Networking and special events will be taking place during the conference so that you can build connections with other attendees, navigate the conference as a new member or first-time attendee, and have FUN! Continue reading to see the events that will take place, and plan which ones you'll attend!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
NEW! Hosted Buyer’s Appointments (Separate Registration Required)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Are you unable to attend the Annual Conference due to the cost? The Hosted Buyer’s Program has been created for AAOE members like you who want to attend but are unable to because of the cost.
What is the Hosted Buyer’s Program? Qualifying hosted buyers will be matched to participating exhibitors based on purchasing needs for one-on-one appointments during the conference. Participants accepted in the hosted program will receive two nights’ accommodations and complimentary conference registration for completing their minimum appointments and paying a fully refundable deposit. Additionally, they will receive the recorded educational content – so participants don’t miss any part of the conference!
Hive Welcome Event (By Invitation)
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
What’s the buzz about the Hive? There may be 20,000 species of bees in the world, but the ones that matter are the “newbies” at the AAOE Annual Conference.
First-time attendees and new members are invited to stop by the Hive regularly throughout the conference. Newbies can get answers to questions, ask for buzzworthy advice, take the sting out of making new friends, or simply rest your wings in the Hive. Attending a large conference can be overwhelming. Just know that you are not alone!
The Hive kick-off will be Saturday afternoon before the Opening Reception. Newbies can learn simple tips and tricks for making the most of the conference, then take a guided tour of the meeting space. You’ll know your way around the conference and will be buddied up with a volunteer Ambassador to help ease introductions during the Opening Reception.
Start your day right each morning at the Hive Meet-Up. Then stop by the Hive anytime to meet other newbies or to chat with AAOE member volunteers. Mark “first-time attendee” and/or “new AAOE member” on your registration, then watch your email for additional details about the Hive.
Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Kick off your first night of the conference at the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Mingle with other attendees and meet representatives from exhibiting companies while enjoying appetizers and beverages. Check in your attendee bag for your Exhibit Hall game card and start visiting participating companies during the reception. Last year’s prizes included a diamond necklace, designer purse, and men’s and women’s watches!
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Around the World Day
Donate $25 or more to Give Kids the World to receive a t-shirt to wear all day to show your support!
Start your day off at the morning meet-up from 7:00 am - 8:00 am to meet other newbies and AAOE member volunteers.
Networking and Lunch in Exhibit Hall – Around the World Day!
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy an international-themed cuisine featuring foods from “around the world” while meeting representatives from exhibiting companies. Bring your Exhibit Hall game card and visit participating companies for the chance to win prizes!
Networking by Region
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Discuss hot industry topics with attendees from your part of the country, who are facing issues similar to your own. When the final schedule is released, look for your state to see the room where you will meet. You will go directly to that room number at 4:00 pm to start networking!
State Society Receptions (By Invitation)
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Several state and regional groups will host receptions for their members to get to know peers in the same geographic area. Groups hosting receptions include (to date):
- Florida/South Carolina
- Midwest AAOE (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma)
- New York
President’s Reception (By Invitation)
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, and guests of the President are invited. During the reception, volunteers will be recognized and the President’s Award will be given.
Poolside Party in Paradise
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All attendees are invited to gather poolside at the Hyatt Regency Orlando for an evening of food, drinks, and live music. Enjoy the beautiful Orlando weather at sunset while mingling with peers. No swimsuits necessary for this poolside party – just bring yourself and an appetite for food and fun!
Monday, April 16, 2018
Wear your favorite jersey or represent your favorite team by dressing in their colors!
Stop by the Hive to chat with fellow newbies and AAOE member volunteers. Come to the morning meet-up from 7:30 am - 8:00 am before going to the Ambassador Breakfast.
Ambassador Breakfast (By Invitation)
8:00 am – 9:00 am
“New-bees” to AAOE and the Annual Conference are invited to attend the Ambassador Breakfast to meet each other and learn more about AAOE during a delicious breakfast. The breakfast is hosted by AAOE leadership, who will discuss AAOE membership and how to get involved.
Networking and Lunch in Exhibit Hall – Sports Day!
12:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Come to the Exhibit Hall in your sportswear to enjoy your favorite concession stand foods while talking with representatives from exhibiting companies.
Networking by Practice Size
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
End your last full day of the conference by networking with other orthopaedic practice executives from practices of similar size. Discuss important industry topics and make connections you can stay in touch with during the year ahead.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Start your last day of the conference at the morning meet-up from 7:30 am - 8:00 am to meet other newbies and AAOE member volunteers.