How the Agenda Is Created
How do we bring you incredible educational sessions year after year? The secret is you, our community!
NTC planning is community-driven from the start. Our staff works with volunteer community advisory committees to shape the conference’s educational content, develop community programming, and make everything welcoming and inclusive. Here is the process we’re using for 22NTC.
August 31–October 4: Proposal submission period
October 12–25: Community input
November 19: Session notifications
- Proposals (August 31–October 4)
We begin with a public call for session proposals. Anyone from the nonprofit technology community can submit a proposal during the submission period.
- Community Input (October 12–25)
Proposed sessions are reviewed and favorited by the community and the Session Advisory Committee. Learn about Community Input by reading the FAQ.
- Session Selection (October 26–November 18)
Using the community input as our guideline, NTEN staff draft an agenda that includes various topics across the six category areas. If some sessions are very similar and have high community support, we may pick the most supported one or combine the sessions.
- Review (October 26–November 18)
The Session Advisory Committee provides a final evaluation and identifies critical missing topics. NTEN staff will fill the gaps from session proposals or may reach out to potential speakers.
- Session notifications (November 19)
NTEN notifies session proposers and publishes the final agenda as sessions are confirmed. If your session is not accepted, there may be other opportunities to participate in NTC, including joining a session panel. We will notify the community as these opportunities arise.
Proposals are accepted for the following categories:
Digital inclusion sessions address the inequities that are created or exacerbated by technology. These sessions may feature deep reflections on equity, and social justice, highlight programs or practices demonstrated to alleviate inequity, or share analysis of existing and proposed policy changes. Content will range from training for nonprofit staff to broadband access for k-12 students and campaigns to influence legislation and FCC policy.
These sessions help attendees learn about such topics 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, or new ideas and trends.
These sessions are for staff and consultants who manage and support technology infrastructure. However, this is a resource-sharing track for all nonprofit techies, so participants are looking to share success stories and challenges, voice concerns, and glean wisdom from one another no matter how they arrived at their roles.
These sessions are for attendees both in leadership roles or aspiring to leadership roles within their organization. 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 will have a chance to grapple with these questions and more.
Marketing & Communications
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 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 their efficiency and effectiveness.
Our session advisory committee has curated a list of suggested topics to help you brainstorm ideas and frame your proposal for the NTEN community. Submitting sessions on these topics is not required. Instead, these are ideas suggested by the committee to help you think of topics that may be of interest to you. Proposals for sessions on topics not on this list are welcome and encouraged.
30 Minute Session 1–2 presenters
Like the “Sprint” session of past NTCs, these short sessions are distributed throughout the conference to provide attendees with energizing, fast-paced opportunities to learn from experts in focused topic areas. For example, do you have a hot take on meeting facilitation? A must-do list for project managers? Top tips for email conversion? Bring a tight, focused presentation with tangible takeaways.
60 Minute Session 2–4 presenters, at least one presenter must represent a nonprofit.
Presenters determine the format and distribution of time. Presenters can collaborate on a single session experience or divide the time to highlight various perspectives and approaches. Think beyond the panel, engage your audience, and send folks off with new ways of approaching their work. Session proposers may submit a session and recruit co-presenters after session acceptance.
60 Minute Workshop 1–3 presenters
You have 60 minutes to help your colleagues kick off their most significant project of the year. What expertise can you share? Organize your proposal around a work product for the audience. It can be a strategy template, project plan, pitch, or another structured tool you provide the participants. This session should be built around the template so that the audience can “play along at home.” You’ll guide them in thinking through the big questions, and organizing principles that you know are the foundations for success when undertaking a project. Workshops will allow for increased engagement between presenters and the audience.
Support for New Speakers
NTEN loves to support first-time speakers at the NTC! Whether it’s your first time at the conference or presenting in public, there is a place for you. We can offer 1:1 coaching, presentation resources, and more. Please email us with any questions about being a first-time speaker or attend one of the events below.
NTEN hosted a call on September 9 discussing the NTC and the session proposal process.
Join NTEN staff and community members on Thursday, September 23, 11 AM–12 PM Pacific, for an informal video call to ask questions and share proposal ideas. This event will be live captioned and have a chat feature. Feel free to drop in any time during the call to ask your question and then be on your way. Or join us for the entire call to learn what other community members are thinking about for 22NTC. Please note, this call will not be recorded.