It's all about community

During the day, HighEdWeb Annual Conference attendees focus on working, learning and building digital futures. In the evening, we talk, laugh and build great HighEdWeb connections that last all year.

Welcome reception

Sunday, Oct. 8 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Join us in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Exhibit Hall to mark the start of HighEdWeb 2023! Enjoy the taste of fall in New York with snacks and beverages in a casual atmosphere as you connect with old friends and new faces. And, if you’re brand new to HEWeb, check out the lounge area just for first-time attendees.

The convention center is connected to the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, so walk over when you're ready. Don't miss this chance to meet the sponsors and spend some time with the greatest community around.

Monday Night Happy Hour - Hosted by Pantheon
Monday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m.

Join Pantheon on Monday October 9th at Big Ditch Brewing Company (just a 4min walk away from the conference) for an evening of good food and delicious drinks. Save your spot here

HighEdWeb Y'All
Tuesday, October 10

We’re doing something a special at #HEWeb23, y'all – and we hope you’ll take part.

This summer, we established the HighEdWeb Endowment Fund in Honor of Dr. Tonya Oaks Smith. Tonya passed away in April after a short battle with cancer but left a lasting legacy: she was a long-time HEWebber, past conference chair, former Board member, and a fierce mentor who believed deeply in our community and the emerging professionals it supports. 

So, it feels right that the new fund in Tonya’s honor will provide financial support for web and digital professionals to attend the HighEdWeb Annual Conference each year. And what better way to celebrate Tonya and the ways she contributed to HighEdWeb than when we’re all “together” for the annual conference?

On Tuesday, October 10, we’re asking folks in Buffalo and online to consider purchasing and wearing the new “HighEdWeb Y’all” t-shirt, now available on our merch site. The shirt was created to celebrate our best memories of Tonya (whose roots were in Louisiana and for whom “Y’all” was a hallmark) and sale proceeds go directly to the endowment fund.

There are many cuts and colors, and the shirt is available until October. Order yours today to receive it in time to share in a sea of celebration and support in Tonya's memory.

Big Social Event

Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 7-10 p.m.

Hop on a shuttle from the Hyatt Regency to our Big Social Event at Buffalo Riverworks, the city’s premier waterfront entertainment destination. Enjoy panoramic views of the Buffalo River from the upper mezzanine’s large overlook deck, or mingle in the open indoor area overlooking the floors below with our own private bar and DJ. There will be plenty of room for drinks and dessert, plus pickleball and yard games like Jenga and Connect 4, so don’t miss this fun night getting social with HighEdWeb!

Karaokeplane 2023
Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

We can’t wait to see you for our lucky 13! No singing experience is required, and no pressure to take the stage – we just want the pleasure of your company! Be sure to bring your conference badge to The Banshee (two blocks from the conference hotel, and you can take the shuttles back after the Big Social Event,as our sponsor will be giving out complimentary drink tickets at the door.

Karaokeplane is grateful to our sponsor, OHO interactive, for helping us in selecting and organizing our venue.

HEWEB Code of Conduct
Although KaraokePlane is an unofficial event, attendees from the HighEdWeb conference are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct set forth by the association.