12 Ways to Maximize Your Time at #CPExpo

Crowded CP Expo Hall 2018

We know your time at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo is limited. There are meetings to be had, parties to attend — all this while you still try to get some of your everyday job done.

In addition to what’s already on your plate, the biggest show in the channel, “where ideas get real,” slated for April 9-12 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, offers up one event after another. From education to networking, there are multiple things happening at once at any given hour during the show.

Don’t worry; we are here for you.

Below, we’ve compiled this list of tips, must-attend sessions and first-time conference events you’ll want to make time for while in Vegas. Participate in a handful of these and we feel confident you will return home with new ways to improve your business.

Mobile Apps
Download Our New Mobile App

The very first thing to do is to download our mobile app; that way, you won't miss a thing.

This year's app is an upgrade from previous years', featuring the ability to build a personalized schedule; browse the full exhibitor and sponsor listings; download collateral, schedule one-on-one meetings with other attendees and exhibitors; join conversations about topics critical to the industry; and much more.

Search CPEXPO in the App Store or Google Play. We expect it to be available sometime the week of March 18. Keep trying!
Bob Crissman Vonage BSS
Business Success Symposium
April 9
12:30-4:30 p.m.
South Convention Center, Level 3, South Seas B

Why only come for three days of networking and education when you can make it four? This Business Success Symposium preconference promises to be our biggest yet.

It kicks off with a keynote from Adam Hartung, managing partner at Spark Partners, who will offer tips from his newly released book on how to stay ahead of the competition. He'll explain how to grow your business by abandoning fear, embracing trends and becoming an agent of change. That's followed by a trio of education tracks aimed at executives, technology leaders and sales-and-marketing hotshots.

You'll just need an all-access pass to attend.
Alliance of Channel Women Channel Partners Evolution 2018
Alliance of Channel Women Networking Event
April 9
5-8 p.m.
North Convention Center, South Pacific B&C

Don't wait much longer to get your pass to one of the hottest tickets in town. The Alliance of Channel Women networking event always draws a huge crowd of successful channel women and their guests. ACW invites you to network with old friends and discover new relationships that will help you grow your business.

The event is free to members in good standing; $25 for guests. Separate registration is required. Additional tickets might be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
First-Timers at CP Expo 2018
First-Time Attendee Reception
April 9
7-9 p.m.
Red Square Restaurant & Lounge, Mandalay Bay

Sponsored this year by Verizon, this event quickly has become a favorite Channel Partners preconference tradition. Separate registration is required, and as the name indicates, this is only open to first-time Channel Partners attendees.
AT&T's Zee Hussain on the keynote stage
Keynote Breakfasts & Lunches
April 10-11
8;50-10:15 a.m., 12:15-1:50 p.m.
South Convention Center, Level 3, South Seas B

Grab some food and take a seat in the convention hall to hear from some of the most important speakers in the industry. Channel Partners keynotes are second to none.

Among the highlights: Janet Schijns, our 2019 Channel Influencer of the Year, helps you double your business; Sara Straley, the new head of AT&T Partner Exchange, offers up three tech trends shaping the channel; 8x8 channel chief John DeLozier explains how to be a customer experience rock star with cloud; and Verizon's Catherine Sugarbroad encourages you to take the SMB challenge.

Keynotes are open to all attendees, so don't miss out.
Datapipe's Robb Allen
Sign Up for Conference Tracks
April 10-11
10:25 a.m- 12:05 p.m.
2-3:45 p.m. (Wednesday only)
South Convention Center, Level 3

Our conference tracks alone are reason to attend the show.

Sponsored by Nextiva, this spring's topics include business strategy; marketing and technology; cloud and colo; and revenue and supplier portfolio. Individual sessions include strategies for success in CCaaS; channel chief roundtable; IoT in a Box; hyperscale public clouds; and many more. They're all led by industry-leading moderators and panelists.

