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Welcome to San Antonio for the 2016 National eXtension Conference.
We’re happy to have both... participants in the Professional Development track and participants in the i-Three Issue Corps track!

Sessions that were full during registrations will have limited availability for additional attendees. 

Here is a floorplan of the conference rooms to assist in finding your activities.

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Here is the schedule of events for the i-Three Issue Corps:

Tuesday 3/22

4:00-5:00 pm  Meet the i-Three Corps staff  in the Regency Foyer near the registration

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Opening reception

6:30 p.m.   Dinner on your own

Wednesday, March 23

7:00-7:45  Breakfast Buffet Regency Ballroom Foyer

7:45-9:05  Combined session- John Stepper Keynote Regency Ballroom East

9:05-9:20   Break

9:20:-10:30  John Stepper WOL workshop

10:35-11:35  Renee Pardello Global Dynamics and Cultural Knowledge workshop

11:35-1:00  Lunch break and the Geek Bus room at the hotel is open 11:30-1:00

1:00-1:30  Announcements, Ice breaker activity. Pairing up of individual projects into buddy groups of three for design-a-thon. Explanation of #i3corps Twitter stream.

1:30-3:30  Paul Pangaro Design Studio: Paul does a walkthrough of the design process and concept mapping. The strategy is applied to Corps Projects.

3:30-4:30  Birds of a feather groupings, Key Informants in Climate, Food Systems, Evaluation, and Social Media available for conversations.

4:30-5:00  Parade of Experts. Each Key Informant introduces themselves and their area of expertise. Thursday’s design-a-thon activities will be explained.

5:00-5:30  Social time, John Stepper Book Signing

5:30  Dinner on your own- see registration table early in the day for signups in groups of six.




Thursday, March 24

7:00-7:45  Breakfast Buffet Regency Foyer

8:00-9:05  Combined Session Paul Pangaro Design Thinking Keynote

9:05-9:30  Break

9:30   Design-a-thon!


  • Purpose: Infuse the Corps projects with expert guidance in areas of need derived from the January interviews. Apply design thinking to incorporate key informants’ input to superpower the projects for greater local impact.
  • Outcome: Every project will have at least one new and innovative design component, experiment, or strategy for their project ready to implement between April and August.
  • At the end of the day: Each project must be able to answer: What is the change you are designing to achieve? How are you measuring that change? What is the innovative component or strategy?

9:30-12:00 -- Project teams and buddy groups begin working to develop their innovation designs. Projects seek guidance from Key Informants and Consultants positioned at twelve Conversation Stations placed around the room.  Please Tweet using #i3corps.

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own. Please break and get some fresh air. All key informants break.

1:30-4:00 p.m. -- Work continues on applying Key Informant input to the designs. Key Informants and Consultants remain available nearby to advise as needed. Share outs are encouraged. Please Tweet using #i3corps.

4:00-4:30 -- Every project prepares a brief written statement of the innovation chosen for their project as a result of the design-a-thon. The statement is placed in their Basecamp. Statement must answer the 3 questions: What is the change you are designing to achieve? How are you measuring that change? What is the innovative component or strategy?

4:30-5:00 p.m.  Break, a good time to run back to the rooms to stow gear and refresh. The design-a-thon room will not be secure during the reception.

5:00-6:00  Reception, i-Three Issue Corps Conversation Stations. All move across to the other ballroom to choose places at conversation stations. High top tables. 2 projects per table.

6:00  Dinner on your own- see registration table early in the day for signups in groups of six.




Friday, March 25

7:00-7:45  Breakfast Buffet Regency Ballroom Foyer

8:00-9:15  Joint session, Capnote, Launch of ECOP Innovation Task Force

9:30-11:00  Wrap up and defining next steps. Meetings grouped by staff team leaders then final sendoff.