18NTC Session Proposals: Updates & Changes

It’s that time of year again when we start talking about proposals for the next Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). We’ve been gathering feedback over the past few years and have some updates to share, including a revamped timeline.

Proposal Guidance

Previously, there was minimal guidance offered about desired topics at the beginning of the process for public submission of session proposals. This meant the content of proposals was largely driven by what folks felt could get them votes in the public voting stage alone.

Going forward, we will be working closely with the new Session Advisory Committee (see below) to provide better guidance on the types of sessions and topics we’ll be looking for in our session selection process.  

New Timeline

We have heard on a fairly consistent basis that folks would like to see the timeline shortened so that proposals could be shared closer to the actual time of the conference. This year we will be able to shorten the overall timeline by roughly two months.

  • July: Public proposals due
  • August: Voting & advisory committee review
  • September: Final review & agenda building
  • October 3: Notifications sent


There will continue to be both a public and private voting component to our community-driven process. Previously, voting happened in a linear fashion, with public voting taking place prior to private voting by the NTC Steering Committee and NTEN staff. All voting will now take place during the same time period.

NTC Session Advisory Committee

Previously the NTC Steering Committee, the new Session Advisory Committee will be a smaller group with a tightly defined role. Each member will be selected to specifically represent a particular content area. They will also play a more proactive and influential role in setting the agenda for the educational content of the conference. Learn more and apply.

Final Selection

The final selection of sessions will continue to be a combination of public voting results and private voting. The major shift is that the private voting will be more directly aligned with building a balanced agenda based on the defined desired topics, as well as identifying missing content in the agenda.

NTC Community Committee

New this year! Help support the NTEN community and shape NTC community programming via the NTC Community Committee. This team will help us build on and explore new ways to make the conference more welcoming and inclusive and give input on existing NTC community events such as the lunchtime Birds of a Feather gatherings, Dine Around NOLA, and others. Learn more and apply.

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.