Get a Conference & Expo or all-access pass to take part in the conference tracks.
Coffee with Craig and Kevin Day 1 at Channel Partners Evolution
Expo Hall
April 10-12
Wednesday: 4-7 p.m.
Thursday: 2-6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-Noon
South Convention Center, Level 1, Bayside AB

We hesitated including the expo hall on this list because it's an absolute no-brainer. The most popular part of the entire event brings partners and suppliers together to discuss the hottest technology and channel programs in a fun environment. 

Wednesday features the opening reception sponsored by AT&T, and Thursday features the traditional pub crawl, sponsored by Broadvoice, MetTel, Ooma aand VTech/Snom. Their booths are the places to get your ale or lager of choice.
UCaaS Thunderdome
April 10, 4 p.m.: UCaaS
April 11, 2 p.m.: SD-WAN
4 p.m.
South Convention Center, Level 3, South Seas D

We chose the Thunderdome name because this is nothing short of an epic, apocalyptic battle where leaders from competing companies battle it out for technology supremacy. We challenge you to attend to prove this is not hyperbole! You'll get a chance to decide which company has the best solution to sell through the channel.

Our UCaaS Thunderdome will feature reps from 8x8, Fuze, Ingram Micro and Mitel. Panelists in the SD-WAN session are from Aryaka, CBTS and Oracle.

Thunderdomes are open to all attendees and exhibitors, but you should log back into your registration to save your seat.
2019 Digital Excellence Awards Logo
Excellence in Digital Services & Channel Influencer Networking Awards Reception
April 10
6:30-8 p.m.
South Convention Center, Level 3, South Seas B

We'll honor winners of our inaugural Excellence in Digital Services awards and our 2019 Channel Influencers at a networking reception to close out the first full day of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo.

Some of the biggest names in the channel will be at this event. You can be too if you have a Conference & Expo pass or an all-access pass.
Faction's Matthew Wallace
Mitel Experience Center
April 10-11
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
South Convention Center, Level 3, South Seas J

The Mitel Experience Center is making its Channel Partners debut.

The UC and contact-center company is offering food and drink while attendees get a look at demonstrations of its MiCloud Connect CX offering and more. Mitel will walk partners through the entire MiCloud Connect portfolio, highlighting differences with competing products. You'll also learn about new partner programs and SPIFFs.

You can schedule a meeting here.
Passport Winner at Channel Partners Evolution 2017
Passport Drawing
April 11
5:55 p.m.
Channel Partners Studio sponsored by Jive Communications, Expo Hall

If you didn't like money, you wouldn't be in this business. That's no doubt why we always draw a big crowd to our passport drawing on our expo hall stage.

Aryaka, IPtelX, Sangoma Technologies, Suse, Teligistics and VTech/Snom Americas host the booths where you'll want to get your passport stamped. Get all of them from the participating vendors, turn your passport in at the Channel Partners booth before the drawing and you're eligible for a big cash prize. Must be present at the drawing to win; otherwise, we move on to the next name in the hat.

It's open to all attendees and exhibitors.
Millennial Meet-Up: No Mo' FOMO
April 11
6:30-7:30 p.m.
South Convention Center, Level 3, Palm A

For those worried that the channel might be aging out, your fears might very well be assuaged by peeking inside this session.

Channel Partners NX2Z is hosting this networking event, open to all attendees age 35 and under. A big crowd has already signed up and we're gunning for more. Already registered for the show and didn't know about this little jewel? Just log back into your registration or reach out to our marketing team.


  1. Avatar Stephen Stull March 12, 2019 @ 11:03 am

    I am not finding the app in the App Store?

    • Avatar Craig Galbraith March 12, 2019 @ 11:20 am

      Hi, Stephen,

      Thanks for your interest in the mobile app. I should’ve been more clear. It’s not available for download yet. But be sure to try again in a week or so.

  2. Avatar Ron Young March 14, 2019 @ 7:26 am

    When will the App be available ?

    • Avatar Craig Galbraith March 14, 2019 @ 7:39 am

      Thanks for your interest, Ron! We believe the app will be available sometime the week of March 17. Please keep checking your app store of choice.

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