WEST 2021 Sponsorship and Branding Opportunities


AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute have developed an enhanced sponsorship program for WEST 2021 that will offer maximum visibility to those who participate! What better way to make sure you stand out and increase your exposure than at this foremost event in which industry leaders can learn about military requirements and connect with decision makers and operators, where senior military and government officials can gain feedback from sea service warfighters, and where industry thought leaders will discuss and demonstrate sea service solutions? Sponsorship opportunities are offered at a several investment levels, ensuring your ability to participate.

Browse available options below, or jump to specific categories: Patron Packages, Individual Sponsorships, Advertising Opportunities, Branding Opportunities.

About WEST Conference


WEST imageThe premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast, WEST is now in its 31st year of bringing military and industry leaders together. Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, WEST is the only event in which the makers of platforms and the designers of technologies can network, discuss and demonstrate their solutions in a single locale.

One recurring highlight of WEST is a town hall discussion among the Chief of Naval Operations, the Marine Corps Commandant and Coast Guard Commandant. In addition to the main program, WEST offers three Engagement Theaters: Marine Corps, General, and Navy Information Warfare. These smaller, more intimate venues allow military, government and industry professionals to drill deeper into specific topics and issues. More information about WEST speakers and panel presentations is available online.

WEST Frequently Asked Questions

  Who attends WEST?

WEST connects the industry professionals who design and build the platforms, equipment and weapons with the designers of communications and technical systems. To complete their missions successfully, more than 150,000 professionals in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who live in the San Diego area depend on the open discussions and valuable networking WEST provides.

Senior military and government officials talk directly to the operators to gain valuable feedback directly from them. Industry leaders attend because they can connect with decision makers and operators over the three-day event.

  When and where does WEST take place?

The event takes place June 29-30, 2021 and will be held virtually. For questions please visit our Contact Us page.

Exhibit Hours
Exhibit hall hours will be available closer to the event dates. 

  When will WEST take place in the future?

WEST 2022 will take place February 16-18, 2022 and will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.

WEST 2023 will take place February 14-16, 2023 and will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.

WEST 2024 will take place February 13-15, 2024 and will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.

WEST 2025 will take place January 28-30, 2025 and will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.

WEST 2026 will take place February 10-12, 2026 and will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.

  Who to Contact?

Are you looking for more information? Please visit the Contact Us page if you have questions regarding general conference information, attending, exhibiting or sponsoring.


Registration & Program Questions

  How much does it cost to attend WEST?

Attendee and Exhibitor Registration is now available for WEST 2021 and can be found on the Categories and Fees page. Sign up today to attend!

  What additional professional development opportunities are available?

WEST’s commitment to professional development includes keynotes, panels and special presentations on the issues affecting today’s Sea Service community.

Visit our Continuing Education page to learn more.

  Where can I find conference approval memos?

Approvals will be available later in 2021. Check back to see the exclusive conference approval memos.

  Can I earn reserve credits for attending WEST?

Members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve have been authorized to earn one point retirement credit for attendance. Reserve and National Guard (Army and Air Force) personnel may participate on a non-pay credit basis with approval of their unit commanders. Bring unit forms to the conference operations office located in the Knowledge Center on the exhibit floor for validation.


Virtual Platform

  Will the platform work on a tablet or phone?

Yes! The virtual WEST platform-website to work on most newer (~6 years) Apple and Android mobile devices.

  When will I receive my login details?

The virtual platform will open to attendees on June 24, 2021. Log-in information is included in your registration confirmation email. Please notify us promptly at westregistration@spargoinc.com if the email you used to register changes to ensure you will be able to access the virtual platform.

  What time zone will be used for virtual sessions?

Sessions will take place in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), but you will be able to choose to view the program in your time zone. After logging in to the platform, simply click "Edit Profile" in the upper right-hand corner of your screen, select your choice in the "your time zone" field, and click the "Save" button on the bottom of the page.

  What is the process to log-in to the platform?

Beginning on June 24, you can follow these simple steps to log-in:

  1. Click Here to enter the virtual platform.
  2. Enter your email address as directed. Note: You must use the primary email address used during the registration process. If you need assistance, please contact WEST@support.eventPower.com.
  3. Check your email for your secure login pin.
  4. Enter the login pin and create your own password.
  Is there a dial-in option?

There is no dial-in option for attendees. All sessions within the virtual event will be heard through your computer's speakers. If the audio is not loud enough for you, headphones are recommended.

  Will recordings be available after the event?

Yes, sessions will be recorded and available within 48 hours of the live session. All sessions will be available for up to three months after the conclusion of the event.


Exhibiting & Sponsor Information

Exhibitor Information is not currently available for WEST 2021 Virtual. Exhibit sales will be available to everyone in late May 2021.

WEST 2021 Exposition Management
c/o SPARGO Inc.
11212 Waples Mill Road, Suite 104
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-631-6200
Fax: 703-818-9177
westexhibits@spargoinc.com

WEST 2021 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. To view this year's floor plan, click here.

  Does Event Management or the Event's hosts provide attendee lists to third parties?

WEST and SPARGO, Inc. (Event Management) encourages you to be aware of organizations who claim to have access to the WEST Attendee List, as they may try to sell this list to you. Please note neither the conference co-hosts, AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, nor SPARGO distributes an attendee list or any attendee information and DOES NOT offer list rental services. Like many successful trade shows today, WEST is targeted by unethical businesses that scrape email addresses from websites to contact participants about list rentals, hotels and other sales offers. WEST and SPARGO take data security, your privacy and privacy of the attendees very seriously.

  How do I become a Supporting Partner?

UPDATE: All virtual offerings, other than the Small Business Level, are now SOLD OUT. To inquire on eligibility requirements for the Small Business Level or to be added to the notification list for WEST 2022, please contact westexhibits@spargoinc.com.

Supporting Partner Opportunities can be found here.

WEST 2021 Supporting Partner Sales
c/o SPARGO Inc.
11212 Waples Mill Road, Suite 104
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-631-6200
Fax: 703-818-9177
westexhibits@spargoinc.com

Exhibitor Resources

Need some help before WEST 2021? Check out our Exhibitor Resources for helpful tips on exhibiting.

Exposition Management Questions?

Judy Spargo, CEM
Exposition Management
703-631-6200
judy.spargo@spargoinc.com


Prepare to be Aware

Conferences present opportunities for America's adversaries to target U.S. government employees, academia, defense industry and other personnel to collect our critical information. Be a hard target! Use good OPSEC practices to protect yourself and your organization's mission.

Recommendations:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when discussing sensitive unclassified critical information during the conference and after hours, in common/public areas (e.g. social gatherings, networking mixers, etc.).
  • Be suspicious of strangers. Even though they sound like they belong at the conference, don't assume they are there for the same purpose as you.
  • Use caution when sharing information with someone you don't know. Ask others to confirm a person's identity before sharing critical information about your organization's past, ongoing or future operations/activities/events. Protect your personal information, such as your room number and daily schedule. Don't give out your business cards freely, particularly when outside the United States. Remember, phishing is still the #1 adversary threat vector into your personal and government computers/devices/networks.
  • If you use a laptop or other portable electronic device (personal or government-owned), use it cautiously. Disable the Bluetooth and WLAN/Wi-Fi connections when not in use, and if you use this type of connectivity, understand that you may expose personal and work-related critical information to an adversary. Be especially cautious when using unencrypted/unsecure WLAN/Wi-Fi hotspots.

BE SMART! BE SAFE! PRACTICE GOOD OPSEC!