Hybrid Conference & Show FAQs

What is a hybrid Event?

A hybrid event is an event that has an in-person and virtual audience.

As you can imagine, an in-person auction is not the same experience as an online auction. So is the same for an in-person and virtual conference.

The in-person audience’s experience will begin on Tuesday, July 13 with the Welcome Party (appropriate registration required) followed by three days of education, trade show, and contests, as well as the General Session keynote address, Annual Business Meetings, President’s Gala and Hall of Fame and the Children’s Auction. Bonus: In-person attendees who register by June 30 will have access to the virtual conference via online connection.

The virtual conference will be held Tuesday, July 13 – Friday, July 16. Attendees will have access to more than 20 education sessions via live simulcast, a virtual trade show and daily social and networking events. Live-streamed events include the General Session keynote address, Annual Business Meetings, President’s Gala and Hall of Fame awards and the IAC competition. Register by June 30 to gain instant access to the Virtual Conference on opening day.

Special deal: On-demand recordings will be available for all registered attendees (in person and virtual) three days after conclusion of each virtual session through the end of the year.

Checkout the Preliminary Schedule of Events.

What is a virtual event/conference?

A virtual conference is a learning and networking event that takes place only online. The speakers and attendees are in many locations. Virtual conferences provide greater flexibility with content structures and timelines. It is not an exact replica of an in-person conference, but it provides much of the same value and even additional value as an in-person event.

When will NAA decide if the annual Conference and show will be held in person in?

It’s official. The NAA is hosting its 72nd annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show live, in-person in Minneapolis, July 13 -17 at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Won’t you join us?

How do I register for the in-person/virtual conference?

Registration options and pricing for in-person and virtual attendance are available at Registration page of the Conference & Show website..

My 2020 registration was transferred to 2021. What do I do now?

If your 2020 Conference fees were transferred to the 2021, please contact registration@auctioneers.org for assistance.

If I register for Conference and am unable to attend, can I get a refund? Will there be a cancellation fee? What is the deadline to cancel?

One of the benefits of a virtual event is that if you are unable to attend live, you still have access to the post event on-demand conference content through the end of 2021. Thus, the value of registration remains. That said, if you feel you need a refund, please contact registration@auctioneers.org no later than 5 p.m. CT on June 2. A $50 administrative fee will be applied to all partial or full cancellations. Cancellations will not be accepted after June 2.

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

For online registrations, a confirmation will be delivered at checkout as well as by email. Paper registrations will receive a confirmation when the registration is processed and payment is verified, which can take up to three business days after receipt. For questions about the status of your registration, please contact registration@auctioneers.org.

If I register for the In-Person conference, Will I have access to the virtual Conference?

In-person registrants, who register by June 30, will have access to the virtual conference on opening day. After June 30, access the post event on-demand recordings approximately three days after the conclusion of the virtual sessions. On-demand recordings will be available through the end of the year.

Will IAC/IJAC be held?

The International Auctioneer Championship and International Junior Auctioneer Championship will be held in person at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Minneapolis.

IAC contestants must register to attend the Conference, complete the required entry form and pay appropriate fees by June 2, or sooner. Late entries will not be accepted.

IJAC contestants may pre-register by June 20 or onsite by 12:30 p.m., on July 14 at the NAA registration desk located at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Minneapolis. More information is available at conferenceandshow.com.

Carry over registrations from 2020 will be processed manually. Please contact registration@auctioneers.org.

Will there be Hall of Fame inductions this year?

The 2021 Auctioneer Hall of Fame inductions will take place in-person at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Attendees may participate in-person or virtually via live stream. Registration is required for the in-person ceremony.

I am an NAA member, can I register my non-member spouse or a company employee at the member rate?

NAA members who have registered to attend Conference may register a spouse or a non-member company employee at the NAA member rate. Register today.

Can I pay for my registration in installments?

Paper registration and credit card payments, only

Registration fees can be spread up to five months and must be paid in full by June 25. First payment is due at time of registration and remaining payments will be charged in consecutive months for the plan selected.

Five-month plan: Register by February 20 1/5 charged 3/25, 4/25, 5/25 and 6/25
Four-month plan: Register by March 20 1/4 charged 4/25, 5/25 and 6/25
Three-month plan: Register by April 20 1/3 charged 5/25 and 6/25
Two-month plan: Register by May 20 1/2 charged 6/25

Take advantage of affordable payment plan now. Complete a paper registration form  and submit to NAA along with the first payment (credit card payments only).

Are there scholarships available for attendees?

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Let the Foundation help fund your way to Minneapolis. The Foundation is offering five scholarships toward in-person and virtual conference registration, which includes four nights lodging at the Hyatt Regency for in-person attendees. Deadline to apply is May 15. Visit auctioneersfoundation.org to apply.

How do I book a hotel reservation?

In-person attendees may book a hotel reservation online. The NAA discounted rate is $185 (sgl/dbl occupancy) and guaranteed until June 9, or when the inventory of rooms is sold out, whichever comes first and is based on availability at the time of booking. A valid credit card is required to book a reservation. Credit cards will not be charged at the time of booking.

Will there be preconference education offered this year?

As of February 9, 2021, there are no pre-conference education planned for 2021. That said, things can change; visit conferenceandshow.com for the most current schedule of events.

Virtual Conference

Can I choose what education sessions I want to attend?

Absolutely. You are in complete control of the sessions that you’d like to participate in. Also, you will have access to the on-demand sessions beginning three days after the conclusion of the each virtual session through the rest of 2021.

As a Virtual attendee, can I ask questions during the session?

Yes! Each session will have a chat window where you can chat with the speakers and other session participants, asking questions throughout the session.

Can my computer or mobile device handle the virtual event?

Yes. To have the best possible virtual experience, be sure you’re accessing the virtual conference with a strong internet connection. If others are using the same internet connection as you are, you may need a stronger bandwidth. Contact your internet provider to determine your individual internet needs for the best experience or ask others not to use the same internet connection as you while you’re participating in the live virtual event. You may also wish to view detailed system requirements  or to test your system  prior to the virtual conference.

What do I need to do on the day of the event? How do I log into the event?

Log into the NAA website with your NAA account credentials. Hover over the "Education" menu item across the top and select the "NAA Online Education Center." Access to the virtual conference will announced in June. Once the virtual conference is open, you will be able to look around and add virtual sessions to your calendar.

Do I need a webcam for the event?

No, a webcam is not necessary for this event, but it is encouraged. There are some virtual networking activities each day where your camera and/or microphone may be allowed. If so, it will be completely optional for you to utilize them or not.