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HITMC 2018 Meetups and Social Events

One of the trademarks of the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference (HITMC) has been the opportunity to meet hundreds of your marketing and PR peers. Starting in our 2nd year, we incorporated casual meetups before the conference into the schedule for attendees. Most people were in town already, so it made sense for us to get together in a casual environment to meet and become friends before the full conference agenda began. Meeting new people during a conference session is hard, so these casual meetups were great.


HITMC 2018 will continue this tradition with a dinner meetup, 2 casual pre-conference meetups, and our big social event. These meetups have no agenda and are just a time for the community to come together, meet, greet, learn, commiserate, share, and have a little fun.


For those attending the conference, here’s a look at the details for the meetups we have planned:


Tuesday Evening Dinner – 4/4/2018 meet at 6 PM in the New Orleans Marriott Lobby

A number of us will be in New Orleans Tuesday evening thanks to weird flight options and those attending the Wednesday pre-conference workshops. A member of the community suggested we get together for a group dinner on Tuesday before the pre-conference workshops. We thought that would be a fantastic idea. So if you’re in New Orleans early, we’ll be meeting in the conference hotel lobby at 6 PM and heading to for a casual dinner as a group.


Wednesday Afternoon Meetup – 4/5/2018 from 3-5 PM at the pool inside the New Orleans Marriott (5th floor)

Join us poolside for a casual afternoon meetup on the 5th floor of the New Orleans Marriott. You’ll need a hotel room key to attend this meetup, so if you’re not at the hotel tweet us or a friend to get you in. A cash bar will be available at this meetup for those who would like to enjoy a beverage by the pool. We’ve done this type of super-casual meetup for a couple years now and it has quickly become a favorite. It’s a great way to soak up some sun and meet people. A few adventurous folks dip their toes in the pool. Bring your swimsuit or not and join us poolside.


Note: If weather is an issue, we’ll move this to the main lobby at the New Orleans Marriott.


Wednesday Evening Meetup – 4/5/2018 from 7-9:00 PM at Barcadia (map)

Join us for our Wednesday evening casual meetup at Barcadia. The first drink on us! Come and meet your fellow attendees and enjoy a cold beverage, an outdoor patio, and possibly some retro video games. We’ll be meeting at 6:50 PM in front of the New Orleans Marriott Concierge desk. Then, we’ll walk over as a group to Barcadia (~9 min walk) for drinks from about 7:00-9:00 PM. If you miss the group or are traveling from somewhere other than the conference hotel, you can join us directly at Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130) at 7:00 PM.


Thursday Evening Social – 4/6/18 from 7-9:00 PM at The Swamp (map)

Join us for our Thursday Evening Social sponsored by SmartBrief.  We’ve reserved the 2nd floor balcony at The Swamp for our big Thursday Evening social. Join us for an evening of networking and connecting with other attendees. This social will also include an open bar and light appetizers. Rumor has it there may even be some famous NOLA beads available and a dance floor as well.


You can meet us at The Swamp directly, or we’ll be meeting at 6:50 PM in front of the New Orleans Marriott Concierge desk.  Then, we’ll walk over as a group to The Swamp (~9 min walk). If you miss the group or are traveling from somewhere other than the conference hotel, you can join us directly at The Swamp (516 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130) at 7:00.


Don’t be surprised if the HITMC community heads to a local NOLA karaoke spot, organizes unofficial dinner groups, schedules morning runs, and other impromptu get-togethers. Keep an eye on the #HITMC hashtag on Twitter to learn about these spur of the moment events.