Key Dates for 2024 HPA Tech Retreat:


  • Sunday, February 18 – Thursday, 22, 2024 – HPA Tech Retreat, Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
  • July 24, 2023 – Innovation Zone Applications Open
  • August 2023 – Call for Proposals Open – Main Program & Roundtables
  • September 2023 – Conference Registration Opens
  • October 2023 – Main Program Call for Proposals Closes

About the HPA Tech Retreat:

The Tech Retreat is unique among industry events, asking world-class leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business to turn away from their day-to-day routines and gather to explore and experience the most compelling topics around the creation, management, and dissemination of content. This kind of focused, authentic discussion between experts happens nowhere else.

Ideas are rigorously explored and debated – not just during onstage presentations, but continuously throughout the event, from the golf tournament to breakfast roundtables and dinners, all the way through to nightcaps.

The HPA Tech Retreat provides association services, networking opportunities and a community for entertainment industry professionals with access to some of the brightest minds in motion pictures and the entertainment industry.

As a non-profit trade association, the HPA Tech Retreat is established to promote the interest of all parties in the entertainment industry. From studio executives to creatives, technologists to engineers, the HPA Tech Retreat provides answers, education, and resources to help shape the future of our industry.

What’s New for 2024?

THE HOTEL:  We’re Owning It.

We’re taking over! The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa is officially, entirely, 100% HPA Tech Retreat for the 2024 Tech Retreat. No non-Retreaters allowed. For the week of February 18, it will become a bustling, thriving nexus of action completely dedicated to bringing together the tech and creative communities. From Sunday’s golf tournament through the end of Thursday’s main program sessions, every inch of the venue will be a place to nurture Tech Retreat connections.

Sunday Funday

This year on Sunday, attendees can join a range of engaging networking activities including a golf tournament and welcome cocktail reception! Monday will kick off with a networking brunch, leading into TR-X. The Supersession unspools on Tuesday and the Main Conference enthralls on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hands On!

Experience the latest innovations at the Innovation Zone, open from Monday to Wednesday. Don’t miss the Innovation Zone cocktail reception and food truck extravaganza on Wednesday evening.

Relax And Recharge

All attendees will have access to our new relaxation lounge, where you can recharge after some hardcore learning and networking. Or, enjoy one of the many resort offerings such as yoga, pickleball, or the day spa. Corporate Members get to unwind in an enhanced VIP member lounge with premium amenities.

All Inclusive HPA Member Ticket/Hotel Package

Your one-stop shop for the Tech Retreat. Package includes all-access registration plus a deluxe room with a golf course/pool view and HPA welcome amenity. Limited inventory. Please contact us for details.

Who Will Be There?

Participants have included Oscar winners, studio technology chiefs, NASA scientists, and executives from the most compelling technology hubs.  Attendees are there to engage completely with forward-looking trends and technologies of the content creation ecosystem while tackling issues of the present from fresh perspectives.

Let The Sparks Fly


The who’s who of the industry gather to connect, collaborate and shape the future of media and entertainment. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get in front of top leveldecision makers without distractions. No mute buttons here!

Breakfast Roundtables

Pull up a chair with a handful of thought leaders and hear from a subject matter expert while you enjoy your parfait. Ask questions, argue, learn, and enjoy. Bon Appetit with a side of insight.

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Tech Retreat Features



Tech Retreat Extra is a half day deep dive into a new topic each year. Join us as we explore extreme workflows in 2024.



Why so super? This session has been on the cutting edge of technology and workflows in today’s ever-changing landscape. Stay tuned for the 2024 program!

Main Program

HPA Tech Retreat Main Program

The launchpad and very foundation of the Tech Retreat. Two full days of panels and presentations about the most important and intriguing ideas today, given by the people who know the most about them. Curated by the inimitable Mark Schubin, HPA Tech Retreat Maestro in Residence.

Innovation Zone

Innovation Zone

See it in the Main Program or the Supersession or TRX? Want to experience it in a fully interactive environment? It’s where you can find the latest and most compelling technologies for tire kicking and test driving. Application deadline is January 2, 2024 so APPLY NOW!


Tech Retreat 2024 Conference Program. Schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, February 18 | Resort Activities Day & Attendee Welcome Drinks

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration Open
11:00 am
HPA Member Golf Tournament Check-In & Other Resort Activities TBA

Driving Range Opens

12:15 pm – 5:15 pm
HPA Member Golf Tournament
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Welcome Cocktails

All conference attendees welcome. Kick off the Tech Retreat in style and start the conversation over a cocktail or two.

