Objectivist Summer Conference 2018 | June 30–July 5

@OCON_Live | #OCON2018

Meeting people, especially at the opening reception. There’s no other place you can go to get this kind of total immersion in Rand’s life-flourishing ideas with over 500 rational, cool, like-minded people from around the world. It was a real spiritual boost for me!

OCON 2017 Attendee

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF AYN RAND’S THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Get excited! Objectivist Summer Conference 2018 will take place in beautiful Newport Beach, California, June 30–July 5.

The conference celebrates the 75th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s bestselling novel The Fountainhead and how its themes of independence and integrity continue to resonate with readers of all ages. Take part in this one-of-a-kind event that offers the unique experience of attending intellectually stimulating sessions with people who share your deepest values.

Harry Binswanger will give a course titled Logic, covering material similar to chapters six and seven of his book How We Know. Lars Christensen will discuss the influence Ayn Rand has had on him and his business career. New speakers and events have just been added: see Program. More speakers and programming will be revealed in the weeks to come.

Guest room reservations are now available.

We hope you’ll join us! Registration is now open.

Refer a friend who’s never attended OCON and receive a $25 Amazon gift card if he or she attends OCON 2018! Ask your friend to name you when registering, and we’ll reward you after the conference.

Cannot make it to OCON but would like to support students attending the conference? Give a contribution to show your support. (Be sure to write “OCON student scholarships” under Additional Comments.)

Pretty phenomenal that so many people are coming together in the name of rational thinking.

OCON 2017 Attendee

Speakers and Schedule

Click above for more information on Speakers/Schedule.

Having time to reconnect with friends and to be reminded of values worth fighting for.

For me, it’s the social aspect. It’s absolutely exhilarating to be surrounded by so many people who share the same passion for ideas.

OCON 2017 Attendees

Hotel

Our host hotel for OCON 2018 is Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Since all the conference events will be held there, it would be most convenient for you to stay there too, but there is no obligation to do so.

Surround yourself in luxury and enjoy easy access to some of California’s most pristine beaches and affluent areas, including Corona del Mar; popular attractions such as Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Balboa Island; and premier shopping and dining at Fashion Island.

Guest room reservations are now available. You can reserve online or call 877-622-3056 and mention OCON to get our group rate. Group rates start at $135 and the supply is limited.

All the general sessions were inspiring and interesting. Seeing individuals who are passionate about how they are spending their lives was great.

OCON 2017 Attendee

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting the Most Out of OCON

Can I still enjoy OCON if I’m new to Ayn Rand’s ideas?

Absolutely! Some of the content is designed for those new to Ayn Rand’s ideas.

I have never attended an OCON. Will it be hard for me to meet new people?

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.

Will I have opportunities to interact with speakers outside the classes?

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.

How can I get to know other attendees before OCON?

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.

Do you have any videos or talks from previous OCONs?

We have a YouTube playlist of videos recorded at recent OCONs here. Also, many of our past conference talks and courses are available in MP3 format at the Ayn Rand Institute eStore.

Attendance Options

What is a typical OCON day like?

The conference days have a mix of talks and panels. We have special programming designed for students as well as programming suitable for all attendees. The Day and Week Passes allow you to choose which days you want to attend and give you access to all 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 don’t have to decide ahead of time which events to attend—simply show up and take advantage of everything offered.

Tell me more about student pricing.

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.

Where can I find the conference schedule?

Look under the Program.

What are the Week Pass and Day Pass?

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 don’t 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 Pass but can be bought separately, as can any meals not included in your Week Pass.

How do I register for meals?

Meal registration is not included in the Day or Week Pass, but you can register separately for the meals you’d like to attend when they are made available in the spring of 2018. The Opening Reception will be on June 30 and the Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance on July 5. Lunches will be added to the schedule later.

Can I still enjoy the conference if I do not plan to stay for the whole event?

Absolutely! You can leave a few days early, arrive a few days late or come only 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.

Can I attend a single talk or other event?

We are not offering the option of attending single talks or events at this year’s OCON. We recommend that you buy a Day Pass and hope you can take the time to attend several talks or other events on that day.

Will you be livestreaming events?

We are planning to offer livestreaming. More details later.

Conference and Hotel Registration

Are there any conference registration discounts available?

There is a discount for young adults twenty-nine and under as of June 15, 2018, 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.

How late can I make changes or additions to my passes?

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 24, 2018.

What is your Cancellation/Refund Policy?

If you registered between June 14 and 20, 2017:

  • Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online by December 31, 2017, will receive a total refund.
  • Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online between January 1 and April 30, 2018, will receive a 50% refund.
  • After May 1, 2018, no refunds, except for students, who will receive a 100% refund until June 8.
For registrations made later:
  • Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online receive full refund until February 28, 2018.
  • Cancellation requests postmarked, emailed or made online between March 1 and April 30, 2018, will receive a 50% refund.
  • After May 1, 2018, no refunds, except for students, who will receive a 100% refund until June 8.

How late can I cancel one or more of my passes?

