Objectivist Movement

2.0

Objectivist Conference 2016 | The Greater Seattle Area | July 2–7

@OCON_Live | #OCON2016

The mere fact of going back to OCON and immersing myself in this intellectual atmosphere has helped to “refuel” me for the rest of the year!

OCON 2015 Attendee

The Time Is Now

We welcome you to come discuss the future of the Objectivist movement.

Awareness of Ayn Rand has never been higher. As more people grow increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the culture, more of them are taking up Rand’s works in search of alternatives. Still, despite this growing awareness of Rand and her ideas, the Objectivist movement remains too small to be a conspicuous force in the culture. How do we change that?

We think that what’s needed is a greater emphasis on community and the new, positive, life-giving principles that Objectivism offers. Given the widespread interest in Rand’s ideas, we propose that an important way to draw talented, ambitious, life-loving individuals into the Objectivist movement is to build a stronger, healthier, more attractive Objectivist community.

Our hypothesis is that the time has come for the Objectivist movement to enter a new phase of its development, what we’re calling Objectivist Movement 2.0. This new phase will focus more directly on fostering a vibrant Objectivist community: one that is both welcoming and intellectually challenging, encouraging and self-critical, serious and fun. The movement will be populated with individuals united by the idea that Objectivism is first and foremost a philosophy for living on earth.

We think that by showcasing and offering people the possibility of interacting and networking with individuals who already live Objectivism on a daily basis—and whose real-world success and happiness exemplify the positive values Objectivism offers—we will attract and retain larger numbers of the best people in today’s culture. And in so doing, we’ll both enjoy the direct benefits of their presence and talent, and strengthen the Objectivist movement on which our future depends.

We want to hear what you think. You’re invited to join ARI at OCON 2016 in the Greater Seattle area, to explore the question of how we can translate increasing interest in Ayn Rand into a dynamic movement that’s large enough to spark a revolution toward a more rational culture. Come share your thoughts, ask questions and discuss the future of the Objectivist movement.

Refer a friend and receive a $25 Amazon gift card if your friend attends OCON! Ask your friend to name you when registering, and we’ll reward you after the conference.

Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Factory Tour On July 4, 2016 is sold out. Ask to be added to the waiting list.

Price per person: $45 (includes tour ticket and bus transportation; each adult and child needs his or her own ticket)

A bus will pick us up from the hotel at 2 PM, deliver us to the factory in Everett, and return us to the hotel at about 7 PM. There will be some time after the tour to browse the museum gift shop and have a snack at the cafeteria. More details www.futureofflight.org/.

This was my first OCON and I enjoyed the intellectual stimulation and the smart, friendly people.

OCON 2015 Attendee

Speakers and Schedule

Click above for more information on Speakers/Schedule

It is wonderful to see Ayn Rand’s philosophy in action among so many people—as for me, it has been something very personal and intimate.

OCON 2015 Attendee

Hotel and Transportation

The Hyatt Regency Bellevue is our host hotel and since all the conference events will be held there, it would be most convenient for you to stay there; however, there’s no obligation to do so.

OCON attendees can make guest room reservations online or by calling +1 888.421.1442, toll free, no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016. In order to receive the special group discount rate, guests must mention that they are with Objectivist Conferences (OCON). Reservations must be cancelled by 4 PM PT twenty-four hours prior to arrival to avoid charges.

Room prices for single and double occupancy start at $134 plus applicable taxes and fees per night. Each additional occupant (up to a maximum of four people) will incur an additional fee of $25 per night. Rollaway beds are an additional $25 per bed, and they are not allowed in rooms which already have two beds.

There are no more rooms available at $134. But we have a limited supply of rooms at $155 plus applicable taxes and fees per night.

Everyone attending, including students should make their own room reservations. A guest checking into a room must be at least eighteen years of age, have a valid picture ID and present a method of payment upon arrival.

Anyone looking for a roommate should post on the OCON Facebook group.

Our discounted room block expires on June 8. For questions not answered on the FAQ, contact OCON Customer Service.

I attend because it enhances my life, and is relevant to my goals in increasing my awareness. I also see that it is an integral part of gaining moral certainty in moving the US to thrive and improve as an example of freedom.

OCON 2015 Attendee

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting the Most Out of OCON

Can I still enjoy OCON if I’m new to Ayn Rand’s ideas?

Absolutely! Some of the content is designed for those new to Ayn Rand’s ideas.

I have never attended an OCON. Will it be hard for me to meet new people?

Not at all. Every year there are dozens of first-time attendees. There are receptions and other social events where you can mingle with other attendees. We have attendees from all walks of life, from students to retirees, from first-timers to people who have been to every conference for the past thirty years.

