Frequently Asked Questions
Quick answers to your FAQs about the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference.
What is the NTC?
The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), produced by NTEN, is where nonprofit professionals gather together from around the world to learn, share, and connect. Since the first event in the early 2000s, nonprofit techies (both “accidental” and intentional) have created a vibrant, supportive community and a safe place to ask questions, share expertise, and engage in professional development.
Can I register for the NTC?
Registration for the 19NTC opens on October 1, 2018. Register early for the best available rates. You can review registration pricing and cutoff dates on the registration page. If you would like to get an email when registration opens, please sign up using the form at nten.org/ntc.
Do I need to be an NTEN member to attend?
The 19NTC is open to non-members and members alike, but NTEN members receive deep discounts on their conference registration fee. If you’re not already a member of NTEN, we encourage you, or your entire organization, to join today. Not only will you receive a full year of the many benefits available to NTEN members, you’ll also save on your 19NTC registration fees. You can also purchase an NTEN membership during the 19NTC registration process.
How can I cancel my registration?
NTC registration fees are refundable within 30 days of registering for the event, through February 11, 2019. A $50 handling/processing fee will be charged, and the balance of your registration fee will be refunded.
If you do not cancel by 11:59pm PT on February 11, 2019, or if you fail to show up for the event, no refund will be issued, though you are welcome to transfer that registration to another person.
All cancellations must be made in writing and should be emailed to email@example.com. Please call 503-272-8800 to arrange a substitution. All registration refunds will be processed by April 30, 2019.
How can I register a group?
Group registration will be available when registration opens in October, but no group discounts are available.
Do I have to sign up for the sessions?
Registered participants can attend any session listed in the conference schedule. We do not require nor allow signing up for any particular session. Seating is first-come, first-serve for all sessions. If a session becomes full, we will have staff on-hand to help you select a different session.
Scholarships & Discounts
How can I apply for a registration scholarship?
Scholarships are available in three categories: Diversity, Local, and General. Applications for scholarships will be available when registration opens in November.
What discounts are available?
A $300 discount on conference registration fees is a benefit of NTEN membership. Become a member today. See the registration information page to view the best current rate. Registration rates are the same for both nonprofits and for-profits. There are no student discounts.
How can I volunteer at 19NTC?
Participants may volunteer to help NTEN staff with 8 hours of on-site tasks to receive a discounted registration rate. Volunteer applications will open in November.
It’s an excellent opportunity to not only pay a reduced registration rate ($199) but to also see the conference behind the scenes and support the NTEN community. Potential volunteer roles include: managing information and registration lines, providing assistance to the speaker(s) as needed, helping exhibitors and sponsors in the Exhibit Hall, and directing people towards their destinations. Those who submit an application will hear back by the end of January whether they’ve been selected.
Location & Meals
Where will the event be held?
The 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland, OR, 98232. Start planning your trip to Oregon today!
Where can I stay?
This year we’ll be booking all hotel rooms through a booking system provided by Travel Portland, so there will only be one call (or click) to make to review all available offerings. We’ll open the hotel reservation system when we open registration in the fall. Until then, you can review our special discounted rates and hotel options on our travel page to assist in your budget planning.
SCAM ALERT: You will never be contacted directly by NTEN or a third party to make hotel reservations. If you are contacted with reservation offers, it’s a scam and you should not provide them with your credit card information.
Are meals included?
Grab-and-go breakfast, buffet lunch and light appetizers during receptions are included with your registration. Please see the schedule for more information.
Can you accommodate my special dietary needs?
We accommodate special dietary needs (such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, halal, and paleo) to the extent we are able. New for 19NTC! The menus for the conference will be available before registration opens, so you’ll be able to review our offerings and select the dietary preference option that best suits your needs. Please note that there are no halal butchers in the local area so halal meals will be vegan.
How can I present a session?
All NTC breakout sessions are proposed, selected, and presented by our community. More information can be found here.
What is an Ignite?
Ignite is a fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking presentation format that educates and entertains. Ignite talks give you the opportunity to share your fascinations and passions with the NTEN community. But, there’s a catch: you are strictly limited to five minutes, and 20 slides, which advance automatically every 15 seconds. This is not a sales pitch. It’s a passion pitch. Applications will be available when session proposals open in July.
What is the Official NTC Party?
The Official NTC Party is a sponsored gathering which will be held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, March 14th, from 7 – 10pm. Tickets are available for $25, and each ticket includes one drink ticket and appetizers.
We want everyone to feel comfortable at the 19NTC. We provide all reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities to assist them in attending our conference. Please review our accessibility page for more detailed information.
What can I expect at the Oregon Convention Center?
Please refer to the Convention Center’s accessibility guide to assist in planning your visit.
Can I request sign language interpretation or live-captioning?
We are pleased to provide interpretation or captioning services. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible to arrange for those services.
Are service animals welcome?
Can I rent a mobility device?
Yes. Please email email@example.com by March 1, 2019 to arrange for these services.
Will childcare be available?
No. However, there are a number of drop-in childcare centers located in Portland. Children are always welcome at NTC, and we don’t require them to be registered attendees, as long as they don’t interrupt sessions.
How can I take care of my needs as a lactating parent?
We will have a lactation room available with comfortable seating, cubbies for storage, Wi-Fi, and a small fridge.
Will gender-neutral restrooms be available at the conference venue?
Gender-neutral restrooms will be identified on the map in the conference app.
How can I easily share my gender pronouns?
NTEN is committed to celebrating and honoring the diversity of our community. Pick up a pronoun ribbon after you pick up your 19NTC badge. We’ll provide ribbons to convey she/her, he/him, or they/them, as well as customizable blank ribbons.
Use of these ribbons is optional; however, we strongly encourage all attendees to participate. The more attendees who participate, the less likely someone will stand out for noting their pronouns.
I’m trying to maintain my sobriety; how can I find support while at the conference?
We understand how important it is to get extra support when out of your routine or away from home. All official NTC receptions will have plenty of non-alcoholic options and NTEN will provide space for community-run 12-step gatherings each morning at 19NTC. Coffee will be provided.
What is the conference Code of Conduct policy?
Please read and follow NTEN’s Code of Conduct.
How can I find my people?
Community is the heart and soul of the Nonprofit Technology Conference. There’s something for everyone at the NTC. In the beginning of 2019, we’ll open the suggestions for our Birds of a Feather tables and our community events.
What is the dress code?
Most NTC participants wear comfortable, business-casual attire. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended, and nerdy t-shirts are always welcome. We aim to keep the temperature at a comfortable 72 degrees inside the convention center, but if you are prone to chills, please bring a sweater or a light jacket.