Photo Op Time!
Starting at 6pm on Wednesday, March 14th, current EAST Programs can get an official conference team photo taken. Photographers will be available before and after Gala. Please be sure to bring the school photo card that you receive at registration. These pictures are completely free of charge! A team photo will be sent with your conference feedback forms. Also, on your way in to take your seats for Gala, please stop by and check out some fun exhibits & demonstrations.
Last Minute Reminder Webinar Recording
We are less than one week away from #EASTcon18! Check out the Last Minute Reminder Webinar recording under the What's New Tab to make sure your program is All Systems Go!
Gala Night Dinner Options
The Embassy Suites and Hotel Hot Springs are offering a special dinner option for EAST Conference participants on Wednesday, February 14. These are quick, easy option for dinner between when the exhibit hall closes at 4:00 pm and when Gala seating opens at 6:00 pm. See the Planning Resources page (To Dos) for more information.
Food at Conference
The Conference concession stand menu is now available on the website (To Dos > Planning Resources). If you're looking for an affordable lunch option during Conference - check out the Rocket Cafe Pre-Order option (also on the concession stand menu).
Check out the Fusion page (in the Must See tab) for a sneak peek at some of exciting activities happening at the EAST Conference social event.
"Dressed to a Tee" Competition Deadline
Does your program t-shirt promote EAST in style? Make sure to get your submission in by 3 p.m., CST, March 1!
Booth Assignments & Judging Times
EAST has released the official school booth layout and judging times! Check out the Booth Assessment and Program Pitch pages (in the To Dos tab > Conference Showcase) for the lists.
Registration Webinar Recording
The recording of Tuesday's webinar on all things registration can be found in the What's New tab > What's New This Year. Please take some time to learn about all the new changes and the need-to-know information.
View the Breakout Session Schedule
The breakout session schedule is now live and can be viewed through the links on your MyPlanner dashboard. Registration will open on Feb. 26 at 8:00 AM and will close on March 5 at 3:00 PM.
LIVE Registration Webinar
Facilitators! Get the details on how to breeze through the streamlined registration process at #EASTcon18 during a LIVE webinar Tuesday, Feb. 20at 9:15 AM! Only a few spots left! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/CN2018webinar
Breakout Session Registration
Information about breakout session registration (including dates) is now on the website! Please review the information ASAP (in the Get Involved tab) because there are some significant changes this year.
EAST Competition Finalists Announced
Finalists for the Overall Founder's Award, Founder's Awards of Excellence, EAST Project Competition, and Tech Support Olympiad have all been announced. Check out the "Competition Finalists" page in the "What's New" tab for a complete list. Keep an eye out for more finalists announcements coming this week!!!
Sponsored Competitions Deadline
The deadline for all "Sponsored Competitions" has been extended to 3 p.m., CST, January 24, 2018.
Digital Image Release Forms
Facilitators: Keep in mind that if you use the (new) Digital Image Release Form for your students, you still need to save and upload a copy of the signed forms to your school roster in the MyPlanner section!
Reminder: Sponsored Competitions Deadline
The deadline for all sponsored competitions is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018. Do not wait until the last minute! Submission forms will automatically disable at the deadline. If a form does not disable properly, submissions received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Upload speeds can vary and deadline days have a higher volume of student submissions, which can cause delays. EAST will have limited (if any) availability to assist with issues on the deadline day. Winter weather and technology malfunctions are not grounds for automatic extensions or exceptions. Good luck!
More Conference Clips
If you haven't already, be sure to watch the newest Conference Clips for information on registration, the arrival process at Conference, and booth reminders.
Featured Breakout Session Speakers!
Can't wait for the inspirational breakout speakers coming soon at #EASTcon18? Well, check out the "Get Involved" tab - Featured Breakout Session Speakers for a sneak peek!
Congratulations Leadership Team!
The 2018 Leadership Teams were announced this morning. Please help us congratulate the 55 students who will be working behind the scenes at #EASTcon18!
The TSO Leaderboard is live in the What's New section. Be sure to encourage and cheer on your favorite contestants because it's still anyone's game!
Final Two Competitions Live!
The last two competitions are released: Intentionally Inventive Marketing & Create a New Reality: VR Competition! Make sure to apply for any of these competitions by 3 p.m. January 19!
Even More Competitions!
We have three more competitions released: Picture This, SAU Tech Multimedia, and Music! Deadlines for all 3 are January 19!
Another 3D Printing Competition
NWA3D is hosting TWO 3D printing competitions this year! The "Ready? Print...PLAY!" competition has a really unique prize opportunity.
We just released the ARCHICAD & 3D Print It Up! competitions. The deadline is January 19. Also, keep an eye out for a few more competitions being released ASAP!
