Plan

After two years of virtual gatherings, this year’s Netroots Nation is back in person! Join us for three days of engaging programming August 18-20 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. A ticket grants you access to more than 100 panels and training sessions, plus keynotes, featured programming, and fun social events throughout the conference. Plus, you’ll get a Netroots Nation T-shirt and other fun swag from our partners.

FAQ

Planning to attend Netroots Nation but have a few questions? Check out the FAQ below and contact us if you have additional questions.

What are your COVID protocols?

Netroots Nation prioritizes the safety and health of our attendees. We will continue to track information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and government agencies regarding public health guidelines and will make informed decisions about our event as we get closer. As of this time, we do have a vaccine requirement to attend. You can read more about our health and safety plans here.

Should I get my ticket early?

Prices will go up as we get closer to the event, so we do suggest registering early to get the best price. This year, tickets are fully refundable until 14 days before the event starts. After August 4th, if you are unable to attend, you can transfer your ticket to another person.

Is there a convention hotel?

While transportation and housing are not included with your registration, we have arranged for discounted hotel blocks at two nearby hotels. Our hotel blocks do sell out most years, so we recommend reserving your room early. To catch all the action, we recommend arriving Wednesday, August 17, and departing Sunday, August 21. Sessions begin Thursday, August 18, at 9:30 a.m. If you’re in town early, the registration desk in the convention center will be open Wednesday afternoon for you to pick up your credential. Otherwise, you can check in Thursday starting at 8 a.m.

Who goes to Netroots Nation?

Anyone who desires a more progressive and just world is welcome. Our attendees are politicians, online organizers, grassroots activists, and independent media makers. Some are professionals who work at advocacy organizations, progressive companies or labor unions; while others do activism in their spare time. We want Netroots Nation to be an inclusive, positive, collaborative, and safe experience for everyone, so all guests are asked to abide by our community guidelines.

What if I have a disability or special need?

You can find information about onsite and virtual accessibility here. If you have a disability, chronic illness or other special need, email us at help@netrootsnation.org so that we may assist you. Volunteers will also be available at the registration desk to assist with mobility issues or other needs that may arise.

What if I need financial help with registration?

We do our best to keep registration fees as low as possible. Thanks to our great sponsors, the current cost of a ticket is less than half of the true cost of putting on this event. However, we never want finances to keep someone from attending, so we have two programs designed to make sure our registration price is not a barrier to attending. Click here to learn more about our scholarships and volunteer opportunities.

Can I attend virtually?

A true hybrid event where all content is available both online and in-person is cost-prohibitive. However, if you aren’t able to join us in person, you will have a chance to purchase a low-cost virtual ticket that will give you streaming access to select content, plus opportunities to connect with other attendees using our event app.


Additional Questions

See below for some other questions we have gotten over the years that you may have as well.  Have a question not addressed here? Contact us with questions and we’ll respond as soon as we’re able.

How do I convince my employer to send me?
Want to go but need to get approval from your boss? Click here for information and resources you can use to make your case.

Is there a reduced rate for students/youth?
Yes! We offer a limited number of reduced-cost youth registrations. You can find the registration options here.

How are your session/speakers chosen?
The majority of our content is created by and for our community. Anyone can submit a proposal for a panel or training. The submission process opened March 2022. We received several hundred submissions for about 100 slots. Subcommittees of over 100 community members scored the submissions based on quality, timeliness, diversity, and other factors.

Do speakers have to pay for a ticket?
With around 400 speakers and trainers each year, we do ask speakers to purchase a ticket. However, registration scholarships are available for those who need assistance so that cost doesn’t keep important voices from being heard.

Where can I see the agenda?
We’ve posted an overview schedule of each day to give you an idea of the flow of the conference. The complete schedule has been released and can be found here and in our conference app, which is now available to download and join.

Will there be any pre-convention content this year?
Most years, our partners offer pre-convention events on various topics, usually on the Wednesday before Netroots Nation kicks off. We announce any pre-conference events or other programming outside of the main convention dates as soon as we know about them so that you can make plans to attend.

This all seems like a lot of work, can I help?
Absolutely! This convention wouldn’t happen without all of our great volunteers. Volunteering is also a great way to meet other attendees (and have a ton of fun!). If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here.

Is there a convention app?
Absolutely. It is now available for download for all everyone who is registered, and will allow you to connect with sponsors, speakers and attendees; create your own personal conference schedule, watch recorded content, and more.

Is food included in my ticket?
We provide limited amounts of food and drinks during select events throughout the convention, and many of our sponsors provide coffee and snack breaks as well. However, you should plan on taking care of most meals on your own.

When and where do I get my T-shirt and tote bag?
You can pick up your shirt and bag starting Thursday morning at the Netroots Nation booth inside the Town Square.

Are payments made to Netroots Nation tax-deductible?
Payments for registration fees and sponsorships made to Netroots Nation, a California 501(c)4 corporation, are not tax-deductible. However, if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support all the work we do, please consider a generous donation to Netroots Foundation.

How do I make sure I don’t miss announcements about programming and other events?
Make sure you’re on our email list so you get announcements about our agenda, keynote speakers, and other special announcements. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.