Connect 2021 focused on empowering customers, accelerating growth, and exploring opportunities

Last week, we held our annual Connect by Cayuse conference with three days of speakers and sessions that sparked inspiration and insight with our many customers and peers from all across the globe. Even though we were 100% virtual, the conference attracted 1000+ attendees representing more than 350 organizations. Several sessions saw over 300 attendees! “Clearly, people are excited about what we are doing and how our solutions are helping make an impact”, said our CEO Matt McClellan.

Connect 2021 offered over 60 sessions spanning four tracks:

  • pre- and post-award
  • risk management
  • outcomes and success management
  • resource management

Sessions provided educational opportunities on the latest trends and industry best practices, networking options, product demos highlighting new innovations with Cayuse experts, and awards celebrations to acknowledge and showcase our customers’ achievements. 

One attendee from UC Davis said, “This conference was very informative and I think Cayuse did an outstanding job presenting a virtual conference. I was able to attend many sessions and see the functionality and integrations across the platform/apps. I really appreciate the depth of knowledge that all of the Cayuse folks brought to the sessions.”

It wasn’t all work—we had some fun too with a “ Global Window Share” where participants were invited to snap and share a picture from their home or work office window and a race for conference participation points for a chance to win prizes.

Thanks to our conference sponsors

We send a heartfelt thanks to our 2021 Connect sponsors for helping make this year’s event a success. Our two gold sponsors were Charles River and Ex Libris. Our silver sponsor was  Attain Partners.

2021 award winners

This year’s awards included the Sheri Pulis excellence award, the  COVID-19 research resilience award, and awards for both modernization and productivity. Coming soon to the Cayuse blog—a deeper dive on our amazing award winners and all that they accomplished this year.

Sheri Pulis award winner: Gina Hedberg, Executive Director of Sponsored Projects Administration, University of South Alabama

COVID-19 Adapting to Win award winner: Providence College SPaRC Office 

Honorable mentions: 

Modernization award winner: Louise Griffin, Senior Director for Research and Sponsored Programs, University of New Hampshire

Honorable mentions: 

Productivity award winner: Lamar University 

Honorable mentions: 

Access Connect 2021 sessions and keep the conversations going all year

All the Connect sessions will be made available to conference registrants through the Connect Community. If you haven’t yet—join the Connect Community. It’s the best online place to meet peers from around the world to discuss industry issues, share expertise, and ask questions. 

We hope you’ll join us in 2022!

This year was another success, with so many insightful presentations and sharing across our customer community. We couldn’t have done it without all of YOU—our customers and colleagues whose commitment and passion for the research industry inspire and motivate us every day. Only time will tell if next year’s event will be in-person or virtual or a bit of both, but either way, we can’t wait to see everyone again!