Presented by North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives


August 13 - 16, 2019

Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

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Conference Schedule       CompactFull
Time Tuesday
9:00AM Registration
Hampton Foyer
10:00AM
11:00AM
12:30PM Exhibitor Setup
Kensington Ballroom
Golf Outing
Arcadian Shores



1:00PM
2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM
5:00PM  
6:00PM
7:00PM
Time Wednesday
PDH: 6
7:00AM Exhibitor Setup
Kensington Ballroom
Women Lighting the Way Networking Breakfast
Nightwatch Room



7:30AM Registration
Hampton Foyer
8:30AM Conference Kick-off
Windsor Ballroom



9:15AM A Brighter Energy Future
Windsor Ballroom



10:15AM Exhibitor Hall Opens
Kensington Ballroom
Break
10:30AM High speed distribution voltage regulation to support renewables
Windsor Ballroom



11:30AM Lunch
12:45PM Is your disaster recovery site ready for a real disaster?
Windsor Ballroom



1:45PM Break
2:00PM Rural Electric Cyber Advancement Program (RECAP)
Windsor Ballroom



3:00PM Break
3:15PM Thermal Cameras Concepts and Applications
Windsor Ballroom



4:15PM Break
4:30PM RC3 and Beyond RC#
Windsor Ballroom



5:30PM Welcome Reception (light hors d’oeuvres)
Kensington Ballroom
6:30PM
7:00PM
Time Thursday
PDH: 7
7:30AM
8:00AM Distribution Operator
Windsor Ballroom



9:00AM Break
9:15AM Exhibitor Hall Opens
Kensington Ballroom
Incorporating Pole Loading Software into a Co-op's Day to Day Operations
Oxford



Get the most out of your Microsoft Cloud
Winchester



What Does Your Data Know That You Don't Know
Somerset



10:15AM Break
10:30AM Distribution Automation Without Starting From Scratch
Oxford



Building an Information Security Program
Somerset



Broadband: Is It Right For You?
Winchester



11:30AM Lunch
12:15PM Considerations for Accepting Large-Scale Distributed Energy Resources on Distribution Systems
Oxford



Future-Proofing the Data Center with a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
Winchester



Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season
Somerset



1:15PM Break
1:30PM Innovative, Outage Reducing Grounding Solutions
Oxford



Building the Case for Enterprise Detection & Response
Somerset



Wireless alternatives to RF mesh, PLC, and cellular
Winchester



2:30PM Exhibitor Break Down
Kensington Ballroom
Break
2:45PM Pole Restoration- An Alternative To Pole Replacement
Winchester



Multifactor Authentication
Oxford



IT/OT Jeopardy
Somerset



4:00PM Emerging Trends in Solar and Energy Storage
Windsor Ballroom



5:30PM  Special entertainment by the "I.T. Band"
Poolside at Splash
6:30PM
7:30PM
Time Friday
PDH: 3
8:00AM The Engineering and Operations Case for Drones
Winchester



Are Your Physical Security Measures Beating You Up?
Oxford



Beneficial Electrification
Somerset



9:00AM Break
9:15AM What is DERMS?
Winchester



Alexa, How Much Is My Electric Bill?
Oxford



Deploy Broadband!! – Now What?
Somerset



10:15AM Break
10:30AM Door Prizes
Windsor Ballroom
11:00AM NRECA/DARPA Cyber Attack Project
Windsor Ballroom



12:00PM Closing Comments
12:15PM  



Thank you to our awesome sponsors!





Vendor Information

The links below contain valuable information about services that can help you with booth shipping, setup, and breakdown options.

If you intend to fly to the conference, there are two (2) airports that are close to the venue.

  • The local airport is Myrtle Beach International (MYR), driving time about 30 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Myrtle Beach International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • An alternate airport is Wilmington International (ILM), which is about 90 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Wilmington International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • Over 150 attendees
  • More than 40 Cooperatives represented
  • Over 50 Vendor Companies attend
  • Diverse attendance covering over 5 states

We are happy to offer our tier-based sponsorships again this year. The information below describes the benefits of each tier. Be sure to claim your sponsorship level when you register for the conference!

Platinum


  • All Gold benefits
  • One (1) extra table to put company giveaways and material on during Wednesday’s lunch
  • Two (2) people from your company are invited to a pre-conference dinner
  • Pick the location of your booth (prior to June 30th)
  • Be personally recognized at the opening General Session
  • Add a company-branded gift to Attendee Registration Packet

Gold


  • All Silver benefits
  • Add 1 item to Attendee & Vendor registration packet

Silver


  • All Bronze benefits
  • Put company giveaways and material on 1 lunch table during Wednesday’s lunch

Bronze


  • All “Other” benefits
  • Logo on hall monitors during 1 segment of the conference
  • Recognition and “Thank You” at 2 of the conference General Sessions

Other


  • Logo in conference brochure
  • Recognition and “Thank You” in the PPT show at the beginning of each session

The Cooperative Technologies Conference & Expo is once again proud to partner with the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, a 20-story hotel with on-site Sports & Health Club, waterpark and two-room suites featuring their own private balcony, living and dining areas, wet bar, mini fridge and microwave.

For more information on condos click here. For more information on hotel rooms click here.

