August 22, 2017

18NTC session voting now open!

Community voting on session proposals for the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (18NTC) has begun!

Every year we use a community-driven process to develop the agenda. It started with a six-week period to gather session proposals from the community. Now you have the opportunity to vote on the sessions you want (and need) to see at the conference.

Below are some updates about process improvements this year and some commonly asked questions so you have everything you need to jump in and start voting.

Voting: Open from August 21 to September 1

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Improvements This Year

Search

We fine tuned the search feature in the proposal list to give you a better experience. By pulling from the title, description, and other fields not visible on the public display, your searches will now give you more relevant results so you can vote for all the sessions you want to see.

Randomized list view

Giving every session fair representation is another area where we made big improvements this year. The list of proposals is randomized for each voter and also remembered for that individual.

It doesn’t matter if a proposal came in on the first or last day, the title starts with an A or a Z or has a certain number of votes. By caching your personal randomized view, we’ve made it easier for you to know where you are in the overall list.

My votes

We also made it is easier for you to see exactly which sessions you have already voted on and which ones you have already read. Think of it as building your own dream agenda.

Two weeks for voting

We know summer is a busy time and having clear deadlines can be helpful for not putting things off. To help you avoid the classic “I can get to that later” summer scenario, we have shortened the voting period down to just two weeks this year: August 21 to September 1.

Dive in, show some voting love and get on to your busy fall schedules.

Common Questions

Do I need to log in to vote?

Yes. This allows us to make sure each person can only vote once on each submission and is able to change their votes throughout the voting stage.

Are there any restrictions on who can vote?

No, voting is open to anyone. All you need is to log in to your NTEN account. Don’t have one? Take a moment to quickly create your account and you’ll be ready to participate.

Can I change my votes?

Yes. At any point up until September 1, you can log in and change your votes.

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 cast those votes.

How can I find submissions on topics I am interested in?

With hundreds of 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.
  • Choose 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—this is counter to the spirit of a community-driven approach to building an overall program (not just trying to win a contest).

How are the final sessions selected?

Final selection of sessions is based on two elements:

  • Total aggregate score:
    • Community Vote 60%
    • Steering Committee Vote 40%
  • 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 or 2 would be added to the program to make sure the final program covers an appropriate range of topics.

Ready to start voting?

Head on over the 18NTC proposal page and start voting today.
If you have any additional questions, you can also reach out to us at events@nten.org or find us on Twitter at @ntenorg.

Review Proposals & Vote Today

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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.
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