Thank you for your interest speaking at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), which will be held April 11 – 13, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana!
1.Timelines & Deadlines
Public Proposals: July 10 – August 18
Voting: August 21 – September 1
Final Review: September 1 – September 28
Notifications: September 29
2.Proposal Development Support
There are a number of ways to access support for developing a session proposal.
This year we have worked to create a list of suggested topics for each topic category. These suggested are based on the feedback from attendee feedback from 17NTC, the NTC Session Advisory Group and community feedback throughout the year in our various community spaces. View the list of suggested topics here.
Below are the slides from the community call that took place on July 20 to talk through further details. You can also access the full recording of the event here.
Open Office Hours
Ash Shepherd, NTEN Education Director, and other veteran NTEN community members will hold drop-in office hours in an open video hangout to be available to offer support and answer questions.
Open Office Hours #1
Date: July 25, 2017
Time: 10am PT (1 hr)
Open Office Hours #2
Date: August 10, 2017
Time: 11am PT (1 hr)
Community members are encouraged to join our online proposal prep group to request and provide feedback on their proposal drafts during the session submission period.
To request feedback:
- Submit your session draft through the NTC site
- Join the proposal prep group
- Create a new discussion post in the session feedback group (if requesting feedback on multiple sessions, be sure to create a separate thread for each one)
- Use your session title as the subject line
- Paste the link to your session from the NTC site, add any notes, and post
- Perhaps give suggestions on other sessions while you wait for feedback on yours
To give feedback:
- Join the proposal prep group
- Look through the subject lines for a session title that matches your interests
- Click through to the discussion and reply publicly with your feedback
- Keep your comments constructive and actionable
- We’d like everyone who requested feedback to receive at least one response, so try to prioritize posts with no replies
Number of Speakers
Each session should have at least two speakers that represent different organizations to ensure a diverse range of voices and perspectives are represented in each session. There is a limit of four presenters per session, or three presenters plus a moderator, in the case of a panel discussion.
NTEN and it’s community place a high value on including a diverse range of voices in every session, in particular, those from nonprofits and underrepresented communities. Sessions proposals are strongly encouraged to reflect this value in both the individuals participating as presenters and in the content delivered.
Each session is expected to incorporate a nonprofit voice within the lineup of presenters. If a session is selected and is unable to find a presenter from a nonprofit NTEN and the 18NTC Session Advisory Committee can offer assistance in finding an appropriate match.
NTC sessions should be tool agnostic, as is the case with all of NTEN’s educational content. Specific tools can certainly be shared as resources but a session should not focus on one particular tool or service provider. This ensures each session focuses on strategies, best practices, and resources that are applicable to a wide range of participants.
Each session is 90 minutes. The specific format for each session (panel, workshop, etc) should be driven by desired outcomes of the specific session and clear to attendees from the session description.
All presenters must pay a discounted conference registration fee of $429. We reserve set number of scholarships specifically to support presenters from nonprofit organizations for whom cost would be a major barrier to participation. We are also able to accommodate speakers who are only participating in their session and no other aspects of the conference with a free “session-only” registration.
How are sessions organized at the NTC?
Based on feedback from past attendees, we don’t organize the conference by track. We create a programming lineup that represents a healthy balance of sessions categorized around the following themes:
Communications and Digital Strategy
These sessions focus on ideas and examples to help spread the word about your work and build and strengthen relationships with your community. In these sessions, participants should have a chance to learn about successful (and failed) efforts to integrate new communications technologies and tactics while also receiving tangible guidance and inspiration for their own communications programs.
These sessions are designed to help attendees learn about such topics such as:
- which fundraising technologies are working (and not working)
- how to evaluate and select fundraising tools and CRM systems
- best practices in using and supporting fundraising tools and systems
- new ideas and trends
These sessions are for staff and consultants who manage and support technology infrastructure. This is a resource-sharing track for all nonprofit techies, so no matter how they arrived at their roles, participants are looking to share success stories and challenges, voice concerns, and glean wisdom from one another.
What role does technology play in our organizations? How can NTC attendees help their organizations reach that vision? What frameworks will help them make smart tech decisions and manage change? Participants in these sessions should have a chance to grapple with these questions and more.
These sessions are designed for individuals on the front lines, serving their communities. Introduce them to some of today’s cutting edge applications or methodologies—from location-based services to effective strategies for tracking and using data for organizational impact—and help them better understand how technology can increase not only their efficiency but also their effectiveness.
Who can submit a proposal?
Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status or previous roles within the community. In particular, individuals and organizations that have not presented previously at an NTC event and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to participate.
Can I propose a keynote address or an Ignite talk?
Thanks for your interest! Our keynote speakers are by invitation only. Ignite applications will be accepted when NTC registration opens in November. Please stay tuned to the conference site for more details.
Are bilingual session proposals accepted?
Presentations can be delivered bilingually or in English. If your presentation serves a bilingual community, please provide us with a translation.
How does voting work?
Community voting is open to anyone to participate. Individuals are limited to only one vote on a particular session but unlimited votes overall.
Session Advisory Committee Voting
The Session Advisory Committee is a group of leaders within the nonprofit technology community who are representative of the larger community and their respective category areas. In addition to the community voting, this group votes on what sessions should be included in the agenda.
Questions Session Advisory Committee voters will have in mind when considering sessions include:
- Is proposal content of current interest or an emerging topic?
- Has proposal content been implemented?
- Is the proposal an innovative solution, or does it offer a fresh treatment?
- Does the proposal address or support solving significant problems in nonprofit technology?
- Are the takeaways clearly defined so that the audience knows what they’re leaving with?
- Does the session designer/speaker have expertise in this topic?
Final selection is based on the combined results of both voting groups, as well as with consideration for ensuring a balanced agenda overall regarding topics.
What happens next?
Notifications will be sent on September 29, 2017, regarding the status of proposals.
I’m ready! Where do I submit my proposal?
You can submit your proposal by visiting our Session Proposal page.
5.Session Advisory Committee
The NTC Session Advisory Committee is a group of experts, thought leaders, and champions in nonprofit technology. They provide input as part of our community-driven process to develop the high-quality educational agenda for the Nonprofit Technology Conference.
You can learn more about this group and view current members on the conference website.