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!
Awareness of Ayn Rand has never been higher. As people grow increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the culture, more and more of them are responding positively to Rand and her ideas. Still, despite this growing appreciation of Ayn Rand, 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 community. Given the widespread interest in Rand’s ideas, we propose that the single best way to draw talented, ambitious, life-loving people 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 much more directly on fostering a healthy, vibrant Objectivist community: one that is both welcoming and intellectually challenging, encouraging and self-critical, serious and fun. A community that is a model of the idea that Objectivism is first and foremost a philosophy for living on earth.
We think that by building a greater sense of community among people 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.
This was my first OCON and I enjoyed the intellectual stimulation and the smart, friendly people.
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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.
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.
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.
Absolutely! Some of the content is designed for those new to Ayn Rand’s ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Absolutely! You can leave a few days early, arrive a few days late or only come 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.
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.
We are planning to offer livestreaming. More details later.
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.
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 23, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
We are happy to help you find a roommate. Please call 800.365.6552, ext. 239, or email email@example.com to inquire about how we can help you. You can also inquire about roommates on the OCON Facebook page.
Hyatt Regency guestrooms have complimentary Internet for OCON attendees.
Visit the Hyatt Regency website for transportation details.
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.
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.
Staff will have bright yellow/goldenrod ribbons attached to their name tags. Feel free to talk to any of us!
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.
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.
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.
The closing banquet is dressy. The rest of the conference is casual.
Expand the following registration options to see which one is right for you:
Register for the full conference or for individual Day Passes.
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.
The Prime Movers Club Day Pass includes tuition for one day (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately).
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.
Register for the full conference or for individual Day Passes.
The Adult Week Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately).
The Adult Day Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately).
Register between January 1 and March 31, 2016, to receive a 25% discount off a Day or Week Pass.
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.
Register for the full conference or for individual Day Passes.
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 Young Adult Day Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately).
Register between January 1 and March 31, 2016, to receive a 25% discount on a Day or Week Pass.
If you’re a student in a degree program (high school or beyond), you can apply for a scholarship to cover some or all of your expenses. Scholarships up to $1,500 will be awarded based on merit and travel distance.
To apply, you must first register for the conference and include your registration confirmation number in your scholarship application. If you do not receive a scholarship and cannot attend, we will be happy to refund your registration fee. Scholarships will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and funds will be issued around the time of the conference.
Here are the steps to apply for a scholarship:
(To access the scholarship application directly, click here).
You can register for the full conference or for individual day passes.
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 Student Day Pass includes tuition (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately).
Register between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016, to receive a 25% discount on a Day or Week Pass.