The event was held at the same location as last year, except that last year it was a Sheraton and this year it's called Philadelphia Marriott Old City, (Marriott bought out Sheraton in 2016 and has been upgrading the old Sheraton hotels since.) The event ran from Oct 28th to 30th. This is the third year Appeon did it themselves, and they really seem to have worked out all the kinks. It was an excellent conference.
As with last year, you could check in for the event on the evening the day before the event started, which I did. The only real downside this year is that the badges didn’t have the person's name printed on them. It does have a QR code on the front which can be used to access the session catalog, and the back has a map showing how to get to Monday night's special event. I suppose that made check-in much easier as they didn't have to search for a particular person's badge. However, I would have liked to have an option to include a name. Perhaps a white strip at the bottom where we could write it in with a Sharpie or a clear plastic envelope or some other means of attaching a business card. A number of us did find a solution for that on our own.
Same as last year, biscuits with egg and sausage, fruit and coffee. Better that most conference breakfasts. At least it worked for me. I took a couple of them and then just ate the egg and sausage.