How the Program Is Created

How do we bring you incredible sessions and valuable networking year after year? The secret is you, our community!

The NTC is community-driven from the very beginning. NTEN staff work with community advisory committees to shape NTC’s educational content, develop community programming, and make the conference more welcoming and inclusive.

Educational Programming

Here’s how the educational session agenda is created:

  1. Propose: We begin with a public call for content ideas, when NTEN members and anyone from the nonprofit technology community can submit session proposals through a form on our website.
  2. Vote: Proposed sessions are voted on by the community via our website. A session advisory committee of representatives from across the sector cast their votes via a secure and private jury voting process.
  3. Score: The two scores (from the community, the session advisory committee) are then combined to create an aggregate score. This aggregate score is used as the main framework for session selection.
  4. Review: Finally, we review the overall selection of sessions to ensure a well-rounded program is created across five categories: program, IT, leadership, fundraising and development, and marketing and communications. For example, if there are some sessions that are very similar in topic and have high votes, we may pick the most supported one or combine the sessions. We also hold a few spots in the agenda for any timely and critical topics that may emerge.

Can I apply to present a session? 

The 2019 session proposal period closed in July and sessions are now being finalized. You can apply to present an Ignite talk during one of our keynote sessions until December 7th, 2018.