As of March 6, 2019 - Times subject to change
Thursday, June 20, 2019
3:00 pm: Registration Opens
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Welcome Reception and Conference Kick-off at the Austin Library
Friday, June 21, 2019
9:00 am - 10:30 am: Opening Conference Plenary - Welcome Conversation with Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen; presentation of Debra Harding & Loret Miller Ruppe Awards
10:30 am - 10:45 am: Coffee and Networking
10:50 am - 11:40 am: Community Content Sessions and Workshops
11:45 am - 1:15 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm: Pitch Competition
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm: NPCA Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting and Exhibitor Booths Open
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Exhibitor Showcase
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Regions of Service Dinners Around Austin
Please join this year’s host affiliate group, the Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association, for some delicious international dinners around town! Dinners will be held in restaurants or catered to homes near the Alumni Center, and will be themed by Peace Corps service regions. Regional dinner tickets can be purchased at the same time as your conference registration, and will include the following choices:
- North Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- South America
- Central America & the Caribbean
- Eastern Europe & Central Asia
- East Asia & the Pacific Islands
- Tex-Mex/BBQ (Why not? You’re in Texas, after all!)
Pick your favorite cuisine and get ready for a delicious meal and lots of shared memories! All proceeds from the regional dinners will benefit the operations and grants program of the Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association.
Saturday, June 22, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Exhibitor Showcase (Open)
9:30 am - 10:30 am: General Membership Annual Meeting
10:40 am - 12:30 pm: Community Content Sessions and Workshops
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch (provided) and Exhibitor Showcase
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Community Content Sessions and Workshops
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Closing Plenary and Awards Ceremony (Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service and Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Harris Wofford Award Reception
Know Before You Submit
Elements of a Successful Session
Responsibilities of Session Organizers
Session Review Criteria
*REMINDER: Sessions that solely promote a specific organization, program, or product will not be considered.
Questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timeline and Major Deadlines
March 17, 2019 - Proposal Deadline
All session proposals submitted by this date will be given first consideration based on the availability of venue capacity and how much time is available in the conference program for conducting proposed sessions. Applications received after will be considered on a rolling basis.
March 20, 2019 - Session Selections Announced
Session organizers of selected proposals will be contacted with news of their acceptance.
April 20, 2019 - Final Session Content Due
Sessions organizers will submit a detailed overview of the content to be discussed, an outline of their session’s activities, and logistical support requests. The overview should also include, if applicable, a list of confirmed speakers.
April 20, 2019 - Conference Program Information Due
Session organizers must submit the final title of the session and a brief description to be printed in the conference program. No changes are accepted after this date. Organizers will also provide the names, brief biographies, and photos of any confirmed speakers.
April 20, 2019 - A/V Request Form Due
Organizers can request microphones, projector, screen, etc., but there is no guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.
May 20, 2019 - Presentations and Handout Materials Due
Visual presentation (PowerPoint, video, etc) and any handouts must be submitted for pre-approval.
June 20-22, 2019 - Peace Corps Connect Conference
Even if the organizer is not participating as a speaker, the organizer must still be present to help direct their speakers to the appropriate location and facilitate the session.
July 1, 2019 - Blog Post Submission Due
Session organizers submit a 500-word article about the session’s content and outcome for publication on the NPCA blog.
Following the conference theme “Innovation for Good”, this entrepreneurship pitch competition will celebrate amazing ideas that could change the world through social innovation. Two awards will be given: one by a panel of judges and one through an audience choice award. Winners will win no less than $2,500 per award (sponsors being added through May 2019). We look forward to coming together, celebrating, and helping to strengthen ideas with connections to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the greater Peace Corps Community.
This year, NPCA and HoTPCA are committed to providing the lowest possible cost for conference registration by offering deeply discounted Early Bird pricing available until these tickets sell out or the close of Early Bird sales on March 17th, whichever comes first.
Register today to take advantage of this special pricing offer!
- Everyone staying in the dorm must have their own reservation and at minimum one bed per person (i.e. couples traveling together can room together but each must submit a unique form).
- If you have a roommate you'd like to stay with, be sure to list them in the roommate preference block.
