Step onto the NTC stage with an Ignite or Featured Session

At NTEN, we often talk about the role we play in this community as creating a stage for you to share your success stories and lessons learned, find and connect with others, and highlight the important work being done every day. During the NTC, that stage becomes quite literal. And you can be on it!

There are two opportunities to speak at 19NTC that are open now even though the main agenda is set. Both of these opportunities require an application form and you have until December 7 to submit. All applicants will be notified about selection status by December 21. Check out the information below and share with your friends and colleagues.

Featured Sessions

The majority of the NTC agenda is designed by the community. As the NTC host, NTEN reserves these six sessions to hold space for conversations we want to ensure make it onto the agenda and as a whole represent some of the most challenging and important topics right now.

Last year was the first time we included Featured Sessions in the agenda and we curated them behind the scenes. This year, we want to change that and make it a more public and transparent process. We will select 2-4 presenters for each topic, using the same guidelines as the other sessions (emphasis on a diversity of perspectives, experience, and identities, as well as including nonprofit voices, etc.). NTC presenters have been experienced public speakers and people who’ve never had an opportunity to speak into a microphone – people of all experience levels, backgrounds, job types, and mission areas are welcome to apply.

There are six broad topics that you can apply for. We will select a diverse group of applicants to co-present and share their different experiences and ideas on the topic.

Check out the topics and apply!

Ignites from the Mainstage

On the second day of the conference, over 2,000 attendees will join together to start the day with inspiration and laughter as 5 individuals take the mainstage to present. The Ignite format means each person will have exactly 5 minutes, with their 20 presentation slides automatically advancing every 15 seconds. We’ve had Ignites at the NTC for years and they are always a highlight, referenced by the community even years later.

This year, we’ve set our stage to be a place for you to tell the story of how you’ve used the internet to make an impact – on your organization, your community, or the world. Think really big or think really small; however you’ve harnessed technology, especially the internet, to move your goals and mission forward, we want to hear about it and we know that your fellow NTC attendees do, too. Whether you’re an experienced public speaker or have never spoken into a microphone, know that we are here to support you telling your story – we provide 1:1 coaching and training to be sure you are ready to do your best.

Learn more about Ignites (and watch some from previous years) and apply!

Amy Sample Ward
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations. Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.