Where is the 2018 National Convention?

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

When is the 2018 SHPE National Convention?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – Sunday, November 11, 2018
Registration opens Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What is included in registration?

Workshops, Hospitality Suites, Most Events (with the exception of paid meal functions or invite only events), Career Fair
Meals, flights, and lodging are NOT included.

When do I need to arrive to be included in the competitions?

All SHPE Competitions at National Convention – Hackathon, Extreme Engineering, and the Nissan Design Competition – begin the evening of November 7, 2018. You must arrive on Wednesday to sign up for the competition of your choice. Competition registration will be from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

When are abstracts due for the Engineering Science Symposium?

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, September 7th, 2018

What are Hospitality Suites?

Hospitality Suites are company-sponsored and offer a more relaxed setting to network with recruiters and enjoy light refreshments. Many attendees report that attending Hospitality Suites resulted in interview opportunities, either on the spot or during the Career Fair. A Full Convention pass is required to attend.

I got invited to an event, but it is sold out. Is there a waitlist?

Once an event reaches capacity, there is no waiting list available. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis pending availability. Ticket holders will forfeit their seat if they do not arrive 10 minutes before the start time. We encourage you to join us in the standby line 15 minutes before the event for an opportunity to attend.

When is the Career Fair?

Career Fair Preview: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 2 PM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM

Where can I see the exhibitor floor plan?

Please refer to our exhibitor floorplan.

How do I register for the Career Fair?

We no longer offer Career Fair-Only tickets. Your Full Convention ticket includes access to the career fair. If you are an exhibitor or want to exhibit, please email sales@shpe.org.

Where can I find a list of Career Fair participants?

We have over 250 exhibitors which consist of Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, start-ups, and engineering firms. As these exhibitors sign up, they will be added to the exhibitor floorplan.

Why should I upload my resume?

Over 250 corporate and government partners are seeking top talented STEM graduates. The majority of companies are pre-screening candidates through our portal and scheduling interviews that take place during conference. Be sure to upload your updated resume on the career portal. Our partners are looking for students and professionals.

Where do I upload my resume?

You can upload your resume at the SHPE Career Center.

Should I bring hard copies of my resume?

Yes, it is always handy to have extra copies on hand. You never know who you will meet at conference! We also offer a Resume Room sponsored by Lockheed Martin where you can meet with a representative to get your resume critiqued or print out extra copies of your resume.

When does online registration open?

Registration opened June 6, 2018.

How do I register?

Attendees must register through SHPEConnect. A free SHPEConnect account is needed to register for conference.

I registered and do not see a record of my registration in SHPE Connect. Am I registered?

Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully registered for conference. To receive another copy of your confirmation email, please send a request to registration@shpe.org.

I recently renewed my membership through SHPEConnect and I am still seeing Non-Member rates when attempting to register. What can I do?

Please allow up to 2 hours for SHPEConnect to sync with our registration portal and try again. If you are still encountering issues please email registration@shpe.org.

Are the registration prices subject to change?

Prices will only change based on when you register (early bird, regular, and late onsite).

When does registration close?

We have 3 registration periods:
Early Bird: June 6 – August 31
Regular: September 1 – September 30
Late: October 1 – Convention Start
Online registration will remain open through conference and will close on Friday, November 9, 2018.
Onsite registration opens on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM and will close at 12:00 PM on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Are we able to submit a bulk registration?

Yes, if you are requesting 5 or more Convention registrations please submit request here.

What is included in registration?

Hospitality Suites
Most Events; with the exception of paid meal functions or invite-only events.
Career Fair

Are any meals included in the registration?

No meals are included in your registration.

When and where can I pick up my registration materials onsite?

Registration materials can be picked up at onsite registration. Badges will not be mailed.
Attendee Registration Hours:
Wednesday, November 7 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, November 8 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, November 9 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, November 10 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Do I have to be a member to register for the National Convention?

While we encourage you to become a member and enjoy the benefits that SHPE has to offer, we do offer non-member rates for conference.

Is it too late to become a member to receiving member pricing?

No! Join today and save on the convention registration costs.

I can’t find my confirmation email I need it to be reimbursed. How can I get another copy?

