Programs and Tracks

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference programming is derived from member-driven content organized across overarching IT tracks and hosts one of the largest exhibit halls in the industry.

In 2017, the annual conference will convene over 8,000 higher ed IT colleagues to explore the topics and issues we're passionate about. We will share ideas. Examine trends. Battle assumptions. And swap contact information in an unparalleled representation of peer support and networking. It’s the best thinking in higher education IT.

Whether you participate as an individual or travel together as a team, you can make this a comprehensive experience by taking advantage of any of the opportunities below.

Leadership Programming at Philadelphia

Senior Directors Seminar

The Senior Directors Seminar includes skill development, peer networking, and mentoring offered by highly experienced leaders for senior directors.

Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum

The Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum will examine the complex intersection of academic transformation and student success technologies—where leadership and data can power institutional change.

Hawkins Leadership Roundtable

The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable focuses on high-level IT questions, discuss important IT leadership issues, and engage in intensive networking with peers and experienced CIOs.


Additional On-Site Resources and Activities

Trick or Treat Around the Convention Center

Tuesday only: If you celebrate Halloween, or just love candy, use this map as a self-guided tour to get familiarized with the convention center. Each location will have a pumpkin with different candy in it. Happy Halloween!

Community Central

Stop by this community gathering spot in the Grand Hall, which offers four experiences:

Meet & Mingle: Join us for a coffee and informal networking with EDUCAUSE staff and attendees who share your interests. See the agenda for topics and session times.

Work & Chat: Find a quiet spot to work and reflect, meet with colleagues, or recharge your devices here. And, when you’re ready for a mind break, catch the Google Tilt Brush VR demo in this area.

Collaborate: Need a place for a group meeting or birds-of-a-feather gatherings? Meeting tables in this area can be reserved here.

Relax & Renew: Take a break and reenergize your mind and body with complimentary relaxation activities brought to you in partnership with Workday.

In partnership with Workday, Platinum Partner, and Google, Gold Partner

Ancillary Meetings

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference also serves as a community gathering place for many organizations—institutions, nonprofits, companies, and consortia. Often these member groups host community or customer-focused meetings in conjunction with the conference.

Innovative Solution Providers 

The Exhibit Hall features over 275 exhibitors who specialize in providing the latest campus technology solutions for the higher education community. In addition to exhibits, numerous activities take place in the hall, including Start-Up Alley, Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition, Edtech Playground, , Learning Theater, conference refreshment breaks, lunch, and dessert stations.


Program Tracks

Session content has been carefully crafted by community presenters (institutional and industry) who have extensive experience and whose topical discussions are categorized into the following programmatic tracks: