The Annual IDEA Conference offers educational & networking opportunities for event presentation professionals. Since 1983, the Information Display & Entertainment Association has hosted the premier conference for the industry. This year promises to be one of the best ever!
Hosted by our Indiana-based IDEA member organizations, the 36th Annual IDEA Conference will be held July 15 - 18, 2018 at the Westin Indianapolis. A special room rate has been arranged for IDEA Conference attendees.


February 1             Preferred Registration opens for 2017 Partners
February 28             Inspire the Passion Award applications due
February 28             Preferred Partner Priority Registration ends
March 1             Early Bird Conference Registration open to all
March 31             Hall of Fame nominations due
March 31             Preferred Partner payments due
March 31             Early Bird Registration ends
April 1             Conference Registration open to all
April 30             Early Bird payments due
May 1             Golden Matrix Awards entries due
May 1             Deadline to volunteer to be a 1st round GMA judge
May 31             Last Day to register without penalty
June 10             Deadline for Corporate Partners to upload materials
June 10             Payment of all conference fees due
June 22             GMA First Round Judging completed
July 15 - 18             36th Annual IDEA Conference

Credential Policy

Conference credentials serve as your admission ticket to all IDEA events and to the conference meeting area.  Credentials must be worn at all times and must be presented upon request.  Credentials are non-transferable.  Conference attendees, as well as guests, must have proper credentials to be present in the conference meeting areas.

Guest Policy

IDEA members are welcome to bring family members or significant others to the 36th Annual IDEA Conference.  Please be advised that in order to gain access to the conference area, everyone will be expected to have the proper credentials.  Thus, you will be asked to provide information about your guests (name, age if children) to register them for credentials.

All optional excursions and networking events are open to guests and are charged at IDEA's cost.  Any guest wishing to attend the Allied Expo, classes, seminars or general sessions will be expected to purchase a full conference attendance package. 

Attendance Policy

IDEA, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to refuse admittance to any person or entity for any lawful reason.  In addition, IDEA reserves the right at its sole discretion to terminate an attendee’s visit at any time and to require the attendee to leave the premises if an attendee cannot present the required IDEA issued credentials.

*all venue tours tentative and subject to change