Why Attend BrainStorm?

Get Connected

The heart of BrainStorm is the exchange of ideas among fellow education technologists and Ed Tech vendors. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you. You will make connections here that last through the years.

Get Informed

With over 120 technology-focused sessions, you’ll hear from your colleagues and vendors in the K20 community. Learn new skills, and check out cutting edge products that will make your job easier! See all sessions >

Get Inspired

At our one-of-a-kind Vendor Fair, you’ll get one-on-one time with the biggest vendors in the education space. Talk things over, see hand-on demos, and find out if their solution is right for you. More about the Vendor Fair >


I loved it! I have not been able to find ANYTHING devoted to “techs” previous to this conference. Everything is curriculum, administrator, or teacher based. This was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it to every tech out there – whether you are a large district or small there is something for everyone!
(Mark Ohm, Senior Technical Assistant, Strongsville City Schools, OH)

Awesome conference at a great value. Finding EdTech conferences completely geared to the network/sys admins is hard to come by. This one should be on your list.
(Ken Jacobs, Director of Technology, Lincoln Park Public Schools, MI)

2017 Attendees

Here is a map of the schools represented at BrainStorm Sandusky 2017

Hotel and Accommodations

BrainStorm is held at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, OH.

Hotel accomodations are NOT included with your registration fees. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center. We typically sell out of rooms so be sure to make your reservations early. When making reservations let them know you are with “BrainStorm” to qualify for special rates.

Kalahari special event room rates:

Cost Sunday & Monday nights:  $85/night single

Sunday & Monday nights:  $129/night double, triple or quad

Room availability Up to 1 month prior to conference and at hotel’s discretion up to the conference based on room availability
  • Kalahari Resorts
  • 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870
  • 877.525.2427 or 419.433.7200
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$245 EARLY BIRD extended until May 5, 2018

Regular price $295

Conference Agenda

See this year's schedule.

Conference Fees

Attendee fees, cancellation policy, and payment information.

Conference Sessions

View this year's session descriptions and speakers.

Future Conference Dates

You like to be prepared. We get that. Mark your calendar for next year's BrainStorm. And then every year until 2021.

Vendor Expo

Find out more about our vendor expo, including a booth map and vendor directory.

Conference Menu

Get a taste (see what we did there?) of the meals at BrainStorm.

Code of Conduct

We want everyone to feel comfortable at our conference. Please read our code of conduct.

W-9 Form

If you need our Taxpayer Identification Number, here's the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

BrainStorm doesn’t accept purchase orders. If your school requires a purchase order then that is something you will need to complete internally with your school. As soon as you finish your registration for our conference you should receive an email with the payment details and invoice number that can be used for your PO. If you choose to send a PO it MUST be accompanied by a check!

It is preferred that payment be mailed prior to the confernce but we also accept payment brought with you to the conference via check or credit card. Attendees who have not paid for the conference will not be allowed to attend.

You can select your sessions during your registration.

If you want to wait and come back and select sessions at a later time, it can be done from the link in your registration email, by going to our registration site and selecting the “already registered” link, or from the mobile app (which is usually not available until a month or so before the conference).

To choose sessions from the registration site:

  • Login using your email address and confirmation number.
  • Choose the “My Registration” button
  • Choose the “Modify registration” button
  • On the first page, only make changes to your contact information if needed.  Otherwise go to the bottom of the page and select next.
  • On the following page you will see a list of all the sessions available to choose from…in order by date and time.
  • Add the items to the agenda that you want to attend
We do not sell “Day” passes or individual session passes. Those in attendance at our conference have only one choice of a full conference pass which includes all sessions, meals, and the Vendor Expo.
Internet access is available throughtout the confernce center and hotel.

We provide an Internet Cafe with a few laptops for those who need to check their email, etc. during the conference. The Internet Cafe area also allows people to recharge their laptops/mobile devices.

The conference catalog/booklet will be provided at the registration table during the conference. There will be a mobile app available as the conference approaches. An email will be sent out to all registered attendees when it is available.
What has made our conference so popular is the feedback from our attendees and vendors. We read every one of the comments and do our best to incorporate ideas that will improve BrainStorm.

Each attendee will have an opportunity to offer feedback through a quick 2-3 minute online survey that is emailed following the conference.

If you foresee any special requirements while attending BrainStorm (dietary, access, or otherwise), please contact a Steering Committee member by email at at least a month in advance, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Children under 18 years of age are not permitted to enter or attend any of the conference.

Also note that alcohol is served at the Vendor Expo.

Please contact our Treasurer about cancellation at 800-910-6382 option 1.

Cancellation Details:

If you must cancel for any reason you must notify us in writing at least 30 days before the conference, for a refund less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations within 30 days of the event are non-refundable. You may transfer your registration to another person by providing authorization to us at this Confirmed and paid attendees who do not attend or who cancel after the deadline are liable for the entire fee. In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conference, the liability of META is limited to the return of paid registration fees minus actual expenses. Cancellations of travel reservations and hotel reservations made directly with the hotel are the responsibility of the attendee.

If your credit card is rejected with “Reason Code 10-12” then it is likely one of two issues:

1. Credit card info was entered incorrectly – please try again

2. Certain purchases are restricted by school district credit cards – call card provider to temporarily override


If other reason is given during processing, please call our treasurer at 800-910-6382 option 1.