote for a session?
Yes, we encourage you to share sessions you have voted on and are excited about seeing on the agenda.

We discourage participants from engaging in “voting campaigns” to directly solicit votes (e.g., sending out email blasts) for only their own sessions as this is counter to the spirit of a community-driven approach to building an overall program vs trying to win a contest.

Comments are open on session detail pages and a great way to further engagement with others in the community. Ask additional questions, share suggestions or support, and start building connections with others in the community.

How are the final sessions selected?
Final selection of sessions is based on two elements:

  1. Total aggregate score:
    • Community Vote 50%
    • Steering Committee Vote 30%
    • NTEN Staff Vote 20%
  2. Ensuring a balance of topics from the top-ranked sessions

For example, even if 10 sessions focused on Website Design were in the top 100 of total sessions, only 1-2 would be added to the program to make sure the final program covers an appropriate range of topics.

Getting Started
Ready to start voting? Head on over to the 17NTC Proposals page and start voting today.

If you have any additional question you can also reach out to us at events@nten.org or on Twitter @NTENorg

Ash Shepherd
Education Director
Ash has been in love with the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades, where he has worked in the areas of conservation, environmental education, social work, youth program development, and technology consulting. He has been an active member of the NTEN Community, serving as a co-organizer of Portland’s 501 Tech Club, and completing a three-year term on the NTEN: Change Journal's Editorial Committee. Ash earned a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Management and a Masters in Environment and Development from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.