The 2022 PromoStandards Technology Summit is the premier Promotional Products Technology Event.  The Hack-A-Thon features groups of cross functional teams working together in a first of its kind PromoStandards challenge.  The Technology Summit features two days of education tracts focusing on industry relevant technology, PromoStandards Integrations and provides ample opportunity to network with industry peers.  This event anticipates 125 attendees from over 60 companies. 

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1st Annual PromoStandards Technology Summit

Join us for the PromoStandards 1st annual Technology Summit.  Our previous development workshops have grown up into a full fledged promo industry featured Technology, Education and Networking Event.  Our content will have multiple tracts catering to digital transformation, dev ops and PromoStandards development. 


The industry's only premier technology networking event will create a host of unique opportunities to connect with technology and business leaders across the supply chain.  Our event will feature over 125 attendees sharing and collaborating to ensure a stronger and more connected industry. 

Space is limited, so don't wait to grab your spot.  We anticipate a hard sellout. 

Promo's First Hack-A-Thon Event

Do you want to work with cross functional teams to Hack it out with your industry peers?  This 1st Annual PromoStandards Hack-A-Thon will assemble a dozen cross functional teams to collaborate and utilize PromoStandards data and services to develop solutions to the industry's toughest challenges.  

This event is not a dev only hack-a-thon.  We will assemble Devs, BA's, C-Suites, and Business folks of all skillsets to create startup-esque teams to deliver the ultimate product and pitch.  

The winning team will be dubbed the Ultimate PromoStandards Hackers and will win a SIGNIFANCT cash prize and ceremonial oversized check!

This collaboration event will foster long lasting relationships with your peers while highlighting the power of PromoStandards in the promo Industry. 

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Event Agenda

September Virtual Hack-A-Thon

Wednesday, Sept 14 - Virtual Hack-A-Thon Registration Deadline

Don't miss your chance to work with industry cross functional teams to tackle real world promo challenges.

Friday, Sep 16 - Team Leader Projects Posted to Participants

Team leaders will pitch their projects in advance of the kickoff meeting. Pick the challenge you want to tackle or self form your own team.

Monday, Sep 19 @ 4 PM EST - Kickoff Meeting and Team Selection

Join our live kickoff meeting for rules of engagement and team selection. 

Sept 19-26  - Self Directed Team Meetings

Team led collaboration using PromoStandards data to solve your challenge.

Monday, Sep 26 @ 4PM EST - Virtual Presentations to Guest Judges

Each team will have 10 minutes to pitch their solution. Your product and pitch will be judged on the following criteria:

Problem Statement Clarity Presentation Creativity Technical Feasibility

Live presentations will be recorded and shared at our Technology Summit Welcome and Hack-A-Thon Awards Ceremony.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 

| All Day / Attendees travel in for Hack-A-Thon Awards Ceremony and Tech Summit events

| 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST:  Registration Opens + Swag Pickup!

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your credentials and Technology Summit swag.  Hack-A-Thon participant team shirts will be available.  Team members are encouraged to wear their team shirt to the Technology Summit Welcome and Hack-A-Thon Awards Ceremony.

| 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST: Technology Summit Welcome and Hack-A-Thon Awards Ceremony

Join us in celebrating our Hack-A-Thon participants and announcing our Ultimate PromoStandards Hackers!

| 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST: PromoStandards Happy Hour(s), Food and Fun!

Meet up with old friends and make new connections all the while enjoying food and beverages.

Monday , October 3rd, 2022

7:30am - 8:30am EST: Breakfast

Start your day networking with your peers at Breakfast overlooking the Tampa skyline and waterways. 

8:45am - 9:00am EST: Welcome Remarks

Eric Alessi, Chair of PromoStandards, welcomes attendees to the 1st Annual PromoStandards Technology Summit and sets the stage for what to expect and how to maximize your day at the event!

9:00am - 10:00am EST: Generating Value From Data: Building a Data Science Practice

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Speaker: Andrew Larsen, Ph D. - Director of Data Science at FOX Corporation

Andrew Larsen is a Data Science and Analytics expert with 12 years experience in the technology and R&D industries. He has a Ph.D., in Cognitive Psychology with an emphasis in quantitative methods and experimental design, including Measurement, Multivariate Statistics, Systems Evaluation, and Machine Learning. He’s worked for software companies spanning a variety of industries working on projects ranging from building Machine Learning models into user-facing products, Operations Forecasting, and Business Intelligence. He is currently Director of Data Science leading data science analytics initiatives within a major media corporation.

