Not Sure Who’s New?
Easily spot other first-time attendees by the “First-Time Attendee” ribbon on their badge making it easy to identify new friends. Be sure to pick one up at Registration located in the North Atrium of the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC).
Looking to Connect?
First-Time Attendee Lounge
GCCC | Union Station Foyer
The First-Time Attendee Lounge will be available throughout the conference for first timers to relax, mingle and serve as a meeting point to easily identify others.
First-Time Attendee Reception
Sunday, September 18 | 1:45pm – 2:15pm
Hyatt Regency Columbus | Taft C
First-time attendees are invited to this informal reception featuring light refreshments for an opportunity to mix and mingle with other First-Time attendees. Be sure to stop by! From the reception, attendees can walk together to the Sunday General Session from 2:30pm-4:30pm.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
Sunday, September 18 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
GCCC | Exhibit Hall B
The Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception is one you don’t want to miss. This event is included in your registration fee and includes a complimentary beverage of your choice.
First-Time Attendee Tips
Create an Agenda
Create an agenda of sessions you want to attend via the conference app. Be sure to download the app before arriving in Columbus. Information on downloading the conference app will be available on the Annual Conference website beginning September 1st.
Engage with Other Attendees
Engage with other attendees via the app. The activity feed is particularly popular with attendees!
Pro Tip: If a session is particularly important to you, arrive EARLY! Some rooms will reach capacity quickly and arriving late could mean you won’t get access to the room.
Calling All Our Vets!
If you see a First-Time Attendee, say hello, introduce them to some of your contacts, sit by them in a session or during the Exhibit Hall lunches, or simply stop by the First-Time Attendee Lounge. Not only will you help the first-timers, but you’ll grow your own network and likely make a great new friend!