Location: Master’s Plaza

Monday, February 19 | HPA TR-X, Innovation Zone

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration Open
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Welcome Networking Brunch
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Innovation Zone Open (dedicated demo time)
Innovation Zone also open for appointments 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
1:00 pm – 5:45 pm
HPA TR-X: Exploring Extreme Workflows

Discover what’s in store at TR-X:

  • IMAX at Its Limits: Explore the technology and creativity behind IMAX’s record-breaking 70mm projection for Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Learn how they created cinematic magic from start to finish.
  • Behind The Grand Tour: Get an exclusive look at the challenges and innovations involved in creating Amazon’s hit series, The Grand Tour. Join the discussion on filming in the world’s most demanding locations and creating jaw-dropping stunts.
  • The Perils of Reporting: Independent producer Jackee Chang reveals the challenges of covering extreme stories. Explore the perils she faced in exposing Russian gang involvement in human trafficking.
  • Extreme Sports Panel: Dive into the heart-pounding world of extreme sports productions. Gain insights from experts who capture the action in some of the world’s most demanding environments.
  • Young Entertainment Professionals: Engage with the industry’s future stars. Young Entertainment Professionals (YEPs) share their extreme production projects and experiences.
  • AI-Driven Art: Immerse yourself in the world of AI data paintings and sculptures with Refik Anadol. Witness the magic of data-driven, machine-learning algorithms that create abstract dream-like environments displayed on screens.
  • And more to come…
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Refreshment Break
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fireside Chat

Join your fellow attendees in continuing the discussion from today’s TR-X, or start your own conversation.

Location: Fireside Lounge

Tuesday, February 20 | Roundtables, Supersession, Innovation Zone, Conference Dinner

7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables

Location: Oasis Ballroom

8:30 am – 7:15 pm
Innovation Zone open for appointments

See program below for dedicated Innovation Zone hours

8:45 am – 5:15 pm
HPA Supersession TBA
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Refreshment break
noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch; Innovation Zone open
3:10 pm – 3:30 pm
Refreshment break
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Innovation Zone Open with Cocktails (dedicated demo time)
7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Taco Tuesday

Enjoy casual tacos and a margarita al fresco to closeout the day.

Wednesday, February 21 | Roundtables, Individual Sessions, Innovation Zone

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables


Location: Oasis Ballroom

8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Innovation Zone open for appointments

See program below for dedicated Innovation Zone hours

10:40 am – 11:00 am
Refreshment break
Noon – 1:53 pm
Lunch break; Innovation Zone open
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
WIP Lunch
3:40 pm – 4:00 pm
Refreshment break
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Innovation Zone with cocktails & Food Truck Night (last chance for Innovation Zone)

Celebrate the final dedicated demo time in the Innovation Zone with a rawkus closing party featuring So-Cal favorites food truck style.

9:00 pm – 1:00 am
After Party

Thursday, February 22 | Roundtables, Individual Sessions

7:15 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables


Location: Oasis Ballroom

10:45 am – 11:05 am
Refreshment break
12:05 pm – 1:58 pm
Lunch break
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Refreshment break
5:50 pm – 6:00 pm
What Just Happened? A Review of the Day by Annie Chang and Leon Silverman

