Making the Most of the Nonprofit Technology Conference: In Person or From Home

2011 Nonprofit Technology ConferenceWriting a blog post while 30,000 feet up in the air and headed across the country does lend some extra excitement to the daily process. Add to that the anticipation of the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference, which begins tomorrow in Washington, D.C., and it’s not just the free television that’s making this Virgin America flight special.

Thursday through Saturday of this week will be filled with lots of learning, meeting new people, and sharing best practices around nonprofit technology at this sold out conference hosted by NTEN. As the clock ticks down to the start of the event, here are some last minute tips for how you can make the most of it, whether you’re at the conference in person or at your desk.

Sessions to Make Volunteer Managers Cheer

Many of the approximately 150 sessions led by experts in the nonprofit and technology arenas address issues relevant to volunteer managers and the challenges you face each day. For example:

If You’re Remote, You Still Have Options

Since the conference has sold out, if you won’t be attending in person, NTEN has created several ways that you can still take advantage of the 2011 NTC. This year they’re offering the Online NTC, which will allow you to connect with peers and learn the skills you need to put technology to work for your cause without leaving your desk.

When you register for the Online NTC you’ll be able to chat with people at the conference through the online hub, including speakers and exhibitors. You’ll be able to schedule 1-on-1 meetings, and even attend some great online sessions similar to those we’ll be attending in person.

Another very useful tool for those not attending the NTC in person is the official conference Twitter hashtag, #11NTC. Follow along to stay updated on interesting sessions and workshops. We’ll be live-tweeting all of our sessions so you can share our experience – follow @VolunteerMatch and connect with us via Twitter if you have questions or comments.

The Spotlight is On VolunteerMatch

This year VolunteerMatch has a couple of exciting speaking gigs, and we’ll be imparting our knowledge of nonprofit technology to the NTC community:

  • NTC Ignite – Shari, our Online Communications Manager, is on the lineup for this year’s Ignite session, and will be speaking about social media use during her talk “This is Your Brain on Social Media: How to Target the Giving Cortex.”
  • “What Does the Data Say? Converting Analytics to Action” – Zeph, Director of Application Architecture at VolunteerMatch, will be on a panel to discuss best practices for using measurable data to influence communications, content, and programs.

Finally, if you’re at the conference in D.C. this week, keep an eye out for Shari, Zeph, and our Director of Communications, Robert Rosenthal, and say hi! We’d love to spend some time catching up and talking technology and volunteering.