SPFest Chicago at a Glance
SPFest Chicago will take place at McCormick Place South. The 5-day schedule will be as follows:
- Monday– Pre-Conference Workshops
- Tuesday– Pre-Conference Workshops
- Wednesday– Conference Day 1
- Thursday– Conference Day 2
- Friday – Conference Day 3
Official Conference Hotel
View the official conference hotel and group rate information here.
Directions, Parking and Public Transportation
Please note that there will be limited power/charging options at the event. Please come with a full charge.
Workshops and Sessions
Registration for technical sessions is not required. Simply attend whatever you’d like! If you are in a session and you feel that it is not meeting your expectations, please feel free to go to another one that is more suitable for you.
Coffee and lunch will be served on each day of the conference. Please refer to the agenda for further details.
General Conference Tips
As with any conference, you’ll want to bring the basics: comfortable shoes as you are likely going to be walking a lot, business cards, a notepad or laptop, and an eagerness to network, learn, and enjoy yourself. Regarding your attire, business casual is appropriate for this type of event.
Upon your arrival at the event, please check-in at the registration desk to receive your conference badge. Check-in is only required once. If you have your badge, you do not need to check-in again.
We have a ribbon table that will be in the expo hall Wednesday – Friday in which you can decorate your badge with fun ribbons (the state you’re from, new to SharePoint, alumni, etc.).
When it comes to networking and making new friends, we encourage you to mingle with other attendees when you’re not in sessions! You never know who you’ll meet or what kind of connections you could make.
Sponsor Scavenger Hunt
Visit the expo hall and scan the QR codes at the sponsors' booths. Complete the scavenger hunt and you will be entered in a drawing for the sponsors' prizes. The prizes will be given away during the lunch break on Friday.
The SPFest Chicago app is available for download.. Search SPFest Events in the app store. The app is your go-to-guide for the event, keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news and information, as well as your personalized agenda.
- For access to the app, please enter the email address that you registered for the event with. The password will be spfestchi21 (all lowercase).
Ask the Experts
We will have an Ask the Experts booth set up in the expo hall Wednesday – Friday during specific times in which speakers will be available to answer questions from our attendees. Please refer to the event program for further details.
Fill out workshop and session surveys in the app for the chance to win awesome prizes! Each completed survey that is submitted is a chance to win. Simply find the workshop or session in the agenda that you'd like to fill out a survey for and click on ‘Session Survey’ at the bottom. Winners will be announced on Friday during our closing Ask Microsoft Anything session.
Slide decks for our conference sessions will be provided via a OneDrive link to the attendees.
Please note that workshops are not required to be submitted by speakers.
We encourage all attendees to post about their experience at SPFest on all social media platforms and to tag us and to use our hashtag (#SPFest). Please also follow SharePoint Fest on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram before and during the conference to learn more about SPFest and connect with other members and conference attendees.
Get a Free T-Shirt!
What are you most looking forward to at SPFest Chicago? What are you hoping to learn? Which session are you most excited to attend? Tell us on social media with #SPFest. We will have SPFest Chicago t-shirts available (first come, first serve) for those that use #SPFest! (If posting on Facebook - be sure to make your post public so we can see it)
SPFest Chicago Attendee Facebook Group
Be sure to also join the SPFest Chicago attendee Facebook group to connect and introduce yourself and network prior to, during and after the conference. SPFest will also provide conference updates and important information.
Please note that only conference attendees will be allowed in this group, all members will be verified before approving.