Past Tech Retreat Participating Companies

  1. 3500Kelvin
  2. 3BMG
  3. 3rd i Digital
  4. 495 Productions
  5. 4Wall Entertainment
  6. 6P Color, Inc
  7. A+E Networks
  8. AbelCine
  9. Absen
  10. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  11. Adobe
  12. Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  13. Advanced Systems Group LLC
  14. AJA Video Systems
  15. Altman Solon
  16. ALT Systems, Inc.
  17. Amazon
  18. Amazon Prime Video
  19. Amazon Studios
  20. Ambidio
  21. AMD
  22. Annex Pro
  23. AOTO USA
  24. Apple
  25. Arch Platform Technologies
  26. ARRI
  27. ArsenalFX Color
  28. Artistic Resources Corp.
  29. ASG
  31. Ateliere Creative Technologies
  32. Autodesk
  33. Avid Technology Inc
  34. AWS
  35. Backblaze
  36. Backlight
  37. Barco
  38. Barnstorm VFX
  39. Baylor University Film And Digital Media Department
  40. Belinda Reps . . . .
  41. Berkeley Communications
  42. Bibio Consulting Limited
  43. Blackmagic Design
  44. Blackstar Engineering
  45. Boland Communications Inc
  46. Bolt Graphics, Inc.
  47. Brooklyn College
  48. Bubble Agency
  49. BYU Broadcasting
  50. Cambridge Research
  51. Canon USA, Inc.
  52. Change-IO
  54. CHESA
  55. Chesapeake Systems
  56. Christie Digital Systems
  57. CineCert Inc.
  58. Cinegy
  59. CineSys
  60. Cinnafilm
  61. Cobalt Digital Inc.
  63. Colorfront
  64. Color Space
  65. Company 3 Method Studios
  66. Computer Graphic News
  67. Conductor Technologies
  68. Convergent Risks
  69. Crafty Apes
  70. Creative Computing Solutions
  71. Cricket Lane Post
  72. CUNY TV
  73. Dalet Digital Media Systems
  74. Dark Fiber Production Technology
  75. DataCore
  76. Data Expedition, Inc.
  77. Dell
  78. Deloitte Consulting LLP
  79. Deluxe Media Inc.
  80. Department of Defense
  81. Devoncroft
  82. Digital Domain
  83. Disguise Systems Ltd.
  84. Diskover Data Inc
  85. Diversified
  86. Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  87. DPP
  88. DreamWorks Animation
  89. DTS/Xperi
  90. EBU
  91. EditShare
  92. EIKON Group
  93. EIZO
  94. ELEMENTS Media Solutions Inc
  95. Eluvio, Inc
  96. Endava
  97. Entertainment and Media Technology Marketing, Inc.
  98. Entertainment Technology Center @ USC
  99. Epic Games
  100. Evercast
  101. Evertz Microsystems
  102. EVL/UIC
  103. Exceptional Minds
  104. Fancy Film Post Services
  105. Filmlight
  106. First Mile Technologies
  107. Florical Systems
  108. Fortinet
  109. Foundry
  110. Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.
  111. FPT Software
  112. Frame.io
  113. Fujifilm/Fujinon
  114. Fuse technical group
  115. FX-DMZ
  116. GB Labs
  117. GDC Technology
  118. Geoffrey Tully Inc
  119. Glassbox
  121. Google
  122. Google Cloud
  123. GrayMeta
  124. Hammerspace
  125. HAND (Human & Digital)
  126. HoloDeck LED
  127. HP Teradici
  128. IABM
  129. ICVR
  130. IDC LA
  132. Imagica Entertainment Media Services
  133. Imajeo Ltd
  134. IMAX
  135. Implid Ventures – Perfect Memory
  136. IN2CORE
  137. Independent Security Evaluators
  138. INFILED
  139. InterDigital
  140. International Cinematographers Guild
  141. Interra Systems, Inc.
  142. intoPIX sa
  143. iodyne
  144. KCET/PBS SoCal
  145. Key Code Media
  146. Keywords Studios
  147. Kibo121
  148. Kino Flo Lighting Systems
  149. Lawo
  150. LDS Motion Picture Studio
  151. LearnIPVideo
  152. Lewis Communications
  153. LG Electronics
  154. LG Electronics – Zenith R&D
  155. Library of Congress
  156. Light Iron
  157. Like Minded Labs
  158. LinkedIn
  159. LucidLink
  160. M2 IT Consulting
  161. Magicbox
  162. Marvel Studios
  163. MAX Post
  164. Media Globalization Consultancy
  165. Megapixel VR
  166. MelroseINC
  167. MelroseMAC, Inc.
  168. Merrill Weiss Group LLC
  169. MESH
  170. Microsoft
  171. MJB Consulting
  172. Mobile TV Group
  173. Mod Tech Labs
  174. Modern Film Consortium
  175. Mo-Sys
  176. Motion Picture Association
  177. Motion Picture Solutions
  178. MovieLabs
  179. MPSE
  180. NAB
  181. NAGRA
  182. NBCUniversal
  183. NEP
  184. NetApp Inc.
  185. NetApp & Berkeley Communications
  186. Netflix
  188. Nomad
  189. NVIDIA
  190. NTC
  191. Object Matrix
  192. Open Drives
  193. Origin Point
  194. PACE / JUCE / ADC
  195. PADEM Media Group
  196. Panavision
  197. Paramount
  198. Paramount Global
  199. PB Technologies Group LLC
  200. Perception Grid
  201. Perfect Memory
  202. Perforce Software
  204. Picture Shop
  205. Pixar Animation Studios
  206. Pixelogic
  207. Pixelworks
  208. Pixitmedia
  209. Pixotope
  210. Planar
  211. Portrait Displays, Inc.
  212. postPerspective
  213. Post Super Ltd
  214. Preevue
  215. PRG Production Resource Group
  216. Prime Focus Technologies Inc.
  217. ProductionPro
  218. ProVideo Coalition
  220. Puget Systems
  221. QTAKE
  222. Quantum Corp
  223. Qube Cinema
  224. Real D
  225. RED
  226. RFX Inc
  227. RheinMain Univerz
  228. Riedel Communications
  229. ROE Visual US, Inc
  230. Rohde & Schwarz
  231. Ross Video
  232. Roundabout Entertainment
  233. Scale Logic Inc
  234. Scanline VFX
  235. SchubinCafe.com
  236. SDVI
  237. Seagate Technology LLC
  238. Sensor Tower
  239. SGO
  240. Shift Media
  241. Signiant
  242. Skywalker Sound
  243. SMPTE
  244. Sohonet
  245. Solotech
  246. Sony Electronics
  247. Sony Pictures
  248. Sound Particles
  249. Spectra Logic
  251. SRI International
  252. Stanford University Byers Eye Institute
  253. Storj
  254. Streambox Inc
  256. Synaflux
  257. TAG Video Systems
  258. Tech Standard Solutions
  259. Technicolor
  260. Telestream, Inc.
  261. Teradek
  262. Teradici
  263. Testronic
  264. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  265. The Hollywood Reporter
  266. The Landmark Group
  267. The Mill
  268. The Modern Film Consortium
  269. The Rebel Fleet
  270. The Studio-B&H
  271. The Walt Disney Company
  272. TMS Consulting, Inc.
  273. TMT Insights
  274. Trackit.io
  275. Tractiv
  276. Trailblazer Studios
  277. Universal Pictures
  278. Unreal Engine
  279. V-Nova
  280. Venera Technologies Inc.
  281. Verimatrix, Inc.
  282. Veritone
  283. Verizon
  284. Visual Data Media Services
  285. Vitrina AI
  286. Vizrt Group
  287. Voxx Studios
  288. Vū Technologies
  289. Wacom Technology Corporation
  290. Walden Pond
  291. Walt Disney Studios
  292. Warner Bros. Discovery
  293. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  294. Wasabi Technologies
  295. WEKA
  296. Work Editorial
  297. X15
  298. X2X
  299. Xperi
  300. XR Studios
  301. Xytech Systems Corporation
  302. YouTube
  303. ZEISS Cinematography
  304. ZEISS Group
  305. Zero Density
  306. ZMC

