Improvements for METROCON18

You talked, we listened.

In direct response to your suggestions, we're making mucho improvements. Here are just some of the changes we're making for this year's event.

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Trade Show Layout

We have added many more cross-traffic aisles by limiting booth runs to a maximum of 40'. This change allows better visual and physical access between aisles for easier Attendee “discovery.” It also allows for more 10’x20’ or 20’x20’ end-cap exhibit spaces, which are very popular with Exhibitors.

In addition to our traditional lounge areas and food distribution points placed along the primary axis of the trade show floor, we have created areas for congregating and food distribution in the four quadrants of the trade show floor as to distribute more people around the trade show.

We have made the center section – traditionally reserved for only the Thursday Happy Hour – smaller, and we will be holding additional activities in the center section both days, which will increase activity on the trade show floor.

We have eliminated all eating and resting spots in North Hall, directing both of these activities into the Main Hall, the location of the trade show.

 

 
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Schedule

We are concentrating continuing education courses at the beginning of both mornings for those Attendees in need of credits. Therefore, on both days the trade show will start later than its traditional 8:30 AM start time, allowing Exhibitor staff to arrive at 9:45 AM.

After the initial concentration of continuing education courses, we will allow for more time in between courses that follow.

We will not hold any classes during the Thursday Happy Hour between 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, allowing more trade show and networking time, as well as allowing us to create a more fun, energetic atmosphere.

We will end Thursday earlier (at 6:00 PM) so that all participants have more time after the show to go to parties and private dinners.

 
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Programming

We are featuring several exclusive, timely sessions by leaders from respected firms like Corgan, Gensler, HKS, HOK, IA Interior Architects, Merriman Anderson Architects, Perkins+Will, PDR, REES, Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Inc., and The Beck Group.

These sessions are not your typical CEUs – i.e., Attendees cannot get these courses anywhere else but METROCON18 Expo & Conference.

We are also featuring educational tracks to make the conference more attractive to design professionals. Tracks include Sustainability (GBCI approved), Healthcare Design, Residential Design, Workplace Design, and AIA-approved courses for architects.