Last week we exhibited at NTEN’s annual technology conference in Atlanta. This was our first year attending the event and we didn’t know what to expect. As a vendor, our expectations were far exceeded. Here are 5 things that we took away from our time with the #nptech folks!
1. Then NTEN folks make things happen.
Holly Ross and her team know how to get things done. That organization offers so many resources and opportunities to get plugged in and learn about technology. If you’re a nonprofit and not paying attention to this organization, you’re really missing out. But what I’m really suggesting here is that the NTEN folks are people of action. In my experience, many nonprofit people are passionate but fail to be people of action. But not the NTEN folks. From their ever expanding website to a 3-day power-packed conference that’s sold out in its second and third year of life, they get things done and people excited! So kudos to her team (special thanks Sarah Janczak for all her hard work on the vendor side of things).
2. Technology is the still the bastard child of the nonprofit budget.
That may sound a bit harsh, but sometimes you have to make outrageous claims when you’re blogging, right? Many nonprofits still seem to lack a sufficient amount of passion for technology excellence. That’s why NTEN rox! We met with several folks that were frustrated with their technology and IT initiatives. But the NTEN community is fueling a new initiative towards technology in the nonprofit world. That’s why people love NTEN! Which brings me to my next point.
3. There is some serious passion brewing around technology in the nonprofit world.
With any industry, there are always the techie’s. The folks that make things work and the ones that are always suggesting new software tools. NTEN is bringing these people together and really generating the buzz and attention that technology deserves. The people that we interacted with at the conference are passionate, exciting people that see the REAL benefits in technology. The nonprofit world is going to be a better place because of these nptech’ers and their goal of making technology a first class citizen in the nonprofit sector.
4. NTEN’ers know how to have a good time!
Just following the twitter hashtag (#10ntc) alone is proof.
5. I’m relatively tall.
It’s always nice meeting people in real life that you connect with online. Isn’t it weird? There were two people that I was looking forward to meeting at the conference. Steve Heye and Peter Campbell (including the idealware team). Well we ended up right beside the idealware booth; which worked to our advantage because they were one of the busiest booths at the conference. I had always envisioned Steve and Peter, these nptech giants :), to be taller than me. I’m always the short guy, but not this time!
All in all, it was a great experience for the MemberHub team to be down there. Our primary market has been faith-based organizations (mainly churches) but after working with the likes of the YMCA of the Triangle, a few other local nonprofits and attending the NTEN Conference, we’re excited about continuing to serve the nonprofit community.
Already looking forward to #11ntc! Thanks again NTEN.