How are sessions organized at the NTC?

Based on feedback from past attendees, we don’t organize the conference by track. We create a programming lineup that represents a healthy balance of sessions categorized around the following themes.

Marketing and 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 to help attendees learn about such topics such 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. This is a resource-sharing track for all nonprofit techies, so no matter how they arrived at their roles, participants are looking to share success stories and challenges, voice concerns, and glean wisdom from one another.


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.


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 not only their efficiency but also their effectiveness.


The Sprint sessions can fall across any of the other categories. Attendees will leave these sessions with practical, actionable skills that they can use in their work. These sessions are unique from other categories and the different aspects should be reviewed below before sharing a proposal.

What makes Sprint sessions unique?

  • 30-minute sessions that are run twice in a row in a single time block (no room change)
  • Solo presenter allowed (nonprofit or not)
  • Very strong focus on immediately applicable skills and tips
  • Learning outcomes are not separate and should be covered in the description


Ignites are a unique opportunity for community members to be part of the main stage programming. Presenting to 2,300 of your peers. Focus is on igniting others passion rather than an educational or sales presentation.

What makes Ignites unique?

  • Take place as part of the main stage program during the general session on day two
  • Unique format: 5 minutes long, 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds
  • Internal review only, no community input
  • Proposals should align with the identified theme for the year

Who can submit a proposal?

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status or previous roles within the community. In particular, individuals and organizations that have not presented previously at an NTC event and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to participate.

Can I propose a keynote address?

Thanks for your interest! Our keynote speakers are by invitation only.

How does Community Input work?

Community Input is open to anyone to participate. Individuals may only favorite a particular particular proposal once but are able to favorite as many session as they’d like.

The Session Advisory Committee is a group of leaders within the nonprofit technology community who are representative of the larger community and their respective category areas. During the the community input phase, this group also selects the proposals they believe should be included on the agenda.

The Session Advisory Committee voters will keep the following questions in mind when considering sessions:

  • Is the proposal content of current interest or on an emerging topic?
  • Does this proposal support NTEN’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • Has the proposal content been implemented?
  • Is the proposal an innovative solution, or does it offer a fresh treatment?
  • Does the proposal address or support solving significant problems in nonprofit technology?
  • Are the learning objectives clearly defined so that the audience knows what they’re leaving with?
  • Do the session designer and speaker(s) have expertise on this topic?

Final selection is based on the combined results of both groups, as well as with consideration for ensuring a balanced agenda overall regarding topics.

What happens next?

Notifications will be sent at the end of September regarding the status of proposals.

I’m ready! Where do I submit my proposal?

You can submit your proposal by visiting our Session Proposal page.