Plan Your Summit Visit

Plan Your Summit Visit

Registration is Now Open!

Register today for the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2024. Students, educators, administrators and guidance counselors register for free!

Features of the 2024 Smartforce Student Summit

  • Hands-on, interactive exhibits geared to a student audience and featuring 3D printers, robotics, metrology and mechatronics equipment, CAD/CAM design software and CNC machinery, plus AR/VR, digital twins, and the list goes on. All of this and more from industry leaders like Fanuc, Haas Automation, Heidenhain, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Mitutoyo, Renishaw, Siemens, Verisurf, Yaskawa, and Zeiss. Check back for new Exhibit Partner announcements.
  • Career Connections for students ready to enter the job market! Look for QR codes inside exhibits to instantly connect with exciting job opportunities.
  • If you still have time after visiting Summit exhibitors, your educator and student badges provide access to ALL exhibit floors at IMTS.

General Information


Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2024
McCormick Place, East Building (Level 2)
2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616


9:00am until 3:00pm Monday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 13
9:00am until 1:00pm Saturday, Sept. 14


Retrieve educator and student badges inside the Summit using self-check-in kiosks or the staffed registration desk.


McCormick Place has several dining options. Lunchtime lines can be long; plan to dine before/after the noontime lunch rush or bring your own lunches to maximize your time on site. The Summit will include dining tables for groups bringing lunches from home.

NOTE: McCormick Place is now cashless facility. A debit/credit card or mobile device (i.e., Apple Pay) is required for all food and beverage purchases.

Directions, Parking & School Bus Drop-Off

Arriving by School/Charter Bus

IMTS will have a designated McCormick Place drop-off for school/charter buses to provide quick and easy access to the Summit location. Check back for details.

Arriving by Car

There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus, all in close walking distance to the convention complex. Get directions and parking information.

Other Transportation

Airport shuttles, CTA and METRA Rail, bike rentals, wheelchairs, and more. View all public transportation options.