Every year I look forward to one very special conference - the NTC conference organized by the awesome NTEN team. This years 14NTC conference is packed with incredible parties (including an 80s dance party that I'm co-hosting with Salsa), and the Care2 Impact Prize that recognizes individuals in the nonprofit sector who have made an outstanding impact on the field of online advocacy, online fundraising or both. Then there is the fantastic sessions discussing the best tools nonprofits should use to build websites and online campaigns focused on engagement and raising lots of money.
Here's a list of some of my favorite sessions and parties that will be happening during 14NTC. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments below.
50 Shades of Social Media: Navigating Policies, Laws, and Ethics
Thursday, March 12th, 10:30 AM
This highly interactive session, will discuss real-world situations, explore using ethical frameworks to resolve social media conundrums, and integrating ethical considerations into your social media policies, training, and practices.
‘Big data’ has become a catch phrase. But in practical terms, how can small nonprofit organizations harness data and use it effectively? This session will describe sometimes painful, but often rewarding process to do a better job of collecting, analyzing and acting on data, for use in both strategic planning and evaluation.
Disrupting the Nonprofit Sector
Friday, March 13th, 10:30 AM
In the last 10 years, the nonprofit sector has grown more than 60% in the US to an estimated 1.5 million organizations. This translates into thousands of organizations with similar names and missions competing for advocacy, donor, and foundation support. See the problem? If we are going to truly solve the world’s toughest social problems and obtain the necessary resources to do it right, we need to examine how the nonprofit sector can evolve to create more innovative and efficient organizations. This involves disrupting the nonprofit sector as we know it today.
Start at the Start: Using Storyboards, Wireframes, and Mood Boards
Friday, March 13, 1:30PM
If you’re embarking on a website redesign for your nonprofit, this session will be useful as panelists will show you want kind of a creative design you will need to capture your vision and goals for the new website. Expect a lively discussion on how to use storyboards to plan animated functionality, how to use wireframes to create mobile-friendly designs, and how to use mood boards to help determine color, texture, and the overall look and feel of your online communications.
Community Engagement Reinvented: Online Fundraising and Engagement Strategies for the Modern Nonprofit
Saturday, March 15 10:30AM
The way organizations fundraise and engage their supporters has changed, and failure to adapt will have long-term consequences for the success of the mission. This sessions will explore strategies that successful, cutting-edge, organizations are using to engage supporters more powerfully and efficiently than ever before, and generating the revenue today that will sustain their work long into the future.
Shelving Legacy, Sparking Innovation. Building Effective Technology for Philanthropy.
Saturday, March 15th, 10:30AM
This session offers leaders, managers and program officers engaged in philanthropic initiatives a rare chance to hear and discuss building innovation and effective technology into philanthropy with other colleagues, facilitated by a experienced panel from the philanthropy, nonprofit, and technology sectors.
Social Media Superpower: Tapping Creativity to Mobilize your Community
Saturday, March 15 1:30 PM
Do you want to learn how organizations are leveraging their creative superpowers to win on social media? What separates the heroes from the zeroes and how can organizations cultivate their own social media superpowers? This is the session that has the answers to all of your questions.
Celebrate the 6th annual #ntcbeer, the pre-conference party known for good refreshments and better conversation. Catch up with nptech friends old and new over a few brews or whatever.
Where: The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th Street NW
This happy hour is an opportunity for 501 Tech Club organizers—you know who you are—to get together and swap ideas, stories about your local meetups, and jokes.
Where: Marriott Hotel Bar near hotel lobby
80s Dance Party: Friday, Friday, March 14 7PM to 10PM
Remember the days of synthpop, hair metal bands, and leg warmers? Salsa and Rad Campaign are bringing it back for one helluva of an 80's dance party! Join nonprofits and do-gooders for the best 14NTC progressive party. Dance the night away to 80's music by DJ Tea Jay, complimentary food, and drinks. Did we mention fun? How could it not be at a place called Club Heaven and Hell? It’s just a short walk from the NTC conference. Happy Hours and dancing start here!
Where: Heaven and Hell: (2327 18th St, NW)
What sessions and parties are you look looking forward to attending?