Propose a Training

The 2018 submission process is now closed. Below are some key dates that relate to the selection process and agenda roll-out.

Submissions open February 20
Submission webinar February 22 (3pm ET)
Submission webinar March 6 (3pm ET)
Submissions close Extended to March 21
Public voting period March 28-April 3
Selections announced Early May
Netroots Nation August 2-4, New Orleans

What To Submit

We’re looking for sessions that are practical, forward-thinking and dynamic. Proposals should appeal to:

  • Independent activists—both newbies and activists with more experience
  • Professional organizers—folks who work for small to large progressive nonprofit organizations
  • Candidates—Especially people who are running for office for the first time

We’d love to receive submissions on the following topics, but please don’t let this list limit your creativity:

  • Effective advocacy techniques
  • Identifying targets and theory of change
  • The future of online organizing
  • New media tools, especially affordable advertising, advocacy tools and social media
  • Using data to win campaigns and measure success
  • Growing your campaign or movement
  • Effective messaging strategy


Things to Remember

When submitting, remember:

  • The most cohesive trainings are usually given by only one or two people. For that reason, training sessions are limited to no more than two trainers.
  • Session blocks are 75 minutes. We’ll do our best to accommodate scheduling needs of your trainers but cannot guarantee timing.
  • Because we have more than 400 speakers each year, we ask that speakers pay a small registration fee to help us cover some of the cost of attendance. The earlybird speaker rate is $140 for the full conference (less than the cost of a day pass). We offer exemptions to this policy based on need. Information on how to request a complimentary speaker pass will be sent to panel organizers once sessions are accepted.
  • Once the submission period closes, the public will have a chance to vote on the sessions they want to see presented in New Orleans. This public vote is one consideration used in scoring the training submissions.
  • We strive for full inclusion and favor sessions that offer a range of diversity (ethnicity, gender, age, viewpoint, geography, etc).


Organizer Roles and Responsibilities

  • Each trainer will be required to register at the speaker rate.
  • Trainers are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel expenses. Information about our hotel block can be found here.
  • If you’re selected to lead a training and you’ve already purchased a registration to attend Netroots Nation, our refund policy applies.
  • There are a lot of things going on during a session block, so we encourage you to promote your training in advance through blog posts, social media and listservs.

If you have questions, send an email to