WERC 2019 Annual Conference


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Average temperatures in Columbus in late April are:
High: 70°F   
Low: 45°F 
Temperatures in hotels and meeting rooms can often be difficult to manage, so we recommend bringing a sweater or jacket for your comfort.

The complete conference attendee list is available exclusively to registered attendees in the conference mobile app.

Located in room A110 of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Corporate Member Lounge will be open exclusively to current corporate members and Patron, Benefactor & Champion Solutions Partners.
Lounge Hours:
Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, 2019
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

For driving directions, click here.

Advance registration for Facility Tours is required and may be added to your registration, based on availability. Tour fees are non-refundable. For tours that are sold out in advance, if the facility permits late additions, you may request a stand-by ticket at the on-site registration desk. Stand-by tickets are valid on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available due to cancellations or no shows.

Long pants and comfortable, closed-toed shoes are required attire for all facility tours. 

WERC has secured a limited number of discounted hotel room rates to help make your trip to Columbus as affordable as possible. Through the travel experts at onPeak, rooms at the exclusive WERC rates are available on a first come, first-served basis. Be sure to book early for best selection and price. Book Now >>

The Stay & Save registration categories are discounted by $250 based on your intention to book a hotel room through this site and stay in an official WERC Conference hotel during the conference.

Should you choose a Stay & Save registration category but not make a hotel reservation through this site or not actually utilize a hotel room in an official WERC hotel during the conference, your registration category will be changed and you will automatically be charged the difference in registration fee ($250).

For information on local restaurants and attractions, click here.

Your conference badge is all you need for meals and drinks. Again this year, tickets are NOT required and ALL conference participants are welcome at all events.

If requested at least 30 days in advance, a limited number of meeting rooms are available in Columbus immediately before and after the conference exclusively for WERC Corporate Members and Solutions Partners. Events may not be held, however, in conflict with official WERC Conference activities. For information or to request a room, contact conference@werc.org.

The conference mobile app is available exclusively to registered conference attendees. To download the app, click here

Click here for information and to register.

The onsite Registration Desk will be located on the 1st floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, near Hall A.
Registration Desk Hours are:
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (10am for Solutions Partners and 12:00 noon for conference attendees)
Monday, April 29, 2019 – 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

WERC and its partners do not utilize third parties to solicit our solutions partners, attendees or members for purposes of selling hotel rooms, audio visual equipment, mailing lists or any other product or service. WERC is aware that there are companies that may solicit our participants, however WERC has NO affiliation with them. Solutions Partners and attendees are urged to exercise caution and advised to secure products and services only through WERC’s exclusive channels.

Conference Hotel Rooms: onPeak is the only official hotel provider associated with WERC. While hotel resellers other than onPeak may contact you offering accommodations for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with WERC. WERC and its service partners do not solicit hotel room reservations via telephone or fax and entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.
Attendees and Solutions Partners are urged to exercise caution and are advised to coordinate lodging reservations only through WERC's official hotel provider, onPeak.

Audio Visual Equipment: CCR Solutions is WERC's exclusive conference technology rental provider. The only way to guarantee the integrity of your order and credit card information is to reserve equipment and services through them. Solutions Partners can find information on technology services and equipment rental in the official Solutions Partner Services Kit (available in February).

Mailing Lists: WERC takes the privacy of our solutions partners and attendees very seriously and does not make our mailing lists available to third parties for their use or sale. Solutions partners or sponsors interested in sending either email or mail to conference attendees should contact their Solutions Center sales representative.

Click here for complete information. Or contact sales@werc.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 
Solutions Partner registration, move-in/booth set-up: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (All booths must be set up by 6:00 pm)

Monday, April 29, 2019
Final Solutions Center cleaning and prep: 8:00 - 11:30 am
Lunch in Solutions Center: 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
Networking reception in Solutions Center: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Lunch in Solutions Center: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Solutions Partner move-out/booth tear-down: 1:30 – 6:00 pm

The 2019 Conference Call for Proposals was open July – September, 2018 and we received a record number of proposals. (More than 90!). Additional proposals are no longer being accepted. Watch your WERCWeekly e-newsletter and www.werc.org in July 2019 for the 2020 Conference Call for Proposals.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, WERC will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at this meeting. WERC will also attempt to accommodate attendees with special dietary requirements. Please contact us at conference@werc.org to let us know your needs.

Click here for a list of WERC Media Partners. Interested in a press pass to attend the conference? Click here for information and to apply for accreditation.

Are you attending the conference and interested in lending a hand? Click here