10:00am - 10:15am EST: Networking Break

10:15am - 11:15am EST:  Executing Digital Transformation

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Speaker: Michael Conway Managing Director of Digital Transformation at Aspirant

Michael Conway, Managing Director of Digital Transformation at Aspirant, delivers this session targeted to Promotional product technology professionals.  This session will educate on how to align customer experience to strategic business goals.

Michael has more than 25 years of experience in Application Development, working across the Software Development Lifecycle, leveraging a range of methodologies and processes to successfully deliver complex and novel software solutions on time and on budget.

Michael is an accomplished leader of people, with a history of developing teams that successfully deliver projects of significance.  He has led multiple initiatives that introduced software solutions of varying technical complexity to deliver significant business gains, often transformative and with an industry altering impact.

11:15pm - 12:00pm EST: Digital Transformation on the Factory Floor

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Panel Leader: Catherine Graham, CEO at CommonSku

Technology, automation and transformation are allowing companies to scale shop floors and warehouses in the Promotional Products supply chain.  Catherine Graham, CEO of CommonSku, leads this panel discussion with industry production leaders and technology experts to investigate the impacts of digital transformation on the factory floor and warehouses across the Promotional Products landscape. 

12:00pm - 1:00pm EST:  Networking Lunch

Discuss the mornings sessions with your peers in downtown Tampa overlooking the waterways and city skyline!

1:00pm - 2:00pm EST: Industry Technology Round Tables

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Session Leader: Steven Stanley, Senior Vice President Of Technology at ePromos 

You will get to choose a table to join and engage in the discussion. Topics will vary from Promotional Products specific topics to the tech world in general. You will meet new people that have the same interests or are trying to solve the same problems.

2:15pm - 3:00pm EST: Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: PromoStandards Track: PromoStandards Case Studies 

 Speaker: Amy Rabideu, VP of Product at Facilisgroup

 VP of Product for Facilisgroup highlights promotional production companies who are  benefitting from PromoStandards integrations in their businesses. Join Amy Rabideu  PromoStandards board member as she hosts an interactive presentation and Panel  discussion with a variety of technology and industry leaders. 

Breakout 2: ERP Journeys: Selecting, Implementing and Connecting

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Speaker: Jon Norris, COO at Starline

This panel discussion covers the digital transformation journey of navigating an ERP implementation and how that integrates with your supply chain APIs.  These panelists are ERP battle tested and come prepared to share their journeys and lessons learned from ERP implementations.

3:00pm - 3:15pm EST:  Coffee Break

3:15pm - 4:00pm EST: Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: PromoStandards Best Practices

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Speaker: Aaron Anderson, Sr Director Software Engineering at AlphaBroder

PromoStandards implementation allows for a lot of flexibility in the adoption and interpretation of the standards. Join Aaron Anderson from Alphabroder who deep dives into Best Practices for PromoStandards adoption and implementation. 

Breakout 2: Technology Supporting a Hybrid Workforce

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Panel Leader: David Jackson, VP of Information Technology, Spector Co.

The workforce was turned on its head in 2020.  Technology professionals quickly turned to technology tools to support, manage and ensure security for their remote work forces. Today those workforces come and go freely from the physical office and operate a host of devices.  This session covers the tools and best practices for supporting a hybrid workforce in the Promotional Products industry. 

4:15pm - 4:50pm EST: My "Worst Day" in Tech

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Session Leader: Jon Norris, COO at Starline

The Upside Down of tech tips! Not every day in technology is glamorous.  Join industry technology leaders in this lighthearted recanting of some of the horror stories of tech transformation journeys.  This open mic event will encourage audience members to chime in with their Worst Day in Tech!

7:00pm - 11:00pm EST: PromoStandards Mixer! (External Event)

Walk with us 5 minutes away to an Epic PromoStandards Party event at Park & Rec! Dinner and drinks will be provided as we take over a retro bar with arcades, outdoor yard games and general good times!  

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

7:30am - 8:30am EST: Breakfast

Start your day networking with your peers at Breakfast overlooking the Tampa skyline and waterways. 

8:45am - 9:00am EST: Welcome: Day Two of PromoStandards Technology Summit

Philip Gregen, Koozie Group SVP Of Technology kicks off day two of the technology summit! 

9:00am - 10:00pm EST: Network Security: Cyber Incident in Progress

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Speaker: Mike Pfeiffer, VP of Technology at American Solutions for Business

Learn what it is like to experience a cyber-attack as it happened. Walk through the event timeline, what protective measures were effective and how proper response strategies were deployed to enable response and recovery within published service levels.

