Higher Ed Summit '17

Higher Ed Summit 2017

Join Salesforce.org for the 5th Annual Higher Ed Summit,
co-hosted by The University of Texas System

Austin, Texas
April 27th-29th, 2017



Join The University of Texas System, Salesforce.org, and leading colleges and universities from across North America for an exciting two and a half day innovation journey. Hear insights from industry experts, attend meaningful breakout sessions, and collaborate with peers and partners to learn how technology can transform your institution into a truly Connected Campus.

Get inspired to innovate with Salesforce!

  • Collaborate with leaders and innovators in higher education to solve challenges you’re facing
  • Leverage ideas and best practices to disrupt the status quo and revolutionize how you connect with your prospects, students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and more
  • Innovate using social, mobile and cloud technologies to accelerate success
  • Transform your college or university into a Connected Campus

When: April 27-29th, 2017 Where: Hilton Austin, Austin TX

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The agenda has something for everyone. The breakout sessions feature a breadth of topics of Innovation within: Recruitment, Student Success; Advancement; Community Engagement & Marketing; General; and Technical. We’ve also added “How To” sessions to provide more in-depth discussion or hands-on exploration of key topics.

Check back frequently as we will update the schedule after all speakers are selected. Agenda is subject to change. Join the conversation on the Higher Ed Summit 2017 group on the Power of Us Hub.

Thursday, April 27

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast and Registration
9:00am-10:15am Welcome & Salesforce.org Keynote
10:15am-10:30am Break
10:30am-11:45am Plenary Session: Clayton Christensen
11:45am-1:00pm Network Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm Breakout Sessions
2:00pm-2:15pm Break
2:15pm-3:00pm Breakout Sessions
3:00pm-3:15pm Break
3:15pm-4:00pm Breakout Sessions
4:00pm-4:15pm Break
4:15pm-5:00pm Breakout Sessions
5:00pm-7:00pm Volunteer / Campus Tours

Friday, April 28

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-9:45am Plenary Session
9:45am-10:00am Break
10:00am-10:45am Breakout Sessions
10:45am-11:00am Break
11:00am-11:45am Breakout Sessions
12pm-1:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00pm-1:45pm Breakout Sessions
1:45pm-2:00pm Break
2:00pm-2:45pm Breakout Sessions
2:45pm-3:00pm Break
3:00pm-4:00pm ​Plenary Session
4:00pm-6:30pm Cocktail Reception​ & Awards Ceremony​

Saturday, April 29

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-10:00am Plenary Session & Power of Us: Community Awards
10:00am-10:15am Break
10:15am-12:00pm How To’s



Ticket Price*
General Admission: On and After 2/1/17 – $250.00

*These prices are for attendees from higher ed institutions. If you are from a non-higher ed institution the ticket price is $2,500.

Included in your ticket:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Cocktail reception (hosted bar and appetizers) on Friday evening
  • Two and a half days of amazing content, networking and learning with your peers

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Space is limited so we encourage you to register early!

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Share your success stories and best practices with us at the Higher Ed Summit!
Submit your session proposal ideas and turn your ideas into action.

The call for proposals is now closed. Deadline for submission was Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Hotels & Travel

Special conference hotel rates:

All conference activities will be held at the Hilton Austin, located in exciting downtown Austin, Texas.
During registration, you will be offered available hotel rooms at our group rate. Please note, nights may not be available as we fill our room block. If a date is greyed out, it is unavailable. Be sure to book by 5pm CST on March 8, 2017 to secure the special Salesforce.org rates for these hotels.

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Hilton Austin
Hilton Austin – ROOM BLOCK IS FULL
500 E 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: (512)482-8000
Rate: $239/night
All conference activities held here

Please be advised that the room block for Hilton Austin is completely full from 4/24 – 4/28. If you are already booked with the Hilton and want to extend your stay until 4/29 or 4/30 please contact us directly at events@salesforce.org. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
Hyatt Place Austin Downtown – ROOM BLOCK IS FULL ON WEDNESDAY 4/26 AND THURSDAY 4/27
211 E 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: (512)476-4440
Rate: $235/night
.2 miles from Hilton Austin

JW Marriott
JW Marriott Austin – ROOM BLOCK IS FULL 4/27
110 E 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: (512)474-4777
Rate: $269/night
.4 miles from Hilton Austin
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The Higher Ed Summit is a great opportunity to meet Salesforce.org partners from across the Higher Ed community. Thank you to all of the sponsors of Higher Ed Summit 2017.

