Hot Springs, Arkansas - Hot Springs Convention Center - March 19 - 21

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2014 EAST Conference Sponsors

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Each spring, more than 2,000 students, teachers, parents and communities and business leaders attend the EAST Initiative's largest training event of the year, the National EAST Conference. This three-day event allows attendees to network with other students, share stories and ideas, showcase and celebrate work from the past year and experience an expo-style environment, concluding with a formal banquet.

Team Up With EAST

The EAST Conference provides many opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to get involved. If you would like to promote your organization and get your message to thousands of students, educators and technology professionals, we offer three ways to participate:

  • Support the EAST Initiative and promote your organization through a conference sponsorship. Several sponsorship packages are available.
  • Exhibitor booths provide the best opportunity to promote your college, university or organization with access to over 2,000 students. This is an excellent way to reach some of the smartest, most technology-savvy students in our country!
  • If your organization provides a product or service beneficial to EAST students or schools, consider a breakout session to bring awareness of your organization or service through a presentation and/or hands-on training. Proposals are being accepted through December 21.

National Service Project

Each year EAST programs across the country join together to address a specific issue or theme, creating a powerful synergy and producing impressive results. The project culminates with a celebration and display at the annual EAST Conference, revealing a myriad of solutions and approaches to the problem - and often some surprising innovations. The EAST National Service Project for 2013-2014 is Health and Wellness.

Public Attendance

We welcome members of the general public to visit the conference exhibits and learn about what EAST students are doing. The general public is invited on:

  • Thursday, March 20 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Friday, March 21 8:30 AM to Noon

Contact Us

For questions or information about the Conference, contact Jessica Dunham, event coordinator at or call 501.371.5016

EAST Conference Live

Interested in watching the excitement in real time as students and EAST programs are recognized at the Opening Plenary or Awards Banquet? How about watching live as students compete in the Tech Support Olympiad or celebrating the EAST spirit of the Closing Session. Set up a watch party! EAST will be streaming these events LIVE on YouTube!

EAST Conference Live


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Concession Stand

The concession stand will be open for conference participants on:

Wednesday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM–12:00 PM

Concession Menu

Awards Banquet

Hot Springs Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A-C

Thursday, March 20, 2013
Banquet Begins at 6:00 PM

The Awards Banquet is a highlight of the EAST Conference. Dinner is served while we honor outstanding EAST programs and students.

Check back right before the Awards Banquet to watch live!

Awards Banquet Live

How to Order Tickets

As space allows, tickets for the banquet may be purchased by the general public or by EAST programs who invite school administration, families or community partners.

Individuals not associated with a school can purchase a ticket for $42 by e-mailing Be sure to include the names and titles of the ticket recipients. An invoice will be sent to you via e-mail. After payment is received, tickets will be mailed or reserved for you to pick-up on-site.

EAST Facilitators: To reserve banquet tickets for guests (limit of four per school), simply register each guest on your Conference Planner. An invoice will be sent to you via e-mail. After payment is received, your tickets will be placed in your registration bag available at pick up Wednesday, March 19.

Ticket Order & Payment Deadline

The deadline to order tickets is Wednesday, February 19. Payment must be received no later than Friday, February 21 or your reserved tickets will be cancelled. Tickets are refundable until Friday, March 7.

Conference Logo

At last year's closing session, the 2014 Conference dates, location and theme were announced. This announcement sparked the beginning of the 2014 EAST Conference Logo Competition. Hundreds of submissions were received, finalists were compiled and a winner was selected.

2014 Logo Competition Winner:

Drew Goodwin from Pottsville High School. Congratulations Drew! This winning logo will be featured on all printed and digital 2014 EAST Conference items.