If you cannot attend all the days you purchased passes for, you should cancel your passes as soon as possible 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 April 30, 2018.

Do I have to stay at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa or can I stay elsewhere?

The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa is our conference hotel and it would be most convenient to stay there. Summer conference attendees get a generous discount on their room at the Marriot, and we encourage you to take advantage of these savings. However, you are under no obligation to do so.

Can you help me find a roommate?

We are happy to help you find a roommate. Please call 800.365.6552, ext. 239, or email info@objectivistconferences.com to inquire about how we can help you. You can also inquire about roommates on the OCON Facebook page.

Do I have to pay for an Internet connection in my guestroom?

There may be a charge. The Marriott offers top-tier guestroom Internet access and other amenities at a daily charge.

Navigating the Conference

What are the transportation options from the airport to the hotel?

You can take an airport shuttle, Uber or taxi from the airport. The closest airport is Orange County/Santa Ana/John Wayne (SNA).

What is the charge for parking?

Overnight self-parking is $28 and valet parking is $35, including in-and-out privileges.

How will I find conference events inside the hotel?

OCON meeting rooms are on the first floor. We will have signs directing you to conference events. Also, when you first check in at our Attendee Services on the first floor, you will receive a program that contains complete conference information, including a guide and map showing where the events are taking place.

How will I know who works for OCON/ARI if I need help?

Staff will have bright yellow/goldenrod ribbons attached to their nametags. Feel free to talk to any of us!

Miscellaneous Questions

What is your solicitation policy?

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.

What is your recording policy?

No private audio or video recording is allowed. ARI records OCON events and makes them available later through our channels. 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.

Where can I learn more about Ayn Rand’s ideas?

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.

Is there a dress code?

The Closing Reception, Dinner and Dance is dressy. The rest of the conference is casual.

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Register

Expand the following registration options to see which one is right for you:

Prime Movers
Sponsor students to attend OCON by becoming a Prime Mover.

Register for the full conference. Passes.

  • Week Pass $4,400

    The Prime Mover Week Pass includes tuition and meals. Please indicate if you plan to attend these meals when they are offered. A portion of your Prime Mover Week Pass is a tax-deductible donation to the Ayn Rand Institute and will sponsor student scholarships to OCON. The tax-deductible contribution is limited to the amount over the fair market value of OCON tuition and meals. We estimate a fair market value of these to be $1,900.

    Register by February 19, 2018, to receive a 15% discount on a Week Pass. Regular Prime Mover Week Pass price is $4,400.

  • Day Pass $1,000


    The Prime Mover Day Pass includes tuition for one day (no receptions, dinners or lunches, which can be purchased separately). A portion of your Prime Mover Day Pass is a tax-deductible donation to the Ayn Rand Institute and will sponsor student scholarships to OCON. The tax-deductible contribution is limited to the amount over the fair market value of OCON tuition and meals. We estimate a fair market value of these to be $250.

    Day Pass for July 4 $300

Adult (age 30+)
Explore our first-time attendee discount.

Register for the full conference.

  • Week Pass $1,400

    The Adult Week Pass includes tuition. Meals will be offered separately.

  • Day Pass $250

    The Adult Day Pass includes tuition. Meals will be offered separately.

    Day Pass for July 4 $100

Register by February 19, 2018, to receive a 45% discount on a Day or Week Pass.

Discounts:

  • First-time OCON attendee (Adults only)

    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 June 30.

  • Register by February 19, 2018, to receive a 45% discount on a Week Pass.

Young Adult (age 29 and under, born on or after June 15, 1989)
Special discounted rates for young adults.

Register for the full conference.

  • Week Pass $195

    The Young Adult Week Pass includes tuition. Meals will be offered separately.

  • Day Pass $50


    The Young Adult Day Pass includes tuition. Meals will be offered separately.

    Day Pass for July 4 $20

Register by February 19, 2018, to receive a 45% discount on a Day or Week Pass. Regular Young Adult Week Pass price is $195.

Student (current students in a degree program or ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center)
Those younger than 13 attend for free with their parents; no registration needed
Apply for a scholarship to cover some or all of your expenses.

Apply for a scholarship to cover some or all your expenses.

In addition to steeply discounted registration pricing, OCON features special programming for students and the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to cover some or all a student’s expenses. Scholarships up to $1,500 will be awarded, based on merit and travel distance to students who register for a Week Pass. Any student currently in a degree program (high school or beyond) or ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center is eligible to apply. Apply for a scholarship to cover some or all your expenses.

Register for the full conference.

  • Week Pass $100

    The Student Week Pass includes tuition. Meals will be offered separately.

  • Day Pass $25

    The Student Day Pass includes tuition. Meals will be offered separately.

    Day Pass for July 4 $10

Register by February 19, 2018, to receive a 45% discount on a Day or Week Pass.

This was my first OCON—I will have to attend a few more to make meaningful comparisons. However, I was very happy with finally meeting fellow objectivists.

OCON 2017 Attendee

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