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FAQs for Commonly Asked
Questions and Answers
About DesignCon


When and where does this event take place?
The show will take place in-person January 30 – February 1, 2024, at Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

What is being planned for health and safety at this in-person event?
DesignCon will be organized in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard. As the world's leading events company and DesignCon’s organizer, Informa has developed a detailed set of health and safety measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene, ensuring visitors they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.

When you join our event, you can expect to see that health and safety is a priority, and that a range of measures are in place to ensure everyone involved is able to enjoy a safe, hygienic, and productive event. All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue- or location-specific regulations.

As we approach the January 30, 2024 in-person event, DesignCon will update its website with more information.

Does DesignCon offer any other resources for engineers beyond its in-person event?
DesignCon's Resources page offers additional educational and networking opportunities such as the five-part “Fall 2022 Webinar Series.” Check this page regularly for additional content.

What are the expo and conference hours?

Wednesday, January 31, 2024: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday,  February 1, 2024: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024: 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 1, 2024: 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

How much does it cost to attend the in-person or online expo?
Expo admission is free when you register online in advance.

Where should I park?
Parking is complimentary at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Please park as directed when you visit the event.

Can I bring my child to the expo? How about a well-trained pet?
For safety, insurance, and security reasons, no one under the age of 18 is permitted in the expo halls or conference meeting rooms at our show. No childcare services are available onsite. Only utility animals for the physically challenged are permitted. Please contact us at 310-445-4200 if you require special assistance in order to attend our event.

Will food & beverages be available?
Free food and beverages will be available at the show for All-Access and 2-Day conference pass holders. The concession stands within the venue will have refreshments and luncheon items available for purchase.

Where can I find a detailed list of exhibitors?
The exhibitor list is posted on the show website. We suggest you bookmark the website, because we will regularly update it with new exhibiting companies that have joined our expo.

How do I get on the mailing list for next year's expo?
If you register for one of our shows, you will be added to the mailing list for that event and will receive information regarding next year's show as it becomes available. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for our other events, complete the online registration inquiry form for that event. You'll find the complete list of all events at To be removed from our mailing list, please email [email protected] and specify the show(s) from which you would like to be removed.

Where can I download the event mobile app?
As we approach the in-person event, the mobile app will be available for download in your App Store by searching “DesignCon 2023.” Please be sure to use our official hashtags #DesignCon on your social media posts.

How do I register for the expo?
Click on Register at the top right of this website to register.

What if I don't pre-register for the expo?
You can register on-site and will pay the onsite registration fee of $179.

If I attended the show last year, do I need to register again for this year's show?
Yes, you must re-register for every show you plan to attend. We do not carry over any registrations from our shows.

When will I receive registration confirmation?
You should receive an email confirmation within 24 hours of registering.

Can I check if my registration has been confirmed on your website?
Yes, you can view and/or update your registration information by returning to the registration website and entering your email address and password. You will also receive a confirmation email with the subject line “Welcome to DesignCon’s Smart Event. Utilize the information in that email to gain access to the digital platform.

I registered online and received a confirmation of a barcode, what do I do now?
Bring your confirmation barcode to the in-person event to get your badge printed. You will also receive a confirmation email with the subject line “Welcome to DesignCon’s Smart Event.” Utilize the information in that email to gain access to the digital platform.

What is my exhibitor username and password for online registration?
The login belongs to the logistics contact we have on file for your company. If a password is needed, click the Forgot Password link to set up your account.

How far in advance do I have to register to guarantee that I receive my badge in advance?
No badges will be mailed prior to the show. Please bring proof of your registration and identification to the show to receive your badge.

I registered last minute. How can I get my badge besides waiting in line at the show?
No badges will be mailed prior to the show. Please bring proof of your registration and identification to the show to receive your badge.

How do I get a correction on my badge?
Go to a Registration Customer Service counter at the Registration area on site, and corrections will be made and printed for you there. There is no charge to have your badge corrected and reprinted.

Is there a fee for a replacement badge?
No, a replacement badge may be printed for free at any Registration Customer Service counter in the Registration area with proper identification.

Can you recommend a hotel?
Please click here for information and special room rates for the official show hotel.

How do I get to the expo?
Please visit our "Plan Travel" page for information.

I will require an invitation letter in order to obtain my visa to enter the United States. What do I need to do?
Requests for a visa invitation letter are available during the registration process.