If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor, please complete this short survey and we will reach out to you with more information.

Higher Education Summit Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsor Huron

Gold Sponsor

Sponsor AppirioSponsor Enrollment

Silver Sponsor

7 SummitsAxiomCirrus InsightClear ScholarEigenXEMS ConsultingFontevaHeller ConsultingJitterbit
MapAnythingPatron ManagerroundCornerSierra CedarTargetX



What is the cost of registration?
Registration is $250 for full time employees of higher education institutions. Before February 1st, we offered an early bird rate of $200. For those who are not full time employees of higher education institutions, the fee to attend is $2500.

Where and when is Higher Ed Summit 2017?
Higher Ed Summit 2017 is cohosted by Salesforce.org and The University of Texas System in beautiful Austin Texas, April 27th – 29th. The majority of our conference activities will take place at the Hilton Austin, located on 4th Street in Downtown Austin.

What if I need to cancel my conference registration?
All cancellations must be emailed to events@salesforce.org by date noted below to receive full or partial refunds.

  • Full Refund -​ Cancellation must be received by 11:59pm (PT) on Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • 50% Refund -​ Cancellation must be received between 12:00am (PT) on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and 11:59pm (PT) on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
  • No Refund -​ No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur on or after 12:00am (PT) on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Are there any discounts available for registration or travel?
No, we do not currently have discounts available for registration or travel.

How do I attend if I am not a full time employee of a higher ed institution?
While the General Attendee rate of $250 is only available to full-​​time employees of higher ed institutions, we welcome consultants and other attendees to join us for a fee of $2500. Please note that all registrations using the General Attendee rate are subject to verification.

How do I secure a hotel room in Austin?
Salesforce.org has blocks at three Austin hotels for Higher Ed Summit:

  • Hilton Austin, $239/night (the majority of conference activities will take place at the Hilton Austin) – ROOM BLOCK IS FULL
  • Hyatt Place Austin Downtown, $235/night
  • JW Marriott Austin, $269/night

When you register for Higher Ed Summit 2017, you have the option to book a room with our preferred hotels. When you select a room during registration, the hotel will book your room within one week and send you a confirmation directly.

If you choose to stay at our preferred hotels, you must book by March 8th to secure a discounted rate. Our hotel room blocks will fill quickly and we will update this website once room blocks are full.

How do I request a receipt from the Hilton for my hotel deposit?
When booking with the Hilton, you will be charged a one night deposit plus tax. To request a receipt for your records, please call (512)482-8000 and press 0 to speak with a Hilton Austin staff member. Let them know you need a receipt and be prepared to provide your confirmation number, found on the confirmation email from the Hilton.

Are meals included with my registration fee?
Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day, as well as a reception with appetizers and cocktails on Friday night.

What is the airport nearest to the Higher Ed Summit?
The nearest airport is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Hilton Austin, where the majority of our conference activities will take place, is approximately a 20 minute drive from the airport or a 30 minute bus ride.

I want to speak at the Higher Ed Summit 2017. What do I need to do?
We are so glad you want to share your story at Higher Ed Summit! The call for session proposals was closed on February 8, 2017. If you are chosen to be a speaker, you will be notified and your conference registration fee will be refunded. If you submit a proposal, please do not wait to be notified to register for the conference. Register ASAP and you will be refunded if you are selected to speak.

I want to sponsor Higher Ed Summit 2017. What do I need to do?
We are thrilled you want to sponsor the Higher Ed Summit 2017! Please visit our Sponsor tab for more information.

I have a question not answered in these FAQs. How do I get an answer?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at events@salesforce.org with any questions you may have!

Register now for the Higher Ed Summit 2017

Ticket Price*:
General Admission: On or After 2/1/17 – $250.00

*These prices are for attendees from higher ed institutions. If you are from a non-higher ed institution the ticket price is $2,500.

Register now 

Recordings from
Higher Ed Summit 2016

Thank you to the cohosts of last year’s Higher Ed Summit, Tulane University.
Watch recordings from Higher Ed Summit 2016