Eric Null, Brandi Collins-Dexter, and Deb Socia presenting at the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference in New Orleans

19NTC Session Proposals: Updates & Changes

In a little over a week, we open up the community-driven process to gather session proposals for the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon.

Session proposals open on July 9, 2018. Every year we look for opportunities to improve the process. Below are the key changes and updates we’ve made this year.

Increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion

NTEN has increased our commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion overall, as well as its influence on the proposal and session selection process. In particular, the Session Advisory Committee will be using this as a specific filter during their voting, which carries 40% of the aggregate score for sessions.

Overall limits increase

As the overall number of sessions has increased over the last few years, it makes sense that the associated opportunities for community members to make contributions to the educational sessions would as well. As a result, the following limits have been increased.

  • Limit of proposals per organization: From 3 to 5
  • Limit of sessions to present on (individual/organization): From 2 to 3

Session length decreases

While 90 minutes is a great length for sessions in general, the feedback we have heard is that it becomes a bit tedious over the course of a multi-day conference. As a result, this year we will be experimenting with a 75-minute session length to help with the overall pace, and to create space in the agenda for an additional session time slot.

New session category: Tactical

To further explore new formats, we are also adding a new session type this year. Tactical sessions will be just 30 minutes long, with a tight focus on immediately applicable skills and tips for attendees. To create equity, for these presenters (versus sessions in other categories), selected sessions will run twice back to back. Although sessions run twice, they only count as a single session toward limits.

NTC Session Advisory Committee increase

The NTC Session Advisory Committee consists of community members selected based on expertise in particular content areas. Each member is assigned to a particular session category where their votes contribute to 40% of the overall aggregate score for sessions during the voting stage of the process. This year, each category has assigned five committee members rather than three in the previous year.

Have additional questions or want to learn more? Join us for a free community call on July 19.

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.