POCO provides workshops, panel discussion, and breakout sessions on how to run a successful conference. Presentations are given by senior IEEE staff and volunteers, other conference organizers, and industry experts. The program is filled with practical advice and useful ideas.
When attending POCO, you can:
POCO sessions are different every year. Topics are selected to meet the needs of organizers for both large and small conferences. Locations are chosen to give organizers in different parts of the world a chance to attend, while also showcasing host cities.
POCO attendees are IEEE conference organizers from all around the world. They include:
POCO provides sessions on key issues you need to know about managing your IEEE conference. You can exchange ideas, hear success stories, and learn how to meet conference challenges with other conference organizers.
POCO is the perfect opportunity to discover how hosting an IEEE conference can promote your OU, Society, and technical fields around the world, including sessions you won't find at any other IEEE conference or meeting.
Attending POCO is not a requirement to organize an IEEE conference; however, it is strongly recommended.
There is no registration fee for POCO, and meals are provided. Many IEEE organizational units (OUs) will reimburse travel and lodging expenses for attendees.
Contact your IEEE OU for approval before registering if you are seeking funding to attend POCO.
Not at all. IEEE negotiates the very best rates possible through the hotel for conference organizers. However, you are encouraged to make whatever arrangements you find most comfortable.
Registration for the 8th annual Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) has opened. The 2013 POCO will be held 25–27 July 2013 in Portland, OR, USA, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR.
POCO offers conference organizers and OU leadership excellent opportunities to increase knowledge about organizing high-quality conferences, meet colleagues, and learn more about IEEE and industry conference practices. Content and topics will be of interest for attendees of all experience levels.
The theme of POCO 2013 is "Sustaining Conferences - Economic, Environmental & Social Opportunities."
July 25: Education Day
- Rotating, one-hour educational sessions: sponsorship, event planning, finance, publishing, and more, followed by a town-hall-styled open forum session: "What's on your mind?"
July 26: Strategic Engagement
- Envisioning, branding, and growing your IEEE conference
July 27: Who We Are and Where We're Going
- What's new from the IEEE MCE (Meetings, Conferences & Events) team?
- What will IEEE conferences of the future look like?
Review the POCO 2013 Draft Agenda.
Registration is now closed.
The event hotel is sold out at this time. View a list overflow hotel options (PDF, 582 KB).
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