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Innovation Zone

HPA invites individuals and companies to share new and innovative technology with the participants of the HPA Tech Retreat®. The Innovation Zone is where attendees can discover your company’s NEW technology in a space designed for learning and discovery. Bring your latest and greatest innovations that improve how the chain from acquisition to delivery is done. Applications will be accepted until January 2, 2024 or until we are at capacity.

General Information & Pricing

Innovation Zone requirements:

Your demonstration must reflect technology that is innovative, game changing and important to entertainment markets including production, post production, broadcast, distribution, OTTs or related areas. It must provide the attendees with solution(s) that are unique and, if possible, demonstrate integrated workflows for distinctive services. Experimental products and new concepts or products are of particular interest. Start ups or creative solutions are most welcome.

You may bring secondary partners to be part of your space and demonstration if it fits within a complete solution that can differentiate the workflow or delivery process from what is available today.

Service companies and solutions providers who have unique, forward thinking offerings in production, post production, broadcast, distribution, OTT’s or a related area are invited to participate.

To apply, submit a description of what you would like to demonstrate for vetting purposes. Click here for the Application Form.

General Information:

The Innovation Zone is a meeting and networking area which will be open during conference hours as well as dedicated times. Refer to the program online (when available) for actual times.

No one is required to be with your demo during the entire time the Innovation Zone is open, except during the specific dedicated times listed in the Tech Retreat program. You are also free to make appointments during any open hours.

We encourage Tech Retreat Innovation Zone participants to invite clients, other individuals within your company and interested industry professionals to register and visit you at the HPA Tech Retreat. However, please note that there are no guest passes to attend just the Innovation Zone. All attendees must be registered through the Tech Retreat registration site.


