Expo & Sponsors
Don't miss the opportunity to exhibit at the premier conference for professionals dedicated to improving organizational teaching and learning, and discovering new approaches for enhancing the community college experience.
The Innovations Conference provides Platinum Partners and Exhibitors with direct access to nearly 1,500 higher education faculty and administrators, government officials, and community and business leaders from around the world.
- Sunday: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM and 5:30 - 7:00 PM
- Monday: 7:30 - 9:00 AM and 12:00 - 1:30 PM
- Tuesday: 7:30 - 9:00 AM and 12:00 - 1:30 PM
The Exhibition Hall Provides
- A single venue to network with community college and industry leaders
- A place to meet face-to-face with qualified buyers and generate leads
- An opportunity to showcase products and services and launch new wares
- NEW: Ignite Theater, where participants learn about featured products (see Exhibitor Opportunities tab above)
- Special events that generate high traffic volume, including an evening reception, coffee and refreshment break, two continental breakfasts, and two light lunches
Exhibitors are also encouraged to consider available sponsorship and advertising opportunities and to submit proposals to present.
The value of exhibiting at the League’s Innovations Conference is the access we provide to the community college market—worth over $150 billion annually. As an Exhibitor, your company will be affiliated with our network of over 1,200 community colleges and associated businesses to become a major player in the community college market.
- 10x10 Booth ($3,000)
- 10x20 Booth ($3,500)
- 10x30 Booth ($4,000)
- 20x20 Booth ($4,500)
All Exhibitors Receive
- 2 full conference registrations*
- Opportunity to present
- Free ancillary meeting space
- Email pre- and post-conference attendee lists
- Article submission for League newsletter
*Additional registrations may be purchased at the Board rate.
NEW: Ignite Theater
Schedule a presentation in the Exhibition Hall's Ignite Theater to engage participants in product demonstrations, training sessions, author interviews, etc. This is a wonderful way to compliment your booth presence.
Please Note: Exhibitors who need a laptop or tablet for their Ignite Theater presentation are required to bring their own. The league does not provide this equipment.
Ignite Theater Presentation benefits:
- Available only to Innovations Conference exhibitors
- Ten minute slots scheduled during Exhibition Hall hours
- Presentation schedule and descriptions included in the printed Conference Program-Guide to the Exhibition (if reserved by December 15, 2017)
- Presentation schedule and descriptions included in the mobile application and online
- Presentations promoted via pre-conference communications
- Budget-friendly cost fof $250
Promote your presentation and drive traffic to your booth by:
- Engaging participants on Twitter before and during your presentation (#18INNMD)
- Attracting participants to your presentation with an email blast
- Sending invitations to your existing customer base
- Promoting Ignite Theater audience member specials on the League website
- Offering a fun and creative presentation
- Scheduling a reception or book signing in your booth immediately following the presentation, and inviting your Ignite Theater audience to attend
Presentations will be scheduled for ten minute intervals during Exhibition Hall hours. Presentations include theater setup, podium/stage, microphone, projector, and screen.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Your application and payment must be received by December 15, 2017.
Click here to become a Platinum Partner or Exhibitor. For more information, contact Chris Hennessey.
Make the Most of Your Exhibition Experience at Innovations 2018
Peer-to-peer selling is a formula that works well at the League’s Innovations Conference. Present a session during which a community college representative discusses how your product or service benefits and/or serves the community college market.
Choose the exhibit booth that most effectively meets your marketing needs and budgetary requirements.
Reserve a time to present at the Exhibition Hall's Ignite Theater to engage participants in product demonstrations and the like. This is a wonderful way to compliment your booth presence.
Make sure team members assigned to your booth are well trained to represent your company, generate leads, and secure sales. Ensure that everyone involved fully understands what needs to be accomplished during the conference.
Consider sending an email or direct mail to conference participants using the pre-conference list. Invite participants to your presentation and to your exhibit booth.
If you would like to obtain potential customers' email addresses during the conference, rent a lead retrieval scanner from our AV contractor, AV Images, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800.801.1500.
Create energy and increase booth traffic by giving away a high-end prize (e.g., MP3, mini laptop, digital camera). Select promotional products and giveaways that complement your company image.
