2016 is approaching quickly! Have you and your workplace management team decided which conferences to attend this upcoming year? As your budget planning comes to a close, be sure to include all of the events you attended last year and any additional events you want to plan for in 2016. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 events we think you should strongly consider, and we may even make an appearance at a few of them!
January 11-15 | Washington, D.C.
Member Price Before 12/31: $500
Non-member Price Before 12/31: $600
“The Building Innovation Conference series is the one industry event designed to bring the entire building community together under one roof to develop industry-wide solutions”. This event will bring designers, construction teams, operations management, and those involved in procuring together to collaborate for a better built environment. Focusing on the safety on longevity of our workplaces, this is one to jump on quick if you want to attend.
January 25-27 | New York, NY
Member Price Before 12/11: $1695
Hurry if you want to snag a spot at this conference! The event will bring together senior-level professionals from corporate real estate divisions at “Fortune 1000 companies and leading organizations, whose day-to-day focus is on reinventing and re-imagining working, collaborating, learning and office design”. If you’re interested in space design, technology integration, employee development or innovations in productivity this is the event for you.
March 22-24 | Baltimore, MD
Member Price: $0 + $99 NFMT membership fee
Pre-conference Workshop: $149
Ready to learn but on a budget? This complimentary, members-only conference is the place to be. They’re “bringing together over 100 facilities experts from some of the most prestigious organizations to show you how to run your facilities and properties more effectively”. Attendees will hear from many of the same individuals who speak at other events, minus the high price tag of admission.
April 12-14 | Indianapolis, IN
Member Price Before 3/4: $549
Non-member Price Before 3/4: $745
If you’re a member of IFMA, you are probably familiar with their annual global conference, World Workplace. If that event is too large for your facility’s budget, consider attending this smaller, yet relevant event instead. Facility Fusion focuses on the facilities manager’s “unique needs… and on your concerns in supporting particular facility types, and on your career goals and objectives”.
May 4-6 | Montreal, Canada
Member Price Before 3/25: $450
Non-member Price Before 3/25: $600
The equivalent of the Unites States version, this Facility Fusion allows members from Canada to access all the great learning opportunities a little closer to home. If you’re a member of IFMA but World Workplace is too much to swing, try this event first. Focusing on the FM’s career, you’re sure to take something away from your time here.
May 16-18 | Chicago, IL
Price: Please inquire on event website
Designed as the ultimate networking opportunity, Future Facilities Summits are meant to connect solution providers with building owners. The Summit brings “together companies that offer the best solutions for building automation, renewable energy & facilities management to attendees who are looking to evaluate and maximize their best options to achieve operational efficiency for their facilities”.
June 13-15 | Chicago, IL
Price: Please inquire on event website
Does your building’s interior need a face lift? Get inspiration at NeoCon’s annual event. “NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, and remains the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry”. Attend one of the 100 seminars or keynote speakers to learn what’s new in the interior design industry, and how it will impact your business.
June 26-28 | Washington, D.C.
Member Price Before 5/2: $695
Non-member Price Before 5/2: $795
A one-size-fits-all event, BOMA may be for you. “Here you’ll immerse yourself in the expertise, insights and opportunities you need to stay ahead on industry trends, maximize your effectiveness and optimize the performance of your commercial assets”.
October 5-7 | San Diego, CA
Member Price Before: Please inquire on event website
The largest event of its kind, IFMA’s World Workplace is a conference you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re a veteran in the facilities management industry, or just getting your toes wet - this conference has something for every stage. It is one of our favorite events of the year, and we can’t wait to see you in San Diego!
October 16-19 | Philadelphia, PA
Member Price Before 12/31: $845
Non-member Price Before 12/31: $1,145
This is a big one, and for CRE professionals it’s a must. “Over 2000 corporate real estate executives” attend, all “benefiting from learning cutting-edge technologies, new and creative CRE solutions, and networking with colleagues from around the world”. We attended for the first time last year and are happy to say we will see you in Philadelphia in 2016!