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OCCC Networking

Every month Orlando plays host to conferences across many industries. If you find yourself traveling to Orlando for one of the main events off of International drive at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), then check below for a list of what’s going on and at which concourse.

Orlando Condo & HOA Expo 2020

June 4 | West Concourse


This one day conference is a must for property managers. Attend if you’re looking for insight on legal and financial issues, advice on best communication practices, and tips on how to improve management procedures so that you’re more proactive than reactive. On hand will be industry experts in management, building and remodeling, and those in the know of the latest energy efficiency solutions.

Southern Baptist Convention 2020

June 7 – 10 | West Concourse


Designed for autonomous Baptist churches and Baptist bodies of all sizes to gather and discuss missions held locally and abroad, social services, charitable endeavors, and Christian education. This yearly conference celebrates its 175th anniversary.

ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy

June 7 – 10 | West Concourse


This toy convention entertains and educates. Attendees will get to interact with new toys and meet their designers. Business owners will glean selling practices that will help them benefit from toys currently trending. More than 500 vendors are scheduled to attend. Seminars will discuss a variety of topics on business operations, psychology, and children and play.

American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Expo 2020

June 14 – 17 | South Concourse


Water industry colleagues unite at this exciting water industry event. American Water Works Association includes your standard keynote sessions, receptions, and expo, but it also has contests. Work with your team to build the best fire hydrant and water meter. Got what it takes to be the fastest team to pipe tap? Give it a shot right here. The contests culminate with the World Water Cup—a drilling and tapping competition with teams from around the world.

National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo 2020

June 15 – 17 | West Concourse


If your career focuses on understanding codes and standards in building design, construction, and operations, then this conference is a must. In the middle of July, the National Fire Protection Association gathers to discuss code questions and interpretations, latest innovations, and solutions to some of your technical challenges.

World Ballet Competition 2020

June 15 – 20 | West Concourse


Probably one of the most graceful competitions ever, hundreds of ballet dancers compete for more than $300,000 in cash prizes and dance merchandise. This prize figure also includes scholarships and job contracts. Hosted by a not-for-profit organization whose mission it is to promote talent and fairness, the World Ballet Competition has helped launch many professional careers around the world.

AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championships 2020

June 17 – 28 | North/South Concourse


Get your volleyball squad ready for this massive Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) volleyball championship. The AAU has dedicated its more than 130 year existence to providing “Sports for All, Forever.” Moreover, this competition provides its athletes a chance to learn life lessons as well as develop mentally, emotionally, and socially to better prepare them for life.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series 2020

June 19 – 21 | TBD

The OCCC plays host to the 2020 Yu-Gi-Oh! conference in the Southeast. Duelists face each other to see whose stack comes out the champ. This isn’t simply a fight between Xyz, Synchro, and Fusion monsters; this is a battle of strategy against strengths and weaknesses, calculated risk, and massive damage points.

ASSP Safety Conference & Exposition 2020

June 23 – 25 | West Concourse


At this event you’ll gain occupational safety and health education you can immediately implement. Earn IACET accreditation during their sessions. Topics covered include risk management, Worker’s Compensation, safety management, industrial hygiene, product safety, ergonomics, standards and organizational management, and much more.

2020 PLC Institutes

June 24 – 26 | West Concourse


Staff and educators at Professional Learning Communities at Work® gather to explain the benefits of their program to schools and districts. Network with and learn from the professionals who created this program.

Hotel Near OCCC

Midpointe Hotel, a Rosen hotel, is conveniently located across the street from the OCCC. More than just a convenient location, Midpointe offers many amenities not found elsewhere. Mini-refrigerators are stocked in each room alongside home-like amenities—possibly the most important being the single-serve coffee maker. Our unique layout includes rooms with indoor and outdoor corridors, two swimming pools, and two hot tubs. Our competitive rates make staying at our hotel a no-brainer for an economical stay. Start your booking process today by clicking the orange button at the top of this page.

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What comes to mind when you think of Orlando? Most likely world-famous theme parks, but did you know that Orlando’s economy is also booming thanks to a thriving convention scene?

At the center of this economy sits the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the largest in the southeast and the second largest in the United States. Generous accommodations, a rich dining and entertainment scene, and those world-famous parks attract more than a million convention attendees year after year.

Convention season is year-round in Orlando. Check out below what’s coming to the OCCC in May.


Knowledge 2020

May 4 – 7 | West Concourse

20,000 attending

Attend for extensive learning opportunities for business owners using ServiceNow. Lab/workshops include methods for improving staff management systems, defining and mapping business service, and improving the customer’s experience on mobile devices, among many other business-related educational sessions. Aside from the normal convention activities—expo hall, keynotes, networking, and breakout sessions, this event will have CreatorCon, a hands-on lab where coders get to build and play.

