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 what keeps us up at night. 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.

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Leadership Programming at Philadelphia

Senior Directors Seminar

The Senior Directors Seminar is a professional development program for those serving in higher education IT as senior directors or those actively seeking senior director roles within the next year. Programming includes skill development, peer networking, and mentoring offered by highly experienced leaders.

Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum

The Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum is for CIOs and academic affairs leaders and will take place on Tuesday, October 31 during the Annual Conference. The 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 is a small-cohort mentoring program for new CIOs and individuals actively seeking their first CIO role. In this program you'll focus 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

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. We encourage this through our ancillary meeting policy to honor valuable member network-building and community-based needs. 

EDUCAUSE Staff "Meet and Greets"

Meet the EDUCAUSE staff who translate your needs into initiatives, working groups, and resources. Share your feedback and find out what's on the horizon.

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, the Pitch IT! Challenge, high-energy programming in the 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: