First-Time Attendee? No Problem!

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the event!

Before you arrive, build your agenda using our convenient Events Navigator tools (on your desktop or via our mobile app).

  1. Be sure to register for any analyst-user roundtables, analyst one-on-ones or workshops you’d like to attend. Preregistration is required for these sessions and spots fill up quickly! This is an easy way to keep tabs on your schedule so you won’t miss a second. We have a special orientation session on Sunday afternoon for first-timers like you, so be sure to add that to your agenda.
  2. Join us on the Solution Showcase floor during evening receptions so you can meet with the top vendors in the industry and find the solutions you need.

Click here to get more details on the different types of sessions we offer.


  • Where do I go to check in to the conference?
  • What is my name badge for?
  • Are there networking opportunities available?
  • Is my attendance limited if I am NOT currently a Gartner Research client?
  • Will I have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Gartner analyst?
  • What is the Gartner Events app and do I need to download it?
  • What should I bring?
  • What should I wear?
Where do I go to check in to the conference?

As soon as you arrive you can visit Registration. You’ll simply enter the email address you used for registration, verify this with a photo ID and receive your conference badge. For additional information regarding your hotel stay or other questions you may have, visit our FAQ page.

What is my name badge for?

Your name badge will allow you entry into all conference-related activities (sessions, Solution Showcase, hospitality suites, meals, etc.). They are also tagged so that we are able to scan the sessions you’ve attended and provide a conference evaluation tailored to these specific sessions. Your badge will also grant you access to all pre‑conference workshops on Sunday, December 3.

Are there networking opportunities available?

You’ll have plenty of time to meet with your peers during networking breakfasts and lunches or throughout the day in our convenient lounges. In addition, you’ll be able to learn from your peers during analyst-user roundtables, end-user case study sessions and Solution Showcase receptions.

Is my attendance limited if I am NOT currently a Gartner Research client?

Absolutely not! As long as you have fully paid your registration fee, you have access to all on-site activities and documentation. If you’re interested in becoming a Gartner client while on-site, you can visit the Gartner Research Zone to better understand the benefits you’ll receive by becoming a client.

Will I have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Gartner analyst?

Definitely! In addition to analyst presentations throughout the day, as well as dedicated question and answer sessions on specific topics, you can get advice specific to your business when you preregister for up to two private analyst one-on-one meetings. You can also preregister for analyst-user roundtables, where you’ll receive feedback and advice from a Gartner analyst and your peers around a specific topic.

General registration for all preregistration-required sessions like workshops, analyst-user roundtables and analyst one-on-ones will open in November. The easiest way to ensure you get a spot is to earmark the sessions you’d like to attend, then log on early in the day to Events Navigator to register. If you try to register for a session and it is listed as closed, make a note of it and keep that session in mind. Attendees often cancel or become unable to make their preregistered sessions, so there is a good possibility you will gain entry into the session. Once you are on-site, find the room for that session and arrive there about 15 minutes prior to the session start to have your name added to the waiting list.

What is the Gartner Events app and do I need to download it?

The Gartner Events app is our own mobile device (smartphone and tablet) application that makes it easy for you to navigate and build the agenda and keep tabs on what’s happening while on-site. Download the app, sign in with the information used on Events Navigator and you’ll be good to go. Whether you use Events Navigator through your desktop or the app, your agenda will sync up with ease. You’ll also receive push notifications while on-site to remind you of some of the key happenings.

What should I bring?

Don’t forget to bring your business cards! You’ll have tons of opportunities to network with your peers and solution providers, and it’s the easiest way to exchange contact info. If you have a smartphone or tablet, this will also come in handy, as your entire agenda can be organized with the Gartner Events mobile app and viewed from most mobile devices. You’ll also use your device to take part in our live polling throughout the conference, so keep it with you.

In addition, we’ll have charging stations throughout the conference space, so bring your chargers with you so that you never have to go offline. For those of you travelling internationally, be sure to pack your travel adapters. If you typically wear glasses or contact lenses, be sure to bring any backups you might own. Also don’t forget any medications you might need to take throughout the week.

What should I wear?

Business casual is the name of the game. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes — you’ll be doing a lot of walking from your hotel room to the conference space, from session to session and navigating the Solution Showcase floor. (Bring your pedometer as well to track all those steps!) We also recommend that you dress in layers as the conference rooms tend to get cold.


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