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    Welcome to RIMS 2019!

    We’re so excited to see you in Boston. Since it’s a large conference, we’ve put together a few tips for your first time attending. 


    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. Your schedule will also sync with your mobile app, for easy viewing while at the conference.

    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 2019 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.

    Dress appropriately. Dress code for RIMS 2019 is business casual or business. Remember that convention center rooms can be cold, so a jacket or cardigan is recommended. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking shoes too!

    Find more tips in the RIMS 2019 First Time Attendee Orientation webinar available on-demand.


    During the Conference

    Arrive with plenty of time to pick up your badge and conference bag. Registration is located in the  North Lobby of the Boston Conference and Exhibition Center and will be open from Saturday, April 27 until Wednesday, May 1. Photo identification will be required to retrieve your badge. You’ll need your badge for all events, including the opening reception. Keep it safe—replacements cost US$100.

    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 Boston Conference and Exhibition Center. 

    Attend our First Time Attendee Reception on Sunday, April 28 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in room 253. You’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the conference and how to maximize the many networking opportunities.

    Learn about membership. Stop by RIMS HQ booth #799 for information on how RIMS can help you advance in your career.  

    Post using #RIMS2019. If you’re enjoying a particular session or event, let other people know about it. Or, just follow #RIMS2019 and pick up some great conference tips in real time. You can tag RIMS HQ by looking for @RIMSorg on major social media platforms.

    Visit the largest exhibition dedicated to risk management in the worldThe Marketplace​ opens on Monday, April 29 at 9:30 am and lunch will be held there on Tuesday and Wednesday. And, stop by the RIMS HQ booth #799. Looking for a specific exhibitor? Reach for the Exhibitor Locator Guide or the mobile app.

    Find your session rooms. The sessions are throughout the convention center. To find the ones you want to attend, use the Session Locator Guide or the mobile app (search for RIMS Events in your app store).

    Stay in-the-know. Read the Show Daily, delivered to your inbox daily. Catch up on all conference events and event highlights with the daily coverage of RIMS TV, airing in your hotel and throughout the convention center.

    . Look for the network and password when you receive your badge at registration.

    Global attendees, if you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jhelum Bagchi, Associate Director, Global Development, at jbagchi@rims.org or 212-655-6225.  


    Can’t-Miss Events

    Opening Reception: RIMS Grand Slam
    SUNDAY, APRIL 28 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

    Opening General Session
    MONDAY, April 29 | 7:45 AM – 9:30 AM

    Awards Luncheon
    MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM 

    Marketplace Social Reception: Sailor's Remedy Happy Hour
    MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

    Marketplace Social Luncheon: Castle Island Luncheon
    TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

    Marketplace Social Reception: New England Fall Fest
    TUESDAY, APRIL 30 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Marketplace Social Luncheon: RIMS 2020 KICKOFF / Mile High Luncheon
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

    Conference Finale
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

    RIMS-Sedgwick Closing Party
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    RIMS Community Service
    MONDAY, APRIL 29 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 

    ​Join RIMS, ESIS, and Cradles to Crayons for several activities throughout the week, as well as to learn how you can help support Cradles to Crayons turn compassion into action in ending childhood poverty. Activities will take place in the main lobby of the convention center.

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