DNNCon is an informal, community-organized event that is put together by DNN users just like you. Everyone from developers to users participate, share ideas, and get to know each other at this event. DNNCon offers training sessions for anyone looking to learn how to use DNN more effectively, as well as sessions on DNN 8advanced techniques, security, administration, marketing tips, skinning, and so much more. 

If you have questions, contact us at info@DNNCon.com.

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Event and Hotel


DNNCon Baltimore 2016 will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, MD.

10207 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 730-3900

Reservations can be made at 1-888-627-8318 ("DNNCon Meeting") or on the web. The room rate is $109.

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Things to do in Columbia


Columbia is located centrally between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.  It is a short drive from the Baltimore Washington International airport and is close to multiple Metro Stations, providing easy access to Baltimore and our nation's capital. There is an abundance of complimentary parking.

The hotel unique city center offers all the sophistication of downtown within the serenity of 12 wooded acres.

Lake Kittamaqundi 
0.1 km/0.1 mi.
This 27-acre man-made lake bears the name of the first recorded Indian settlement in Howard County. Lake Kittamaqundi is just steps from the hotel and is a favorite among guests and locals. There is a pleasant walking or running path around the lake.

The Mall in Columbia
0.2 km/0.1mi
Maryland’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination featuring over 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The mall also features the Plaza, an open air shopping area with AMC Theatres.  Additional shopping areas are within a few miles.

Historic Ellicott City
11.3 km/7.0 mi
Founded in 1772, this picturesque town is home to many historic sites, unique shops, dining and events. Ellicott City is big on personality –  and it’s also said to be the most actively haunted town in America.

Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum
11.3 km/7.0 mi
Created by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1830, Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. After two separate restoration projects, the building has now returned to its 1857 appearance. Learn about the nation’s first common carrier railroad and the impact that it had on Ellicott City.

Baltimore with  its downtown Inner Harbor, National Acquarium, Science Center, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are convenient attractions.  Washington, DC and all of it's attractions are also easy to visit from Columbia!




Friday, April 1 -- DNN Training Day


DNNCon features a series of full-day of training sessions. You can choose to train as a DNN Administrator, DNN Designer, or DNN Developer.  Our professional trainers will take you from the basics and put you on the path to proficiency in a well designed class that features classroom as well as hands-on training. All sessions will include specific training for both DNN7 and DNN8,  

DNNCon training begins sharply at 9 am, and will conclude at 5 pm. Lunch is included, and you'll have the opportunity to interact with your instructor and your fellow classmates.

DNNCon training is a separate registration, and does include a training fee.  The early-bird pricing for DNNCon training is $300.  


DNN Administrator
(Taught by Aderson Oliviera)

Whether you are a DNN/Evoq host or a site administrator, this is your opportunity to learn, refresh or advance your knowledge of DNN/Evoq site and portal administration.  You will learn best practices for portal and site configuration and administration, and you will have the chance for hands-on application of your new skills.  The training session will highlight specifically the new features available in DNN8.

DNN Designer
(Taught by Ralph Williams, Jr.)

As a designer, you will want to learn all of the best techniques for building modern, responsive Themes (a.k.a. Skins) for DNN and Evoq. Our training class will take you through everything that you’ll need to know, from setting up your environment to building a custom skin based on the best tools and practices.

DNN Developer
(Taught by Scott Wilkinson)

DNN8 brings lots of new approaches, tools and techniques to module development.  We will cover them all, introduce you to SPA and MVC modules, but we will also stick with the “tried and true” module development approaches that work in DNN7 and DNN8.  This is hands-on training, and we’ll provide the tools so that you can test and learn the current best practices and how to extend them to DNN8 and beyond.


Friday ends with a Welcome Reception. This is your chance enjoy some light food, relax with DNNCon attendees, and meet your hosts and fellow DNN Community members. You'll make new friends, reconnect with old friends, and get ready for the DNNCon activities that follow on Saturday.

Saturday, April 2 -- DNNCON

Saturday at DNNCon includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome
  • Keynote Address: Clint Patterson
  • Your choice of X sessions chosen from Y tracks
  • Lunch
  • Opportunities to meet DNNCon's Sponsors
  • Afternoon snack
  • Closing Session
    • "Ignite" sessions
    • Closing Remarks
    • Door Prize and Raffle drawings

DNNCon concludes with the famous DNN After Dark celebration -- join us again for food and drink, and another opportunity to chat and network with fellow attendees!  You won't regret a minute.

Register for DNNCON


Register and attend DNNCon.  Registration is free, and includes:

  • Welcome Reception on Friday night;
  • Admission to all of the DNNCon sessions on Saturday;
  • Breakfast andlunch on Saturday; and
  • DNN After Dark on Saturday.

Participation in the Friday DNNCon Training requires payment of a training fee.  The earlybird fee for DNNCon Training is $300.  

If you register for DNNCon Training, please send your check to:

DNNCon Baltimore
c/o Patapsco Research Group
4152 Henhawk Court
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Don't forget to make your hotel reservations separately!



Call for Speakers!

DNN thrives because there is an entire community of people who love helping their fellow community members.  This is one of the aspects of DNN that has attracted a lot of people to the platform and the community.  One of the best ways to help others is by sharing your knowledge of DNN, ASP.Net and even Microsoft Azure. You can help to improve DNNCon by helping educate other community members while also getting a chance to learn yourself.

The call for speakers for DNNCon Baltimore is now open. Get your sessions in now, and help us make DNNCon Baltimore an event to remember.  You can submit a session for a regular 1 hour talk or for one of the 5 minute Ignite talks.  We have had some great speakers at previous DNNCon events, but there is always room for new speakers.  So don’t waste any time, and submit your sessions today.

Do you need some ideas?  Besides the "standard" topics related to DNN Adminstration, Design, and Development, ideas related to business (or other) applications of DNN are always welcome. And don't forget that people want to hear all about DNN 8.

Here are some other ideas:

  • DNN 8, particularly new features and new tools.  We'd love to hear tales from the trenches - what are your experiences? 
  • Design for DNN 8 - Give us your best advice and walk us through the process of developing killer Themes for DNN.  What tools do you use or recommend.  What frameworks are you using?  What should be avoided?
  • Development for DNN - We have new tools for module development.  How are you using them?  Give us your impressions, cautions, and best practices
  • Modules for DNN 8 - Did you participate in the DNN 8 Module Challenge?  Here's your chance to show off your module, or just walk us through the development process.  What worked?  What didn't?  What is missing? What are your recommendations for improvement?
  • Modules in general - Do you have a favorite module (as a user)?  Tell us about it, how you use it, and how you can't live without it?  Administrators are always on the lookout for tools used for site administration.  What's in your toolbox?  Give us your list of favorite modules.
  • Off the wall topics - Have you jumped on the IoT or DNNoT bandwagon?  Show us your ideas, prototypes, ideas that work, and ideas that don't work!
  • Or simply surprise us!  Submit a topic that we'd never expect, but that is related to DNN.

And don't forget to Ignite Us! The Ignite sessions are fun, challenging and thought provoking.  

Get your submissions in early!  Questions?  info@DNNCon.com

Build a Better DNNCon!

Sometimes the best ideas for DNNCon come from within our community.  Attendees, speakers, sponsors, and other participants all have ideas on how to improve DNNCon, or to make suggestions for events, tracks, sessions, or even speakers.

This is your chance!  I you have an idea -- something to do at DNNCon, a special session or speaker you would like to hear, a special track, or anything else ... please let us know.

Use the form below, and help us make DNNCon Baltimore even better.  We'll thank you, and so will your fellow attendees!

Here's my idea!