Evaluation Connection Center 

Following the Evaluation 2016, we sent the exhibitor survey to all exhibitors and sponsors. We received feedback and comments about our Connection Center hours. Based on this feedback, we have decided to move forward with shortened and more dedicated hours for Evaluation 2017.  We believe this allows for attendees and exhibitors to be have a more affective conversation and more meaningful connections.

Evaluation 2017 Connection Center Hours:

Set-Up Wednesday, November 8 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Open Wednesday, November 8 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. (Meet the Authors & Welcome Reception)
Thursday, November 9 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tear Down Friday, November 10 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

2016 Survey Results 


  • “7 a.m. is way too early to start. No one comes to the exhibit hall at that hour.”
  • “The original hours were greatly reduced, and we supported the compacted exhibit hours. The co-mingling of the Meet the Authors Reception and exhibit hall was a great addition. We had few if any visitors during the hours that were expanded a month before the conference. The early morning hours between 7:30 a.m.  and 9:30 a.m. are NOT NECESSARY. There is little or no foot traffic. I hope that you had staff checking foot hours throughout the conference so decisions such as the last minute change in exhibit hours can be data-driven.”