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.