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Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Smart, Fast & Connected
September 25-27, 2016
Boston, MA


What is the Design Leadership Conference (DLC16)?
For 41 years, DMI's Fall "Annual" Conference has gained recognition as the premier design and business event – attracting an international following. The first conference to ever address the business value of design, it's acquired a stellar reputation for impressive speakers, a senior audience, and a lively atmosphere of sharing and knowledge. DMI conferences are renown for high-level of content – and for their intimate size, allowing for current and emerging leaders to share and discuss strategic issues.

Who should attend the conference?
Anyone managing Design & Innovation, CX, HCD or who wishes to learn more about these disciplines from speakers and their peer executives, Seasoned Design Managers to CDO's; Brand Directors, Researchers, CEO's; Startup founders challenged to design everything from scratch; current and recent graduates ready to contribute.

What is the Monday Hackathon #DLC16?
At this day-long event on September 26th– sponsored by Oracle, attendees will work in teams to understand the issue, identify stakeholders, reframe thinking, brainstorm concepts, and create solution prototypes (no coding). In the end, winning ideas will be declared, and then all ideas will be shared at the second day of the dmi:Design Leadership Conference and in the dmi:Review. 

Who should attend the Hackathon #DLC16?
If you're a designer, coder, researcher, educator, industry leader, innovation consultant, policy-maker, or government wonk- we want you!
What do registration fees cover?
Conference Professional registration fees include:
Attendance to the conference and all conference materials Access to conference video and slide decks after the conference has closed Access to the conference attendee directory Light continental breakfast, lunch and coffee service will be provided each full conference day Monday Design Value Awards dinner is not included, unless you register for the Full conference pass
How to Register
Do I have to be a DMI member to register?
No. The conference is open to everyone. However, DMI members are eligible to receive significant discounts off the registration rates, as well as being able to participate in member-only events, such as Member Check-in and Check-Out activities.  Learn more about DMI membership and join here.

How do I register?
If you are a DMI member, or have previously registered for an event, purchased a product on, or are on our mailing list:
-Go here to start registration
-Log in with your user name and password.
-If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here.
-If you are new to our site:
-Please go to "Sign In" on the homepage, and "Click here to join"
-You'll be prompted to select your level connection: DMI member or Non-member Guest, and complete a brief profile. This information will be shared on your profile page, as well as the conference rsvp page.
-Select your conference options: full conference program with or without Awards Ceremony dinner, select days, etc.
-Confirm your total and proceed to checkout and payment.
-If you require an invoice, please contact DMI. However, please be advised that payment is due in full prior to the conference to be admitted. Your name will also not show in the rsvp list until payment is processed.
-If you encounter any problems, please contact  or phone at 617-338-6380.

Can I register for only the Hackathon #DLC16?
Yes. Hackathon participants can register for the Hackathon only (or, have the option to add on the Design Value Awards ceremony and/or Tuesday sessions). Hackathon registrants can attend the Monday opening Keynote speaker session. Breaks and lunch are included. Go here to start registration

Can we get a discount for group registrations?
Yes. We encourage teams and departments to attend our events together. We're happy to discuss options and rates for four or more people registering from the same company. Contact Patricia Olshan to discuss and see if you qualify.

Can I buy a one-day pass to the conference?
Yes. We value people's time and budgets, and allow the flexibility to attend. Rates are posted on the registration page here. However, please keep in mind: there is not only significant savings by registering for the full conference, you will also be able to attend member events, as well as connect with all attendees. You may also just register for the Design Value Awards ceremony without the conference here.

Do you offer Educator, Non-Profit and Student rates?
Yes. We have a limited number of available reduced tickets to the conference only. Educators, associates, and students must be involved full-time in their organization or program to qualify. Please contact and submit eligibility credentials to Patricia Olshan.

Do you offer any complimentary registrations?
No. At this time, we are unable to offer complimentary registrations to anyone. This policy is based on our firm commitment to equity and fairness.

What is the cancellation policy?


Until August 24, 2016: We will deduct a $120 administrative charge and refund or credit the remaining fee.

: We will deduct a $120 administrative charge and credit the remaining fee towards a future conference (within a year) or a new (no renewals) full price membership.

September 15, 2016 and After : No refunds or credit.