We would be happy to resend your receipt. Please send your request to registration@shpe.org.

What is the refund policy?

Any request to cancel registration must be received in writing to registration@shpe.org.
Cancellations on or before October 8, 2018; 50% of the registration will be refunded.
Cancellations after October 8, 2018; no refund will be issued.

I am no longer able to attend conference. Can I transfer my registration to another person?

Registration transfers may only be done between members of the same chapter. The deadline for registration transfers is October 8, 2018. Please email registration@shpe.org.

I am a Lifetime Member and I get discounts on National events. How do I get the discount code?

SHPE Lifetime Members are eligible for 10% off Convention registration. Please email membership@shpe.org for your registration discount code.

This is my first time attending conference. I’m not sure when I should arrive and when I should leave.

Take a look at the agenda and see what you’re interested in. All competitions begin on Wednesday, but the majority of our programming begins on Thursday morning. The Career Fair ends at 4:00 PM on Saturday. If you are attending the STAR Awards and/or the Saturday Fiesta, we recommend flying in Wednesday night and flying out Sunday.

What time can I check in to the hotel?

Check-In is typically after 3:00 PM; Check-Out is typically before 11:00 AM. Please check with the hotel where you made your reservation.

Will there be shuttles for hotels not within walking distance of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland?

All SHPE hotels are located within walking distance of the convention center. You may also use the E-Line trolley; rides are free with a smile.

Which airport should I arrive at?

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

Is there a train station I can arrive into?

The Cleveland Lakefront station is located at: 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44114

How do I get from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to downtown Cleveland?

Cleveland Airport offers multiple options for shuttles from the airport to your hotel.
Rideshare and Taxis are also available in the area.

What are the on-site registration hours for sponsors/exhibitors?

Wednesday, November 7 from 8 AM – 12 PM (IPC Only)
Wednesday, November 7 from 3 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, November 8 from 7 AM – 7 PM
Friday, November 9 from 7 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 10 from 7 AM – 12 PM

Registration will be at the

Global Center for Health Innovation
Global Center Atrium
1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

How do I register my company as an exhibitor?

The first step in confirming your organization’s sponsorship level is completing a commitment form and sending it to our sales team at sales@shpe.org. Then we will send an invoice via email and in the following weeks send details regarding booth selection and conference logistics. In October, we will open our registration portal for your organization to register attendee(s) individually. One contact per company will register all attendees.

I signed up with a professional registration. Am I set to recruit for my company?

Yes, but only during posted attendee career fair hours. Individuals with a professional registration badge will not have access to the Career Fair and Graduate School Expo Floor or Interview Booths during move-in or pre & post show.

I have an IPC/Exhibitor Career Fair Only Registration, what do I have access to?

Career Fair Only Registrations have access to the Career Fair and Graduate School Expo and the Interview booths during move-in and during the allotted hours.

I have a Full Convention Registration, what do I have access to?

Full Convention Registrations have access to the all convention programing except for ticketed events.

When can exhibitors move in to the Career Fair and Graduate School Expo floor?

Wednesday, November 7 from 8 AM – 12 PM (IPC Only)
Wednesday, November 7 from 12 PM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, November 8 from 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday, November 9 from 8 AM – 11 AM*
*All empties must be cleared off the floor by 11 AM on Friday, November 9, 2017

What are the Career fair and Graduate School Expo hours?

Friday, November 9 from 2 PM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 10 from 10 AM – 4 PM

When is exhibitor move-out?

Saturday, November 10 from 4 PM – 10 PM

When can exhibitors move into the interview booths?

Thursday, November 8 from 8 AM – 12 PM
When are the interview booths open?
Thursday, November 8 from 1PM – 12PM (IPC Only)
Friday, November 9 from 8AM – 5PM
Saturday, November 10 from 8AM – 5PM

What are the Interview Booth Hours?

Thursday, November 8 from 1 PM– 5 PM
Friday, November 9 from 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 10 from 8 AM – 5 PM

My school does not have a SHPE chapter, can I still become a SHPE Member to receive member pricing?

Yes, you may be a member-at-large. Please contact membership@shpe.org for more information.

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