Propose a Training

We are now accepting submissions for sessions to be presented at Netroots Nation 2019 in Philadelphia. Below are some key dates that relate to the selection process and agenda roll-out.

The submission period for Netroots Nation 2019 is now closed.

Submissions open February 4
Submission webinar February 11 (3pm ET)
Submission webinar February 20 (3pm ET)
Submissions close February 28
Public voting period March 6-11
Selections announced April 2019
Netroots Nation July 11-13, Philadelphia

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 Philadelphia. 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