July 6, 2017

Submit your session proposal for the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference

We are excited to announce that session proposals are now open for the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference!

Quick details:

  • The 18NTC will be held in New Orleans from April 11 to 13.
  • Proposals will be accepted from July 10, 2017 to August 18, 2017.
  • Submit your session proposal (you’ll need to log in with your nten.org account).

Below, I’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind when crafting your proposal. For full details, please be sure to review the Guidelines and FAQs. You can also sign up for our free community call on July 20 to learn more.

Suggested topics

This year we’ve created a list of suggested topics for each topic category. These suggestions are based on attendee feedback from 17NTC, input from the NTC Session Advisory Group, and community feedback throughout the year in our various community spaces.

Proposals are not restricted to the suggested topics so feel free to propose your best session idea, even if it’s not on the list.

Suggestions for a strong proposal

Here are a few things to consider when putting together your proposal(s).

Location and attendees

While attendees come from all over North America and beyond each year, there are always a high number of local folks as well. In New Orleans, this means we’ll likely have slightly more organizations with a rural focus, that work in communities of color, and that are small-to-medium in terms of size.

Practical application

Attendees are professionals working for and in the nonprofit sector. To make your proposal compelling, make it clear what problems your session helps address, what the tangible learning objectives will be, and any practical takeaways.

Nonprofit perspective

Each session must include and represent a nonprofit perspective in the speaker lineup and content. Make this clear in the title and description to help a proposal gain greater support throughout the selection process.

Diversity of perspectives

Attendees at the conference are a diverse and dynamic community. They are looking for content that reflects that as well. Make sure your proposal clearly articulates a diverse range of voices, perspectives, and content to find wider support.

Understand the guidelines

There are a number of guidelines for sessions at the NTC. These support what attendees have come to expect from sessions at the event. Making sure your session proposal and (and eventual session, if chosen) can meet these guidelines from the start will make for a smoother process overall.

Looking back, I can see that speaking at NTC bolstered me for future speaking opportunities…. NTEN has been indispensable for me gaining confidence and sharing my expertise with others. I’m not sure I would have gotten that anywhere else. – Liza Dyer, Multnomah County Library

Who should submit a proposal

Submissions are open to the public, regardless of NTEN membership status or previous roles within the NTEN community.

In particular, individuals and organizations who have not presented previously at an NTC and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to share proposals.

Support from NTEN and the community

There are multiple ways you can find support this year, from community calls to open offices hours and even our new peer review resources. Get the full details in the Guidelines and FAQ resource.

Want more information?

Community Call
Below are the slides from the community call that took place on July 20 to talk through further details. You can also access the full recording of the event here.

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Ash Shepherd
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. He is a well respected public speaker and has developed numerous nonprofit resources including the Nonprofit Social Media Audit and co-authored the Social Media Road Map.