March 15 - 17, 2016
Hot Springs Convention Center
Hot Springs, AR


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.


Visitor Information

We invite the general public to visit the Conference exhibits, to learn more about the EAST Initiative, and experience what students accomplish in the EAST Program.

  • Wednesday, March 16 - 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 17 - 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM

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Convention Center Map
Exhibit Hall Floor Plan


2016 Conference Logo

The 2016 EAST Conference dates, location and theme were announced at last year’s Closing Session. This announcement also marked the beginning of the 2016 EAST Conference Logo Competition. Out of nearly 100 submissions, a winner was selected and the design will be featured on all printed and digital 2016 EAST Conference items.

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  • Kerry Morris and Stephen Siladji from Conwell Egan Catholic High School used elements from previous conference logos to celebrate this year's theme marking twenty years of EAST. Congratulations on an outstanding and creative design!

Conference Gala

2015 Overall Founder's Award Winner - Harrisburg Middle School

The Conference Gala is a highlight of the EAST Conference, during which we honor outstanding EAST programs and students.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM
  • Location: Hot Springs Convention Center, Exhibit Halls B & C
  • Conference Gala attendees are also invited to attend the Red Carpet Extravaganza, which will be held in the Grand Lobby beginning at 6:00 PM.

As space allows, tickets for the Gala 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 to inquire about purchasing tickets.
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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. In the past, this focus was to create a sustained effort along one theme such as health and wellness or emergency preparedness. This year, the National Service Project is much broader and encourages our schools to go out and connect with their communities. EAST programs are encouraged to build partnerships within their communities that serve the benefit all of the partners and the community at large. The National Service Project culminates with a celebration and display at the annual EAST Conference, revealing a myriad of solutions and approaches to the problems - and often some surprising innovations. The EAST National Service Project for 2015-2016 is Connected Communities.


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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 Conference Gala? 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!

Coming Soon

To see last year's Conference highlights and other EAST media, check out our YouTube channel and the 2015 EAST Conference Highlights.

EAST on YouTube

Conference 2015 Highlights

Follow Us!

Use #EASTcon16 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 18, 2015.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2016 EAST Conference Sponsors

Register today to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor!


For questions or information about the Conference, contact Jessica Dunham, Events Manager at or call 501.371.5016