The Hive

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The Hive

Level 3 Concourse

Be sure to check in daily for giveaways and meet ups!

Come and check out the latest ASAE Annual Meeting buzz and meet and network other newbies at the Hive. Stop by for a chance to meet and ask questions to staff members and volunteers who will help provide guidance for navigating your first ASAE Annual Meeting.

Pop by the Hive first thing in the morning (7:30 – 8:30 a.m.) to meet up with other first-time attendees and some “regulars” to chat before heading to the Opening Keynote or learning labs. The lounge is a great opportunity to network or take a break (try getting a digital caricature from Name & Faces, located in the Hive).

Staff will be visiting this lounge throughout the conference to see if you have any questions or to help you map out your day. Feel free, at any time during ASAE Annual Meeting, to ask questions or get help from any of the concierge desks. Our staff and volunteers want to make navigating the meeting as easy as possible.


Saturday, August 18

McCormick Place can be a bit overwhelming, even for ASAE Annual Meeting vets. Come take a tour and learn how to navigate the center and meet a friend or two. Tours leave from the Hive at the following times:

TOUR 1 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
TOUR 2 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Navigate as a Newbee

Not sure who’s new?

Rest assured you’ll be able to easily spot other first-time attendees from the “new-bee” stickers (shown here) on their badges. We will also have “First Timer” ribbons, making it even easier to identify new friends. Make sure to grab one for yourself in the registration area!

Have a question?

Tweet us your questions! Just follow the conference Twitter account @ASAEannual and include the hashtags #ASAE18 and #newbie for assistance.

Looking to connect?

The opening party at the Wintrust Arena is going to be an event you don’t want to miss! But with an expected 5,000 attendees, it can be a bit intimidating. Why not make some friends beforehand? Stop by the Hive to meet other first-timers, ASAE staff and volunteers, and a bunch of other new friends!

Calling all our Vets!

While we have put a lot of work into these initiatives for our first-timers, we still need your help as an ASAE Annual Meeting veteran! The best way for you to help is simply to connect.

If you see a first-timer, say hello! Introduce them to some of your contacts. Sit by them in a learning lab. Or simply stop by The Hive! Not only will you be helping the first-timers, but you’ll be building your own network and quite possibly making a great new friend.


Thank you to our Corporate Partner and lounge host:


DelCor Technology Solutions