Number of Speakers

Each breakout session will have at least two presenters and no more than four who represent different organizations, to ensure a diverse range of voices and perspectives are represented in each session. Note: this does not apply to Sprint sessions or Ignite talks.


NTEN has made a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and every session is expected to follow this commitment. Sessions proposals are strongly encouraged to reflect this value in their descriptions and feature diverse presenters.

Nonprofit Voice

Each session is expected to incorporate a nonprofit voice within the lineup of presenters. If a session is selected and you are unable to find a presenter from a nonprofit, NTEN and the NTC Session Advisory Committee can offer assistance in finding an appropriate match. The only exception to this rule is the Sprint sessions, which can be led by a sole presenter.

Tool Agnostic

NTC sessions should be tool agnostic, as is all of NTEN’s educational content. Specific tools can certainly be shared as resources, but a session should not focus on one particular tool or service provider. This ensures each session focuses on strategies, best practices, and resources that are applicable to a wide range of participants.

Session Formats

There are three formats for sessions.

Standard sessions are 75 minutes long and will run once during the conference. The specific format of a standard session (panel, workshop, etc) should be driven by the desired outcomes of the specific session and clear to attendees from the session description.

Sprint sessions are 30 minutes long and will be run each day after lunch during the conference. These sessions are expected to have 1 to 2 presenters and a very heavy focus on practical application and tangible takeaways. Given the time constraint, these sessions should reflect more of a presentation/interactive format. Panel and workshop formats will not be allowed.

Ignites are part of the main stage program. They are 5 mins long and have exactly 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. This is your opportunity to share your insights and passions with the NTC community from the main stage.

Speaker Registration

All presenters are expected to register for the conference. There are three different options available:

  • Discounted full registration: nonprofit rate $299/for-profit rate $399
  • Presenter scholarships: limited number available for those from nonprofits
  • Free session only: for those only attending their session to present