Innovation Zone Space Fees:

$4,000 – for HPA Corporate Members (One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)

$4,500 – for Non-Members (One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)

One (1) Innovation Zone space includes:

  • One (1) 8×10 space, one 6′ table, two chairs, black tablecloth, and one 20 amp power drop*
  • 18″x24″ sign for booth that includes logo and contact information
  • Opportunity to interact with key players in the M&E community
  • One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket
  • Innovation Zone participants can purchase up to two (2) IZ Tech tickets for staff at the rate of $1,195 (does not include conference access)

*Each space includes one table, two chairs (additional table and chairs available on a limited basis, fees apply), and one 20 amp power drop. Additional power, internet, furniture, AV, power strips and other equipment can be ordered through the hotel. Contact us for details.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

Space Information:

The Innovation Zone is one large ballroom. You may apply for more than one space if you have more than one technology to present. An additional fee will apply and this space will be provided on an availability basis.

If you have something that requires a separate space, we may be able to provide this on a “limited engagement” basis. Please contact us at innovation.zone@hpaonline.com. Please note that an additional fee will apply.

Please note that an exhibit booth, bar-type unit or anything that will block full view or limit accessibility to the spaces around you are not permitted. A small cove for monitors, racks, and stands, if they don’t block a view, will most likely be permitted.

One pull-up type banner (maximum 3’x6′) will be permitted per space providing it does NOT contain marketing, pricing or sales pitches. Custom backdrops are not allowed.

Click here for booth setup guidelines.

If there’s a question about this, please contact us at innovation.zone@hpaonline.com.

Select additional furniture (e.g. high boy table, high stools) may be ordered through the hotel vendor.

A/V equipment may be ordered through the hotel vendor.

Links to all forms will be provided upon acceptance of your demo.

If your application is accepted you will be sent further information including access to pay for your Innovation Zone space.

Confirmation of your space in the Innovation Zone is a commitment to have your demonstration set up from Monday through Wednesday according to the times listed in the Program.

While your Innovation Zone demo does not need to be staffed at all times, there are specific times within the program during which Innovation Zone Staff is required to be present. All persons staffing your demo MUST have a valid ticket for the event. Approved and paid Innovation Zone space includes one full conference ticket. Any additional staff or attendees must purchase a Tech Retreat ticket.

Please contact events@hpaonline.com with any registration-related questions.

The HPA Tech Retreat has a number of Press attending. Press are requested to respect your wishes to be off-the-record or enter into an NDA, but you will need to arrange this directly with them. It is not required as part of HPA issuing a Press Pass.

Innovation Zone Schedule

(All times are Pacific and tentative until the final program)

NEW for 2024! Innovation Zone open Monday through Wednesday during the Tech Retreat

Sunday, February 18

  • 8:00 am
    Begin load in of equipment to the hotel
  • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
    Innovation Zone opens for set up

Monday, February 19

  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    Final time for arrival and set up of demos at the hotel
  • 9:30 am
    Set up of demos must be complete
  • 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Innovation Zone is open

Tuesday, February 20

  • 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
    Innovation Zone is open (concurrent with sessions, booth does not need to be staffed at all times)
  • 12:00 pm – 1:53 pm
    Innovation Zone will be open during lunch
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception (sponsorships available)

Wednesday, February 21

  • 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
    Innovation Zone open
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception (sponsorships available)

Thursday, February 22

  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Innovation Zone break down. If anything is left until Friday, arrangements must be made directly with the hotel for storage and a fee may be charged.

  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • Applications submitted and approved by January 2nd will pay $4,000 for HPA Corporate Members or $4,500 for Non Members for a single Innovation Zone space and full conference registration for one person.

  • The 2024 HPA Tech Retreat will be an in person event from February 18-22.
  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • HPA Corporate Members – $4,000 (includes One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)
  • Non-Members – $4,500 (includes One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)
  • Applications will be accepted until space is filled.
  • To apply, submit a description of what you would like to demonstrate for vetting purposes. Click here for the Application Form.

One (1) Innovation Zone space includes:

  • One (1) 8×10 space, one 6′ table, two chairs, black tablecloth, and one 20 amp power drop*
  • 18″x24″ sign for booth that includes logo and contact information
  • Opportunity to interact with key players in the M&E community
  • One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket
  • Innovation Zone participants can purchase up to two (2) IZ Tech tickets for staff at the rate of $1,195 (does not include conference access)

*Each space includes one table, two chairs (additional table and chairs available on a limited basis, fees apply), and one 20 amp power drop. Additional power, internet, furniture, AV, power strips and other equipment can be ordered through the hotel. Contact us for details.


