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Each spring, more than 2,500 students, teachers, parents and community and business leaders attend the EAST Initiative's largest training event of the year, the national EAST Conference. This three-day event allows attendees to network with other students, share stories and ideas, showcase and celebrate work from the past year and experience an expo-style environment, concluding with a formal banquet.


Visitor Information

We welcome members of the general public to visit the conference exhibits and learn about what EAST students are doing.

  • Wednesday, March 18 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 19 - 8:30 AM to Noon
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Hotel, Shuttle, & Shipping Info
Convention Center Map
Exhibit Hall Floor Plan


2015 Conference Logo

The 2015 EAST Conference dates, location and theme were announced at last year’s Closing Session. This announcement also marked the beginning of the 2015 EAST Conference Logo Competition. Out of nearly 100 submissions, a winner was selected and the design will be featured on all printed and digital 2015 EAST Conference items.

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  • Congratulations Hunter Duty and Dakotah Martinez from Nettleton Junior High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas!

National Service Project

Each year EAST programs across the country join together to address a specific issue or theme, creating a powerful synergy and producing impressive results. The project culminates with a celebration and display at the annual EAST Conference, revealing a myriad of solutions and approaches to the problem - and often some surprising innovations. The EAST National Service Project for 2014-2015 is Ready, Set, Plan: Emergency Planning and Preparedness.

Awards Banquet

2014 Founders Award Winner - Sonora Elementary

The Awards Banquet is a highlight of the EAST Conference. Dinner is served while we honor outstanding EAST programs and students.

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • Banquet Begins at 6:00 PM
  • Hot Springs Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A-C

As space allows, tickets for the banquet may be purchased by the general public or by EAST programs who invite school administration, families or community partners. Click below for more information and or to inquire about purchasing tickets.

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EAST Conference Live

Interested in watching the excitement in real time as students and EAST programs are recognized at the Opening Plenary or Awards Banquet? How about watching live as students compete in the Tech Support Olympiad or celebrating the EAST spirit of the Closing Session. Set up a watch party! EAST will be streaming these events LIVE on YouTube!

Awards Banquet Live!

To see last year's Conference videos and other EAST media, check out our YouTube channel.

EAST on YouTube

Follow Us!

Use #EASTcon15 to follow the EAST Initiative and engage with us during conference.


The EAST Conference provides many opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to get involved. If you would like to promote your organization and get your message to thousands of students, educators and technology professionals, we offer three ways to participate:

  • Support the EAST Initiative and promote your organization through a Conference sponsorship. Several sponsorship packages are available.
  • Exhibitor booths provide the best opportunity to promote your college, university or organization with access to over 2,000 students. This is an excellent way to reach some of the smartest, most technology-savvy students in our country!
  • If your organization provides a product or service beneficial to EAST students or schools, consider hosting a breakout session to bring awareness of your organization or service through a presentation and/or hands-on training. Proposals are being accepted through December 19.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2015 EAST Conference Sponsors

Register today to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

For questions or information about the Conference, contact Jessica Dunham, Event Coordinator at or call 501.371.5016