  • Where can I find the Vendor Kit?
    • The Vendor Kit and all associated documents are located in the Vendor Kit section above.
  • What does the exhibit fee ($425) cover?
    • The exhibit fee includes the exhibit space, a skirted table (optional), wastebasket, one (1) 110 volt AC (5 AMP/500 Watt) outlet, and one (1) chair
  • What are the Exhibitor Hall hours?
    • Wednesday, August 14
      • 10:30 AM to 4:15 PM, Exhibitor Hall open. Buffet lunch in the Exhibitor Hall.
      • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Exhibitor Hall will host a Welcome Reception for all Cooperative Employees and guests.
    • Thursday, August 15
      • 9:15 AM to 2:30 PM, Exhibitor Hall open. Box lunch provided.
      • 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, Exhibitors can breakdown their exhibits
    • Friday, August 16
      • Exhibitor Hall closed.
  • Can my spouse attend the conference with me?
    • Your spouse can participate in some conference activities, but if he/she would like to attend any of the conference sessions, they must register as a Vendor Employee.
  • Can I register onsite?
    • We highly encourage Vendor Companies to register early. By registering early, you will receive many benefits such as ensuring company printed material is included in the attendee packet, secure a booth in the vendor hall, participate in the conference golf tournament, and reserve a room at the hotel.
  • What is the best way to get company materials to the conference?
    • We contract with Convention Makers, Inc., see the link under "Vendor Kit"
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy?
    • Cancel 30 days or more in advance of the conference, full refund
    • Cancel 8-29 days in advance of the conference, 50% refund
    • Cancel 0-7 days in advance of the conference, no refund
    • Cancellations must be in writing (e-mail or fax is acceptable)
  • When can I set up my booth / take down my booth?
    • You can set up your booth either on Tuesday, August 13, between the hours of 12 PM and 7 PM, or on Wednesday, August 14, between the hours of 7 AM and 10:00 AM. The Exhibitor Hall officially opens Wednesday, August 14 at 10:15 AM.
    • You may start to break down your booth no earlier than 2:30 PM, Thursday, August 15 and you must be finished by 5:00 PM the same day (August 15).
  • Can I come to the conference as an attendee and not set up a booth?
    • Vendors Company employees should not register as Cooperative Employees. You may register as a vendor ($500/person), and not exhibit. We do encourage all vendors to exhibit.
  • Can I attend General and/or Breakout sessions?
    • Of course! Please keep in mind the conference is for Cooperative Employees and seating for all sessions will be given to them as a priority. If there is available seating, vendors are welcome to attend any session.

Cooperative Employee Information

The Cooperative Technologies Conference & Expo (CTCE) is our new flagship technology conference which replaces the Engineers & Operations Conference (E&O Conference) and the Technology Conference.

Now in its 17th year, the conference has grown in content and participation each year. Our aim is to equip you with practical and up-to-date information that is relevant to your cooperative.

Come join your peers from cooperatives across the Southeast for a chance to network and discuss common problems and solutions at this information-packed conference.

Visit our larger exhibitor hall and meet a wide variety of 60+ trusted industry partners.

Click here for more detailed information about the schedule and agenda.

The Cooperative Technologies Conference & Expo is once again proud to partner with the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, a 20-story hotel with on-site Sports & Health Club, waterpark and two-room suites featuring their own private balcony, living and dining areas, wet bar, mini fridge and microwave.

For more information on condos click here. For more information on hotel rooms click here.

If you intend to fly to the conference, there are two (2) airports that are close to the venue.

  • The local airport is Myrtle Beach International (MYR), driving time about 30 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Myrtle Beach International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • An alternate airport is Wilmington International (ILM), which is about 90 minutes to the hotel. See their website at Wilmington International Airport for detailed information about the airport.
  • What does the registration fee cover?
    All registered attendees will receive:
    • Welcome packet that includes conference information (digital) and complimentary conference polo shirt
    • Access to all General and Breakout sessions
    • Access to "Women Lighting the Way Networking Breakfast"
    • Admittance to the Exhibitor Hall
    • Complimentary admission to conference golf outing at Arcadian Shores
    • Eligible for conference prizes and giveaways
    • Entrance for attendee and a guest to the Welcome Reception in the Vendor Hall Wednesday evening and the special live entertainment social Thursday afternoon.
  • Can my spouse attend the conference with me?
    • Your spouse can participate some conference activities, but if he/she would like to attend any of the conference sessions, they must register as a Cooperative Attendee.
  • Can I register onsite?
    • Yes, but we strongly recommend you register online as soon as possible. Also, rooms are limited and get reserved fast, so try to book your room the same day you register for the conference.
  • Does the conference offer educational credits at its sessions?
    • Yes, North Carolina Electrical Engineers can earn Professional Development Hours at each session. There will be attendee sign-in sheets available at the front table of all the sessions that will record your attendance.
    • Other professionals maybe able to count their attendance towards continuing education credits. We would be happy to work with anyone to provide documentation or attendance verification.
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy?
    • Cancel 30 days or more in advance of the conference, full refund
    • Cancel 8-29 days in advance of the conference, 50% refund
    • Cancel 0-7 days in advance of the conference, no refund
    • Cancellations must be in writing (e-mail or fax is acceptable)
  • Can you bill my Cooperative or do I need to pay at registration?
    • There are two (2) online billing options.
      1. Invoice your Cooperative
      2. Pay by credit card
  • Can I substitute another person if I’m unable to attend?
    • Yes you can! If you find you are unable to attend the conference, you can update the registered Cooperative Employee to someone else using the registration website. If the time is within one week of the conference starting, send an e-mail to TechConference@NCEMCS.com explaining the change and we’ll be glad to help you get that updated.