2024 HPA Tech Retreat Call for Proposals for the Main Program and Breakfast Roundtables

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has issued a call for proposals for the main program and breakfast roundtables for the 2024 HPA Tech Retreat. The popular event, which draws an engaged crowd from the entertainment technology community, will take place February 18-22 at the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa outside of Palm Springs. The call for submissions will close on October 13.

The Tech Retreat Main Program, curated by Mark Schubin, is renowned for sparking insight and discovery through its culture of inquiry and collaborative conversation. Participants enjoy timely and topical presentations by working experts whose insights are delivered with unusual candor in the intimate Tech Retreat context, which is underscored by its no-marketing presentation rule. The program, and the conversations that follow, are recognized as determining the industry’s agenda for the year ahead.

While the Tech Retreat has always been a true retreat that demands full participation from attendees, the 2024 event will further enhance its immersive nature; the entire resort is booked for Tech Retreat attendees. This year, the week begins on Sunday with a variety of social activities and welcome drinks for conference attendees. Monday will kick off with a networking brunch, the opening of the Innovation Zone and the ever-popular TR-X program. As in the past, Tuesday brings the Supersession, and the Main Program will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Breakfast roundtables, networking events and expanded hours for the Innovation Zone will complement the daily sessions, as well as enriched lounge spaces.

The HPA Tech Retreat attracts a dazzling spectrum of distinguished participants, both attendees and speakers, and engages leaders from a wide and deep range of perspectives to inform the conversation.

The Main Program

Main program presentations are strictly reserved for marketing-free content and can focus on anything within far reaching topics affecting the media tech industry and content creation. The informal proposals can be as short as a few words in length, but must be submitted by the would-be presenter to proposals@hpaonline.com. Typically, main program presentations are half an hour in duration, including setup and Q&A. Time limits are strictly enforced. Decisions on the program are expected in November.

Schubin has noted that proposals from those new to the event and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, and their perspectives greatly valued. Anything from a newly discovered obscure system setting to quantum entanglement for zero latency collaboration is worthy of submission.

Proposals Closed Submit for Breakfast Roundtables Below.

Breakfast Roundtables

Unlike the main program presentations, breakfast roundtables are allowed to include marketing information. They take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings of the event.

Breakfast roundtables are popular and always fill quickly.  They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no vetting process. Proposals must be submitted directly by their proposed table moderators. Once the maximum number of tables is reached, no more will be accepted. All breakfast roundtable moderators must be registered for the Retreat and there is no Retreat registration discount conveyed by moderating a breakfast roundtable. Proposals should be submitted to proposals@hpaonline.com.

Propose a Roundtable


Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Registration fees for the Tech Retreat do not include hotel accommodations.

HPA is committed to your health, safety, and comfort while attending the HPA Tech Retreat. Please read our Event Policy before registering, and do not hesitate to contact us at hpa@hpaonline.com with any questions or concerns.

HPA Corporate Members
Individuals who are inheriting members of a corporate membership can take advantage of discounted Tech Retreat registration. Please be sure to register using your company email address to receive the discount. Click here for detail on how to sign up as an inheriting member.

HPA Tech Retreat Event
February 18 – 22, 2024

(All listed dates and pricing subject to change)

*NEW for 2024!

Inclusive member-only package includes all-access registration plus a deluxe room with a golf course/pool view and HPA welcome amenity. Limited inventory. Please contact us for details.

Inclusive Member-Only Package (Sun-Thu)
HPA Members $3,895

HPA Member Golf Tournament – Sunday, February 18
Includes Green fees, cart rental, box lunch, two drink tickets, and prizes. Must be a current HPA Member and registered for the Tech Retreat to purchase.

HPA Member Golf Tournament (Sun)
Single Ticket $195
Foursome $780

HPA Tech Retreat Registration
This conference registration includes: All provided meals, admission to the Innovation Zone, Sunday Evening Welcome Drinks, Monday TR-X Seminar, Monday Networking Brunch, Tuesday Supersession, Wednesday through Thursday Tech Retreat Program, Tuesday Evening Social Event, and Wednesday Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception. (Sunday Corporate Member Golf Tournament requires separate registration.)

