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Connecting with EdTech Companies at Student Affairs Conferences

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Vendors are becoming a major force in the work we do in Student Affairs. Considering technology, your campus may not have the infrastructure to create an in-house software, app or communicaiton platform. As technology shifts daily, there are a number of companies that have built opportunities to serve and support.
With the ACPA and NASPA annual conferences approaching, this post with feature all companies at the ACPA Annual Convention that will be exhibitors. I will post again next week on the NASPA conference. While there a number of companies that I am a fan of on these lists, I am not paid for this post.
I write this post to share the importance of knowing the players in edtech and how building relationships with them will benefit your network and resources. These educational technology companies need our voices. They need to know if their products are on the right path for what students, staff and entire campuses need. I am even seeing some, like Check I’m Here, amplifying Student Affairs voices by featuring them as writers for their blog. What else should they be exploring?

We will  see more and more vendors related to educational technology at higher education related conferences.

My challenge: Instead of going to the expo hall just for the free coffee, ice cream or pens – go in with intention. Learn what’s trending from these technology companies, take in their knowledge of tech advancements in 2016 and further share your insights into the work you do on a daily basis.
Have a fantastic ACPA conference – and if you aren’t here follow along at #ACPA16. 

ACPA – College Student Educators International

March 5th-9th, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Marketplace location: Palais des Congrès de Montréal – Niveau 5, Level 5

The Exibitor Marketplace Schedule

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:30am -3:00pm

10:30am – 11:30am Nutrition and Coffee Break in Exhibit Area/Marketplace

2:00pm – 2:30pm Nutrition and Coffee Break in Exhibit Area/Marketplace

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:30am – 2:30pm

10:30am – 11:00am Nutrition and Coffee Break in Exhibit Area/Marketplace

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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