March 30th through April 1st, our team was honored to be part of the 2017 AOTA Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. AOTA stands for the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Spread out over three days, the conference and celebration started with an INSANE opening ceremony, complete with a live concert. All the occupational therapists jumped out of their seats and rushed the stage; they really got into it!
After the conference opened, there were several events for the attendees, from the presidential address by Amy J. Lamb to the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture by Roger O. Smith to the Expo Grand Opening, poster sessions, and “Tweet-Up.” There was also the Centennial Celebration bash, the tech day showcase with all-new occupational therapy technology and of course salsa dance lessons for a mid-day break!
With so much going on, it seemed that the hallways were always crowded. Around 11,000 attendees moved from ceremonies to the expo hall, and some of our favorite images are those of the crowd from above. Everywhere we looked, we could see people enjoying themselves—at the evening celebration, attendees were found eating and drinking, stopping at caricature stations and the photo booths, and even dressing up as their favorite decade and posing for selfies with cardboard cutouts!
The conference capped off with a farewell gala at the Franklin Institute.
Thank you to the AOTA and Pennsylvania Convention Center for allowing us to be part of this amazing event.