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IT Nation

Nov. 7-9, 2018 – Orlando, FL


Frequently Asked Questions


keyboard_arrow_down When is IT Nation?

IT Nation is happening from Wednesday, November 7 through Friday, November 9, 2018. A few pre-conference events will go down on Tuesday, November 6th.

keyboard_arrow_down Who should attend?

Are you a ConnectWise partner looking for better ways to lead your Technology Teams? A technology solution provider looking for better ways to run and grow your business? An IT professional looking to connect with like-minded peers? Come to IT Nation! If you run your business or manage a key Technology Team in your organization, this is your chance to attend the largest technology solution provider conference of its kind in the channel. There is something for every leadership role: sales, service, HR, finance, owner/exec, marketing, and more. Plus, endless opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn.

keyboard_arrow_down I’m not a ConnectWise partner. Can I still attend?

Absolutely! Everyone in the industry is welcome to attend IT Nation. Business leaders and managers will find the information and tools they need to empower their Technology Teams with sessions focused on business building, industry trends, thought leadership, and so much more. We’re revolutionizing the way Technology Workers deliver their services and solutions, and it begins at IT Nation – the best place to see everything that’s new in the industry.

keyboard_arrow_down What's the difference between IT Nation and Automation Nation?

IT Nation is our annual industry conference and has content geared more towards business growth, leadership, marketing, and sales roles. Automation Nation is where you go to get specific ConnectWise product training, hands-on lab experiences, and in-depth sessions geared toward excelling in your technology role. Learn more about who should attend and why!

keyboard_arrow_down What's the dress code?

IT Nation is a casual conference. Think jeans, company polo, and comfortable shoes for all the walking between sessions.


keyboard_arrow_down How do I register?
keyboard_arrow_down How much does it cost?

IT Nation prices are tiered based on when you register for the event. The earlier you register, the more you save!

  • Early Bird: May 15 through July 26, 2018 - $750
  • Advanced: July 27 through September 20, 2018 - $895
  • Standard: September 21 through November 6, 2018 - $995
  • Onsite registration is $1095

Your conference pass includes access to keynotes, breakout sessions, and all meals during the event, including our Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night networking events with dinner and drinks.

Bring more and save! Additional attendees from the same company who register together get 20% off the price to attend, after the first person registers (discount automatically applied during registration).

keyboard_arrow_down What’s included in the price?

Your conference pass includes access to keynotes, breakout sessions, and all meals during the event, including our Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night networking events with dinner and drinks.

keyboard_arrow_down I only want to attend the keynote sessions and the Solutions Pavilion. Is this an option?

Yes! We offer a limited-access pass for just the keynote and Solutions Pavilion for $300. This pass doesn’t give you access to breakout sessions, labs, evening social events, or meals.

keyboard_arrow_down Can I bring my spouse/guest/significant other?

Yes! Register your guest as a Social Guest for access to our Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evening networking events for $300. The social pass does not have access to keynotes, breakout sessions, or breakfast and lunches.

keyboard_arrow_down What meals are included in my registration?

Dinner is included on Wednesday, November 7 at our Welcome Reception. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9.

keyboard_arrow_down Can I register and not pay for a hotel room?

Yes. Registration does not include the cost of your hotel room. Feel free to stay anywhere you’d like, but don’t forget that we’ve negotiated special room rates at our conference hotels.

keyboard_arrow_down Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled before Wednesday, October 24, 2018 will be refunded except for a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after the October 24 cutoff.

Travel & Hotels

keyboard_arrow_down When should I travel?

Arrive on Wednesday, November 7 before 5:00PM EST for the main event. Participating in any pre-day sessions? Get here on Tuesday, November 6 instead. IT Nation wraps up with an awesome party on Friday night so aim for a Saturday departure, with a little recovery time padded in.

keyboard_arrow_down Where are the hotel rooms and how do I get the special room rates?

We have special rates just for you at our conference hotels. Once you register, we’ll send you the link to access our room block and special negotiated hotel rates.

