View the Breakout Session Schedule
The breakout session schedule is now live and can be viewed through the links on your MyPlanner dashboard. Registration will open on Feb. 26 at 8:00 AM and will close on March 5 at 3:00 PM.
LIVE Registration Webinar
Facilitators! Get the details on how to breeze through the streamlined registration process at #EASTcon18 during a LIVE webinar Tuesday, Feb. 20at 9:15 AM! Only a few spots left! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/CN2018webinar
Breakout Session Registration
Information about breakout session registration (including dates) is now on the website! Please review the information ASAP (in the Get Involved tab) because there are some significant changes this year.
EAST Competition Finalists Announced
Finalists for the Overall Founder's Award, Founder's Awards of Excellence, EAST Project Competition, and Tech Support Olympiad have all been announced. Check out the "Competition Finalists" page in the "What's New" tab for a complete list. Keep an eye out for more finalists announcements coming this week!!!
Sponsored Competitions Deadline
The deadline for all "Sponsored Competitions" has been extended to 3 p.m., CST, January 24, 2018.
Digital Image Release Forms
Facilitators: Keep in mind that if you use the (new) Digital Image Release Form for your students, you still need to save and upload a copy of the signed forms to your school roster in the MyPlanner section!
Reminder: Sponsored Competitions Deadline
The deadline for all sponsored competitions is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018. Do not wait until the last minute! Submission forms will automatically disable at the deadline. If a form does not disable properly, submissions received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Upload speeds can vary and deadline days have a higher volume of student submissions, which can cause delays. EAST will have limited (if any) availability to assist with issues on the deadline day. Winter weather and technology malfunctions are not grounds for automatic extensions or exceptions. Good luck!
More Conference Clips
If you haven't already, be sure to watch the newest Conference Clips for information on registration, the arrival process at Conference, and booth reminders.
Featured Breakout Session Speakers!
Can't wait for the inspirational breakout speakers coming soon at #EASTcon18? Well, check out the "Get Involved" tab - Featured Breakout Session Speakers for a sneak peek!
Congratulations Leadership Team!
The 2018 Leadership Teams were announced this morning. Please help us congratulate the 55 students who will be working behind the scenes at #EASTcon18!
The TSO Leaderboard is live in the What's New section. Be sure to encourage and cheer on your favorite contestants because it's still anyone's game!
Final Two Competitions Live!
The last two competitions are released: Intentionally Inventive Marketing & Create a New Reality: VR Competition! Make sure to apply for any of these competitions by 3 p.m. January 19!
Even More Competitions!
We have three more competitions released: Picture This, SAU Tech Multimedia, and Music! Deadlines for all 3 are January 19!
Another 3D Printing Competition
NWA3D is hosting TWO 3D printing competitions this year! The "Ready? Print...PLAY!" competition has a really unique prize opportunity.
We just released the ARCHICAD & 3D Print It Up! competitions. The deadline is January 19. Also, keep an eye out for a few more competitions being released ASAP!
Leadership Team Application Deadline
This Friday (Nov. 17) at 3 p.m. CST is the deadline to submit applications to be on the Ambassador, Documentation or Technical Support Team. Remember that a facilitator nomination is required for any student applicant, and those must also be received by the deadline.
Even More Competitions
Check out the newly release competitions: A Few Good Apps, SketchUp, and Perfect Pitch! Deadlines for all 3 are January 19.
Conference Clips - Leadership Teams
Check out the "What's New" tab to see the first Conference Clip for #EASTcon18!
Arlington Hotel Breakfast Buffet
The EAST room rate at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa now includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet!
Submit your best architectural designs (2D or 3D) for the Fay Jones Architectural Challenge and the most innovative use of a microcontroller for the MicroControl Everything competition. The deadline is January 19!
Create a Healthier Arkansas Competition
Do you have a project that is improving the health and wellness of your school or community? Make sure to enter the Create a Healthier Arkansas competition, hosted by UA CES.