Sapphire Now and ASUG Annual Conference

May 12 – 14 | North & South Concourse

20,200 attending

Did you know that Sapphire is actually an acronym that means SAP’s Perennial Highly Integrated R/2-3 Exchange? If you’re a business owner or use any products from SAP, the business systems software company, then you’ve probably heard of this conference. Held yearly and attracting more than 20,000 to Orlando, this conference includes sessions, great networking opportunities, and incredible business development opportunities around SAP solutions.


May 15 – 17 | West Concourse

1,500 attending

Not to be confused with Knowledge 2020 hosted earlier this month, attendees of this private event will learn about mobile electronics. Educational opportunities on schedule include educational workshops and manufacturer trainings. After some learning, network with manufacturers and benefit-providers during the trade show. Mobile Electronics Association Retailer members get in free. Otherwise there is a cost to attend.

CITRIX Synergy 2020

May 18 – 20 | West Concourse

8,000 attending

Most modern business solutions are wrapped in software packages, Citrix Synergy being one of those software companies and products. If you’re an influencer in your company—network engineer, systems administrator, or infrastructure developer, then this event most likely will prove useful. This conference, available at a cost, has the standard events: seminars, training sessions, breakouts, networking opportunities, a reception, and a final night party. It also has a massive Solutions Expo area.

Orlando International Film Festival

May 23 – 26 | West Concourse

2,000 attending

Orlando has plenty of film festivals, e.g. Fringe, but none like this one. This film festival is specifically for young, upcoming filmmakers still in school in any grade from kindergarten to a senior in high school. Young filmmakers will have the opportunity to attend workshops, exhibits and networking opportunities with experienced filmmakers. All entries will be showcased and graded for awards. Orlando International Film Festival, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, offers its attendees discounts to theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld.

UBU Expo

May 23 – 24 | West Concourse

15,000 attending

Here’s a conference, open to the public, that’s a delightful mix of various athletic competitions, natural and holistic products, vitamins, supplements, athletic apparel, and … cosplay. At this fun event, competitions range from bodybuilding, grappling, sport Taekwondo and Karate, and Rock, Paper, Scissors tournaments. Exhibitors will have the latest samples of energy drinks, meal supplements, and athletic apparel. And don’t forget the cosplay portion which will also host costume contests. Tickets for the day are $25 for adults or $40 for both days. Tickets for children (ages 6 – 12) are $10 for one day and $15 for both. Kids 5 and younger get in free.

2020AAU 18U Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships

May 23 – 25 | North/South Concourse

2,500 attending

All are welcome to enjoy this showcase of young volleyball talent as squads get together to compete for national titles. Volleyball teams will compete in waves by divisions: 18 Classic, 18 Club, 18 Open, and 18 Premier. College coaches and scouts will be there, so players have a little extra to look forward to aside from a championship.

Stay in a Hotel Close to the OCCC

Midpointe Hotel, a Rosen Property, is right across the street from the OCCC. Our comfortable accommodations such as refrigerator in every room, queen and king sized beds in deluxe or suite guestrooms, as well as coffee makers, hairdryers, and irons make every stay feel like home. Rooms book fast, so check availability today by clicking the orange button in the upper right corner of this page.

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Continuing education (CE) and sharing ideas is an important part of career development. The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the heart of Orlando’s convention area and the largest convention center in the southeast of the United States, hosts many companies’ conferences and events that offer such learning opportunities.

Attendees are typically seeking knowledge on new products and ideas, CE credit, networking opportunities, and ideas on self and home improvement. There are still others who make the pilgrimage to Orlando to attend entertaining events focused on anime, sci-fi/action movies, and horror.

Here’s what to expect at the OCCC during February 2020. Most are private events and trade shows, but when we can we’ll provide information and links explaining how to register for these events. You may be qualified to attend.

AHR Expo (HVAC Professionals)

February 2 – 3, 2020 | West Concourse | www.ahrexpo.com

Registration is free for this event that caters to all in the HVAC industry. CE opportunities include an extensive list exploring business and project management, industry standards, and safety.

FL State JR Thespians Festival

February 6 – 8, 2020 | West Concourse | fljrthespian.com/infoweb

This fairy tale themed theater competition focuses on middle school thespians vying for state title. $45 day passes are now available online. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $60 at the door.

64th Annual Convention and Trade Show American Rental Association

February 9 – 13, 2020 | North/South Concourse | www.arashow.org/register

The educational portion of this event focuses on business development including hiring top talent to learning good finance and marketing tactics. The trade show covers rentable construction equipment and party goods.

Abbey Carpet and Floor 2020

February 13 – 14, 2020 | West Concourse

Cover a lot of ground at this flooring expo and showcase. The event also provides a sales learning experience.