Leadership Team Application Deadline
This Friday (Nov. 17) at 3 p.m. CST is the deadline to submit applications to be on the Ambassador, Documentation or Technical Support Team. Remember that a facilitator nomination is required for any student applicant, and those must also be received by the deadline.
Even More Competitions
Check out the newly release competitions: A Few Good Apps, SketchUp, and Perfect Pitch! Deadlines for all 3 are January 19.
Conference Clips - Leadership Teams
Check out the "What's New" tab to see the first Conference Clip for #EASTcon18!
Arlington Hotel Breakfast Buffet
The EAST room rate at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa now includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet!
Submit your best architectural designs (2D or 3D) for the Fay Jones Architectural Challenge and the most innovative use of a microcontroller for the MicroControl Everything competition. The deadline is January 19!
Create a Healthier Arkansas Competition
Do you have a project that is improving the health and wellness of your school or community? Make sure to enter the Create a Healthier Arkansas competition, hosted by UA CES.
Website is LIVE
It's finally here!! We are so excited to share the website for #EASTcon18. Have a look around and check back often for updates. We will add more student competitions VERY soon!
Each spring, more than 2,500 students, teachers, parents, and community and business leaders attend the EAST Initiative's largest event of the year, the national EAST Conference. This three-day exhibition style event celebrates and challenges EAST students to learn and perform at the highest levels. Conference is an opportunity for attendees to network with other students, share stories and ideas, and showcase projects that make a difference in their communities.
Hot Springs Convention Center
134 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71901
We invite the general public to visit the Conference exhibits, to learn more about the EAST Initiative, and experience what students accomplish in the EAST program.
Convention Center Map
Exhibit Hall Floor Plan
For a more complete schedule of events for school attendees, please visit the Planning Resources section.
View Printable Agenda
Grand Lobby / Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Grand Lobby & Horner Hall
7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration / Exhibit Hall
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
After Closing Session
Group Name / Code: Environmental and Spatial Technology
Reservation Number: 501-321-4430
Room Information: Max. of 4 in a king room and a max. of 5 in a double bed room. All rooms have a sleeper sofa.
Address: 400 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Distance from Convention Center: Attached by a skywalk
Room Rates: $159 for single, double, triple & quad occupancy. Rate includes a full cook to order breakfast buffet.
Cutoff Date for Reservations: February 10, 2018
Reservation Number: 1-877-623-6697
Address: 305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Distance from Convention Center: Same block
Room Rates: $105 - single, $115 - double, $125 - triple, $135 - quad occupancy. One and two bedroom suites may also be available. Rates include a hot breakfast buffet.
Cutoff Date for Reservations: February 13, 2018
Group Name / Code: EAST Initiative 2017
Reservation Number: 501-623-1700
Address: 3627 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Distance from Convention Center: Approx. 3 miles
Room Rates: $119.99 for a non-smoking queen or double queen room for one or two people. Add $5/person for each additional person over two (2). Multiple occupancy under 18 years of age is ok. Rate includes an expanded continental breakfast. Rooms must be cancelled by 4PM, one (1) day prior to arrival to avoid cancellation fees.
Cutoff Date for Reservations: March 1, 2018
Group Name / Code: EAST Initiative
Reservation Number: 501-624-3800
Address: 320 Nash Street, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Distance from Convention Center: Approximately 3 miles
Room Rates: Non-smoking single or double rooms are $129. Additional occupants are $5/person. Multiple occupancy under 18 years of age is allowed. Nightly rate includes an expanded continental breakfast.
Cutoff Date for Reservations: February 16, 2018
Reservation Number: 800-643-1502 or 501-609-2533
Address: 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Distance from Convention Center: Approximately 1 mile
Room Rates: $108.00 for a single occupancy. Add $10/person for each additional person. Rate includes a hot breakfast buffet. Rooms must be cancelled by 4PM, 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation charge.
Reservation Number: 800-432-5145
Address: 4813 Central Avenue, Hot Springs 71913
Distance from Convention Center: Approx 6 miles
Room Rates: $110 for a single or double room, $120 for a triple (3 people), and $130 for a quad (4 people). Rate includes breakfast for two (2); additional breakfast over two (2) people will be $10/person. Rooms must be cancelled (in writing) within 24 hours of arrival (by 5PM CST) to avoid cancellation fees.
Cutoff Date for Reservations: February 11, 2018
Reservation Number: 501-651-4366
Address: 200 Marriott Court, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Distance from Convention Center: Approximately 4 miles
Room Rates: $129 for a single king or $135 for a double queen room. Rooms must be cancelled five (5) days prior to arrival to avoid cancellation fees. "Made to Order Breakfast" vouchers available for $10/person and it can be charged to the room.
Cutoff Date for Reservations: February 20, 2018
EAST Initiative 501.371.5016 events@EASTStaff.org