In addition to the refreshment breaks and lunches, the Congress includes a number of
evening networking opportunities bringing together delegates in an atmosphere of
camaraderie. Connect with former and current colleagues and engage in dialogue with
new business contacts throughout Congress week at any of the following social events.

Welcome Reception – Sunday, October 15
Following the exhibition ribbon cutting ceremony, the Congress welcome reception
will commence in the Golden Hall throughout the exhibition area. As the first social
event kicking off Congress week, this is an excellent opportunity to connect early on
with potential business contacts and book appointments or schedule meetings in the
days to come.

Exhibition Hospitality Hour – Monday, October 16, Wednesday, October 18
The Exhibition will remain open after the technical sessions end for delegates to enjoy
some food, drink and social time with exhibitors and one another. Stop by and celebrate
being part of the IDA World Congress community.

Cultural Night – Tuesday, October 17
A Samba School will bring all the excitement of Carnivale to the IDA World Congress
2017 and light up the night with a performance that embodies the festive spirit and
theme of the world renowned Samba Parade. You don’t want to miss out on this event!

IDA Young Leaders Reception – Wednesday, October 18
Hosted by IDA, this casual evening reception will bring together current and prospective
members of the Young Leaders Program to talk about YLP goals and objectives and
create opportunities for future networking and collaboration. This special event is only
open to members of IDA’s YLP, along with anyone age 35 or younger who may be
interested in joining IDA and the YLP.

Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony – Thursday, October 19
Guests will gather after the conclusion of the technical program to celebrate the success
of the 2017 World Congress. Look back with us at activities and events of the Congress
and celebrate the winners of the Presidential and Technical Paper awards. Meet the
next IDA President and Board of Directors and share in the excitement of the upcoming
2019 World Congress.