April 13-15, 2021

San Jose McEnery Convention Center San Jose, CA

When and where does this event take place?
The show will take place April 13-15, 2021, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

Why did this event move to San Jose McEnery Convention Center?
Simply put, DesignCon outgrew its former venue. The San Jose McEnery Convention Center offers enough expo floor and conference room space to allow DesignCon to meet its exhibitor and attendee needs. Additionally, San Jose McEnery Convention Center is the first convention center in Northern California to receive the GBAC STAR outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, and has proven to be a cooperative partner as we plan a safe in-person event.

What is being planned for health and safety at this 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.

Additionally, we are working with the San Jose McEnery Convention Center— the first convention center in Northern California to receive the GBAC STAR outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation—to ensure ample space for distancing and to avoid lines or crowds in all DesignCon spaces, including our conference rooms, expo floor experiences, and lunch and networking areas.

As we approach the April 2021 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 knows that innovation and education can't be limited to its 3-day, in-person event. In September 2020, DesignCon will launch its first online educational opportunity, a five-part "Back-to-School" webinar series with media partner Design News. Additional educational and networking opportunities will be highlighted throughout the year on DesignCon's Resources page.

What are the expo and conference hours?
Expo Hours:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, 2021: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Conference Hours:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, April 15, 2021: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

Where should I park?
Please click here for parking information. Additional travel and public transportation information can be found under Plan Travel.

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 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 will be 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 findmanufacturingbuyers.com. 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?
Currently the mobile app is not live, but it will be available in the Apple and Android app stores. Please be sure to use our official hashtags #DesignCon on your social media posts.

How do I pre-register for the expo?
Go onto our website, and on the registration page enter the promo code you received.

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.

I registered online and received a confirmation of a barcode, what do I do now?
Bring your confirmation barcode to any Print Your Badge station to get your badge printed.

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 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 with you to any Print Your Badge Station and get your badge printed instantly.

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 hotels. Also, you may find it helpful to contact the city convention services and tourist bureau for local restaurant and ratings information.

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.