Special events

Sessions and keynotes are just the beginning. Make long-lasting friendships, meet new mentors, and network with partners at these other events during the NTC.

NTC events

The Arcade

This is the heart of the NTC when attendees are not in sessions. Relax in lounges, work on volunteer projects, and visit exhibitors for information about the latest products and services. The Arcade is open every day of the in-Portland part of the conference.

Exhibit at 24NTCExplore the Arcade map

Birds of a feather

Connect with people based on your shared interests or identities. Any attendee can host a birds of a feather topic in Portland or virtually. At a later date, we’ll email NTC attendees information about how to submit a theme you’d like to host.

Dine-around dinners

Enjoy good food and conversation with small groups of other attendees at one of Portland’s popular restaurants. Dinners are no-host, which means you’re responsible for the cost of your meal and drinks. Space is limited. RSVPs will be required when a reservation has been made. At a later date, we’ll email attendees more information.


Take a play break in Portland. Cornhole, table tennis, pickleball, and other games are available in the Arcade whenever it’s open. Show up for a chance to be a champion in the Table Tennis Tournament on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:15 pm PT, or the Pickleball Tournament on Thursday, March 14 at 3:00 pm PT. Tournament space is limited and will fill up fast.

Art and music

Pause, reflect, and be inspired by the creativity of up-and-coming artists and musicians we showcase in Portland and virtually.

Attendee-led events

No matter how much we pack into the NTC program, our community’s enthusiasm for connection keeps going. Our attendees self-organize for even more networking, learning, and fun. The result is an abundance of unofficial gatherings and experiences to fill your days and nights.

At a later date, we’ll email attendees information about how to submit their events.

Attendee-led events are not managed or endorsed by NTEN, and NTEN assumes no liability if you attend or organize these events. Event organizers are encouraged but not required to follow the NTC safety and accessibility guidelines. NTEN cannot answer questions about attendee-led events.

Guidelines for planning an attendee-led event:

  • Do not schedule the event at a time that conflicts with NTC sessions or keynotes.
  • If you’re planning an event on the day before NTC (Tuesday, March 12) or on the last day of NTC (Friday, March 15), keep in mind hotel check-in and check-out times.
  • Choose a publicly accessible place. Do not hold gatherings in hotel rooms.
  • Be prepared to share event accessibility details. For in-Portland events, this might include information about whether the event is indoors or outside, physical access to the venue, public transit and accessible parking, and how guests can request other accommodations. For virtual events, this might include information about live captioning.
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