Automation Nation is the premier event for LabTech partners looking to maximize their learning, network with like-minded solutions providers, and connect with LabTech experts and top-rated technology vendors. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn practical how-to’s, automation best practices and the latest trends in business solutions along with LabTech Geeks from across the globe!

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Don R. Crawley, Linux+ and IPv6 Silver Engineer, is a lifetime geek, plus speaker and author of six books ranging in subject from Cisco to Linux to compassionate communication. His focus is on helping IT and other technical staff to master the arts of customer service and communication. He is also President/Chief Technologist of the Seattle-based IT training company, soundtraining.net. He has more than four decades experience working with workplace technology and automation and holds multiple technical certifications. In addition to being a best-selling author, he has spoken before audiences in all 50 states and Canada, plus the United Kingdom, the Sultanate of Oman, and Australia. In his spare time, he plays the pipe organ, watches the ships on Puget Sound, and laughs with his family.

Who should attend?

Service technicians, operations managers and business executives alike will find value in attending Automation Nation. With sessions appealing to both the technical and non-technical audience, Automation Nation has something for every role within the technology industry.

  • Discussions led by LabTech Executives
  • Business sessions led by industry top speakers
  • Sneak previews of what's coming in future releases of LabTech
  • Two awesome keynotes!
  • Network and share stories of your work in the trenches
  • Technical training and hands-on sessions led by LabTech gurus
  • 301 LabTech Geek sessions

Need help convincing your boss?


Automation Nation is THE PLACE to go to gain the most LabTech knowledge. Not only will you learn from LabTech developers and trainers, you’ll spend invaluable time with other partners, people who have been in the trenches, doing exactly what you do, willing to share their war stories and best practices. Tell your boss you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your company’s investment in this powerful platform by attending Automation Nation 2015. Need help? Download our sample letter for some insight!

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  • Best Practice (101), Feature (201) and LabTech Geek (301) Sessions for techy training
  • Industry thought leaders helping you build a better business
  • Session for technicians, operations managers as well as owners
  • Breakouts led by top-notch trainers, including the LabTech software development team
  • Build your day, your way with 9 hours of content across multiple functions of business
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About the venue

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

This is the newest Four Diamond AAA Orlando hotel everybody is talking about! Orlando's newest Hilton hotel in Orlando is near Walt Disney World Resort, and just minutes away from Orlando International Airport (MCO), and the Orlando Convention Center! An incredible full-service Orlando resort featuring extraordinary amenities, the best Orlando restaurants and complimentary direct transportation to and from the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Downtown Disney Area.


Reward yourself for all your hard work and join us for some serious fun at the annual Automation Nation parrr-taayy! Grab some drinks and nosh with 400 of your closest friends as we jam to some classic tunes, light up a stogie, play a few rounds of poker and chat with other LabTech'ers deep into the night. Work hard... play hard!

Donate Technology for the Kids

This year Automation Nation is giving back! Join us as we partner with the ConnectWise Foundation and the Children’s Cancer Center to place technology into the hands of a child in need. We can’t do it alone, so we’re asking all of you LabTech’ers to lend a helping hand. Think of all that old technology you have collecting dust around the house… don’t trash it, donate it! We’re looking for gently used iPads, tablets, headphones, smart phones or iTunes gift cards to donate to the Children’s Cancer Center. You will make an immediate and tangible difference in the lives of these deserving children.

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How do I register?

To register go to LabTechSoftware.com/AutomationNation and click Register Now!

How much does it cost?

Register before March 15th to receive the Early Bird discount of $1190. After March 15th registration will cost $1400. Registration includes conference registration and two night’s hotel accommodations. Learn more here!

Can I register and not pay for a hotel room?

Automation Nation registration includes two nights at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, you cannot register for the event without the hotel nights.

What are the dates of Automation Nation?

Automation Nation starts on Monday, June 1st, with a welcome reception. On Tuesday, June 2nd, and Wednesday, June 3rd, breakouts will last all day. June 3rd will wrap up at 6:30pm EST.

I'm not a LabTech Partner can I still attend?

Absolutely! There are a ton sessions that focus on improving your business, industry trends and thought leadership. Of course, if you want to join in on the LabTech sessions, anyone is welcome.

When should I arrive?

The official opening reception begins on Monday, June 1st at 5:00 PM. Tuesday morning kicks off with a keynote by Matt Nachtrab followed by breakout sessions.

Can I bring my spouse / guest / significant other?

There is a social registration that allows access to our social events including the welcome reception, and Automation Nation celebration on Wednesday. However, the social passes do not give access to breakouts or meals. A social pass is $150.

When are the pre-conference events?

The pre-conference events begin on June 1st and 9:00 AM. Please note that the LTCP Certification Training begins on May 30th and lasts through June 1st

How do I register for the pre-conference events?

You can register for the Jump Start sessions on the registration site. If you've already registered, just log in and add it. Any questions? Please email automationnation@thewowfactory.com.

What are the sessions?

When finalized, the session schedule will be emailed to you and posted here on the site. There are 10 rounds of sessions that include LabTech-specific and third party content.

How do I get the word out about AN 2015 on social media?

We’re using the hashtag #AN15, you can follow the fun here:

Facebook: Facebook.com/LabTechSoftware
Twitter: Twitter.com/LabTechSoftware

Additional questions?

For more questions about the hotel and registration please email us here. The Wow Factory handles the Automation Nation registration site and the entire registration process.