10:00am - 10:15am EST: Coffee Break

10:15am - 11:00am EST: Exclusive Launch of PromoStandards Order Management Service

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 Speaker: Eric Shonebarger, President at Hit Promotional Products

This session will feature a detailed launch and walk through of PromoStandards most significant Standards release in the past three years.  Eric Shonebarger, President of Hit Promotional Products and the PromoStandards Technology Committee will walk through this service, showing live demos and use cases for this industry altering Standard. 

11:00am - 11:45am EST:  Identifying and Solving Industry Pain Points

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Panel Leader: Eric Alessi, President and CEO at Essent Corporation

Panelist: PromoStandards Strategic Roadmap Committee Members

Join PromoStandards Technology leaders in this interactive panel that explore the pain points of the industry from order processing, supply chain and technology standpoints.  This session will help develop the roadmap for PromoStandards and a collaborating industry technology community.

11:45pm - 12:00pm EST: Closing

12:00pm - 1:00pm EST: Buffet Lunch

Optional Events: Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

1:00pm - 5:00pm EST: Volunteering Local Tech Give Back

PromoStandards is partnering with local community groups to give back to the community.  Join your technology peers as we give back to the community.

| 7:00pm - 10:00pm EST: Networking Dine-Arounds

Network with your peers as you join groups for local Tampa waterfront dining options. This opportunity to collaborate with other industry technologists is an attendee favorite!

Optional Events: Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

7:30am - 8:30am ESTBreakfast

Start your day networking with your peers at Breakfast overlooking the Tampa skyline and waterways. 

9:00am - 12:00pm EST: Open Committee Meetings

PromoStandards will be hosting open committee meetings. Do you want to get involved, but not sure where to do it? Each PromoStandards committee will be running Open Committee meetings.  Join in and as we like to say, "See how the sausage is made."   

Conference Fee Information

Hack-A-Thon Pricing

PromoStandards Members: $349

Non-Member: $399

Technology Summit Pricing

PromoStandards Members: $899

Non-Member: $999

Promotional Combo Pricing

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Hotel and Travel

Host Hostel: Tampa Marriot Water Street

Experience elevated comfort at Tampa Marriott Water Street in downtown Tampa, Florida.

Group Rate: $235.00/night

Group Rate Available: 10/02/2022 - 10/05/2022

Booking Site for Group Rate:

Sponsorship Opportunities

For Sponsorship Inquiries please contact Jessica Shonebarger

Details: Download Sponsorships

Attending Companies 

(Updated 09/22/2022)


American Solutions for Business




Ball Pro


Branded Goodies






Distributor Central


eRetailing - Fast Platform

Essent Corp

Executive Ad




G & G Outfitters



Get More Solutions


Halo Branded Solutions

Headwear USA

Hit Promotional Products




Koozie group

Kotis Design


Moore Technology Solutions



Office Beacon

OMG - Order My Gear



Peerless Umbrella Co, Inc

Peppy Up LLC




Showdown Displays


Spector & Company

Staples Promotional Products


Terry Town

Thumb Print

The Identity Group


Vernon Co

Web Services Pros

Zing Manufacturing


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a developer to attend the Hack-A-Thon?

No, we are going to assemble cross functional teams that will include developers, business leaders, analyst, IT leaders and project managers.  This will ensure that all aspects of the deliverables can be presented for our awards ceremony!

Is this a PromoStandards Only Content Event?

No, while there will be significant opportunities to learn about PromoStandards, we will deliver industry relevant technology topics.  Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Efficiencies, Security and PromoStandards will be a few of the important topics covered at this event. 

Will the Content be virtual?

At this time, we only plan on delivering the content in person.  We will provide an event recap to all attendees. 

How Can I get Involved in the Summit?

PromoStandards is an all volunteer 501.c6, we thrive on volunteerism.  Please contact Jessica Shonebarger if you want to get involved in the planning of this event.

What will happen with the hack-a-thon content?

All attendees of the hack-a-thon will have access to an open source repository of the projects that are generated during the event. 

Is there a prize for winning the hack-a-thon?

Yes, there will be a significant cash prize for the winning hack-a-thon team

What is the Cancelation Policy?

If you need to cancel prior to 09/01 please email Jessica Shonebarger at  Cancelations will not be allowed after 09/01.  A 15% cancelation fee will be assessed to all cancellations. 


By registering for the conference, you agree to have your basic information published on the official attendee list and to have your photo taken at the event. Please email Jessica Shonebarger to be removed.

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