5 Reasons To Attend The 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC)

16NTC will be my first time attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and I am really looking forward to it. (And I’m not just saying that because I work here!)

Each day, I get a glimpse at the ideas, programs, and people that make NTC such a wonderful event. Here are a few reasons you might want to join us in San Jose, California March 23-March 25—and register before Early Bird rates end December 15:

1. You’ll Have 100+ Opportunities To Learn

We have over 100 sessions planned on everything from design on a budget and data-driven storytelling to accessibility and working in the Cloud. In addition to the sessions, you’ll have plenty of time to talk to experts, exhibitors, and your peers about the latest changes in tech and how you can deepen your impact.

2. You Can Dig Into Drupal, WordPress, or Salesforce

The NTC Pre-conference on Tuesday, March 22 will include three all-day events: Drupal Day, WordPress Day, and Salesforce Day. If you use any of these tools and want to learn from power users and experts, this is your chance to gain some actionable insights that you can bring back to your organization. More information about Salesforce Day will be available soon, but until then, you can select it as an option in the registration process.

3. You Can Get On Stage!

What better to build Community (and get over your fear of public speaking) than by sharing your experiences with over 2,000 people at an Ignite session? The best way I’ve heard the Ignite sessions described is: “This is not a sales pitch. It’s a passion pitch.” You get five minutes to share your thoughts on one of two themes: Why you love your ___ career or being an NPTech maker.  Even if you don’t want to be on stage, listening to your peers talk about why they love tech, change, and their careers is enough to leave you inspired.  Submit your proposal by December 15 and watch the 15NTC Ignite sessions!

4. You Can Expand (And Serve) Your Community

What people love the most about NTC is the Community, and there are so many ways for you to connect. Love a good party? Be sure to check out our progressive parties (which have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with going from one party to another).  Curious about the nerds behind NTEN? Stop by the NTENer Center where you can meet staff and grab swag. Want to give back to the nonprofit community of San Jose? Sign up for a Day of Service.

5. You Have An A-Team To Help You Out

While we’re proud of all that the Conference has to offer, we know it can be a little daunting if you’ve never attended one before. And if you’re an NTC veteran, you might wonder how this year will be different. To help you out, we’re hosting a webinar Monday, December 7 to give you an inside look at the NTC, what we have in store, and to answer any questions you might have. Sign up for the webinar here. Can’t attend the webinar? We’re always just an email away.

See you in San Jose!

Allison Jones
Allison Jones is NTEN's Marketing & Publications Director. Allison is a Brooklyn girl, currently living in Jersey, who’s passionate about making the world a better place. Before joining NTEN, she worked at Idealist.org where she launched and managed Idealist Careers, a publication for purpose-driven professionals. She’s also written extensively about social impact careers for publications like Fast Company, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and more. She’s thrilled to bring her love of marketing to NTEN to help nonprofits use technology to fulfill their missions.