New ideas, new technology, new conversation and new experiences—all on a budget. You've heard it all, seen it all and been to other industry events, but at Connect Marketplace, association and specialty organization event planners get their $200 registration fee back at the end of the event, and a proven reverse trade show maximizes time and money for both buyers and sellers.

Orlando • August 21-23, 2014

2014 Schedule

Thursday, August 25

11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Join the Collinson Media & Events family for a mash-up of registration and a networking reception environment. This is the new way to register and a new way to engage at Connect.

Sponsored by: 


11:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.


Sponsored by:


12:00-12:45 p.m.

Pre-Conference Lunch and Workshops

Sponsored by:


1:00-4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshops

5:00-5:45 p.m.

Welcome & Orientation

Association and specialty planners only

5:00-5:45 p.m.

How to Work a Marketplace

Suppliers only

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by:


Marriott World Center Resort

Friday, August 26

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:00-9:15 a.m.

Breakfast and Opening Keynote – Lee Daniels



9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

Through 6-minute appointments, connect with colleagues during the reverse-style trade show.

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote


2:15-2:45 p.m.

Group Appointments

Back by popular demand but with a twist, group appointments provide an opportunity to learn more about featured sponsors.

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Continuing education credits will be available during the interactive and engaging educational sessions.

4:00-4:15 p.m.

Networking Break

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

5:30-6:15 p.m.

Publisher’s Champagne Toast

Celebrate Connect’s 40 Under 40 before enjoying an evening in the host city.

7:00 p.m.-

Open Night

Enjoy all the attractions offered in the host city of Orlando.

Saturday, August 27

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Keynote

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Where Connect magazine comes to life. Four presenters will engage in a new, interactive format.

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Keynote and Lunch

1:45-2:15 p.m.

Group Appointments

2:30-5:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Presented in partnership with:


Prepare yourself for the block party of the year at Universal Studios CityWalk! Experience reggae music at Bob Marley’s, be entertained by the dueling pianos of Pat O’Brien’s Orlando, sing karaoke and be CityWalk’s Rising Star and dance to the music of an interactive DJ while enjoying the tastes of CityWalk.

Universal Studios CityWalk