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Welcome to the 2017 CAR Conference

The 2017 CAR Conference begins this week. Below are a few bits of information to help you prepare for this great conference! For the latest up-to-date information about panels, speakers and special events, please visit our conference website



The conference is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

Thank you to Super Shuttle for offering a discount to attendees. Details on making reservations can be found here.



Registration opens Wednesday at 1 p.m. and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday on 3rd floor Skybridge at the Hyatt.



Enjoy the warm weather while in Jacksonville. See the 10-day forecast thanks to


Wireless Internet

Stop by the registration desk or check the mobile app for the wireless code so you can access complimentary Internet throughout the meeting space. In addition, attendees staying at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in the group block will receive complimentary basic wireless Internet in their guest rooms. When logging in from your room, you will need to accept the charges; the hotel will credit these prior to checkout.


Have a question or need help in a session?

Room monitors will be stationed in the hallways during sessions and will be happy to answer your questions. Additionally, if you need something, email, and IRE staff will respond as quickly as possible.


Hands-on classes

We have a big crowd this year, and it's exciting to have so many new faces. We've added a number of hands-on sessions, but seating is limited. So if there's a hands-on class you really want to take, plan on getting there early.


CAR Conference App replaces a printed program

You’re tech-savvy and care about the environment, and so do we. Rather than printing 1,000 schedules, we’re giving you two ways to track the full schedule of panels, hands-on sessions and special events with accurate, up-to-the-minute details:

  • The full conference schedule on the IRE website has all details organized by day.
  • Download the Guidebook mobile app for the 2017 CAR Conference on your smartphone or tablet. The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and web-enabled devices. Then, create an account on the app so that you can enjoy all of its features and functions. Once you enable push notifications, you can receive updates throughout the conference from IRE. You will have the latest schedule at your fingertips throughout the conference. You can check speaker bios, plan your own schedule, and keep up to date with any panel changes. You also have the option to network with other attendees and complete session/panel evaluations directly from the app (you will also receive a daily email with the evaluation, if you prefer to complete it that way). Please be sure to complete evaluations, as these help us plan next year's conference.

Internet is not required for the app to work once it’s downloaded. However, a connection is necessary to receive any updates sent by IRE.

If you feel most comfortable with a printed schedule, sheets with the daily lineup will be available at the registration desk.


Twitter/Student Blog

Use #NICAR17 during the conference and stop by the registration desk to see live tweets on the announcement monitor along with conference blogs. We’ve got a full team of bloggers, and you can see their work online and in the conference app.


Social events/outside social events

Be sure to check out the list of special sessions, social events, and other activities taking place this week. Check out the full list here.


Contact IRE
We want everyone to have a great conference. If you have any concerns, run into any problems or need to contact a member of the IRE staff for any reason, we’ve set up several ways to reach us. Please remember that whether you’re in a session, walking the hallway or hanging out at the bar, it’s important to respect all of your fellow attendees. IRE and NICAR have long been known for our sense of community, and we should all be sure that everyone feels welcome. 

Reach out by phone: 573-880-5473

Send a text: 573-880-5473

Send an email:

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Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in Jacksonville!

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