Conference 2009

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It is estimated that over 60,000 students have been given the opportunity to experience EAST.  Each year, thousands of students from across the country attend the National EAST Conference as a way to share their story, celebrate the work they have done over the past year and for many students, experience for the first time a trade show-like environment.

The conference is also the EAST Initiative's largest training venue of the year and a huge opportunity for our students to meet other students from around the country and share ideas.  Last but certainly not least, our celebratory banquet is, for some of our students, their first exposure to a formal banquet environment.

Join us in Hot Springs, Arkansas to hear these stories and experience how EAST has impacted the lives of so many.

Dates & Location 

2009 EAST Conference
March 3-5, 2009
Hot Springs Civic & Convention Center, Arkansas

About the Conference

The EAST Conference is an annual gathering of 2000+ students, teachers, parents, community and business leaders from more than 100 communities across America.  The Conference spans 3 days and includes an exhibition hall showcasing student service projects, student breakout sessions on the latest in technology, an awards banquet, and much more!! 

View highlights from last year's event in the 2008 EAST Conference Press section.

Theme & Logo Design

Congratulations to Kolby Sisk of Russellville High School who won the 2009 EAST Conference Logo Competition (image below).  His design will be featured on the Conference Gear, media releases, invitations, program, etc.  Thanks Kolby!!

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Download the larger Adobe Photoshop file here (zipped file).   

Public Attendance

Members of the general public are invited to visit the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, March 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, March 5th from 9:00 a.m. to the estimated end time of 1:30 p.m.

Get Involved

Our 2009 Conference provides many opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors to get involved.  If you'd like to promote your organization and get your message out to  thousands of students, educators, and technology industry professionals, we offer three ways for you to participate in our conference:

  1. Support the EAST Initiative and promote your organization through an EAST Conference Sponsorship.  There are many sponsorship levels that allow you to get involved!
  2. Exhibitor booths provide the best opportunity for you to promote your college, university, or organization.  You will have access to over 2000 students who are available to you each day of the three day event.  What an excellent way to reach some of the smartest, brightest, and technology-savvy students in our country!
  3. If your organization provides a product or service that can be beneficial to EAST students or schools, then consider a Breakout Session where you can bring awareness of your organization or service through a presentation and/or provide hands-on training to our students.

Have a Question?

If at any time you have a question or need clarification about the Conference, please feel free to contact Melanie Ridlon, the Training & Events Manager for the EAST Initiative.

Melanie Ridlon
501-371-5016 Phone or

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