Welcome, First Timers!
If this is your first IPMI Conference & Expo, we know it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot to do and figuring out your schedule and meeting new people can be overwhelming. We're here to help!
First time attendee? Download “Embracing My Inner New-Bee” to find out how the IPMI Conference & Expo can change your career.
First, when registering, be sure to let us know if you would like a Conference Mentor for your time during the event. We'll connect you with one of your peers who can help show you the ropes. When you're on show site, be sure to stop by the IPMI Member Community Center in the Expo Hall to chat with one of our Team Members about all the resources IPMI has available to you both during and after the show!
Need some tips on navigating the meeting? Check out the activities below. Have more questions? Check out our Attendee FAQ’s.
Optional Networking Activities
The easiest way to break the ice is to find something in common with other attendees. There is no better way to do that than to sign up for one of the Optional Networking Activities to help get your blood pumping and your mind right for the week ahead plus be able to soak in a little bit of Anaheim on your terms with other conference attendees. Check out the diverse list of networking opportunities and be sure to add them to your registration. Note: Activities have minimum and maximum guarantees so be sure to sign up early to guarantee a spot.
Sunday, June 9 - Wednesday, June 12 - Shoptalks
So you came with problems but you're new and you haven't got a clue who to talk to about the challenges going on in your organization. Check out one of our Shoptalks geared specifically to each segment of the industry and believe it or not, the conversation will flow from the moment you step in the room -- because these sessions are controlled by you, the attendee.
Sunday, June 9 - 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm - Opening Welcome Event: Light the Night Block Party
If you're smart, you've already packed in a full day and made some valuable connections. Now that you're starting to feel like you're coming out of your shell; keep the momentum going at the official kickoff event where attendees will get a taste of the host city. This evening of unique tastes, sounds and culture is one you won’t forget. Entertainment will keep you moving through the night while enjoying refreshing beverages and all the networking you can handle!
Monday, June 10- 7:45 am - 9:00 am - First Timers Breakfast Bootcamp
The IPMI Conference & Expo can be a bit overwhelming, even for Conference & Expo pros! Come join us and visit with leadership and staff to learn how to navigate the week and meet a friend or two. Be sure to add this to your registration!
Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12 - IPMI Member Community Center
Look for our IPMI Event staff in easily identifiable attire or stop by the IPMI Member Community Center in the Expo Hall anytime you have questions. Our staff and volunteers want to make navigating the meeting as easy as possible. Download the mobile app – tons of up-to –the-minute updates, engaging with other attendees, program at your fingertips. And our Learning Labs are the best place to have more informal presentations and be able to interact with the presenters – right on the show floor.
Navigate as a Newbie
Not sure who's new?
Rest assured you'll be able to easily spot other FTAs (First Time Attendees), from the "newbie/bee" stickers on their badges. New this year, we will also have First Timers ribbons. Make sure to grab one for yourself at the registration desk!
Have a question?
Email us your questions! Or post us your questions on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Looking to connect?
The Opening Welcome Event is going to be an event to remember! But with an expected 3,500+ attendees, it can be a bit intimidating. Why not make some friends beforehand? Download the mobile app and get social before the event starts! Or register for a Optional Networking Activity. What better way to fully submerge yourself in the IPMI Conference & Expo and make valuable connections than to participate in some of our lighter activities outside the classroom setting?
Interested in Mentoring?
Your participation in this initiative is crucial to guide new professionals and first time attendees. IPMI is thriving because of your involvement and your dedication. Your experiences can inspire new professionals and ensure first time attendees get the most of their attendance!
The best way for you to help is simply to connect. If you see a first timer, say hello! Introduce them to some of your contacts. Sit by them in a general session. Not only will you be helping the first timers, but you'll be building your own network and quite possibly making a great new friend!