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First Time Attendee Tips

First time attending? Never fear, we have gathered some tips to help you succeed. There is a lot to see and do, so make the most of your time and remember to enjoy yourself.

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Before You Arrive

Plan your schedule. If you haven’t already selected your sessions or want to make changes, login to the Attendee Service Center. Then, select the “Create My Itinerary” button.
Map out the exhibitors you want to visit. With hundreds of exhibitors, it’s helpful to plan ahead. Become familiar with the show floor and select who you want to meet on-site. View the Marketplace Exhibit Map.
Download the RIMS 2018 Mobile App. Our mobile app provides easy-to-use interactive capabilities including bookmarking sessions, viewing session handouts, connecting with attendees and more. Learn more.  
Pack extra business cards. You’re at the conference to learn AND network, so challenge yourself to meet at least three new people every day.

During the Conference

Arrive with plenty of time to pick up your badge and conference bag. Registration is located in the Main Lobby of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will be open from Saturday, April 14 until Wednesday, April 18. Photo identification will be required to retrieve your badge. View the badge pick up hours.

Take advantage of our shuttle bus service. If you need a ride, shuttle service will be provided for badged conference attendees between non-walkable RIMS hotels and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Learn more about hotel and travel.
Attend our First-Time Attendee Orientation on Sunday, April 15 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. You’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the conference and how to maximize the many networking opportunities.
Celebrate the start of your conference experience at the RIMS 2018 Opening Reception on Sunday, April 15 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Sunset Station. (Shuttle bus transportation is provided.)
Tweet using #RIMS2018. If you’re enjoying a particular session or event, let other people know about it. Or, just follow #RIMS2018 and pick up some great conference tips in real time.
Visit the largest exhibition dedicated to risk management in the world. The Marketplace opens on Monday, April 16 at 10:00 am and lunch will be held there on Tuesday and Wednesday. And, stop by the RIMS HQ booth #1337.
See you in San Antonio!