Networking Events

IRDC has all the ingredients for productive and enjoyable networking: an intimate setting, a fun and casual atmosphere, and talented, inspiring, influential colleagues with which to mingle. You’ll have opportunities aplenty:

IRDC Opening Reception
TUE 9/8, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us at the Hilton Austin, IRDC headquarters, for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and hellos the night before the conference begins.

Networking Continental Breakfast
WED 9/9 -- FRI 9/11, 8:00 AM - 8:55 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to each day’s opening session. On Thursday, Sponsor Case Studies will be presented during breakfast, 8:00 - 9:30 AM.

Networking Roundtable Lunch

WED 9/9 and THURS 9/10, NOON – 1:30 PM
One of the most popular and anticipated features of the conference, the IRDC Networking Roundtables are hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors. Choose from the list of topics when you register for the conference, then bring your questions, ideas and insights to share with your tablemates over lunch.

The Iron Merchant Challenge + Happy Hour
WED 9/9, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
We’ll wrap up day one with IRDC’s hands-on, think-fast visual merchandising competition, where you can flex your display muscle with a team of your peers, or watch with the rest of us over cocktails and snacks. Make that choice when you register. Just don’t miss the fun of this signature event.

IRDC Party
THUR 9/10, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Downtown Austin's historic The Market & Tap Room is the locale for this year's off-site soiree on the last evening of the conference. The Market occupies a century-old building in Austin's Warehouse District, complete with a Rooftop Bar and great views of the city.