The SPFest Chicago Attendee Conference Guide
SPFest Chicago at a Glance
SPFest Chicago will take place at the McCormick Place South. The 5-day schedule will be as follows:
- Monday– Pre-Conference Workshops
- Tuesday– Pre-Conference Workshops
- Wednesday– Conference Day 1
- Thursday– Conference Day 2
- Friday – Conference Day 3
Stop by the registration desk if you have any questions!
Official Conference Hotel
View the official conference hotel and group rate information here.
Directions, Metro and Parking
Please click here for information on directions, and parking.
Attendees will be given the wifi SSID and password at the conference.
Workshops and Sessions
You do not have to pre-register for workshops or sessions. Simply attend whatever you’d like. If you indicated you were interested in a workshop during the registration process, that was simply to give us an idea of the anticipated attendance. You are not required to attend what you selected during this time.
Sessions are organized into discipline-specific tracks. There are multiple tracks running simultaneously during each day of the conference. Choose one complete learning track or mix and match based on what content best meets you and your organization’s current needs!
Coffee and Tea will be provided all day. Lunch will be provided, as well as light food and drinks at the networking reception.
General Conference Tips
As with any conference, you’ll want to bring the basics: comfortable shoes as you are likely going to be walking a lot, business cards, a notepad or laptop, and an eagerness to network, learn, and enjoy yourself. Regarding your attire, business casual is appropriate for this type of event.
Upon your arrival at the event, please check-in at the registration desk to receive your conference badge. Check-in is only required once. If you have your badge, you do not need to check-in again. Your badge is also your ticket to the networking reception on Wednesday evening (applies to only passes that include Wednesday sessions).
We have a ribbon table that will be in the expo hall Wednesday – Friday in which you can decorate your badge with fun ribbons (the state you’re from, new to SharePoint, alumni, etc.).
When it comes to networking and making new friends, we encourage you to mingle with other attendees when you’re not in sessions! You never know who you’ll meet or what kind of connections you could make.
Sponsor Scavenger Hunt
Visit the expo hall and scan the QR codes at the sponsors' booths. Complete the scavenger hunt and you will be entered in a drawing for the sponsors' prizes. The prizes will be given away during the lunch break on Friday.
The networking reception will take place in the expo hall on Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 7 pm. Be sure to utilize this time and network with other attendees! We will have live music, open bars, and a variety of food. We will also have experts at our Ask the Experts booth. Please feel free to stop by and ask them any questions you may have!
The SPFest Chicago 2020 app will be available for download on iOS, Android and Google Play. Search SPFest Events and from there, you will select the SPFest Chicago 2020 event. We will notify attendees when it is available for download.
The app is your go-to-guide for the event, keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news and information, as well as your personalized agenda.
For access to the app, please enter the email address that you registered for the event with. The password will be spfestchi20 (all lowercase). The app will ask for various permissions on your phone. For the best experience, we recommend that you allow full access.
We look forward to seeing you soon in Chicago!
1:1 Meetings / Office Hours
In the app, attendees will be able to schedule meetings with speakers by going to the profile of the speaker they would like to meet with. From that speaker’s profile, they can start a meeting request by clicking on ‘Meeting Requests’. You will then enter in the meeting information and click on ‘Add’. The speaker will then be notified of your meeting request. The same concept applies to scheduling a meeting with other attendees, as well as sponsors.
Ask the Experts
We will have an Ask the Experts booth set up in the expo hall Wednesday – Friday during specific times in which speakers will be available to answer questions from our attendees. Please refer to the event program for further details.
Play our in-app game for the chance to win prizes!
The lucky winners will be announced in-person and via the app in a push notification on Friday during the lunch break.
Note: Photos submitted may be used for marketing purposes on behalf of SPFest.
Fill out workshop and session surveys in the app for the chance to win awesome prizes! Each completed survey that is submitted is a chance to win. Simply find the workshop or session in the agenda that you'd like to fill out a survey for and click on ‘Session Survey’ at the bottom. Winners will be announced on Friday during our closing Ask Microsoft Anything session.
Slide decks for our conference sessions will be provided via a OneDrive link to the attendees.
Please note that workshops are not required to be submitted by speakers.
We encourage all attendees to post about their experience at SPFest on all social media platforms and to tag us (@sharepointfest) and to use the event hashtag (#SPFestChi). Please also follow SPFest on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram before and during the conference to learn more about SPFest and connect with other members and conference attendees.
Get a Free T-shirt
Follow us on Facebook and/or on Twitter, make a social post about the event and tag us using @sharepointfest and/or include the event hashtag (#SPFestChi) and get a free t-shirt! T-shirts can be picked up at the registration desk on site at the event. Please note t-shirts are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
SPFest Chicago Attendee Facebook Group
Be sure to also join the SPFest Chicago attendee Facebook group to connect and introduce yourself and network prior to, during and after the conference. SPFest will also provide conference updates and important information.
Please note that only conference attendees will be allowed in this group, all members will be verified before approving.