AREON 2019 Annual Conference

Thank you to all our attendees and speakers at the AREON 2019 Annual Conference.  The two-day event and pre-conference reception at the Clinton Presidential Library was our largest conference ever, with many great speakers and sessions.  And a huge thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors for helping make the event possible.

We look forward to the AREON 2020 Annual Conference on March 9-11, 2020.  Save the dates in your calendar and make plans to attend even now.  See you next year!


We are excited to announce the AREON 2019 Annual Conference, a two-day event that brings higher education IT, networking, and security professionals together to share ideas and success stories about next generation networks and technology.  AREON's third annual conference returns to the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.


AREON 2019 begins with an exciting VIP Opening Night Reception on the evening of March 11, 2019, hosted by Platinum Sponsor Juniper Networks at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.  The conference begins the following day, March 12, 2019, during which attendees will enjoy keynote speakers and a full agenda of breakout sessions in four tracks - Technology, Cybersecurity, Research & Innovation, and Management.  


AREON 2019 attendees may also register for a day-long workshop held on the day following the conference, March 13, 2019.  The workshop is entitled Incident Response Planning, a topic that is top of mind for many security professionals today.  Join CISOs, CIOs, cyber security professionals, and others responsible for developing an Incident Response Plan for their organizations.  Check out the workshop page for additional details. 


Little Rock Marriott2All conference activities, with the exception of the VIP Opening Night Reception, take place at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201.  This hotel has excellent meeting facilities in a great locale in downtown Little Rock.  Besides having a wonderful view of the Arkansas River, the hotel is adjacent to the Old State House Museum, a national historic landmark with permanent and traveling exhibits on Arkansas history.  The nearby River Market is a great place to visit with its enticing international food hall.


Monday, March 11, 2019

  7:00 p.m. -   8:30 p.m. VIP Opening Night Reception


Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - Conference Day

  6:00 a.m. -   7:30 a.m. Sponsor/Exhibitor Set-Up
  7:30 a.m. -   8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
  8:30 a.m. -   9:45 a.m. Welcome and Morning Keynote
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Morning Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m. -   1:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker
  2:00 p.m. -   5:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions





Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - Workshop Day

  7:00 a.m. -   8:00 a.m. Check-In and Breakfast
  8:00 a.m. -   4:00 p.m. All Day Workshops with Lunch

The full agenda is available here.

Conference & Workshop Registration

Registration is open for the AREON 2019 Conference and Workshop.  Attendees may register for just the conference or for both the conference and workshop.  The conference registration includes the VIP Opening Night Reception.  The deadline for registration is March 11, 2019.  

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Hotel Reservations

Please note:  The hotel block for the Courtyard Hotel has expired.  ARE-ON has arranged for an additional option for hotel reservations with the same group rate of $139.00 per night plus state and local taxes at the Courtyard Little Rock Downtown Hotel, 521 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201.  The Courtyard is within walking distance about five blocks from the conference hotel.  This group rate expired on March 4, 2019, and is no longer available.

Please note: The conference hotel block for the Little Rock Marriott Hotel has expired.  Conference attendees can book their reservations at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel at the group rate by clicking online here or by calling the hotel directly at 501-906-4000.  The hotel is located at 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201.  If calling, mention that you are a part of the AREON 2019 Conference.  Hotel room rates under this block are $139.00 per night plus state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-out.  This group rate expired on February 11, 2019, and is no longer available.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Opportunities abound for conference attendees to talk with and learn more about the products and services offered by the sponsors and exhibitors of the AREON 2019 Annual Conference.  Platinum and Gold Level Sponsors are provided the opportunity to present during the breakout sessions.  Thank you to Platinum Level Sponsor Juniper Networks for hosting the VIP Opening Night Reception, and to Platinum Level Sponsor Akamai Technologies for hosting the conference breakfast and morning keynote.  

Contact for More Information

If you have any questions, please contact organizer Michelle Stewart by or at 501-952-9000.


We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock in March!!!