First Time at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Group of EDUCAUSE employees ready to lead tours

If this is your first time attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference or it’s been awhile since you’ve attended, we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your conference experience.


Before the Conference: Prepare for Arrival

  1. Join us for the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2023: Know Before You Go webinar on September 18. Register now to learn more about what you can expect at the conference and how to have the best experience.
  2. Download the EDUCAUSE Events mobile app.
    This will be your go-to guide for everything you need to know to navigate the conference including the sessions, schedule, venue maps, exhibitor directory, networking opportunities, and so much more.
    No printed conference program will be provided onsite—download the app for access to all program and event details.  


At the Conference: Suggested Activities and Sessions

  • Join us for a venue tour at McCormick Place West

    Need help getting the lay of the land? Join us for a venue tour on Monday, October 9 at 4:00-4:45 p.m. It’s a great way to meet both first-time attendees and experienced participants that can help you connect with your community.

    The tour will begin at the conference Information Desk located in Lobby, Level 1.

  • Explore the Exhibit Hall

    Make plans to see the exhibitors showcasing their products and services. The conference exhibit hall features 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, EDUCAUSE Central, Emerging Tech Zone, EDUCAUSE Park, refreshment breaks, poster sessions, and so much more!

  • Attend the Reception in the Exhibit Hall

    Tuesday, October 10 | 3:00–4:45 p.m. CT | Halls F1, F2, Level 3
    Join your colleagues for an informal gathering with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the exhibit hall. During this time, you can also engage with industry experts and learn about exciting technology solutions for your campus.

  • Book a Braindate

    You are attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference to meet great people and learn new things that can help you address the current challenges facing higher education. One of the best ways to do so is to connect with the right professional peers and corporate partners and have meaningful conversations about topics that are relevant to you.

  • Visit EDUCAUSE Central | Future Visions

    Professional headshot getting outdated? Interested in learning what EDUCAUSE does beyond the annual conference to help shape where higher ed is headed? Want to see what the future of edtech looks like? Or maybe you just want a cool new pair of socks, coffee, or a craft cocktail?

Top Tips

Tips and Tricks

✓ Download the mobile app—you will need it to:

  • View the sessions and schedule (a printed program will not be provided)

  • View the venue maps

  • Access the exhibitor directory

  • Connect with other attendees

  • Book braindates

  • Receive important event notifications

  • And so much more!

✓ Give yourself permission to unplug from the office for a while

Do yourself a favor and don't sequester yourself during every break to respond to emails. Use the mobile app to see who's onsite, how you can connect, and what you can learn from each other. Book a braindate to learn from your peers. Arm yourself with business cards for quick number exchanges (or use the mobile app “shake” feature), and customize your name badge with stickers for informal hallway conversation starters.

✓ Ask Questions

Staff are available at the conference Information Desk, and throughout the venue to assist you. Don’t waste time struggling to figure out what you’re looking for or where to go. Just ask. (Pssst..we've got you covered. You can even text us your questions during business hours at 1-833-921-5622).