2020 Conference

Location:

NW/MET will travel from the desert oasis of Las Vegas to the beautiful Blue Mountains surrounding Walla Walla, WA for the 2020 annual conference, April 22-24, hosted by Whitman College.

UNLV provided us with an amazing venue, an extremely impressive campus and an agenda packed full of fun, learning and once in a lifetime experiences.  In 2020 we will slow the pace a bit and return to the beautiful valley of the Blue Mountains, wine country and, of course, Whitman College.  Our theme, “Planting Ideas and Cultivating Results,” refers not only to the Walla Walla region, but also to how the very technology we work with day-to-day starts with a simple idea or seed and eventually after enough care, thought, and work becomes something that can be representative of our pride and intended to be shared with others.

We encourage you to learn a bit about Walla Walla before arriving.  Those of us who live here understand how special the community is and we’re delighted to share our hometown with our friends from across the West Coast.     

Vendors:

We recently have started sending out invitations for sponsorships of the 2020 conference and already have a few spots filled.  Our sponsorship webpage is a work in progress, but keep an eye on it as it’s updated often to reflect our amazing 2020 sponsors.  If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor/vendor, please submit an email to loneyjs@whitman.edu. Here’s a look at our different sponsorship opportunities.

Presentations:

A call for proposals will be going out sometime in the fall.  If you’re interested in presenting and would like to submit a proposal before the fall, please feel free to contact us at loneyjs@whitman.edu

Conference Hotel:

We will once again gather at The Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. Standard King: $112/night, Two Queens: $124/night.  When making your reservation, be sure to indicate you’re attending the NW/MET Conference in order to get the discounted conference rate.                                              

Social Events:

Our committee is working hard to solidify some great outings.  We have plans to start off with a Tuesday night gathering where we will have wine tasting, other spirits and hopefully a little bit of surprise fun.  On Wednesday, we are working on options for outings.  As we get closer to the conference date, we will send out a registration form to attendees which will provide different opportunities to join the outing of your preference.  The last time Whitman hosted, in 2015, we offered wine tasting, a movie in one of our auditoriums, bar hopping and a game night at the hotel.  Thursday evening we will be walking to The Powerhouse Theatre, which is just down the street from the conference hotel, and enjoying an evening of entertainment and an award-winning food truck.  For attendees wanting to stay until Friday evening, we’re likely going to coordinate a tour of some of the most beautiful wineries in the region (for an additional fee) as well.

Photos of blooming flowers all over Whitman campus in Spring 2016.