- If selecting a double room with no roommate preference, roommates will be assigned by gender. If you prefer to room with someone from your country of service, please list the country in the ADA Accommodations section.
- Be sure to bring your own towel and soap, those will not be provided by the dorm
- Check in/out dates can NOT be changed after payment has been submitted, so make sure you book accordingly
- If you need to cancel your reservation, you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.
- No guest in dorm rooms after midnight.
- Registration for dorms closes May 16.
Hotels & Hostels
Affordable hotels within 3-5 miles of the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center for those seeking hotels on a smaller budget ($-$$) and who are comfortable staying further from the event center, there are many reasonably priced hotels several miles north of the Alumni Center:
- Days Inn ($): approximately 1.5 miles from the Alumni Center.
- Group of hotels ($-$$) at IH-35 and Highway 290
Peace Corps Connect is your primer venue to get in front of the Peace Corps community. This year will have many new features designed to drive traffic to your booths - including prizes for attendees who are the best explorers at our exhibit hall, awards for most innovative exhibitors (by crowd vote), and much more!
Interested in becoming an official Peace Corps Connect Sponsor to receive additional benefits and have your organization featured in conference promotions across NPCA's media platforms and beyond? View our 2019 Sponsorship Packet here.
Exhibitor Registration Details
SCHEDULE FOR EXHIBITING HOURS (times subject to change):
Friday, June 21st
9:30 AM: Morning set-up and exhibitor registration
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Featured Exhibitor Showcase hours (highest expected volume of visitors to exhibits)
6:30 PM: Evening breakdown
Saturday, June 22nd
8:30 AM: Morning set-up
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch (provided) and Exhibitor Showcase hours (highest expected volume of visitors to exhibits)
1:45 PM: Final Breakdown
Exhibitors are being offered the opportunity to host the booths between these scheduled exhibit hours while other conference proceedings are taking place to allow you to maximize your audience throughout the conference. Attendees will be encouraged to reach out to exhibitors prior to the event in Austin if they would like to schedule one-on-one meetings with exhibitors during the conference. Special announcements and reminders for exhibitor hours will be made throughout the conference and during main plenary sessions.
Registration is NOT included with the purchase of an exhibit booth. At least one paid conference registration is required with each exhibit booth and all representatives are required to purchase some form of registration to attend any conference proceedings outside of the exhibit hall (including meals and receptions). Affiliate Pro Plan registration are considered paid. If you are not sure who will be attending as your representative at this time, however, you would like to reserve your exhibit booth now, take the following steps: 1) Proceed with completing this form. 2) In the first question type "registering soon”.
(NOTE: Without a paid registration, NPCA will hold your exhibit booth for up to 15 day after purchase due to the high demand for booths. If this form is not completed and/or no representative has purchased a ticket after that time, NPCA may select to refund your purchase without notice. Please immediately email email@example.com after completing this form if you require a time extension to register a paid representative. Exhibitors who do not have a paid and registered representative upon arrival in Austin may not be provided an exhibit table and no refunds will be issued. Volunteers enlisted to assist with exhibits who are not otherwise paid and registered for the conference will need to do so prior entering, no exceptions can be made due to venue capacity.)
Exhibitor information will be added to conference marketing and promotional activities on a rolling basis after March 31st. Submit all materials by uploading your files at the end of this form. If you cannot provide your materials at this time, continue with completing this form. Once finished, please email your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(No partial ticket pricing is available for those to choose not to exhibit during these hours. NPCA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. NPCA will not be able to monitor exhibit booths on behalf of exhibitors at any point.)
Need more information or have a special request?
For exhibitor related questions, please email email@example.com.
For questions relating to official conference sponsor exhibiting and benefits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Already purchased your booth?Submit Exhibitor Information Form Here
By sponsoring Peace Corps Connect 2019, you will be able to reach the Peace Corps Community from across the country and beyond. For two and a half days, keynote speakers, expert panels, interactive sessions, and attendees will mix with local changemakers and learn about creating a sustainable impact on our community.
Peace Corps Connect brings together RPCV groups representing states and countries all over the world. It is common for these groups to want a space to gather members from their specific groups and we are here to help make these reunions and gatherings a reality.