Host a reception for current and potential customers. Hand out invitations at your booth or Ignite Theater presentation, or invite participants using the pre-conference participant list. There is no cost for ancillary meeting space for Platinum Partners and Exhibitors. Set-up fees (if required), catering, and AV fees are the partner or exibitor’s responsibility. Ancillary meeting space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Use online and social marketing opportunities such as webinars, blogs, online videos, Twitter, and Facebook to complement traditional marketing methods before, during, and after the conference.
Send a personalized, handwritten note, along with a customized company information packet or other appropriate material, to booth visitors within a week following the conference to help turn leads into sales.
Please note: Exhibition space is a benefit reserved for Platinum Partners, Exhibitors, and member colleges. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, for details about exhibiting, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities.
How are booth assignments made?
Booth selection is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with Platinum Partners receiving first priority, followed by Exhibitors. Adjustments to the floor plan may be made at the discretion of the League.
What is the Exhibition Hall schedule?
The Innovations 2018 schedule indicates Exhibition Hall hours.
What is the Ignite Theater?
The Ignite Theater is a new feature at Innovations 2018. A stage setup will be provided by the League for 10 minute presentations by Platinum Partners and Exhibitors who want to engage participants in product demonstrations, training sessions, author interviews, etc. This opportunity compliments your booth presence and is available at the budget-friendly cost of only $250. See the Exhibitor Opportunities tab (above) or contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, for additional information.
What is included in a standard booth package?
The standard booth package includes a booth with standard pipe, drape, and side rails. Back drape will be 8' high; side drapes will be 3' high. Also included is a 6' skirted table, 2 chairs, and a wastebasket. The standard booth package also includes a one-line, 7" wide x 44" long identification sign with the exhibitor’s name in black block letters on a white background and a complimentary corporate description in the Guide to the Exhibition. Sponsors receive a booth upgrade. Additional furniture is available at an extra charge from GES (see below), the League's drayage/decorating company. The Exhibition Hall is carpeted.
When will the exhibitor service kit be available?
The exhibitor service kit will be available in the fall of 2017.
Can I send shipments to the advance warehouse?
Please refer to the Exhibitor Kit (see tab above) for instructions.
What other exhibitors will be participating at Innovations 2018?
A list of exhibitors with booth numbers will be available in the fall of 2017.
Who do I contact to order food and beverages for my booth?
Contact Robin Piccirilli at 480.705.8200, x232, to order food and beverages for your booth. Exhibitors are responsible for the cost of food and beverage ordered for their booths
How many registrations are included with my partnership?
Platinum Partners receive 10 full registrations and Exhibitors receive two full registrations. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, regarding additional registrations.
Are there opportunities to advertise or sponsor conference activities, and if so, who do I contact?
There are great opportunities to advertise and sponsor activities at Innovations 2018. Click on the Conference Sponsorships and/or Award Sponsorships tabs above to find out more. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, to become a conference sponsor or advertiser.
How do I block hotel rooms for my company?
The New York Marriott Marquis is accepting room reservations at a discounted rate of $289* per night for Marquis Deluxe Double and Marquis Deluxe King rooms for Innovations 2019 participants. Visit the Hotel & Travel page for details and to book.
WARNING: DO NOT BOOK A HOTEL ROOM with companies such as Convention Expo Travel or Convention Housing Services. These companies are IN NO WAY affiliated with the Innovations Conference or the League for Innovation. The League is not responsible for reservations made with these companies.
Can my company hold a meeting during the conference?
There is no cost for ancillary meeting space for Platinum Partners and Exhibitors. The cost of food and beverages is the partner's responsibility. Ancillary meeting space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizations can reserve ancillary meeting space at the conference by contacting Robin Piccirilli at 480.705.8200, x232.
Are free customer passes available?
Yes. Platinum Partners and Exhibitors can invite their customers to attend the exhibition free of charge. Passes are to be used only for customers and only allow access to the Exhibition Hall. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, to obtain free customer passes to the Exhibition Hall.
All League Exhibitors are also entitled to two complimentary conference registrations. Information about the number of registrations and other benefits associated with being a Platinum Partner is available here.
