This annual event includes three days of conference education in the form of individual speaker forums, idea exchanges, plenary sessions and more. Special events include a competition for innovative ideas in resiliency, new attractions and demonstration areas in the exhibit hall and more.

Concurrent Speaker Forums

These daily interactive sessions range in length from 45 to 60 minutes and feature the brightest minds and top-level professionals. Engage with the session leaders in an intimate setting to create a dynamic, collaborative learning experience. Topics will include: Emergency Management, Social Vulnerability, Communications in Disasters, Technology & Innovation, Business/Industry, and more.

Idea Exchanges

Participate in daily facilitator-led discussions in an open plenary forum. Come together and dialogue with professionals from diverse sectors to explore challenges and create solutions within the resilience community. The final Idea Exchange will include a wrap-up discussion to incorporate best ideas stemming from the conference and consider any outstanding questions.

Global Resiliency Forum (limited participation; special sign-up required)

This exclusive thought leadership program will concentrate on issues critical to community and regional resilience. The program will occur concurrently with other conference education. Data collected will be leveraged into a summary describing how leaders from specialized, but interdependent, domains can work together to improve community, regional and national resilience.


Conference participants will receive a summary, providing an overview of discussion outputs and making recommendations identified in the RES/CON forums. Delivery of the final report will enable conference participants, government and private sector organizations as well as research, professional, and academic institutions to leverage the report’s data and recommendations in their work.

Innovation Collaborative

This brand-new conference offering will showcase up to six new innovations in the field of resiliency. The inventors will present their idea to the full conference for a chance to be named the top innovation at RES/CON 2016. Enjoy the excitement of this new platform and help select the winner!