All-Access Registration (Sun-Thu)
HPA Members $2,195
Non-Members $2,595
Tech Retreat Speakers, Panel Moderators and Panelists Contact Us
Credentialed Press Contact Us

Registration By Day

Monday, February 19 – Thursday, February 22, 2024
These registration options include: All provided meals, admission to the Innovation Zone and Conference Sessions for the day(s) selected, and admission to the Conference Dinner (Tuesday registration only), and Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception (Wednesday registration only).
One Day Registration
HPA Members $1,295
Non-Members $1,575


Innovation Zone

Innovation Zone Space fee includes one All-Access conference registration. Visitors must be registered for the one of the following packages: All-Access, Registration by Day (Mon-Wed), or Wednesday Evening Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception. There are no complimentary passes.

Accepted Innovation Zone companies are limited to two Innovation Zone Tech registrations per space. Innovation Zone Tech Registration includes access to the Innovation Zone and all included meals Monday through Wednesday, as well as admission to the Tuesday Evening Conference Dinner. This registration Does NOT include access to any of the Conference Sessions.

Innovation Zone Space (Includes 1 All-Access Conference Registration)
HPA Corporate Members $4,000
Non-Members $4,500
Innovation Zone Tech Registration (No Conference Access)
Innovation Zone Tech (Limit 2 per space) $1,195
Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

Please be advised that space is limited and always sells out.


Registration Terms

Please read our Event Policy before registering. You may pay by credit card or check in U.S. dollars only. Your payment MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 25, 2024 in order to confirm your registration. As this event will sell out, we may not be able to hold a registration which is not paid for by the deadline. If there are circumstances which prevent you from doing this, please contact our office. See registration form for complete payment information.


Cancellations made by January 25, 2024 will be refunded, less a 10% cancellation fee. In addition, a $35 administrative fee will be charged for any refunds made to registrations paid by check.

NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER January 25, 2024. However, you may transfer a registration to another individual. No fee will be charged for transferred registrations provided the new registrant is of the same registration type (Member or Non-Member). If the new registrant is of a different registration type, the difference in price will apply.

In the event that a government restriction prevents attendance, we will provide a refund minus the cancellation fees mentioned above.

For questions or additional information contact: HPA at events@hpaonline.com or 818-273-1482.

Hotel Accommodations

The HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 18-22, 2024 at The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Nestled on 360 acres in Rancho Mirage, the resort is a desert oasis located moments from Palm Springs. Rugged mountains and panoramic views set an extraordinary backdrop for an unforgettable experience.

New for 2024! HPA is buying out the hotel. Rooms will be available exclusively to Tech Retreat attendees.

How to Book Your Room

You must be registered to attend the 2024 HPA Tech Retreat to make a hotel reservation. The hotel reservation website will be sent via e-mail after you complete the conference registration process. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Registration fees for the Tech Retreat do not include hotel accommodation.


To avoid a one night’s room and tax charge, reservations must be canceled at least 21 days prior to scheduled arrival.

Event Hotel

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Main Telephone: 1-877-253-0041

Room Rate

HPA has secured a discounted room rate for registered attendees at $299 per night plus applicable taxes.
*Please note room reservations can only be made with a valid Tech Retreat registration

Resort Charge

The resort charge of $37 per night will be included in the room rate as a courtesy for our attendees. This fee will cover several amenities, which include (subject to change):

  • Premium High Speed Wi-Fi access in Guest Rooms & Public Space
  • Meeting Room Wi-Fi access (for general browsing)
  • Two Bowling Games at Pinz & Pints
  • In-Room Bottled Water
  • Access to Little Links Miniature Golf Course
  • Access to Westin Workout Fitness Studio
  • Two-hour bike rental per stay for up to 2 guests
  • Invitation to Sweets Social Hour Daily

Directions & Transportation

The Westin Rancho Mirage is located 7 miles from Palm Springs International Airport, 130 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 77 miles from Ontario Airport, 130 miles from Burbank Airport and 116 miles east of Los Angeles if driving. For driving directions, please click here. Or, For those of you who use GPS or Google Earth, the coordinates: 33.81021715293067 North, 116.41294168768748 West.

Shuttle Companies

Taxi Companies

There are also a large number of limo, town car and private shuttle options. The full listing of available ground transportation from the airport can be found here.

For More Local Area Information, Please Click Here.


1. What is the HPA Tech Retreat?

The HPA Tech Retreat is the pre-eminent gathering of industry-leading thinkers and innovation-focused companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content. Every year, for a week near Palm Springs, the HPA Tech Retreat brings together a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. At the HPA Tech Retreat, the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment landscape today are presented, explored and debated.