Important Alert: Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations

It has come to our attention that travel agencies may be contacting you to solicit hotel reservations for IT Nation. Please be advised that the only way to book into our conference hotel blocks is by using the links provided in your confirmation email. No other company has access to the discounted room blocks at our conference hotels. Finally, please be aware that ConnectWise takes your privacy very seriously and will not sell or rent your email address to any third parties.

keyboard_arrow_down Will transportation be provided from the hotels?

We will offer shuttles between our event hotel and our partner conference hotels during peak hours of IT Nation.

Workshops, Labs & Sessions

keyboard_arrow_down What are the pre-conference workshops?

We have two pre-day learning opportunities for our attendees: sponsored workshops and University Day. Both begin on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00am and neither are included in the price of the conference.

Sponsored workshops are half-day sessions lead by some of our exhibitors. University Day is where you can go for some extra ConnectWise product training.

You can register for both when you register for the conference, or add them on after by logging into the registration system with your email and confirmation number.

keyboard_arrow_down Where can I find the breakout sessions?

We will have more than 100 breakout sessions that will cover partner-driven sessions, thought leadership, and third-party content focused on business best practices and industry success stories. See all sessions!

This year, in response to your great feedback, we've curated five breakout themes that will help you take your business to the next level. From mergers & acquisitions to acquiring and retaining talent, plus everything in between, there is something for every role at IT Nation. Explore our breakout themes.

keyboard_arrow_down What’s the difference between a breakout session and a lab?

A breakout sessions is a theater-style learning experience with 45 minutes of content and 15 minutes of Q&A. A lab is a more hands-on learning experience; expect to bring your computer for a working session.

keyboard_arrow_down Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, most sessions are recorded and will be posted after the conference wraps up.

keyboard_arrow_down Can I register for breakouts and labs ahead of time?

No, all breakouts and labs are first come, first serve. Adding a session to your schedule on the mobile app does not guarantee you a seat!


keyboard_arrow_down What kind of networking can I expect?

We pride ourselves on our community and have networking events throughout IT Nation. Our featured events are the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, the Pub Crawl and IT Nation Celebration on Thursday evening, and our finale Off the Grid party on Friday night. We also offer a variety of smaller networking opportunities throughout the conference and our networking sessions during the breakout rounds. You’ll have no problem finding like-minded people to network with!

keyboard_arrow_down Is transportation to the Thursday night off-site party included?

Yes! We will arrange transportation for all attendees.

keyboard_arrow_down Will there be dinner at the parties?

Yes! Dinner is included at the Welcome Reception, IT Nation Celebration, and Off-the-Grid Party.


keyboard_arrow_down How do I become a speaker?

We are always recruiting for speakers. We are looking for speakers who have unique, innovative, impactful experiences in the technology industry. Speaker submissions are reviewed and selected based on product and industry relevance, level of content, and best fit for attendees. Apply here!

keyboard_arrow_down What is the Pitch IT contest and how can I enter?

Pitch IT is our chance to give back to you, our partners, and help you expand your business into a new practice area. Submit your next business expansion idea, be selected to pitch in front of an expert panel of judges at IT Nation 2018, and you could be the first to walk away with up to $100,000 to kickstart your company’s next big idea. Find out more and apply today!

keyboard_arrow_down What is the M&A Deal Crawl and how can I be included?

Our first ever Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Crawl is happening this year at IT Nation. To be included, you must submit your application by October 1. If selected, you'll get a chance to meet & greet on Thursday evening with others who are looking to buy or sell. Learn more and apply now!

keyboard_arrow_down How do I exhibit at IT Nation?
keyboard_arrow_down What is IT Nation Gives and how can I get involved?

IT Nation Gives and the ConnectWise Foundation work together to provide our partners, sponsors, and colleagues a one-day volunteer event on Wednesday, November 7. Can’t make it off site? New this year is the IT Nation Gives Zone. Stop by the zone to help us pack meals for families in need in the local Orlando area. Find out more!

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