Top 5 Reasons to Attend Wave 2020 Conference


The Wave 2020 conference is steadily approaching and if you haven’t already booked your ticket to Austin, we’ve got the top 5 reasons why you don’t want to miss the premier data and tech conference for EMS, fire, and hospitals. In the last 10 years since the first Wave conference, the event has grown from 100 attendees to 1,000, with more insights, innovations, and networking than ever before.

This year’s Wave conference will be held February 26-27, 2020 in Downtown Austin, Texas, and is designed to help attendees get more from their data. With innovative keynote presentations, informative breakout sessions covering real-world topics, and valuable networking events, Wave is a one-of-a-kind industry event. The main two-day Wave conference is also preceded by the ESO Training Academy, offering additional hands-on, specialized training on the ESO suite of products.

The list of this year’s conference speakers and tracks was recently announced, and a convenient justification letter is available as a template that you can use to provide justification for attending if you need a little extra assistance convincing your supervisor.

In the meantime, here are the top five reason we think you’ll love attending Wave 2020:

  1. Inspiring Keynotes from Industry leaders:

Get inspired by keynote speakers that are experts in their field and passionate about what they do. This year’s featured speakers are experts in topics such as fighting burnout in the pre-hospital field, firefighter culture, improving the way healthcare is delivered in the pre-hospital setting, and the development and implementation of new and innovative programs. They combine years of practical experience from the field with the latest innovative ideas developing in the industry, and they are excited to share it with you.

  1. In-Depth Real-World Insight:

Don’t just listen to the “why;” see the “how” with sessions led by peers with in-depth field experience. Wave 2020 will feature 11 specialized tracks, offering real-world insights aimed at improving processes, communication, planning, response, and data use. The breakout sessions cover a wide range of topics from lessons learned, best practices, forward-thinking concepts, the latest academic research, and ready-to-implement tips and ideas on data use.

  1. Data Savvy Intel:

Learn trends, research, and best practices for using data in your own organization. Wave 2020 gives you the perfect opportunity to see how your agency or department compares to its peers from across the nation. ESO annually publishes industry insight publications like the Fire Trend Report, synthesizing data from more than 630,000 calls submitted by customers. In the same spirit, the Wave conference serves as a clearinghouse of shared data, and also offers new ideas on better using your own agency’s data.

  1. Unbeatable Networking:

Make connections with other customers and exchange ideas with leaders within EMS, Fire and Hospital industries from across the country. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better opportunity to network with peers who also happen to be interested in making the best use of industry and agency data, and who can offer you new ideas that may just help you overcome your latest challenges. Attendees to Wave look forward to seeing old buddies from years past and making new connections to last for years to come.

  1. Fun Nightly Events:

Professionals in our industries work hard but play hard, too, and Austin is the perfect setting to do both. You’ll have the perfect chance to meet your fellow attendees at the welcome reception at the Hilton, complete with cocktails and appetizers. On Feb. 25, you won’t want to miss a night of entertainment and libations at our Data After Dark party at the famous Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street. Finally, on Feb. 26, you’ll have the chance to prove your EMS and fire trivia talents at the 3rd Annual Data Games, with great prizes, drinks, and bragging rights all available.

You can register now for the conference or find answers to any additional questions on the ESO Training Academy and Wave 2020 FAQ page. There are registration options for the ESO Training Academy, Wave, or a bundled price for both. You can also watch highlights from the Wave 2019 conference now.

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