Website is LIVE
It's finally here!! We are so excited to share the website for #EASTcon18. Have a look around and check back often for updates. We will add more student competitions VERY soon!
The Arkansas Department of Education strives to ensure that all children in the state have access to a quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training.
We are a stage, sound, lighting and video company that does concerts, festivals and corporate events.
TechStart, a Facebook education initiative in collaboration with high schools, helps students explore computer science through technology.
FIS is one of the world's top-ranked technology providers to the banking industry. With more than 30,000 experts in 100 countries, FIS delivers the most comprehensive range of solutions for the broadest range of financial markets, all with a singular focus: helping our clients succeed. FIS is part of the S&P 500. FIS has also been named the number one overall financial technology provider in the world by American Banker and Financial Insights (FinTech 100).
Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise organizations and wholesale customers across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 129,000 miles. Additional information is available at windstream.com. Please visit our newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.
At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we’re investing to be the premier integrated communications company. Fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity – to everything on the internet, everywhere, at every moment and on every device – is what drives us. It’s reflected in our mission: Connect people with their world, everywhere they live, work and play … and do it better than anyone else.
We offer solutions that help businesses in every industry serve their customers better. We deliver advanced services to nearly 3.5 million businesses on 6 continents. That includes nearly all of the Fortune 1000 as well as neighborhood businesses across the United States. Our high-speed mobile internet network covers more than 390 million people and businesses across the U.S. and Mexico. We also wirelessly connect cars, machines, shipping containers and more. It's all part of our leadership in what’s called the Internet of Things.
And we never stop innovating. The brightest minds in the business are in our AT&T Labs and Foundry centers developing new technologies, apps, products and services.
Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) software gives you the power to think and plan geographically. GIS is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide. It helps cities, governments, universities, and Fortune 500 companies save money, lives, and our environment. Whether transporting ethanol or studying landslides, these organizations use GIS to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information, which helps them see relationships, patterns, and trends. They can then solve problems and make better decisions because they are looking at their data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, schools, governments, businesses and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, mobile computing, desktop, workstation, and personal systems, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world.
The Arkansas Users of Telecommunications and Information Systems promotes the advancement of professional and technical knowledge in telecommunications and information systems management technologies. The organization is recognized as the only regional organization of its kind in Arkansas.
The mission of ASMSA is to create, encourage and sustain, throughout the State of Arkansas, an educational community of academically talented students, faculty and staff that pursues knowledge of mathematics, sciences and the arts.
Manufacturer of plastic food containers. The Little Rock plant manufactures primarily peanut butter jars, Skippy foods in Little Rock being its largest customer.
The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), located at the University of Arkansas, focuses on research, education, and outreach related to geoinformatics and geomatics. Specific areas of research in these fields include GIS, geospatial analysis and modeling, high density survey, enterprise spatial databases, remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, and geospatial data and model interoperability. CAST's research efforts involve new approaches to spatial data as well as the development of new methodologies for analysis of these data.
B&B Solutions provides a wide range of Products and Services to help build your Brand and Brand awareness. Our offerings include ...
Business Forms and Labels
Commercial Printing, (Brochures, Letterheads, Business Cards, and Envelopes)
Promotional Products, (A complete line of gifts, giveaways, and awards displaying your logo or event information)
Embroidery of Apparel, Caps, Tote Bags and More
Screen Printing of T-Shirts, Blankets, etc.
Signs and Banners
Direct Mail Applications
Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. is a general practice law firm that emphasizes complex and general litigation, business transactions documentation, taxation and estate planning, privacy and data governance law, family law, and employment law. Our firm provides legal services for leading businesses, including utilities, commercial and investment banks, finance companies, and state and local government entities, individuals and charitable institutions.
