Things to know at 20NTC
Community is the heart and soul of the Nonprofit Technology Conference so you’re bound to find something to do when you’re not attending sessions. Below you’ll find information about all our community events, and the plans we’ve put in place to make 20NTC welcoming and accessible to all.
Bag and Coat Check
Bag and coat check will be available Monday through Thursday near Customer Service in the Pratt Lobby of the Convention Center. It’s free for attendees, but tips are appreciated.
Birds of a Feather
Gather together based on shared interests or identities and have casual conversations during our Birds of a Feather (BOF) lunch tables. Signups begin in December.
The Career Center is staffed by professionals from the NTEN community who will offer eight-minute mentoring and professional profile or résumé reviews. It will provide mentees with personalized opportunities to learn how to best position themselves on the job, enhance their career skills, and network with peers. Signups to become a mentor or mentee will begin in January.
We know the NTEN community will host a ton of great unofficial gatherings while we’re at 20NTC together. Gather with fellow runners for a morning jog along the waterfront, schedule a game night, or plan a coffee tasting to meet new friends and make the most of your trip! We’ll open a form to create and signup for community events in December.
Download the conference mobile app to find your way around the conference and Exhibit Hall, curate your own personal schedule for easy conference attendance, explore what exhibitors are offering, network with other attendees, and more. The app will be available for download in January.
Visit the Demo Stage in the Exhibit Hall to learn about new tools and products from your favorite vendors! Demos take place during lunch, the afternoon reception, and brunch. Check the agenda to see the schedule and list of presentations.
Dine Around Baltimore
See Baltimore and make new friends! Join fellow attendees for semi self-organized, small gatherings at nearby restaurants. Enjoy conversation in a small group setting, then pay for your own meal when you’re ready to leave. Signups begin in January.
Similar to Birds of a Feather tables but held during each afternoon’s reception, the knowledge swap is a place to ask for tips or feedback, share successes and lessons, or dig deep into a case study with peers. You can join conversations for as long as you want and visit as many as are of interest to you. Submissions for topics open in December.
Centrally located adjacent to Customer Service, the Lactation Room includes a refrigerator, many electrical outlets, comfy seating, strong WiFi, and storage for pumps. While there isn’t a sink in the room, there is a bathroom nearby for cleaning pump parts.
NTC Community Service Projects
Take a break to learn about local nonprofits and complete a fun volunteer activity. The Community Service Project will be open during Exhibit Hall hours. Help a person experiencing homelessness, a shelter animal, or a family in need while connecting with fellow attendees over crafty projects.
20NTC is just one of NTEN’s many events. Learn about NTEN’s year-round programs and resources, and chat with staff and longtime community members at the NTEN Center.
Official 20NTC Party — A Night at the National Aquarium
Join us for an evening exploring the National Aquarium. Music, food, and beverages are just the beginning for this party. The real feature is the inhabitants of the Aquarium! Explore their renowned exhibits while enjoying the company of your fellow NTCers. The Official 20NTC Party is included in your conference registration and additional tickets for guests, including children, are available for purchase for $25.
Online Community Forum
Introduce yourself and connect with other attendees in the 20NTC community forum. This is a great place to network, find a roommate or a carpool, share conference and travel tips, and get excited about making your way to Baltimore! The Forum will open on December 13.
Get silly at the 20NTC Photo Booth! Try on some Maryland-style props and get photographed with your new friends. The photo booth is located in the Exhibit Hall.
Prayer and Meditation Room
20NTC will feature a prayer and meditation room available to all attendees throughout the conference. We provide prayer rugs, pillows for meditation and soft lighting for quiet reflection.
Upgrade your profile photo with a photo taken by a professional photographer! Located in the Career Center in the Exhibit Hall.
There is a quiet room at 20NTC with low lighting, comfy couches, pillows, blankets, and maybe even some giant bean bag chairs. It’s open during all conference hours.
Additionally, at lunch, we designate a section of the dining room as a quiet zone for folks to take a break and refuel mind, body, and spirit.
Building off of the success of the Racial Affinity Space at 19NTC, 20NTC includes a racial affinity lounge as well as three racial affinity sessions. More information is provided on the Racial Affinity at 20NTC page. The intention of these spaces and sessions is for attendees (including speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees) of color at 20NTC to have places to gather and connect that do not include white attendees. These racial affinity spaces and sessions allow attendees of color to center and prioritize their specific needs, voices, and experiences in a room, without introducing the potential of harm or trauma from well-intentioned white allies.
There is a community 12-step meeting each morning at 7:30 am at the convention center. Coffee and tea are provided. All official 20NTC receptions and the party will have plenty of non-alcoholic options, and we invite community members to set up sober Dine Arounds, as well as after-hours excursions around Baltimore.