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Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, 1851, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Water Symphony sky by Visual Sensation Laser Shows and Technologies, 2019.

2020 ILDA Conference in Newark, Delaware

The 2020 ILDA Conference is scheduled for the Executive Banquet and Conference Center (EBCC) in Newark, Delaware. The host is ILDA Board member Brad Billet, who manages the facility.

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Newark, Delaware is 35 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport, and about 50 minutes from the Philadelphia city center. (Note that this is NOT the much larger city of Newark, New Jersey which is close to New York City. Newark, Delaware is a small town, home of the University of Delaware.)

ILDA chose this in part because we can get maximum flexibility from the EBCC and local hotel. If plans change or are cancelled, you will know in time to get refunds on the hotel and the ILDA registration.

Here is the schedule as of April 1, 2020:
     • Sat, Nov 7: ILDA Laser Operator Class, ILDA Advanced Audience Scanning Class (both optional extras).
     • Sun, Nov 8: ILDA LSO course (optional) and user group meetings. Luncheon meeting for ILDA Board. The first official ILDA Full Conference event is the Welcome Dinner held at the EBCC.
     • Mon, Nov 9: ILDA General Business Meeting and Advanced Technology Workshop. In the evening, the Lase-Off & Laser Jockey competition.
     • Tue, Nov 10: Seminars on the ILDA Digital Network, Awards and Art. In the afternoon is a private screening of the 2019 documentary on Laserium®. If you missed it last year, this may be your only chance to see it, as it is not publicly available at this time.
     • Wed, Nov 11: Cultural Tour via bus to Philadelphia. Highlights include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Breakfast meeting for ILDA Board

The Conference hotel is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Newark Wilmington South. It is an 8 minute drive from the EBCC where most Conference events will be held.

For those without rental cars, shuttle busses will be provided in the morning and evening. At this early date, we do not have hotel discount codes, so do not make a hotel reservation yet.

We have not yet set pricing for ILDA Conference registration. We will notify Members via email, and update this page, when this is ready. As stated above, we will ensure that if the conference is changed or cancelled, that hotel and ILDA registration will be refunded.

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Last year's Conference schedule

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We have not yet developed the detailed schedule for this year's Conference. To give you an idea of events, above is the schedule for LAST YEAR'S Conference; click on the image for a full-sized PDF version.
Above is the Conference schedule for last year, 2019. This is to give you an idea of what events happen at a Conference. When the schedule is set for 2020, we will put it above.

One more showing of a feature-length film about Laserium®

On Tuesday Nov. 10, the 90-minute documentary "Laserium, the Gods of Light" will have a private showing for attendees. We premiered this at the 2019 Conference; a number of attendees who lived through the events were very moved to see this slice of their lives. Thanks to producer/director Bjorn Schaller for making this available.

See what a Conference is like

The videos below give you a quick overview of what an ILDA Conference is like. The first one, from Christopher Short, shows lasers during the 2018 Lase-Off last year in Montréal, hosted by LaserTech Canada.

The second video shows meetings and seminars in the day, and the Lase-Off and the ILDA Awards in the evenings. The informal discussions in halls and bars, can be just as fun and important to your business as the official events. Thanks to KVANT, host of the 2017 ILDA Conference, for producing the video.

Official ILDA Conference hotel

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The official Conference headquarters is the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort, in the north LBV area at 8100 Lake Street in Orlando Florida.

It is a mid-priced Disney partner hotel with resort amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor cabanas, poolside bar, spa, tennis courts, basketball court, beach volleyball court, a putting green, fire pits, fitness center, and for children, water play and dive-in Disney movies.

Breakfast is free, as is an Evening Reception with snacks and drinks in the atrium.

There is free theme park shuttle service to Walt Disney World parks, and low-cost shuttle service to Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Disney Springs, a major themed shopping and restaurant area, is a 12-minute drive away. For golfers, there are many nearby courses including the Grand Cypress Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. Car rental is available on-site.

All rooms are two-room suites (bedroom and living room with pull-out sofa bed) that include a refrigerator and microwave. Rooms are available in the interior atrium, or on the exterior wing which surrounds part of the pool area.

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"Washington Crossing the Delaware" painting by Emanuel Leutze, 1851, collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Water Symphony" photograph background by Visual Sensation, 2019.