Forum 2017 Frequently Asked Questions



The InterAction Forum 2017 is June 20-22, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001. Please see hotel, area information, and directions for more information.


Who attends the InterAction Forum?

Nonprofit professionals with an international focus—including InterAction member staff—and representatives from the government, corporate, and philanthropic sectors attend the Forum. Members of the general public attend as well.

How can I register

General Forum Registration is now open, and can be accessed HERE.

What is the cost of registration for the InterAction Forum?

The Early Bird registration will be open from December 5 - March 9. The Regular Rate and One Day Rate are available through online registration until June 2nd, 2017. At this time, registration is only available on-site.

  Early Bird Regular
On-Site One Day
(until May 23 only)
InterAction Member $695 $795 $895 $375
InterAction Member (>300 miles) $645 $745 $845 $325
Non-member $795 $895 $995 $445
Students/Young Professionals (<30) $495 $495 $545 $325

** Must provide copy of student ID or appointment letter at the time of registration.

What is the deadline for early bird discount registration?

March 9, 2017

Can I register for individual days?

An attendee may register for either a single day or the full conference. InterAction does not offer two-day registrations.

If I cannot attend one day, can someone else use my registration?

No, each participant must be individually registered.

Are there scholarships available to attend the Forum?

InterAction will offer a limited number of scholarships for Forum 2017, dependent on available funding.

  • Young professionals (<30) living in the U.S. with a career interest in international development or humanitarian relief may apply for scholarships to cover registration fees.

  • Staff of InterAction member organizations based in the Global South may apply for scholarships to cover registration fees and accommodations.

​Requests for scholarships must be submitted to by April 21, 2017.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about registration?

All registration questions should be sent to Patrick Giblin.

Exhibitors, Sponsors, Advertisers

What is the cost to exhibit at the Forum?

InterAction Members Cost
Single Tabletop
$ 1,050
Booth Pipe and Drape
$ 1,950
Nonmember/Government Cost
Single Tabletop
Booth Pipe and Drape
Corporate Cost
Single Tabletop
Booth Pipe and Drape

Who should I contact if I have questions about Forum exhibiting, sponsoring, or advertising?

Please contact

Hotel, Parking & Directions

Who should I contact for hotel reservations? How much are rooms per night?

Please visit the hotel information page for updated information on the room rates. For hotel directions and parking please go to the hotel transportation page.

How do I get to the Forum? Is parking available?

For specific directions and parking information see the Convention Center detailed directions and parking information.

Can I take public transportation to the Forum?

The Mount Vernon Square Station on the Green & Yellow line of the DC metro leads directly into the Convention Center. For more information on taking the D.C. subway system, visit the Metro website.


I have an idea for a breakout session. Who should I contact?

Visit our Breakout Sessions page to see the 2017 Forum Call for Breakout Sessions. The deadline to submit workshop proposals is December 9th, 2016. For additional information, please contact Kristin Sadler.

What is the Artisan Trade Fair? How do I participate?

During special sessions in the exhibit hall, a limited number of fair trade retailers and InterAction members sell arts and crafts made in the Global South. Please contact if you are interested.

What awards are given out at the Forum? Who should I contact about nominations? What are the deadlines for nominations?

InterAction recognizes individuals who have contributed immensely to our community. Awards for outstanding individual achievement are given in the areas of disability inclusion, photography, leadership, humanitarian assistance, security, and gender equality. Read more about InterAction Forum 2017 awards.

What is the InterAction Memorial?

The InterAction Memorial honors fallen colleagues from across our membership whose lives were cut short while carrying out relief and development work around the world. During the Forum we will take time to honor those who died in the previous year and remember them with a moment of silence. Launched in 2007, the InterAction Memorial is on permanent display in the Julia Taft Conference Room at InterAction's Washington, D.C. office.

Who do I contact to submit a name for the InterAction Memorial?

InterAction member organizations should submit names to by May 3, 2017. Please provide the person's full name, organization, and where they died.

Will the Forum be available via webcast?

No, the Forum will not be available via webcast. Following the Forum, highlights will be available on the InterAction website.

Who is scheduled to speak at the Forum?

We will publish the names of speakers, as they are confirmed, in the Forum Agenda.

Where can I find information on past Forums?

View Highlights from Forum 2016 | Forum 2015 | Forum 2014


I would like to volunteer at the Forum. Who should I contact?

Volunteers are a vital part of making the Forum a success. Information about volunteering can be found on our Forum Volunteer webpage

Highlights from:  Forum 2017 | Forum 2016 | Forum 2015 | Forum 2014 | Forum 2013