2019 Comm Tech Conference Request for Proposals

Call for Presenter Proposals

2019 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference
Thursday, March 7 2019
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saint Paul RiverCentre

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) seeks your proposals for breakout sessions at the 2019 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference. The deadline for submitting your proposal is 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Submit an online proposal now!

About the Conference and Conference Attendees

Nonprofits of all types and sizes use technology to communicate their organization's mission and message. From website design and program assessment to social media and technology/service delivery integration, nonprofits face the challenge of understanding how and when to use the right technology to reach and engage their audiences. Minnesota's 2019 Nonprofit CommTech Conference is designed to provide a comprehensive view of current and emerging technology issues and specific hands-on resources and tools to help nonprofits create effective communications for higher impact.

Past conference attendees have included about 40% coming from a communications role and about 10% from technology. Meanwhile, the rest of the attendees come from diverse roles including executive directors, managers, fundraisers, human resources, program delivery and other roles. This conference is also appropriate for representatives from foundations, businesses, educational and governmental institutions. Topics on the conference agenda will span a broad range of technology and communications expertise. You don't need to be highly tech-savvy to make the most of this event!


We're looking for a broad array of session topics that fit within the conference tracks: Marketing and Communications, Fundraising, Leadership, Website, Social Media, Program Delivery & Evaluation, Technology Planning & IT, Community Engagement or Demonstration/Skill-building. We seek sessions to fit all of these areas and at all levels -- from beginner to advanced.

Plus, we're especially interested in finding presenters who are able to share knowledge that reaches advanced levels of learning. We have found that advanced level learning is a key component that has been light in past years. In some cases, we'll invite presenters to lead two sessions during the day: (1) a beginner or intermediate level session during the first half of the day; and (2) an advanced level session during the second half of the day.

Submitting a Session Proposal

If you are a consultant or employee for a for-profit company, we encourage you to include one or more nonprofit representatives in your session. This way, session participants will have a direct connection to the topic or issue through a peer presenter. Sessions with nonprofit co-presenters have a much higher rate of acceptance. In some cases, sessions will be accepted on the condition that a nonprofit co-presenter will be added to the line-up.

The questions you will be asked in the online survey proposal form are:

  1. Session title (8 word maximum)
  2. Session description (150 word maximum)
  3. What content will be covered? Provide three learning objectives participants will walk away with after attending this session.
  4. Which conference track best describes your session? Marketing and Communications, Fundraising, Leadership, Website, Social Media, Program Delivery or Evaluation, Technology Planning & IT, Community Engagement/Organizing or Demonstration/Skill-building.
  5. What level of prior knowledge is required for success in your session? The conference seeks all levels of learning although most accepted sessions will focus on advanced or intermediate levels.
    • Advanced Prior Knowledge: Attendees should have advanced knowledge of the subject area before arriving (this means presenters will not define all words; will not include basic information on the subject; and will answer basic questions after the end of the session
    • Intermediate Prior Knowledge: Attendees should have intermediate knowledge of the subject area before arriving (this means the presenters will define words, as requested, but will generally assume that attendees understand most concepts presented)
    • General Prior Knowledge: Attendees will not need significant prior knowledge of the subject area; this level would be good for beginners and anyone interested in the topic
  6. Dual session option: Are you willing to present this session twice? (If so, you would present once at the beginner or intermediate level. And later in the day you would present again at an advanced level.)
  7. Session length: What is your preferred length of session? 60 minutes, 75 minutes, 90 minutes. (Most sessions will be 75 minutes in length.)
  8. What level of participant engagement are you envisioning? (Select 1 style of engagement)
    • Interactive Session – Sessions that incorporate modern and/or multiple presentation methods, including large and small group discussions, individual and group exercises and presentation.
    • "TED" Style Talk with Discussion – Sessions that incorporate a nontraditional presentation method such as a TED Talk, Pecha Kucha, Ignite, or other method followed by open discussion amongst the audience members and presenter.
    • Group Discussion – Facilitated discussions designed to give attendees a chance to dialogue about their viewpoints on a particular subject.
    • Panel Discussion (no more than three panelists in total, including moderator) – Focused on a particular topic, this type of session features a moderated panel of three knowledgeable persons who respond to predetermined list of questions as well as questions from the audience.
    • Formal Presentation – “Lecture-style” presentations featuring one or two knowledgeable presenters. Formal presentations should include ample time for audience questions, discussion and interaction.
  9. Room layout (optional): In most cases, breakout rooms will be set theater style (chairs without tables) to ensure maximum capacity for conference attendees. In limited cases, we may be able to accommodate other room layouts. Please describe if you would like to request a different room layout and we will attempt to meet your need.
  10. Contact information for main contact person: Please include the full contact information for the session presenter who will be MCN's main contact during the planning process. This must be one of the session presenters. First name, Last name, Title, Organization or company, Email address, City, State, Phone number
  11. Co-presenter information (Optional): If you will have one or two co-presenters, please include their information below. (Please note that 3 total presenters (inclusive of any moderator) may be admitted to the conference with free registration. Any additional presenters will pay the full conference registration fee. We discourage including more than 3 presenters for any session.) Include each co-presenter's name, title and organization.
  12. Nonprofit presenter(s): Please tell us if any of the workshop presenters works at a nonprofit. Sessions without nonprofit presenter(s) will have a lower rate of acceptance. Some sessions may be accepted on the condition that a nonprofit co-presenter will be added.
  13. Background information: If any speaker listed above has never presented at any of MCN’s conferences, please include brief background information highlighting his/her expertise on the topic and experience as a workshop presenter.

About Conference Speakers

The Conference Planning Committee seeks dynamic presenters from the nonprofit sector and allied organizations who firmly understand nonprofit communications and technology. Session presenters must demonstrate both a depth of knowledge on the workshop topic and a breadth of past speaking experience.

As an incentive to encourage your broad participation at the full conference, workshop presenters will be registered for the full conference for free (maximum 3 presenters per session). We sincerely hope that presenters will take advantage of this great opportunity to attend the full conference and to interact with other attendees over the course of the conference. (In limited cases, MCN may register 4 presenters for panels seeking diverse viewpoints. Talk with Paul Masiarchin prior to submitting your proposal if this is your situation.) Any additional presenters not included at the time of submission will be required to pay the full conference registration fee, whether or not they attend the full conference. MCN will not handle any travel logistics and will not be able to pay for mileage, lodging expenses or presenter stipends.

Submit an online proposal now!


If you have any questions about the 2019 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference or this call for breakout session proposals, please contact Paul Masiarchin, MCN's Program Director, at 651-757-3087, or pmasiarchin@minnesotanonprofits.org.

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