Arkansas Capital Corporation is a private, non-profit lending corporation dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs in Arkansas. Since 1957, Arkansas Capital and its lending partners have provided more than $1.7 billion in capital to help meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and large-scale companies. Arkansas Capital created the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation in 1999 to be a catalyst in the development of Arkansas's future entrepreneurs.
We're proud to be farmer-owned, which allows us to produce high-quality dairy products from milk that is wholesome, delicious and full of important vitamins and minerals—free of artificial growth hormones.
At Hiland, our core values include "doing what's right" and "being better than we have to be." Though these are evident in the products we make, they're also a part of a larger philosophy that's rooted in our relationship with the world around us. We know that fertile land produces healthy cows, and healthy cows provide fresh, great tasting milk. So we care deeply about preserving our water, land and natural resources for future generations. To that end, we also reduce waste, reuse resources and recycle what we can so that those same future generations will be able to enjoy the same high quality milk you enjoy today.
Few is a design and development agency focused on making the web a more beautiful place through considered design and thoughtful code. We partner with a diverse group of organizations that align with our ethos of contributing to the world in a positive way.
The tools we use to help clients reach their audiences and launch new products include custom web and mobile applications, digital and physical design, marketing content creation, and analytics.
NWA3D sells high quality 3D printers, filament, and accessories. All our 3D printers come with unlimited videoconference training sessions by certified teachers and lifetime support by our technicians.
If you need help 3D printing in your EAST class, we're here to help!
Mid-America Science Museum opened its 65,000 square foot facility that is situated on 21 wooded acres in Hot Springs almost 40 years ago. The museum's mission is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences and to encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs.
Mid-America Science Museum completed an extensive facility renovation and exhibit installation in 2015 thanks to a $7.8 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The Museum now has nearly 100 hands-on exhibits to engage learners of all ages in scientific inquiry. The Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater presents educational films on astronomy, geology and meteorology. The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk spans 280 feet into the forest canopy, 40 feet above the ground, this “exhibit” invites visitors to get up close and personal with nature while enjoying an intriguing array of bridges and nets. The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently honored Mid-America Science Museum with the 2016 National Medal for Community Service, the nation’s highest distinction bestowed on museums and libraries for outstanding service to the community. Opening in the summer of 2018 is the first permanent outdoor exhibit of its kind in Arkansas. The Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek will feature 18 life-like dinosaurs in a natural setting.
ForwARd Arkansas is a partnership of the Arkansas State Board of Education, Walton Family Foundation, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and is committed to helping every Arkansas student graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace. To realize this vision, ForwARd Arkansas has developed recommendations aimed at dramatically improving student achievement, closing the achievement gap, and making Arkansas a leading state in education.
Acxiom delivers the data foundation marketers need to simplify customer engagement and deliver the right message to the right person wherever they are today—and where they’ll be tomorrow. By connecting systems and data through a common understanding of consumer identity, we enable marketers to work smarter, quicker, and more effectively. Our open technology and services make it safe and easy to activate data anywhere, so marketers can increase revenue, measure sales impact, and deliver seamless customer experiences at scale.
Everett Agencies of Little Rock offer supplemental life and health insurance policies through in-home and workplace sales. If you are in need of insurance, or would like to start a new and exciting career as one of our agents please reach out.
Within the curricular context of an excellent professional design education, the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design provides a vital school-wide design culture and educational environment grounded in critical design thinking, multidisciplinary collaborations and civic engagement.
We are a professional design school providing excellence in teaching, research and service within a vibrant intellectual community that generates an energy and passion for great design, while nurturing the talent, intellectual agility, optimism and resourcefulness our students need to develop into the leaders in their respective design disciplines and in their communities.
We have 5 year accredited degree programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and 4 year accredited degrees programs in Interior Design and Architectural Studies.
Mangan Holcomb Partners is a full-service marketing communications company specializing in strategic planning, advertising, public relations and media planning/buying. We represent local, national and international brands in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, government, telecommunications, tourism, transportation and others. Our sister company, Team SI, provides MHP clients with digital, website, online and social media services.
