Netroots Nation Proposal FAQ

SUBMISSION TIMELINE

Submission period opens: June 14
Q&A Session: Slides from session available here.
Submission period closes: July 2
Sessions Announced: Mid-August
Netroots Nation 2021: October 7-9


FAQ

How long do I have to submit a proposal?
You can submit your idea(s) anytime between June 14 and July 2.

What types of sessions can I submit?
You can submit a panel (moderator and no more than four speakers) or a training (one or two presenters).

Will my session be virtual or in person?
Netroots Nation 2021 is a hybrid event, with two ways to attend: in person in Washington D.C., or virtually from your home. Some breakout sessions will be held in person, live-streamed, and then recorded for our virtual platform. Others will be held in a virtual format only and recorded for later viewing as well. Attendees will have access to all breakout sessions and keynotes, regardless of how they are attending.

For sessions held in person, all presenters must be present in Washington D.C. Otherwise, the session will be conducted virtually as a webinar. You’ll need to indicate if your session is for in-person or virtual presentation.

How are sessions chosen?
Once the submission period closes, proposals will be broken up by issue area or topic and reviewed by small committees of community leaders. Panels that advance past the first round are then reviewed again by the 2021 final selection committee, which makes the final decisions about what sessions are ultimately presented at Netroots Nation.

What does a good proposal look like?
Successful panels usually have a cross-issue focus, present an action-oriented take on an issue or share lessons learned, include experienced moderators and engaging speakers, and do not serve as commercials for a single organization or product. Successful trainings are skills-focused (as opposed to discussion or debate-focused) and range from beginner/basic to expert/advanced level. When you’re describing your panelists or trainers, be sure to tell us WHY they’re a good fit for your session and what their expertise is. Simply pasting in speaker bios isn’t as helpful.

How important is diversity really?
It’s incredibly important. Panels containing only white men will be rejected automatically, and gender-balanced panels that don’t include people of color will not be scored favorably. We also value sessions that include local voices from our host city/state and strongly encourage you to include a local speaker in your proposal.

How long is a session?
All sessions are 60 minutes. You should allow time for Q&A within that time block.

When will my session take place?
Your session will be held on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (October 7, 8, or 9). You’ll have a chance to let us know if you have specific scheduling needs. The sooner we’re aware of scheduling limitations, the more likely we can accommodate.

Can I be the organizer and the moderator or a speaker?
Yes. There is a place to indicate that on the submission form.

Is there a cost for speakers to register?
Because we have hundreds of speakers each year, we are unable to offer all speakers free registrations. However, we will work to ensure that cost is not a barrier for participation. Information on how to request a waiver will be sent to session organizers once sessions are selected.

Does Netroots Nation pay for travel or hotel accommodation?
No. Speakers are expected to cover their own travel and hotel accommodations.

Will I get a confirmation email with a copy of my submission?
Yes. The email will come from activist@netrootsnation.org with a reply-to address of panels@netrootsnation.org. That’s the email to use if anything looks incorrect or you have questions.

Can I edit my proposal after it is submitted?
Unfortunately not, so be sure to double-check all the fields before submitting.

When should I expect to hear back about my submission?
You’ll find out in August if your session has been selected for Netroots Nation 2021.

Will the information I submit be released publicly?
Most of the information is just for our reviewers to have or so we can get in contact with you if we have questions. If your session is selected, we will post your session title and description, but you will have a chance to revise/update before publishing.

What if I have other questions?
Slides from the Q&A session about submissions are available to view here. You can also email us at panels@netrootsnation.org.