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2018 Learning Engagement Conference / Hackathon

Each year the Greater Plains Collaborative Clinical Data Research Network holds a gathering of patients, patient advocates and caregivers, along with the academic leaders from each GPC site, in Kansas City, MO. This is a great opportunity for patients and other non-academics to learn about PCORnet, the CDRN program, and the GPC in general. GPC representatives meet face-to-face with one another for discussion on current GPC activites and future goals. We learned during previous Learning Engagement events that attendees who subsequently became involved in other GPC activities and governance more fully understood what PCORnet is all about, which is critical for full participation and contribution. This year we will be combining our Learning Engagement Conference with our annual Hackathon, which serves as an opportunity for Dev team members to meet face-to-face and work on current issues and milestones. 

When: Monday, December 10th & Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO

  • 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110



  • Lodging: After registering, Hillary Sandoval ( will reserve a room for you at one of our hotel blocks. Please do not try to make your own reservation. You may specify your preference on your registration survey, and rooms will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. Please feel free to email Hillary after you register to make sure she received your room preference. You will still be responsible for paying for your own room with a card upon arrival. Hillary will send out confirmation numbers to everyone a couple weeks prior to the event. The hotel options are as follows:
    • Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza: This hotel is slightly further away but still a walkable distance from the conference center. We will have shuttles arranged for transportation back and forth from the conference center as well if you would prefer not to walk.
      • 4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
    • The Raphael Hotel: This hotel is also within walking distance of the conference center, and we will have shuttles arranged for transportation back and forth as well if you would prefer not to walk. This hotel may be slightly more pricey depending on how many rooms we fill.
      • 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Meals:
    • Sunday: We will host an informal dinner / social gathering on Sunday evening for those who are able to arrive in town early enough. Everyone will need to pay for their own food and be reimbursed through their site. Location TBD.
    • Monday: Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the conference center. A buffet-style dinner will be hosted at Brio Tuscan Grille on the Country Club Plaza. Please plan to arrive around 6:30pm for drinks and socializing. Dinner will be served around 7:00pm. KUMC will cover the cost of dinner, and there will be a cash bar for alcoholic beverages. The restaurant is within walking distance of both hotels, and we will also have shuttles arranged for transportation back and forth if you would prefer not to walk. 
    • Tuesday: Breakfast will be provided at the conference center.  
  • Transportation: The conference center and the Monday dinner location are within walking distance of both hotels, however, we will also have shuttles running to and from all locations if you would prefer not to walk. You will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the airport, and also to and from dinner on Sunday night if you choose to attend. We recommend any of the following cab services: ​
    • Yellow Cab: (816) 471-5000
    • Checker Cab: (816) 444-4444
    • Super Shuttle: (816) 471-6050 (to and from the airport only)
  • Questions: If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Sandoval ( or Brooklyn Winkel (