Will I have opportunities to interact with speakers outside the classes?

OCON speakers are happy to make themselves available for discussion outside their classes. But please remember that they also need time to relax! Feel free to approach speakers with questions, but please be polite and nonintrusive.

How can I get to know other attendees before OCON?

One of the best ways to interact with other attendees before the conference is to join the OCON Facebook group. There, you can chat with other attendees about their plans for the conference. You can also follow OCON on Twitter for general conference updates.

Do you have any videos or talks from previous OCONs?

We have a YouTube playlist of videos recorded at recent OCONs here. You can see a short general video here. Also, many of our past conference talks and courses are available in MP3 format at the Ayn Rand Institute eStore.

Attendance Options

What makes this summer conference different from previous years?

Many OCON 2015 features will be kept in OCON 2016. We have special programming designed for students as well as programming suitable for all attendees. The conference days have a mix of talks and panels. The Day and Week Passes allow you to choose which days you want to attend and give you access to all of the programming offered on those days. If you plan to leave early or arrive late to the conference, purchase a Day Pass for the day(s) you’ll be attending. If you plan to stay for the entire conference, purchase the Week Pass. With both passes, you no longer have to decide ahead of time which events to attend—simply show up and take advantage of everything offered.

Tell me more about student pricing.

Student pricing is available to current students only, and attendance at student events may be required to receive the discounted student pricing. Exceptions may be granted for unique circumstances (e.g., one is returning to school after an absence but not yet a current student). Contact us if you have a question about your eligibility.

Where can I find the conference schedule?

Look under theProgram tab.

What are the Week Pass and Day Pass?

The Week Pass gives you the best price if you plan to attend the entire conference. You gain access to all the programming offered throughout the conference and can take advantage of any of the talks, panels and other events offered each day. You no longer have to pay for individual talks nor do you have to decide ahead of time what you will attend. Simply show up and see what strikes your interest! The Day Pass allows you to attend most events on any single day. If you cannot attend the entire conference, this is the best option for you. Meals are not included in the Day Passes but can be bought separately, as can any program lunches not included in your Week Pass.

How do I register for meals?

Meal registration is not included in the Day or Week Passes, but you will be register separately for the meals you’d like to attend. The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

Can I still enjoy the conference if I do not plan to stay for the whole event?

Absolutely! You can leave a few days early, arrive a few days late or come only for a few days in the middle. Every year we have many attendees who can only stay for part of the conference. The new Day Pass makes it easier than ever to attend only part of OCON.

Can I attend a single talk or other event?

We are not offering the option of attending single talks or events at this year’s OCON. We recommend you buy a Day Pass and hope you can take the time to attend several talks or other events on that day.

Will you be livestreaming events?

We are planning to offer livestreaming. More details later.

Conference and Hotel Registration

Are there any conference registration discounts available?

There is a discount for young adults twenty-nine and under as of June 15,2016, for full-time students of any age with a valid student ID, and for anyone planning to attend the entire conference. For details, see Registration.

How late can I make changes or additions to my passes?

Additional passes can be purchased at any time. If you want to change the dates you are attending, but plan on staying the same total number of days, you can make these changes at any time until June 26, 2016.

What is your Cancellation/Refund Policy?

Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online by March 31, 2016, will receive a total refund. Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online between April 1 and April 30, 2016, will receive a 75% refund. Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online between May 1 and May 31, 2016, will receive a 50% refund. After May 31, 2016, no refund, except for students, who will receive a refund until June 10.

How late can I cancel one or more of my passes?

If you cannot attend all the days you purchased passes for, you should cancel your passes as soon as possible in order to obtain the largest refund. Passes can be canceled at any time before or during the conference, but you will not receive a refund after May 31, 2016.

Do I have to stay at the Hyatt Regency or can I stay elsewhere?

The Hyatt Regency is our conference hotel and it’s most convenient to stay there. Summer conference attendees get a generous discount on their room at the Hyatt, and we encourage you to take advantage of these savings. However, you are under no obligation to do so.

Can you help me find a roommate?

We are happy to help you find a roommate. Please call 800.365.6552, ext. 239, or email info@objectivistconferences.com to inquire about how we can help you. You can also inquire about roommates on the OCON Facebook page.

Do I have to pay for an Internet connection in my guestroom?

Hyatt Regency guestrooms have complimentary Internet for OCON attendees.

Navigating the Conference

What are the transportation options from the airport to the hotel?

Visit the Hyatt Regency website for transportation details.

What is the charge for parking at the Hyatt Regency?

Self-parking is $20 a day with in-and-out privileges for the twenty-five first OCON guests staying at the hotel. For regular fees, see the hotel website.

