Woo hoo! It’s time for #16NTC!
I’m excited (as usual) for my 10th Nonprofit Technology Conference, put on annually by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the membership organization for technology professionals working in the nonprofit sector.
As of today, here’s my game plan for this year’s conference:
9 am: the Opening Plenary features this year’s Ignite presentations, which are 5 minutes long, always thought-provoking and frequently comical. I know Steve Heye is giving an Ignite talk again this year, which is a must-see. Here’s my favorite Ignite session by Steve from 2014:
10:30 am: give a breakout session with Jeanne, John and Beth called “How to be a Wizard at Tech Training Design and Delivery.” We’ve used a Harry Potter theme this year and plan to have a lot of fun in this highly interactive session.
12 pm: have lunch at the 501 Tech Clubs Bird of a Feather table.
1:30 pm: attend “Change Workshop: Managing Change to Ensure a Technology Project’s Success” breakout session.
3:30 pm: join Robert Weiner, along with Johanna Bates and John Kenyon, to facilitate the breakout session “Collaborative Problem Solving for Consultants.” Robert puts together a consultant-focused session nearly every year that’s a great way to meet other people working in that field. (See photo below from a few years back.) Will be sorry to miss Beth’s other session “Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Using Tech for Healthier Work and Life” going on the same time, but will check out the collaborative notes later on.
5 pm: attend the reception in the exhibit hall for a while and visit some booths to converse and pick up some cool swag.
7 pm: have dinner with a group that calls themselves the NTCfoodies, though I don’t particular think of myself as a foodie in any regard. It’s such a great bunch that I’d be just as happy eating mac n cheese and hot dogs as anything fancy with them.
9 am: attend the Opening Plenary, which includes a panel discussion called “Momentum for Change: Strategies for Achieving Digital Equity” and the presentation of the 2016 DoGooder Video Awards. Must remember to bring facial tissues – the videos are usually very touching.
10 am: pop over to the exhibit hall for a group photos with other community organizers in the Nonprofit Tech Clubs and Net2.
10:30 am: attend “Leveraging Expert or Technical Volunteers!” breakout session.
12 noon: have lunch at the WordPress Community of Practice Birds of a Feather table.
1:30 pm: attend “Shiny Objects and Magic Wands: Avoiding the Seduction of Quick Fixes and Easy Answers” breakout session.
3 – 5 pm: spend time in the exhibit hall (formerly known as the Science Fair) to meet some vendors and possibly get some more swag.
6:30 pm: have dinner with fellow Nonprofit Technology Assistance Providers (NTAP) folks. Possibly get talked into attending one of the Progressive Parties afterwards, but more likely will go back to hotel and hang out with other techies in the lobby.
9 am: may or may not attend the Opening Plenary featuring more Ignite sessions. Depends on how late my friends kept me out the night before. Will make an honest effort to be there.
10:30 am: attend “Bridging the Divide: Online and Offline Community Managers” breakout session.
12 pm: have lunch at the YNPN Birds of a Feather table.
1:30 pm: visit the NTENer Center in the exhibit hall to get some goodies to bring back to my Bagels & Bytes meetup group. None of the breakout sessions in this time slot are striking a cord, so will probably spend some time in the hotel lobby or my room catching up email.
3 pm: attend the Geek Games
8:45 am – 2 pm: attend Community Organizer Day. Hopefully get a little bit of sightseeing done afterwards.