How do I register my booth staff for employee badges?
Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705,8200, x237, to register booth staff for employee badges and access to the Exhibition Hall.
Is security provided in the Exhibition Hall?
Loading dock security personnel are provided during load-in and load-out hours. Security personnel are stationed within the Exhibition Hall when the hall is closed. Badge checkers for the Exhibition Hall are stationed at the front doors during Exhibition Hall hours. This level of security is intended to control the access of people and material to and from the Exhibition Hall in a safe and organized manner. It is not intended as individual security for your booth and materials. Please remember that the hotel is a public building to which hundreds of individuals have access. Do not leave items of value in your booth overnight, during the load-in and load-out periods, or on exhibition days without taking security precautions. Exhibitors can order overnight booth security from the security vendor.
Are lead retrieval scanners available at the conference?
If you would like to obtain conference participant email addresses during the conference, rent a lead retrieval scanner from our AV contractor, AV Images, by emailing William Trombino or by calling 800.801.1500.
How do I locate my booth materials upon arriving at the conference?
Exhibitors must first check in at the Conference Registration Desk upon arrival to pick up conference badges; badges are required in order for exhibitors to enter the hall while it is closed to participants. The League's decorator, GES, handles exhibitors’ shipping needs. Freight shipped to GES will be placed at exhibition booths by them on load-in days. It is recommended that exhibitors have their tracking number available to help identify the location of any missing materials.
Can I deliver exhibit materials to the hotel myself?
Yes. Exhibitors may deliver materials to the hotel themselves. Personal vehicles delivering exhibition freight and materials to the hotel can come direct to the conference site on the scheduled move-in days. Please remember that there will be a large number of trucks and private vehicles making deliveries during the load-in period. Arrive at the hotel by 10:00 AM to allow plenty of time for unloading and delivery of materials to your booth. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, for additional information.
Can I carry exhibit materials into the hotel and to my booth?
Yes. Exhibitors may hand carry material through the door, provided they do not use material handling equipment to assist them.
What is the cost to exhibit at Innovations 2018?
Exhibition space is a benefit reserved for League Platinum Partners, Exhibitors, and member colleges. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, for details about exhibiting, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities.
Is a booth upgrade available?
Platinum Partners receive their choice of booth size up to a 20x30. Exhibitors may choose from the booth sizes outlined on the Partner and Pricing Benefits page.
Can I bring my family to the conference?
Children under the age of 18 are not permitted at the conference.
How do I order Internet access for the conference?
Platinum Partners receive wireless Internet service in the Exhibition Hall at no additional cost. There is a $250 fee for wireless Internet service in the Exhibition Hall for Exhibitors, as well as a $400 fee for any organization requiring an Ethernet line in the Exhibition Hall.
By sponsoring Innovations Conference events and materials, your company gains visibility and access to campus leaders and faculty members from our nation’s 1,200 community colleges, as well as conference participants from several foreign countries. All sponsorships are noted in the Conference Program/Guide to the Exhibition and onsite signage.
To reserve a sponsorship, contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, ext. 237.
The Innovations Conference features an engaging exhibition of hardware, software, and services. During functions held in the Exhibition Hall, conference participants visit with Platinum Partners and Exhibitors, socialize with colleagues, and make new acquaintances as they enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, or a meal in a lively setting.
Coffee and Refreshment Break
The Leadership Reception is an invitation-only reception for League Board Member College Presidents, League Board College Representatives, and Executive Leadership Institute alumni and faculty. These nationally recognized leaders are collectively responsible for setting the direction of community colleges. This event is attended by an average of 100 emerging and established community college leaders.
General Sessions include keynote presentations by nationally recognized and thought-provoking leaders chosen for their ability to challenge our audience of close to 1,500 administrators, faculty, workforce leaders, and League partners to shape their academic programs and services and to prepare their students for citizenship and rewarding lifelong careers.
Opening General Session
All conference participants receive a conference bag containing the Conference Program/Guide to the Exhibition and other conference materials. This exclusive sponsorship places your company’s logo on these attractive bags for maximum exposure.
