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|A Look Back at #LTEN2018|
Alexa, Technology & Bears: Wrapping Up the 47th LTEN Annual ConferenceBy Tim Sosbe
More than 900 LTEN members came together June 12-14, 2018, for the 47th LTEN Annual Conference, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn and network together at the largest event LTEN has produced to date.
The conference offered more than 110 individual sessions, including more than 70 workshops in 14 tracks. The Learning Village exhibition hall had more than 70 supplier booths and displays and an expanded schedule of 20-minute Learning Lab presentations.
This year’s conference also welcomed members of several specialized communities of practice within LTEN, including a group of field trainers taking part in the new Field Training track, the non-commercial training track and an expanded medical device & diagnostics training track. In addition to taking part in all general session and networking activities, members of the communities of practice attended workshops and sessions designed specifically for their needs.
Many of the workshops at the conference were recorded and will be made available to LTEN members for post-event viewing or reviewing. Materials from conference workshop sessions are available on-demand for LTEN members at https://www.l-ten.org/page/2018_LTEN_Materials.
Other highlights from the 47th LTEN Annual Conference were:
The 47th LTEN Annual Conference also included the presentation ceremony for the 4th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards. At that ceremony, LTEN gave a $1,500 donation to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, along with donations of 200 customized build-a-bears created by LTEN members volunteering in the annual charity team-building event. The charity event was sponsored by Scrimmage, with Bowen Search sponsoring the accessories used to customize the donations. The entire awards ceremony was live-streamed for LTEN members who couldn’t attend the conference, and can be viewed at http://www.softconference.com/WebcastSystem/Webcast.aspx?WebcastID=75&SessionID=411699#.
LTEN members who participated in the charity bear-building were also entered in a contest recognizing their creativity. The winners of the bear contest were:
LTEN members also networked with one another throughout the conference, including at a special Networking Reception sponsored by IC Axon, featuring a live band sponsored by Red Nucleus, games and refreshments.
Thanks to everyone involved in making the conference a success, including LTEN leaders, Preferred Industry Partners and event sponsors, all speakers and, most of all, the LTEN members who attended and participated.
Registration is now open at www.LTENconference.com for the 48th LTEN Annual Conference, to be held June 3-6, 2019, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX.
Tim Sosbe is editorial director of LTEN. Email Tim at tsosbe@L-TEN.org..