About bbcon

What is bbcon?

bbcon is Blackbaud's annual customer conference that brings together our entire community for three days of sharing, learning, inspiration, and innovation.

In 2024, thousands of professionals in the Blackbaud community will all come together in Seattle, September 24–26, to learn more about how to use Blackbaud’s software to fuel their social impact. We co-located the Blackbaud K–12 User Conference at bbcon, allowing K–12 private schools to connect the entire school community for the learning event of the year.  

When is bbcon 2024?

bbcon 2024 will be in Seattle, September 24–26.  There will be pre-conference workshops on Monday, September 23, available through an all-access pass. The standard conference program will kick off on Tuesday, September 24, with a packed agenda through midday Thursday, September 26. Register here

Where is the conference located?

The in-person event will be hosted at the Seattle Convention Center | Summit.

  • Monday, September 23: Preconference workshops, including Blackbaud University Day
  • Tuesday, September 24–26: bbcon core program
Who should attend bbcon?

Any Blackbaud customers and partners!  

What type of content will be available?

The in-person agenda includes inspiring keynotes, luminary super sessions featuring industry experts from across the sector, and educational breakout sessions across three days. It includes networking activities, a Welcome Reception and our bbcon bash. In addition, our Marketplace offers access to Blackbaud experts, partners, and sponsors showcasing the latest products and services for the social good community. You can view the agenda overview here.

Is space limited in person?

Space is limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible to secure your seat for the in-person experience. Passes for bbcon Seattle will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis until they are sold out.

Will there be a virtual programming this year?

YES! We know how much our community has benefited from our virtual programming over the past few years, and we will offer virtual content again this year. Details of our virtual programming will be available in early summer. 

When will session listings be available?

We are currently reviewing session proposals and plan to have all accepted sessions available on the conference website in late June. 

When can I register for sessions?

The only sessions you register for in advance and are guaranteed a seat at are the pre-conference workshops available with an all-access pass.  During the registration process, you will be asked to select the pre-conference workshops you plan to attend and you will be guaranteed a seat at these sessions. Once capacity for these pre-conference workshops (50 max) is filled, the session will not be available for booking.

For the core conference program, we will launch the bbcon agenda builder in early September. This will allow you to add breakout sessions you are interested in attending to your personalized in-person agenda. These sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. So please plan ahead. We highly suggest adding back up sessions to your "favorites" list in case your preferred session is full.

If there is a breakout session you really want to attend, please arrive early to secure your seat. Please note that our conference planning committee does their best to place popular sessions in the largest rooms possible to accommodate demand.  We cannot add additional seats in overcrowded rooms due to fire code regulations. We appreciate your understanding.

Will sessions have continuing education credit?

Blackbaud University Day pre-conference workshops will receive CE credits, the list of sessions can be found here.  

A list of general breakout sessions qualifying for CE credits will be shared later this summer.

How can my company become a sponsor? 

Get in touch with our sponsorship team here to discuss sponsorship opportunities and answer your questions.

Registration & Pricing

How do I register for bbcon?

Click here to begin your registration for bbcon 2024! If you’ve already registered, please refer to your confirmation email for instructions on how to manage or update your registration details.

How do I modify my registration once I’ve completed it? 

Click on the “modify registration” link in your confirmation email to make edits to your registration or account. You will need to log in using the email address and password that you used to set up your account. Once you are logged in, you can make changes to your contact information, upgrade from basic to an all-access pass, make a substitution, or cancel your registration. If you have lost your confirmation email or need further assistance, please reach out to our conference team.

How much does a conference pass cost?

To learn more about pricing and the different pass types (in-person vs. virtual), please visit the Passes page.

What are the payment options?

Conference registration fees can be paid for with the following credit cards only: American Express, MasterCard, or Visa. If credit card payment is not an option for you, please complete your registration through to payment page and then email conference@blackbaud.com to request an invoice.   Please reference registration policies and procedures.

How do I register for a pre-conference workshop?

Blackbaud University Day and Developer Workshops are part of our pre-conference agenda hosted on September 23.  Register for or upgrade to an all-access pass for access to our pre-conference content. Learn more about the pre-conference workshops.

What’s included with in-person pass?
  • Keynotes
  • Super sessions
  • Breakout sessions
  • Blackbaud University Day (via an all-access pass)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Welcome reception
  • Celebration event
  • Marketplace featuring Blackbaud and partner solutions
  • Meet the experts
  • Meals and refreshments
How can I pay for my conference pass?
  • You will be required to pay for your ticket at time of registration.
  • All registration fees for bbcon are in U.S. dollars.
  • Conference registration fees can be paid for with the following valid credit cards only: American Express, MasterCard, or Visa.
  • You may choose to pay with the same credit card for multiple registration fees or use individual credit cards for each transaction.
  • Please refer to registration policies or contact us if you have any questions.
Can I make a group purchase for registration? 

Yes, to register a group, please click here. You must identify a primary group leader to set up an account in the portal. Please note that payment must be completed with a credit card. After completing purchase, you can invite your group members to register directly from the portal via a personalized registration link. Invitees will not be required to make payment for their conference pass, though they will be asked to complete their registration profile, set preferences, and acknowledge event policies.

Is there a group rate? 

Yes! Our group registration option highlighted above will automatically calculate a discount offer for registering 10 people to attend bbcon 2024 in Seattle. Register nine individuals and your tenth registration is free. Please note that group passes must be paid by credit card and are non-refundable.

Can I upgrade my standard group pass to an all-access pass?

Yes! You can upgrade your standard group pass to an all-access pass to participate in our pre-conference workshops. Simply modify your registration, select "all-access pass" and click 'continue'. You will be prompted to select the pre-conference workshops you are interested in and then continue to payment page. Please be sure to notify your group pass organizer as they will need to process payment for this upgrade directly as the group owner. 

Can I purchase a guest pass for the evening networking activities?

Yes! If you are traveling with a plus one, you may purchase a guest pass for the Welcome Reception ($175) and Celebration Event ($125). The person must be 21 years or older. If you are interested, email conference@blackbaud.com

What if I need to cancel or substitute my registration for bbcon? 

We’re sorry you can’t make it to Seattle! Cancellations made on or before August 15, 2024, will receive a full refund. Requests made after August 15, 2024, will not be eligible for a refund. Group purchases are not eligible for refunds. Please refer to registration policies here.

Do you offer scholarships for bbcon?

We do not currently offer scholarships for bbcon in-person attendance. We do, however, have a virtual pass available to people who don't have budget to attend in person. You can review bbcon pass types and pricing here.

Hotel & Accommodations

How do I secure a hotel room?

Click here to book your hotel room at the guaranteed lowest rates using our reserved room blocks! Rates expire on August 28, so please act promptly.

Who do I contact if I require special assistance at the conference?

It is extremely important to us that all of our conference attendees have a wonderful experience at bbcon. If you require special assistance or have dietary needs, please include them in appropriate section within your registration form. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.