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AwardsCon Schedule

We listened to your feedback from last year and are building an agenda around the power professionals. You should walk away from this event with actionable advice from your peers and be inspired from relevant discussion with prominent awards program managers.

How the Conference will Run

  • When you register, you will select your top challenges
  • We will group you together with others with overlapping challenges and success stories
  • You’ll work with your peers through facilitator deep dive sessions
  • Interspersed between these session will be fireside chats with leaders in the awards industry

October 4

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00  AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks, Timothy Spell, CEO OpenWater

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Case Study 1: Identifying Gaps in your Awards

How the Housing Industry Association Transformed their Awards Program Over 3 Years
Followed by small group strategy sessions and discussions on uncovering gaps and finding solutions for your awards program.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch and Optional OpenWater Technology Session

Learn about the advanced uses of the OpenWater Gallery, Auto Scoring Module, and Lead Judge Dashboard

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Case Study 2: How to Measure Success and the Feedback Loop

How one Society’s Awards Program Grew Too Fast and What they Did to Keep it on the Rails

Followed by small group strategy sessions in building surveys specific to your awards programs you can use right away.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Fireside Chat and Live Podcast Recording with the US Chamber

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Case Study 4: The Staff Manual

See how the American Advertising Federation Uses 200 volunteers to run the largest advertising awards program in the world

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Happy Hour at Bar Louie

 

October 5

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking and Breakfast

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Case Study 3: Mastering the Marketing Machine

5 Part Case Study covering the innovative ways various awards programs complete their marketing cycle

  • Part 1: Building your Entrant Persona followed by small group strategy sessions on building your entrant person

  • Part 2: Marketing to Judges

  • Part 3: Using Categories as a Marketing Tool followed by small group strategy sessions on your category structure

  • Part 4: Year-Round Content for your Editorial Team followed by small group strategy sessions on creating your annual marketing calendar

  • Part 5: The Awards Website

12:00 AM - 1:15 AM

Lunch and Optional OpenWater Technology Session

Learn about Third Party Integrations and OpenWater Extensibility

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Case Study 4: Judging Best Practices

Learn how the SHOP! Awards Ensures Fairness and Transparency with a Multi-Round Judging Approach

Followed by small group strategy sessions to build your judging guidelines

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fireside Chat and Live Podcast Recording with the James Beard Foundation

4:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Open Discussion