The Connect Conference is the event of the year for the standards body that is GS1, and this year's event is being held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Being the major annual event for GS1, the Conference is packed with events, co-located user group meetings, exhibit hours, education sessions, more exhibit hours, and more events. We get a lot of questions about the schedule, so below is a handy guide to important dates, times, and events happening at Connect '17. This is more a highlight reel than a full-length motion picture to prevent over-saturation, but if you want the full agenda (in not-too-easy-to-read format, click here.)
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE DATES: June 20-22, 2017 [User Group Meetings Begin on June 19]
LOCATION: Las Vegas, NV
HELPFUL TO KNOW:
- The Cosmopolitan dedicates portions of Levels 2, 3, and 4 in the area between the Chelsea and Boulevard Towers to conferences, with the bulk of the events for GS1 Connect occurring on Levels 3 and 4. The Conference is always laid out nicely with plenty of signage, but it's always helpful to have an idea of your general destination before hand. Below are maps highlighting the general spaces where you can expect to be spending your time if you are an attendee.
- Las Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone
- The temperature in Las Vegas frequently reaches 90° at the end of June
MONDAY JUNE 19th
FSENET+ ANNUAL USER GROUP MEETING
Monday is the unofficial first day of GS1 Connect as it is the day that exhibitors host co-located User Group Meetings for their customers. Most attendees will be traveling the morning of, so as usual FSEnet+ hosts its annual event in the afternoon - this year starting at 1:00 and going until 5:30. The meeting will be held on Level 3 in Castellana 1 and will cover the exciting developments we've been working on in 2017. If there's one event you don't want to miss, it will be this year's FSEnet+ User Group Meeting.
After the UGM, we invite everyone over to Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino for a chance to stretch their legs and get a taste of the Las Vegas Strip. There will be great food and drinks along with music and great company. The Event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 PM PST - whatever happens after 9, stays in Vegas! Nine Fine Irishmen is only a short walk from the Cosmopolitan (click on the image to link to Google):
TUESDAY JUNE 20th
Tuesday marks the official start of GS1 Connect. There are various industry meetings set for the morning hours, and 1WorldSync host the second half of their User Group Meeting before lunch and exhibit hours begin at noon. the exhibit hall is located in the Belmont room on Level 4, and FSEnet+'s booth number is 33. We'll be on-hand to answer questions and give product demonstrations as well as to provide more information on the new products talked about in the User Group Meeting.
Lunchtime booth hours end at 2:00 PM but resume from 5:00 - 7:00PM in conjunction with the Welcome Reception Dinner (Belmont).
WEDNESDAY JUNE 21st
Wednesday is hump day at GS1 Connect, but for a different reason - it's piled high with track sessions, the first Keynote address, and the Networking Event which is always held at a fun venue that provides a taste of the local culture. This year it's at Drai's Beachclub and Nightclub located in the Cromwell Hotel and from the looks of it might be worth the $225 admission fee. Check out the interactive image below to explore the pool (complete with Vegas-style cabanas and a DJ booth).
The kickoff Keynote Session is in the Chelsea Theater on Level 3 from 4:00 - 5:00PM and the Networking Event runs from 7:00 - 10:00PM.
In addition, there are important roundtable sessions on Wednesday from 12:45 - 1:30PM in the Belmont, and you won't want to miss the ones hosted by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) and Gordon Food Service.
THURSDAY JUNE 22nd
Thursday is the last day for open tracks and except for a handful of private sessions on Friday, wraps up GS1 Connect. This is a great day to attend any roundtables or business sessions that you were double-booked for, and the second Keynote address runs from 11:15AM - 12:15PM.
FRIDAY JUNE 23rd
That's pretty much it. There are two workshops on Friday, but for most the conference will have ended and folks will be traveling home today. Here's to a successful conference and hope to see you there!