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Attendee Information

In-Person & Virtual Experiences

EAST Conference 2022 will be held from March 15-17 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

EAST Conference


Programs that choose to attend EAST Conference in-person will receive full access to the event, including admission to all educational breakout sessions, hands-on tech experiences, recognition opportunities for winning schools, and invitations to special events like Senior Breakfast and Fusion: A Night at the Museum. In-person participants are also eligible to apply for Leadership Team opportunities and eligible to receive a Judges' Choice Award.

EAST Conference


Programs that are unable to attend EAST Conference in-person will receive an experience as close to the “real thing” as possible. Virtual attendees will still have access to all virtual breakout sessions, important general sessions, and limited networking opportunities.

* EAST programs that choose to attend the virtual experience due to COVID will be required to submit a letter from their administrator detailing the decision. This letter must be sent to EAST well in advance of the Conference.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

EAST is currently crafting a health and safety plan for the in-person experience and will share more details closer to the event. As always, we will continue to monitor and follow CDC guidelines and recommendations by local health officials, and we will make updates accordingly.

Please note that at this time masks WILL be mandatory for EAST Conference 2022 attendees. Proof of negative tests and vaccines WILL NOT be required. EAST reserves the right to make changes to this policy, as staff continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 in addition to CDC recommendations.

School Registration

Register your school's #EASTCon22 team today.

Sponsor Registration

Make connections by sponsoring EAST Conference.

Exhibitor Registration

Engage with our network of more than 3,500 students, educators, and community members.

Alumni/Volunteer Registration

Experience the magic of EAST Conference by getting involved as a volunteer or Friend of EAST.

Registration information coming soon.

Exhibit Hall Information

Wednesday, March 16 | 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday, March 17 | 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This is your chance to engage with other EAST students, discover incredible projects, engage in hands-on activities in the Tinker Space, purchase EAST merch at the Gear Store, and interact with sponsors and exhibitors.

Additional Events

Registration Details

Conference attendance is REQUIRED for all active EAST programs involved at the full level of support! We also invite the general public to visit the Conference to experience what students accomplish through EAST. Please note that a Government issued ID will be requested when guests are checking in at registration.

Registration, Pass & Ticket Purchase Deadlines

January 31, 2022 - Deadline for EAST programs to register for Conference and declare their intent to attend either the in-person or virtual experience. Please note that there is flexibility to change the attendance type (i.e. in-person or virtual) as we get closer to Conference.
February 28, 2022 - Deadline for EAST programs to register their complimentary Conference Team (i.e. students, facilitators, chaperones, administrators) and additional Full Access Passes
March 9, 2022 - Payment & Refund Request Deadline for Additional Full Access Passes. Credit card or check accepted. Purchase Orders will NOT be accepted. We must have payment in hand or your registration will be dropped.
March 11, 2022 - General Session Ticket Pre-Sale Deadline. Virtual tickets must be purchased online with a credit card no later than March 11. Note: this is the only opportunity to purchase virtual General Session tickets. In-person attendees can purchase General Session tickets online or at the registration counter during the event.

Registration Type Standard Fee Late / Onsite Fee

Conference Team Full Access Pass (In-Person)

  • Includes full Conference experience + event merch for each attendee

  • Attendees include: EAST facilitator(s), 1 chaperone (unless program has multiple facilitators), 8 students + Leadership Team members, 1 school administrator.



Conference Team Full Access Pass (Virtual)

  • Includes full Conference experience + event merch for each attendee

  • Attendees include: EAST facilitator(s), 8 students, 1 school administrator.



Additional Full Access Pass (Virtual or In-Person*)

  • Includes full Conference experience + event merch.

  • Available for additional chaperones, students, and school officials.



Exhibit Hall Pass* (In-Person)

  • Access to only the Exhibit Hall

  • Advance registration is not required.



General Session Ticket (In-Person)

  • Includes access to Opening & Closing Session + Exhibit Hall



General Session Ticket (Virtual)

  • Includes access to watch Opening & Closing Session live stream

  • Virtual tickets must be purchased by March 11.


Not applicable.

*Adults providing assistive or medical services to attendees with disabilities will be provided with the same level of Conference access free of chairs. Note that this does not include a free event t-shirt.
*Children 5 and under are free and will receive the same access level as the adult ticket or pass. Does not include a free event t-shirt.

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