21NTC Community Input FAQs

Session Selection Timelines

Public Proposals: October 16–November 20
Session Advisory Committee Input: November 24–December 13
Community Input: November 30–December 13
Final review: January 4–January 10
Notifications to speakers: January 15

Do I need to be an NTEN member to favorite proposals?
Nope! We encourage anyone interested in the Nonprofit Technology Conference content to create a free NTEN account and favorite the proposals they would most like to see become sessions at the NTC.

Do I need to log in to select favorites?
Yes. This allows us to ensure individuals can only favorite any given proposal once. Still, you can change your favorites throughout the community input period and can favorite as many as you like. Anyone can create an account. No membership is required.

Can I change my favorites?
Yes. At any point, you can log in and change your favorites on any of the proposed sessions.

Can others see what I favorited?
No, only you can see your favorites.

How can I find submissions on topics I am interested in?
With nearly 600 submissions, there’s a lot to choose from. You can narrow down the options to topics that interest you in a few ways:

  • Use the search box to search for keywords.
  • Filter categories and tags.
  • Click a submitter’s name or organization to see other sessions from this person or organization.
  • Click “show me another session” on any proposal page to see a session proposal at random.

I was listed as a co-presenter on a session proposal. Why am I not showing up in searches?
The “additional information” field is not included during community input. Rest assured, we have your information and will reach out as appropriate during session selections.

Are proposals listed in alphabetical order?
On the View All Proposals page, proposals are listed in alphabetical order. You can view random session proposals by clicking “Show me another session” on any proposal page.

Can I encourage people to favorite a session proposal?
You’re welcome to share proposals you are excited about to build support for the topic and the conference in general.

We discourage people from engaging in “campaigns” around proposals they submitted (e.g., sending out email blasts). Campaigns focus on individual sessions and run counter to the goal of gathering feedback on the overall program and content the community wants to hear at the conference.

Can proposals be edited once community input is open?
NTEN can help clean up obvious typos if requested by the proposal submitter, but no other changes are allowed once proposal submissions have closed. All selected sessions will have ample time before the conference to adjust the title, description, and learning outcomes.

Do the most favorited session proposals get selected?
The final selection of sessions is based on two things:

  1. A ranking by the total aggregate score for each proposal (60% community input, 40% Session Advisory Committee input).
  2. Ensuring a balance of topics from the top-ranked sessions. For example, if ten sessions focused on Google Analytics were in the top 100, only one or two would be added to the program to make sure the final program covers an appropriate range of topics.

Additional Questions
Feel free to email us if you have questions or need additional assistance.