I’m in Atlanta on the eve of the 2010 NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference and excited about the few people that I have already run into and looking forward to reuniting with more friends and NPTech peeps. Last year I wrote about my Kumbaya Moments at the NTEN Conference in San Francisco and I’m looking forward to more this year, but I thought I’d start off with a few tips that I’ve found helpful to get the most out of the NTC whether you’re here or not.
First off, watch for the #10ntc hash tag. You’ll find people at the conference using it in Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, and more. Monitoring for this tag in different social media outlets is a great way to get a feeling of being here or learning about events that are happening while you are at the conference. One of my favorite tools for monitoring a hashtag at a live event is: tweetchat.com. At the end of each day or just after the NTC has wrapped up, be sure to go back a browse the hash tag again. You’ll be able to pick up on links or resources that you may have missed in the hustle and bustle of the day.
This year there are also remote events happening in Austin and DC too. If you’re in one of these cities it may not be too late to sign up and catch some of the sessions as they are happening even though you couldn’t travel.
If you are here, remember to check in with your favorite location aware app. I’ll be using Foursquare and Gowalla. I’m guessing others are going to be doing the same. It will be a great way to learn what sessions, lounges, parties, and venues are trending and allow all of us NTennies to make an impression on Atlanta. But, be sure to take your head out of your iPhone or Android long enough to talk to people sitting around you at the convention too. NTEN attracts the smartest people in the nonprofit sector; they’re all worth talking to.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the Past Session Materials from 2009, 2008, and 2007. Tons of resources that are still very relevant. They might also give you a better idea of which session to attend here in Atlanta. You’ll find them in the Past Session Material index on the NTC Agenda Page.
Tomorrow starts early when Chad Norman of the Baudcast and I are leading a We Are Media workshop on podcasting. So, I’m off to get some rest because it’s a busy few days ahead. Let me know if you’ve got any other tips for making the most of NTC.