2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition

May 7-10, 2017

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ | Orlando, FL

Attend the largest gathering of Power Systems professionals in the world. Come for the best-in-class education and take advantage of the professional networking and Exposition. Stay current on the latest topics, such as IBM i, open source and security. Attain certification to demonstrate your skills to others. See the latest products and services from IBM and others – all in one location. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Registration

Registration is now open with Early Bird Rates until April 13. Get started by following these steps:

1. Reserve your hotel room at the Sapphire Falls Resort or the Royal Pacific Resort

2. Register for the Annual Meeting and Exposition

3. Set up Online Session Guide account

Conference at a Glance

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Morning Preconference Workshops

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Preconference Workshops

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception for First-time Attendees

6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. COMMON Cares 5K

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Session

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break (lunch not provided)

12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sessions

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Briefing

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exposition Open

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (in Expo area)

2:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Sessions

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All Attendee Reception

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Briefing

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exposition Open

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (in Expo area)

2:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Sessions

Free Evening

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sessions

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meeting of the Members (lunch not provided)

2:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Sessions

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Closing Reception

Advance Program

Sessions

With over 300 sessions, the Annual Meeting and Exposition is the best way to stay up to date on the latest Power Systems and IBM i skills and information. Visit the Online Session Guide to start planning your educational schedule.

Pricing

Registration pricing is dependent on your COMMON membership status, the date you register and where you stay during the conference.

Conference Hotel Rate

Reservation required at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®.

Early Bird Registration

Individual
  • Member – $1845 (Save $200 over Standard Registration)
  • Nonmember – $2145 (Save by becoming a Member)
Group*
  • Member – $1635
One Day**
  • Member – $630
  • Nonmember – $680
Guest***
  • Member – $395
  • Nonmember – $445

Registration

Individual
  • Member – $2045
  • Nonmember – $2345 (Save by becoming a Member)
Group*
  • Member – $1835
One Day**
  • Member – $630
  • Nonmember – $680
Guest***
  • Member – $395
  • Nonmember – $445

* Group registration is available for seven or more individuals from the same Corporate Member company registering at the same time. Rate shown is per person. NOTE: online registration is not available for group registration. Registration by phone is required.

** One-day registration is available and is only valid for the day for which it is purchased.

*** The Annual Meeting and Exposition Guest Program allows access to breakfasts, Exposition Hall, Opening Session and social events only.

Nonconference Hotel Rate

Save on registration by reserving your room at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®.

Early Bird Registration

Individual
  • Member – $2045 (Save $200 over Standard Registration)
  • Nonmember – $2345 (Save by becoming a Member)
Group*
  • Member – $1835
One Day**
  • Member – $630
  • Nonmember – $680
Guest***
  • Member – $395
  • Nonmember – $445

Registration

Individual
  • Member – $2245
  • Nonmember – $2545 (Save by becoming a Member)
Group*
  • Member – $2035
One Day**
  • Member – $630
  • Nonmember – $680
Guest***
  • Member – $395
  • Nonmember – $445

* Group registration is available for seven or more individuals from the same Corporate Member company registering at the same time. Rate shown is per person. NOTE: online registration is not available for group registration. Registration by phone is required.

** One-day registration is available and is only valid for the day for which it is purchased.

*** The Annual Meeting and Exposition Guest Program allows access to breakfasts, Exposition Hall, Opening Session and social events only.

Preconference Workshops and Labs

Add to your Annual Meeting experience by adding a half-day Preconference Workshop or Lab. Available in the morning and afternoon of May 6, take a deep dive into a topic that will grow your skills and career.

Workshops: $199 each/Member, $225 each/Nonmember

Labs: $249 each/Member, $275 each/Nonmember

Morning Workshops 8:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

Morning Lab 8:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Workshops 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Lab 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exposition

Attend the largest gathering of product and solutions providers for Power Systems users. Identify your purchasing needs and then enjoy the convenience of reviewing all of your options in one convenient location. Click here to meet the exhibitors.

COMMON Cares 5K

Start your Annual Meeting off with a little exercise and camaraderie. Join us on Sunday, May 7 at 6:30 a.m. to run or walk 5K (3.1 miles). Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the COMMON Education Foundation.

When registering for the Annual Meeting, find 5K registration in the Program section – Sunday. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you can still add the 5K via Cosmo.

Register by March 31 to secure your technical race t-shirt and finishers medal. Shirt sizes and medals are not guaranteed for those that register after this date.

Registration is $35.

Sponsored by Midrange Dynamics.

IBM i Wizard Pins

IBM i Houses

Collect all four pins at the Annual Meeting! The COMMON Education Foundation (CEF) is organizing a pin event. Your first pin will be available in your conference bag. The second and third pins will be available at the receptions on Sunday and Monday evening. Finally, the last pin will be available at the CEF booth for a $5 donation. Plus, a special Annual Meeting “crest” pin will be available in limited numbers for $10.

Closing Reception

Get ready for one of the most incredible parties COMMON – A Users Group has ever thrown—dinner at Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville® in the Universal CityWalk™ entertainment complex, followed by dessert, rides and entertainment in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™. Explore Hogsmeade™, visit some of the wizarding world’s best-known establishments, and experience thrilling rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, Dragon Challenge™ and Flight of the Hippogriff™! It’s an entire evening of magic and excitement—and it’s all yours!

Conference Hotels

Join us at the beautiful Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The newest resort on Universal Orlando™ property, Sapphire Falls will host all Annual Meeting events with the exception of the Closing Reception, which will be held nearby.

Another hotel option available is the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, located next to the Sapphire Falls Resort. If you enjoy a South Seas theme, look no further.

If you are looking to combine Annual Meeting attendance with a vacation, the special COMMON hotel rate of $190/night is available from May 1 until 17 at the Sapphire Falls Resort and May 2 until 15 at the Royal Pacific Resort. Staying at one of these resorts entitles you to guest benefits at Universal Orlando™ such as complimentary shuttle buses and early park admission.

Sapphire Falls images

Transportation

The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the primary airport serving the area. It is approximately 17 miles from the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. An alternative airport is Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), which is approximately 36 miles from the conference location.

For those flying into Orlando International Airport, COMMON has secured attendees a discount on shuttle transportation from Mears. Please read this coupon and follow its instructions to receive $4 off round-trip transportation. When you are ready to make your reservation, click the button below.

Note: for your return trip to the airport, Mears shuttles depart the Royal Pacific Resort every hour on the :40 and the Sapphire Falls Resort every hour on the :55.

Orlando

With over 100+ attractions across the city and seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is unlike any other destination full of unforgettable experiences waiting for you to explore. After attending the Annual Meeting and Exposition, escape to a world of imagination and fantasy that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. Whether seeking to reconnect with childhood nostalgia or experience leading-edge innovations in ride technology to testing your sense of adventure with endless outdoor activities, Orlando attractions truly are one-of-a-kind.

Universal Orlando Resort™ Theme Park Tickets

Make your Annual Meeting experience even more memorable by visiting the Universal Orlando Resort™ theme parks during your stay. Special for attendees is the 1-Park, 1-Day Ticket that provides admission to either Universal Studios Florida™ or Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ after 2:00 p.m. Eastern – plus a CityWalk™ Party Pass.

Until May 3, Universal is offering two days free with the purchase of a 2 Park, 2 Day Ticket. These tickets are valid for use until May 31, 2017. These tickets can be purchased here or purchased at a discount from Visit Orlando.

Universal Orlando Tickets
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