Propose a Training

The submission period for Netroots Nation 2020 opens February 3. Below are some key dates that relate to the selection process and agenda roll-out.

The submission period has now closed. Proposals are being evaluated and scored, and selections will be announced in April.

Submissions open February 3
Submission webinar February 11 (3pm ET)
Submission webinar February 25 (3pm ET)
Submissions close February 28
Public voting period March 4-9
Selections announced Late April 2020
Netroots Nation August 13-15, Denver

What To Submit

We’re looking for training proposals 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 those 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, digital advertising and social media
  • Using data to win campaigns and measure success
  • Voter contact and turnout methods for 2020
  • 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 60 minutes. We’ll do our best to accommodate scheduling needs of your trainers but cannot guarantee timing.
  • Because we have more than 400 presenters each year, we ask that speakers/trainers pay for their registrations. For those who need assistance, we offer subsidized registrations. This discounted earlybird trainer rate is $195 for the full conference. In addition, on a limited basis, we will waive all fees based on need. Information on how to request a complimentary pass will be sent to training 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 Denver. 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).
  • Vendors: Our community can tell when trainings are essentially promotions of a particular tool or service, and they will voice their frustrations. If you’re thinking of submitting a training to promote your tool, we encourage you to instead apply for our New Tools Showcase, a well-attended event that highlights the best of tech in the movement. In addition, we have a limited number of product demonstration spots available to our sponsors.


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