Submit a session proposal for 21NTC

It’s on! We’re thrilled that the session proposals for the new, virtual 21NTC open next week!

Having a virtual NTC means that many aspects of the conference experience will be different. But we’re following our usual process for facilitating the community-driven program agenda. Here’s the session selection timeline:

  • Proposal Submission Period: October 16–November 6
  • Community Input: November 23–December 4
  • Session Advisory Committee Final Review: December 14–17
  • Session Notifications: January 6

We have a terrific Session Advisory Committee, which has helped us shape the session formats and provided a rich set of suggested session topics. This year, we’re offering three types of sessions:

30 Minute Session 1–2 presenters

Similar to the “Sprint” session of past NTCs, these short sessions are distributed throughout the conference to provide attendees with energizing, fast-paced opportunities to learn from experts in focused topic areas. Do you have a hot take on meeting facilitation? A must-do list for project managers? Top tips for email conversion? Bring a tight, focused presentation with tangible takeaways.

60 Minute Session 2–4 presenters, at least one presenter must represent a nonprofit.

Presenters determine the format and distribution of time. Presenters can collaborate on a single session experience or divide the time to highlight various perspectives and approaches. Think beyond the panel, engage your audience, and send folks off with new ways of approaching their work. Session proposers may submit a session and recruit co-presenters after session acceptance.

60 Minute Workshop 1–3 presenters

You have 60 minutes to help your colleagues kick off their most significant project of the year. What expertise can you share? Organize your proposal around a work product for the audience. It can be a strategy template, project plan, pitch, or another structured tool that you provide the participants. This session should be built around the template so that the audience can “play along at home.” You will guide them in thinking through the big questions and organizing principles that you know are the foundations for success when undertaking a project.

Session proposers should plan sessions that are suited to a virtual conference. There should be careful thought given to keeping remote participants engaged and how to scale the session in real-time depending on attendance.

If you’re reading this and wondering if presenting at 21NTC is for you, YES, it is! Our program is enriched by new voices. Each year, NTEN works hard to feature new folks to the conference or to the NTEN community. If you’ve never been to the NTC or are new to the NTEN community, we encourage you to submit a session proposal. We’re hosting two live events to support folks considering a session proposal. On October 15, we’ll have a community call where NTEN staff will walk you through the session proposal process and take questions from participants. On October 22, we’re holding office hours, a loosely structured informal opportunity to ask questions about the conference, the session proposal process, or your specific proposal idea.

A virtual NTC is a new idea. While there’s still lots to figure out, the NTEN staff is thrilled to steward another exceptional, community-driven event. And we need your help! Applications for the community and accessibility planning committees are open through 10/23. Please apply if you’re interested in helping make the virtual NTC the best online event of the year.

Drew Pizzolato
Senior Program & Product Manager

A passionate advocate for digital inclusion, I joined the NTEN team in 2016 to co-manage the Digital Inclusion Fellowship. Before NTEN, I worked as a staff member supporting a research team at Portland State University. My work supported service and research projects that addressed digital literacy acquisition in health, carceral, and library settings, among others. I have contributed to local efforts and national conferences, lending my voice and management skills to strengthen the movement for digital access for all. I have also worked in professional kitchens and the cookbook section of Powell’s Books. In my role as Senior Program and Product Manager, I connect, communicate, and strategize to improve our tools and programs, recruit faculty, and support our NTC speakers. I'm an avid cook, amateur woodworker, DIYer, and arts enthusiast. Ask me about my $3.50 Le Creuset Dutch oven.