How will I find conference events inside the hotel?

OCON meeting rooms are on the Lobby Level, Second Floor and Third Floor, where we will have signs directing you to conference events. Also, when you first check in at our Attendee Services on the Second Floor, you will receive a program that contains complete conference information, including a guide and map showing where the events are taking place.

How will I know who works for OCON/ARI if I need help?

Staff will have bright yellow/goldenrod ribbons attached to their name tags. Feel free to talk to any of us!

Miscellaneous Questions

What is your solicitation policy?

OCON has a strict no-solicitation policy. All of our attendees are there to learn and enjoy themselves and should not be approached for funding, employment, etc.

What is your recording policy?

No private audio or video recording is allowed. ARI records OCON events and makes them available later through the Ayn Rand Institute eStore and other venues. However, you are encouraged to take photos and Tweet! We simply ask that you respect our speakers’ wishes and refrain from using flash photography during talks.

Where can I learn more about Ayn Rand’s ideas?

Visit the Ayn Rand Institute’s main website, AynRand.org, to explore a wealth of resources related to Ayn Rand and her philosophy, Objectivism. A selection of past conference talks and courses is available at the Ayn Rand Institute eStore, and the Ayn Rand Institute Campus has a large selection of free online courses.

Is there a dress code?

The closing banquet is dressy. The rest of the conference is casual.

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Register

Expand the following registration options to see which one is right for you:

Prime Movers Club
Sponsor students to attend OCON by joining the Prime Movers Club.

Register for the full conference or for individual Day Passes.

  • Week Pass $4,000

    The Prime Movers Club Week Pass includes tuition, the July 2 Opening Reception, a Special Reception with the ARI Board of Directors, the July 7 Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance, and any program lunches offered. Please indicate if you plan to attend these meals when they are offered.

    A portion of your Prime Movers Club Week Pass, $2,100, is a tax-deductible donation to the Ayn Rand Institute and will sponsor student scholarships to OCON.

  • Day Pass $1,000

    The Prime Movers Club Day Pass includes tuition for one day (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately). The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

    A portion of your Prime Movers Club Day Pass, $700, is a tax-deductible donation to the Ayn Rand Institute and will sponsor student scholarships to OCON.

Adult (age 30+)
Explore our first-time attendee discounts.

Register for the full conference or for individual Day Passes.

  • Week Pass $1,200

    The Adult Week Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately). The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

  • Day Pass $250

    The Adult Day Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately). The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

    Discounts:

    • First-time OCON attendee (Adults only)

      If you have not attended an OCON organized by ARI—i.e., any of those held since 2002—get an extra 10% discount regardless of when you register.

      First-timer Week Pass includes the Opening Reception on July 2.

ATTENTION: Prices will increase by 20% on June 24, 2016.

Young Adult (age 29 and under as of June 15, 2016)
Special discounted rates for young adults.

Register for the full conference or for individual Day Passes.

  • Week Pass $195

    The Young Adult Week Pass includes tuition. The first twenty young adult registrants will also receive the July 7 Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance. The other receptions and lunches can be purchased separately. The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

  • Day Pass $50

    The Young Adult Day Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately). The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

ATTENTION: Prices will increase by 20% on June 24, 2016.

Student (current students in a degree program)
Apply for a scholarship to cover some or all of your expenses.

In addition to steeply discounted registration pricing, OCON features special programming for students and the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to cover some or all of a student’s expenses. Scholarships up to $1,500 will be awarded, based on merit and travel distance, to students who register for a Week Pass. Any student currently in a degree program (high school or beyond) is eligible to apply.

Note: The student program begins on July 1 at 2:00 p.m. and includes a free student welcome reception from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. that evening. Students, especially those receiving scholarships, are expected to attend the July 1 programming unless their schedule prohibits it and they notify ARI ahead of time.

To apply for a scholarship, you must first register for the conference and include your registration confirmation number in your scholarship application. If you choose not to attend after registering, we can refund your registration fee until June 10.

Here are the steps to apply for a scholarship:

  1. Register for the conference. You will receive an email with your confirmation number and a link to the scholarship application form.
  2. Fill out the scholarship application; be sure to include your registration confirmation number.

(To access the scholarship application directly, click here).

You can register for the full conference or for individual day passes.

  • Week Pass $100

    The Student Week Pass includes tuition and the July 2 Student Lunch with Speakers. Receptions, other lunches and the July 7 Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance can be purchased separately. The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.

  • Day Pass $25

    The Student Day Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately). The Opening Reception on July 2 is $100, the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 7 is $150, and all program lunches are $45.