Your Insider's Guide to the K-12 User Conference

June 29, 2016 Mark Christensen

The Blackbaud K–12 User Conference is right around the corner, and we hope you’re getting as excited as we are! Join more than 750 of your school peers in Boston, July 13–15 for idea sharing, networking, hands-on training, industry best practices, and a whole lot of fun!

Make sure to check out the guide below for everything you’ll need for the conference, including registration details, session information, the conference app, and more!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

When you arrive at the Marriott Copley Hotel, swing by the registration desk to check in and pick up your attendee badge, conference giveaways, demo environment credentials, and program guide. Registration will be located on the 4th floor, and hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 12: 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, July 13: 7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

CONFERENCE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

The K–12 User Conference mobile app lets you build a customized schedule, connect with attendees and speakers, participate in surveys and polls, and more! Go to the Apple App Store℠ or the Google Play™ store and search Blackbaud K-12 UC16 to download the mobile app for free.

CONTENT YOU CAN’T MISS

We have over 90 training and best practice sessions designed specifically for K–12 schools! Download our program guide to begin planning your agenda, and don’t forget to customize your conference schedule using the mobile app!

ACCESS DEMO ENVIRONMENTS FOR PRODUCT TRAINING SESSIONS

At registration, you will receive the login credentials for an "ON" Products sandbox on the back of your badge. We encourage you to use this sandbox during the conference to explore the “ON” Products and practice what you learn during training sessions. Please be sure to bring your own fully charged personal device to these sessions in order to log in to the training environments. Note, a few sessions will handout login credentials at the door on day one.

EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Get even more value out of your conference experience this year. Earn credits for qualifying sessions through Certified Fund Raising Executives International (CFRE) and the National Registry of Continuing Professional Education Sponsors (CPE). Access our credit tracking tool and find out more at the K–12 User Conference website. Sessions eligible for credit are individually marked within each track of the program guide.

GET PREPARED FOR UNCONFERENCE

We’re excited for industry expert Hans Mundahl to host our Unconference day! Make sure to bring your ideas in order to take notes and participate in the sessions. To learn more about the benefits of the Unconference model, make sure to read Jonathan E. Martin's latest post on our blog.

GET EXCITED FOR #BBK12UC

It’s so close! Whether you’ve attended this conference in the past or are a first-timer, tell us what you can’t wait to see or do while you’re in Boston for the K–12 User Conference. Just use #BBK12UC on Facebook, Twitter, and in the mobile app!

ON-SITE PRODUCT SUPPORT

Stop by Gloucester on the third floor to schedule a free, 20-minute Product Support session. We'll be open from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m on both Wednesday and Thursday (closed for lunch). We'll also accommodate walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CONGRATULATIONS LEARNING TO GIVE, FOR BEING SELECTED AS OUR #BBK12UC NONPROFIT OF CHOICE

Learning to Give provides educators with more than 1,700 lesson plans to teach students the value of generosity. Join its mission by teaching one lesson about philanthropy in 2016. Use the hashtag #Teach1 to share how it impacts your school!

BECOME A BLACKBAUD CHAMPION

Do you want to become part of an exclusive group of K–12 professionals? Do you enjoy VIP treatment, networking, and being recognized and rewarded? Then you have what it takes to be a Blackbaud Champion! Champions is our customer VIP program designed to connect your expertise with other schools and provide exclusive opportunities and insider access. Swing by the Blackbaud Champions booth in the Exhibit Hall to become a Champion and meet the team!

EXPLORE THE EXHIBIT HALL

The exhibit hall is the place to network with attendees, meet sponsors and exhibitors, and learn more about Blackbaud's products and services. Make sure to stop in and visit our sponsors and exhibitors. You can also request more information or set up an appointment with them in the mobile app.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Exhibitors

About the Author

Mark Christensen

Mark Christensen has worked in K-12 in various roles throughout his career from classroom teacher to school administrator to marketing communications. He works as the Marketing Manager for Blackbaud's K12 Group. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier College and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.

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