Does my conference registration include the Design Value Awards ceremony?
Yes. If you purchased the Full Professional conference pass or the Monday only Professional registration. The Awards ceremony is a separate and additional registration for students. The Sunday optional events are separate program products. For more information about the ceremony and registration, visit:  


What is member Check-In and Check-Out?
Join new and long-time DMI members in these gatherings to build community. Share personal and professional insights in a supportive and safe environment. This is a great opportunity to get to know your member community! You can become a DMI member now!

What can I expect as a new DMI member and attendee?
Information on this page can answer a lot of questions, but, the DMI community is always available to share their expertise! You will be sent a welcome package shortly that provides you with a roadmap on DMI content and programs, as well as being paired with a DMI Advisor at the conference, who can further guide you and introduce you to others.  

Location, Venue and Lodging

Is there a discounted hotel room rate at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge for attendees?
Yes.  September is a very busy time of year in the Boston area.  It is high season for tourists and conferences alike.  We urge you to make hotel arrangements as soon as possible.  DMI has a discounted room block available for attendees at the Hyatt Cambridge.  Hotel rates are $289 Single/Double room (excludes local and state taxes of 14.45%.)

Individuals should make their own reservations online at: Guests may also call reservations at 1-888-421-1442 and mention that they are calling to make reservations for the DMI Fall 2016 Conference.

Reservations must be received on or before Saturday, September 10, 2016 to qualify for the discounted group rate. Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only and may not qualify for special conference pricing. Rates will be available for three days prior and three days after the conference dates.

What is the dress code?
Business casual for the conference. Don't forget: hotels and ballrooms can be chilly. Please remember to bring a jacket or sweater. The ceremony dress code is cocktail attire.

What is the weather like in Boston?
The end of September can be a lovely, warm, leaf-peeping season OR we could be ice-skating on the Charles River. New England weather is unpredictable, so please be prepared. Bring a raincoat, umbrella and comfortable walking shoes. High/Low temperatures for the month may be found here. Very few restaurants in Boston/Cambridge require jackets.

Accessibility & Dining

is the Hyatt Regency Hotel conference Venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the hotel and all conference venue locations conform to accessibility codes.

Do you offer special meals for attendees with food allergies?
Yes. Please contact Patricia Olshan before September 20 with any special requests.

Dining in the Cambridge/Boston Area
There are dining options in every direction to suit everyone's taste – from Old-World Italian in the North End to Fusion in Inman Square. Kendall Square in Cambridge is just a short walk from the hotel, or you can take the hotel shuttle bus.

The Hyatt Hotel restaurant is called Zephyr, and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late evening.

Boston's restaurant scene is very creative, and vibrant, with many restaurants creating a equally satisfying dining experience in their bar areas. Explore the North End: for truly authentic Italian food; South End: with trendy restaurants boasting eclectic menus and designer decor Chinatown: for late night dumplings; Seaport District/Fort Point: with cutting-edge menus, harbor views and rooftop bars and Harbor views. Suggestions can be found:,, or

Sightseeing & Shopping in the Cambridge/Boston Area

Below are some suggestions if you have free time to explore. Connect with other conference attendees via Twitter at #DLC16

MIT Museum

MIT Tour
Harvard Museum Tours
Harvard University Tour
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Institute of Contemporary Art Museum
Boston Interior Design Center
Harpoon Beer Brewery Tour
Taza Chocolate Factory Tour
Boston's North End (Italian Neighborhood)
SOWA (South of Washington) Market (Sunday only)


Are Sponsorship Opportunities available?
Yes. With an international base of over 30,000+ leaders in more than 40 countries, reaching the right decision and budget makers is easily achieved. Collaborating with DMI is an investment in global relationships for your brand, team, clients and your future. A wide variety of promotional opportunities are available to keep your company's name front and center in the minds of conference attendees, before, during and after their conference experience. Options are listed here, and contact Patricia Olshan to discuss the programs.

Code of Conduct
We believe a clear code of conduct is a necessary part of building a respectful community space. All DMI delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct:

-Be friendly and patient.
-Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities.
-Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Remember that we're a global community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.
-Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants.
-When we disagree, be respectful and try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and DMI is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we're different. The strength of DMI comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds and passions.

We welcome your feedback on this and every other aspect of DMI, and we thank you for working with us to make it a safe, enjoyable, and friendly experience for everyone who participates.



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