Everything Under the Sun: Swimming Pool Trade Show

February 14 – 15, 2020 | West Concourse | www.underthesunexpo.com

This annual event started in 1972. CE credit, learning labs, and an exhibit hall provide anyone in the swimming pool industry with incredible opportunities to learn more about their industry.

Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)/Critical Congress

February 15 – 18, 2020 | West Concourse | www.sccm.org/education-center/annual-congress/

Medical professionals whose focus is on treating life threatening injuries and illnesses in ICU or trauma centers can earn CE credit at this event. SCCM members receive a discount.

FCA BusinessLink Launch Training

February 18 – 19, 2020 | West Concourse | https://www.fcausfleet.com/programs/business-link-dealers.html

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is hosting their training for fleet vehicle management at the OCCC this year. More than 1,200 are expected to attend.

Herc Rental ProExpo

February 21, 2020 | North Concourse | www.hercproexpo.com/

National leadership and sales managers from Herc are scheduled to be at the 3rd annual event. Training focuses on operation and sales. Intensive education with approved suppliers and gear will be coupled with network gatherings and breakout sessions.

Orgill Spring Dealer Market

February 27 – 29, 2020 | North/South Concourse | www.orgill.com/index.aspx?tab=100169

Attend this market hosted by Orgill, an independent hardlines distributor who serves more than 6,000 retail hardware stores, home centers, pro-lumber dealers, and farm stores. Go to build your store. Rethink inventory, create relationships with vendors, develop and grow your brand, and increase your marketing strength.

Midpointe Hotel, a Rosen Property

If you’ll be at the OCCC for any event this February, stay close by so that you won’t spend much time traveling to and from your hotel and the convention center. Less time spent commuting means more time to work on yourself at the event. Stay with us and we’ll take care of the service and amenities you should expect of a great hotel: comfortable beds and lodging, spacious accommodations, and the luxury of excellent location. Click Check Availability in the upper right corner of this page to book your room today.

Convention Networking

Being so close to the Orange County Convention Center is probably one of the best features of the Midpointe Hotel, tied closely with comfortable amenities. It’s no surprise many of our guests visit Orlando’s tourism and conference district for business purposes, which keeps Orlando’s schedule of events packed year-round. Even in December when crowds lighten up a bit at theme parks like Universal Orlando Resort, the Orange County Convention Center stays busy.

If you’re planning to attend any of these events below in December, keep in mind we’re right across the street from the OCCC.


North & South Concourse (Private) | 2 – 6

This is the world’s largest modeling and simulation (M&S) event with a lot of hands-on-virtual-training. Who this event may interest includes all branches of the military, national defense and security, educational communities, and such. This major annual meeting is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) whose purpose is to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation with M&S, education, training, analysis, and related disciplines. If you are interested in attending and need help getting permission to attend, visit the Justification page for detailed instructions: https://www.iitsec.org/attend/attendee-justification

American Society of Hematology 2019

West Concourse (Private) | 6 – 10

Anyone in the hematology field, from researchers to trainees, will benefit from attending the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. The event has an overall focus on malignant and non-malignant hematology while hosting discussions on genetics, areas of immunotherapy, emerging tools for genome editing, and single cell technology. Young hematologists in training will have the chance to network and receive onsite mentoring at the ASH-apalooza event at Top Golf. Workshop sessions and roundtables open the floor to collaborative brainstorming on current cases. Women hematologist will have special networking opportunities during the event. If any of this is in your field of interest, please click the link below for a full description of events and times.


Spirit Cheer

West Concourse (Private) | 14 – 15

Competition brings out the best in us all. Athletes know this best, including those who support players on the field—the cheerleaders. Coming to Orlando during the holiday season is Spirit Cheer’s All American DI and DII Nationals. Cheerleaders and dancers aiming for national titles and a chance to compete in subsequent international tournaments plan seriously for this qualifying event. Spirit Cheer rose out of Gainesville, FL, in 1998. Spirit Cheer quickly became known for “NBA Fun Days” where top teams from that day’s competitions would attend an NBA game and perform as the half time entertainment. The competitive foundation has grown into affordable and fun cheerleading event. Competitors range in age and ability, what matters most here is spirit! And you’ll find it aplenty during this year’s most anticipated cheerleading event. Spirit Cheer also provides educational opportunities and seminars for coaches and gym owners at Varsity University. Check out Spirit Cheer’s website for information on all events, including cost and registration information for All American DI and DII Nationals.


Enrich your life with the latest education from experts in your field of interest or by cheering and/or dancing competitively. Give yourself the gift of staying across the street from the action in comfortable and affordable rooms at Midpointe Hotel. Check availability by clicking the button above or by calling 833-527-4349.

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