Bedford Camera & Video is a photography specialty store with locations in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, our faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas. From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, we offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications. Extension works in 4 main areas: 4-H and Youth Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences.
A non profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering our community of Creatives, Technologists and Entrepreneurs to be the Makers of our future.
SketchUp is hands down the easiest way to model in 3D.
GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment; EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group.
Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year public college which is part of the Southern Arkansas University System. The college began in 1968 and has an average enrollment of over 1,800 students. SAU Tech employs around 160 staff and faculty and is located inside Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, Arkansas.
We specialize in providing organizations with office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies.
The Data Foundation For The World's Best Marketers
Acxiom enables people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data that drives seamless customer experiences and higher ROI. We believe data is the key to creating meaningful interactions at scale between consumers and the brands they love.
Making It Safe And Easy To Activate Data Anywhere
Innovation is constantly driving fragmentation and creating data silos within modern marketing departments, causing consumers to experience far too many marketing messages that are disconnected, untargeted, and wasteful.
Acxiom helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to address these challenges. A leader in ethical data use and identity for more than 45 years, Acxiom is dedicated to helping marketers achieve superior business results by creating experiences that deepen customer connections.
SAU Tech is a two-year public college which is part of the Southern Arkansas University System. The college began in 1968 and has an average enrollment of over 2,000 students. The college employs over 150 staff and faculty and is located inside Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, Arkansas.
Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and technology that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. In addition to organizing the Games for Change Festival and the Student Challenge; we also incubate projects through our game design challenges and executive production expertise in coalition building; and curate games for change to the public through our games arcades and awards.
We are a learning college with an EAST program, which supports our EMPACTS, (Educationally Managed Projects, Advancing, Community, Technology/Teamwork and Service) project based learning program. We offer scholarships for incoming EAST High School students, as well as scholarships for any student who desires to learn technology and serve as a peer mentor in our EAST/EMPACTS lab. Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is the perfect place for EAST High School students to continue their project based learning experience and receive a 2Y degree as they transition from High School to the 4 Year College degree program or to gain certification and training for the workplace.
The faculty and staff at NWACC are dedicated to teaching and facilitating in the personal, academic and professional growth of our students.
The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in STEM teaching and learning in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.
I represent the Computer Graphic Technology Program in the College of Applied Science and Technology for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
We provide short, career focused courses to students who show natural curiosity and talent in the world of development.
The School of Forestry & Natural Resources offers majors in Natural Resources Management and Land Surveying. The Natural Resources Management major includes a choice of five options: Forestry, Wildlife Management & Conservation, Geospatial Science, Communications in Natural Resources, and Environmental Science. The School also offers a 2-year Associate of Science degree in Land Surveying Technology and a Master of Science in Forest Resources. Generous supporters of the School have provided for more than 35 fully endowed student scholarships.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.
The Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors (ASPS) is a non-profit association dedicated to serving the public interest and advancing the profession of surveying.
New Design School is a non-profit 501c3 organization licensed and regulated through the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education. New Design School brings world-class graphic art and design education to northwest Arkansas, utilizing industry practitioners and leaders to deliver real world experience and application to the classroom. New Design School is focused on educating the next generation of digital artists and entrepreneurs, who will, in turn, shape the future of innovation in design and technology.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
The Arkansas Geographic Alliance is a nonprofit run by teachers and funded by the National Geographic Society. Our goal is to assist K-12 teachers to understand and use spatial concepts and technologies in their classes, regardless of disciplines. We also work with 7th grade Social Studies teachers covering the required Geography course, high school AP teachers, and run ArcGIS workshops for educators.
CompTIA’s Academy Partner Program provides valuable tools and resources to assist schools in recruiting, training, certifying and upgrading the skills of their students in IT. CompTIA’s Academy program is designed to help schools promote certification and enhance student career opportunities.
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