RightsCon Toronto: draft program, speakers, and more

Big news: we’re very excited to share with you the draft list of program sessions for RightsCon Toronto, May 16-18!

The draft program is an early taste of what to expect this year at RightsCon. It’s made up of sessions in different formats, led by people from organizations, companies, and governments — representing more than 70 countries and 330 NGOs globally. It’s the most expansive RightsCon program ever, and we’re thrilled to announce that this year our community has grown to include 46% first-time organizers, and that a majority of all session organizers self-identify as female.

Please keep in mind that this is just a sneak peek into the breadth and depth of issues covered, organized thematically. Soon these session themes will be grouped into official program tracks for RightsCon Toronto. The 20+ program tracks will allow you to follow a specific issue area or topic throughout the conference, moving with the discussion from beginning (problem-mapping) to end (solution-building). We’ll be sharing those program tracks with you shortly.

Early bird ticket pricing ends February 28

Good news! We’ve extended the Early Bird Ticket pricing until February 28th at 11:59PM EST. On March 1st, ticket prices will increase as follows:

  • Academic | Independent – US$400 (up from $US270)
  • NGO | Startup – US$550 (up from US$380)
  • Business | Government – US$1,000 (up from US$560)

Don’t miss out — get your tickets quickly. Remember, RightsCon always sells out.

Getting your visa

Working on your visa application? Last week we published a blog post on Frequently Asked Questions and hosted a Visa Info Session with a Canadian immigration lawyer. The number one tip? Start early (right now!) and make sure your application is thorough and accurate. For those of you who were unable to attend, check out our Travel and Visa Guide for tips, resources, and more. If you need a personalized visa invitation letter, please fill out our form here. As always, you can reach out to us (conference @ accessnow.org) with any additional questions you might have.

Booking accommodations in Toronto

If you’re looking to book accommodations in Toronto, we have you covered with preferred rates and courtesy blocks at select hotels in Toronto, including Hotel X (conveniently located next door to the conference venue) and the Hilton Garden Inn. You can explore Toronto and browse the different hotel options in our interactive map of the city.

Host a booth in our Community Village?

Looking to showcase your latest advocacy campaign, or present innovative research at RightsCon? Make sure to snatch one of the limited booth spaces in our Community Village, a dynamic, mix-use space where you can connect with our global community. Keep in mind, this space is first come, first served! Learn more about hosting a booth here.

That’s all for now!

P.S. Have you seen our initial list of 2018 speakers? Check them out on our community page (and stay tuned for more).