First Time Attendees

Welcome! Attending an event as large as the Nonprofit Technology Conference can be thrilling and a bit overwhelming. We’re here to help! The more you prepare for 18NTC and explore the various opportunities, the more enjoyable and productive your experience will be.

Before the Conference

  • Book your hotel—don’t wait, discounted rooms fill up quickly.
  • Follow @NTENorg on Twitter and join the conversation using #18NTC. (Need a primer on conference social media? Check out these tips from 17NTC.)
  • Connect with other attendees in the 18NTC community forum.
  • Download the conference mobile app. (Available in early 2018.)
  • Propose a Birds of a Feather affinity/topic lunch table. (Available in early 2018.)
  • Dine Around NOLA with new friends: RSVP for or sign up to host a small gathering at a nearby restaurant. (Sign-up sheet available in early 2018.)
  • RSVP for or self-organize a community event. Gather with fellow runners for a morning jog, schedule a game night, go on a photography walk of NOLA—find your people and make the most of your trip! (Sign-up sheet available in early 2018.)
  • Stock up business cards for networking and stickers for the sticker swap table.
  • Let us know if you need sign language interpretation, live-captioning, mobility device rental, or other services.
  • Review the Code of Conduct.

During the Conference

  • Come to the registration area for your badge, pronoun ribbon, and swag!
  • Take care of your needs: Check the program for the locations of gender-neutral restrooms, nursing mothers’ room, prayer room, and community-organized 12-step gatherings.
  • Be flexible when selecting sessions. Many fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early and have a back-up plan.
  • Strike up a conversation and ask questions of the session speakers and attendees. NTC attendees are a friendly bunch, and some of the best conversations happen in hallways and while waiting for coffee.
  • Contribute to and follow along with the attendee-sourced collaborative session notes. (See examples from previous years.)
  • Fill out session evaluations via the mobile app.
  • Head to the exhibit hall to get your professional profile pic, then let your hair down for the photo booth.
  • Learn about NTEN’s latest year-round programs and resources and chat with staff and longtime community members at the NTEN Center.
  • Get some light exercise via a lunchtime active session such as yoga or a walking tour.
  • Meet up with your peers and make new friends at a lunchtime Birds of a Feather (BOF), evening Dine Around NOLA gathering, or a self-organized community event.
  • Scavenge the conference venue for buttons, buttons, and more buttons.
  • Leave some stickers and take some stickers at the sticker swap table in the exhibit hall.

After the Conference