This could be you leading a session at 20NTC!

Submit your proposal for the 2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference (20NTC)

We’re excited to tell you session proposals are open for the 2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference (20NTC) happening in Baltimore MD, March 24–26, 2020! This includes proposals for both educational sessions and Ignites.

Proposals are accepted from July 8 to August 11.

If you’re familiar with our community-driven process, please take a minute to learn what has changed for 20NTC.

You can always find all the information you need regarding process, requirements, and more by visiting the 20NTC Session Proposal Guidelines & FAQs.

As always, there are a few things to keep in mind as you craft your proposals. Here are some resources and suggestions to help get you started.

Suggested topics

Based on feedback from the last NTC and input from the current Session Advisory Committee, we provided a list of suggested topics. Proposals are in no way required to adhere to what is suggested in these lists. They are provided as a way of sharing what the community (and those that will be sharing input on your proposals) have indicated they see as priority topics. View the 20NTC Suggested Topics.

Highlight diverse perspectives

NTEN has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and sessions are expected to be aligned with this focus. Your proposal should clearly articulate a diverse range of voices, perspectives, and content to help it find wide support both with the community and the Session Advisory Committee, which will be using this as one of their review criteria.

Be clear who is a good fit

With anywhere from 15 to 20 concurrent sessions attendees have a lot to choose from in terms of sessions. The more you can clarify in your session title and description who is the right fit for your session the better your chances of getting support for selection and the right audience in the room at the event.

An obvious focus on the practical application

Attendees are looking for tips, strategies, and tools they can put to use immediately. Ensuring your session proposal has a clear connection to practical application goes a long way in terms of building support for your session.

Nonprofit perspective included

Each session is required to include a nonprofit perspective, with the exception of the short format sessions. Making it clear in your proposal how this is already included or how you intend to include it will be important to be both considered for and move forward if your session is selected.

Know the guidelines

Sessions at the NTC have guidelines for what goes into creating the high-quality experience attendees have come to expect. Ensuring your proposals clearly meet these guidelines increases your likelihood of building community support and selection. Please review the guidelines.

Who should submit a proposal?

Submissions are open to the public, regardless of NTEN membership status or previous participation within the NTEN community. We strongly encourage individuals and organizations who have not presented at an NTC and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives to submit proposals.

Get support from NTEN and the community

There are multiple ways you can find support throughout the proposal process, including open offices hours and a peer review community group. Get the full details in the Guidelines and FAQ resource.

Want more information?

Join us for a community call, Tuessday, July 9. We’ll share details on the overall process and what happens when a proposal moves into the various stages of the selection process. We’ll also answer any other questions you have about how you can be part of building the educational program for 20NTC.

You can also always reach out to us at with any specific questions.

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.