Conference Participant Bags
All conference participants receive a Conference Program/Guide to the Exhibiton containing session, presenter, exhibitor, and general information. This exclusive sponsorship places your company’s ad in the Program/Guide for maximum exposure throughout the conference.
Conference Program/Guide to the Exhibition
All conference participants receive a lanyard, notepad, and pen. These exclusive sponsorships place your company’s materials at the Conference Registration Desk or in the conference bags. This is a great way to boost your exposure throughout and after the conference.
Everyone depends on directional aisle signs to effectively navigate the Exhibition Hall. Increase your company’s brand by displaying its logo on aisle signs. Standard 4’ x 8’ double-sided aisle signs let participants see your logo every time they look up. Visibility outside your booth doesn’t get any better than that!
A 24-hour, complimentary high speed wireless Internet hotspot will be provided for participants. Sponsoring the hotspot is an excellent opportunity for your company to increase its exposure outside of the Exhibition Hall.
24-Hour Wireless Hotspot
Make a lasting impression on participants by sponsoring the official conference volunteer team shirt. Host college volunteers will wear your company’s logo on their shirts throughout the conference.
Host College Volunteer Shirts
An email evaluation is distributed soon after the conference to each participant to assess their satisfaction and perceived learning, and to seek recommendations for the following year.
Post-Conference Evaluation Email
Conference participants receive a complementary beverage ticket for each of the evening Receptions in the Exhibition Hall. A great way to get a message into every participant’s hands is to place a message on beverage tickets (e.g., “Visit Company XYZ in booth ABC”).
Beverage Tickets (Sunday)
All general and special sessions are recorded during the conference and housed in iStream, the League’s subscription-based multimedia portal. The archives are available indefinitely and accessed thousands of times.
John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards
The John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards are open to League Board and Alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Recipients are recognized annually in a series of activities and promotions, and honored at special events at the Innovations Conference each spring.
John E. Roueche & Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award
The John E. Roueche & Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award, also established in 2012, is presented to outstanding individuals whose accomplishments and professional contributions to higher education and the community college field are recognized as motivational, inspirational, and transformational. An awards committee, consisting of national experts and selected League leadership, reviews nominations and confirms final designations. An award winner is honored at each year’s Innovations Conference.
AWARD SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Innovations Conferences have drawn well over 1,500 participants in the recent past and will continue to be one of the most popular events in the community college world.
Your sponsorship is an easy and affordable way to promote your products and services to a targeted professional audience. All sponsorships are noted in the Conference Program/Guide to the Exhibition, and on conference signage. Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, ext. 237, to become a conference sponsor or advertiser.
Excellence Award Medallions - These specially cast, pewter medallions are given to all award recipients during or after the Innovations Conference.
BOOKED BY NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
John E. Roueche & Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award - This award is given to one outstanding leader in the community college field during the Innovations Conference.
BOOKED BY NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Excellence Awards Program - This program celebrating the recipients and their colleges will be given to all award recipients, and mailed to all community college presidents.
John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards Kickoff - This event, held on Monday from 5:30 - 6:00 PM, is an exclusive event at which awards recipients are celebrated and congratulated for their exemplary work. (Due to space limitations, this event is for 2017 Excellence Award recipients only.)
Photo Sessions for Excellence Award Recipients - There will be a photographer onsite in the Exhibition Hall Sunday 5:30 - 7:00 PM. This will be a chance for award recipients to have a professional photo taken with family and colleagues.
Please review the Exhibitor Kit carefully for important information, including:
- Exhibition Hall hours, rules, and regulations
- Guide to the Exhibition requirements
- Sponsorship opportunities
- Exhibitor registration
- Primary and official Exhibition Hall contractor contacts
Contact Chris Hennessey at 480.705.8200, x237, for details about exhibiting, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities.
Please fill out and submit the following forms, as needed. All Exhibition Hall equipment rental is handled by AV Images, the League’s audiovisual company.
The Exhibition Hall floor plan is now available for booth selection.
Important note: Booth selection is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with Platinum Partners receiving first priority, followed by Exhibitors. To ensure availability, please make your booth reservation as soon as possible during the selection period for your partnership level. Contact Chris Hennessey at (480) 705-8200, x237, for additional information.