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Submit Your Session Proposal for the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference (17NTC)

We are excited to announce the session proposal stage is now open for the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference (17NTC) happening in Washington D.C. March 23-25, 2017!

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted May 25, 2016 – July 1, 2016.

You can submit your session proposal here (you’ll need to log in with your nten.org account).

Below, we’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind when crafting your proposal. For full details, please be sure to review the Guidelines and FAQs. You can also sign up for our free community call, happening on June 9, to learn more.

Suggestions for a Good Proposal
There are a few things to consider when putting together your proposal(s).


While attendees come from all over North America and beyond each year, there are always a high number of local folks as well. In Washington D.C. this means we’ll likely have more organizations with an international focus, and of the medium-to-large scale in terms of size.


Attendees are professionals working for and in the nonprofit sector. To make your proposal compelling, be sure to make it clear what problems the your session helps address, how what will be shared is practical, and what the tangible takeaways will be.

Hot Topics

The following is a list of topics and focus areas that are of particular interest in the community. This list is based on feedback from the community, participation at other training events in the past year, and direct feedback from the 17NTC Steering Committee.

  • Accessibility: Website, Social Media, Devices
  • Process & Team Structures: Product Mangers, Agile, Digital First
  • Imagery: Permissions, Appropriate Representation, Asset Management
  • Leadership: Inclusion, Diversity, Accountability
  • Measurement: Data, Metrics & Goals
  • Content: Strategy, Creation, Management, Repurposing
  • Fundraising: Digital Campaigns, Muti-Channel Strategies
  • Funding for Technology and Digital Communications

This is only a list of suggested topics. It is certainly not exhaustive or a requirement that proposals focus on one of the listed items. With 100+ sessions in the final program, there is room for lots of topics.

Who Should Submit a Proposal
Submissions are open to the public, regardless of Membership status or previous roles within the NTEN Community. In particular, individuals and organizations that have not presented previously at an NTC and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to share proposals.

To create an opportunity for all members of the community to participate, there are two types of proposals you can share.

Presenter on Topic

This is a topic that you have expertise and valuable perspectives in and wish to be a presenter on, typically the lead presenter. There is a limit of only four presenter proposals per organization.

Suggested Topic

Have a session you would really love to see at the 17NTC, even if you are not the right person to present it? No problem! Simply complete a session proposal for your idea to move into the public and jury voting stages. If selected, we will work to find the right folks to present on your topic. These types of submissions do not count toward your organizational limit.

Community Call
Below are the slides from the community call that took place on June 9 to talk through further details. You can also access the full recording of the event here.

17NTC Steering Committee
A huge thank you to the outstanding group of individuals who have already began making valuable contributions as volunteers on our biggest Steering Committee to date for the NTC. Please see the full list of amazing folks on the Guidelines & FAQ page.

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.