2. How did it start?

The International Teleproduction Society (ITS, later the Association of Imaging Technology and Sound) offered a Presidents Retreat to allow chief executives of its member companies to combine a vacation with some information exchange. In 1995, the idea was extended to engineers with a Technology Retreat, which rapidly became more information and less vacation. After ITS ceased operations in 2001, the HPA began sponsoring the Tech Retreat.

3. What is the main program?

The main program is devoted to the most compelling issues of the time, with a focus to putting  the most knowledgeable experts together to explore and enliven a conversation around those issues.  Much of the main program is invited; the rest is drawn from submissions. The main program is run precisely by the clock. The slot for each presentation includes set-up and questions-&-answers, and speakers have sometimes been cut off in mid-sentence. Similarly, the program starts and returns from breaks at exactly the listed times.

4. How does one get to present on the main program?

A Call for Proposals is issued every year around Labor Day. There are, year over year, more submissions than can be accommodated. The burning issues facing the ecosystem may help determine which submissions are accepted. Those wishing to make presentations should also consider breakfast roundtables and the demo area. Presentations in the main program, the breakfast roundtables, and the demo area are not mutually exclusive.

5. What are the breakfast roundtables?

Starting at 7:30 am, the breakfast roundtables are one of the most popular aspects of the retreat. Each table has a number which corresponds to a posted list of topics and moderators. Moderators may choose any topic and run the roundtables as they see fit. They may present information, gather information from those at the table, or simply moderate arguments between others. Popular tables might end up surrounded by layers of attendees and others might have only a few. There are no restrictions on topics other than length (so they may be printed; long topic titles will be abridged). There are no restrictions on moderators other than being registered at the retreat. All requests to moderate tables are accepted; if another moderator has chosen the same or a similar topic, the moderators will be informed so they may consider combining their tables. A moderator may choose to have tables at either or all, and if more than one, on the same or different topics. A single company or organization is welcome to provide moderators for as many roundtables as it would like. Once a roundtable is confirmed, it must be moderated, even if someone else seems to have a more attractive topic. Topics and moderators, however, may be changed.

6. What is the Innovation Zone?

The Innovation Zone is not a trade show but rather a curated area where the latest, often unseen technologies or applications are demonstrated.  Participants for the Innovation Zone must apply, and the applications are reviewed by the Innovation Zone manager and HPA Tech Retreat Committee.  The Innovation Zone is focused on new technology or applications. The retreat will provide table(s), chair(s), power, and security. No “booths” are permitted. No corporate signage is permitted; the retreat will provide a simple paper sign with the name of each demonstrator’s company or organization. Information about the technology or application is accepted and appreciated. White papers are encouraged. Relevant product literature is fine. Demonstrators are encouraged to join forces to show systems. In the past competitors have helped set up each other’s demonstrations.Many popular products were first introduced at the HPA Tech Retreat, -Panasonic’s Varicam and Sony’s HDCAM SR- among them. Other innovations shown at the retreat have yet to make it to mass manufacture, including a 72-frame-per-second HDTV camera and a system for automatically converging and color balancing multiple projectors forming a single image. Some are one of a kind, like a tiny Lucas Digital (ILM) camera-attitude sensor used in Star Wars: Episode 3. A slot in the main program at the end of the first day is reserved for demo introductions. Each demonstrator is allowed a very brief period (about a minute) to introduce the demonstration. That is followed by the first scheduled demo session, which includes a cocktail reception for attendees and their registered guests. There is another scheduled demo session at the end of the last day. In between, attendees may schedule demos at mutually convenient times.

7. Health & Safety

HPA is committed to your health, safety, and comfort while attending the HPA Tech Retreat. Please read our Event Policy before registering, and do not hesitate to contact us at hpa@hpaonline.com with any questions or concerns.

We are currently following the most recent state and government guidelines for COVID-19 protocols. Currently, there are no health restrictions in place, but we strongly recommend that attendees continue to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We also encourage all attendees to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. 

In the event of any health concerns during the event, health and safety personnel will be available onsite. Please check-in with the Registration counter for assistance.

Welcome Activities

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa is officially, entirely, 100% HPA for the 2024 Tech Retreat. This means no non-Retreaters allowed and we’ll be able to offer the hotel’s many experiences exclusively to Tech Retreat attendees. Foster connections while having fun in our experiential offerings. See what we have lined up so far and check back for more details and activities to come!

HPA Member Golf Tournament

Tee-Off with us for the first ever HPA Member Golf Tournament! Current HPA Members can add a single ticket or bring a group for a foursome when registering for the Tech Retreat. Not an HPA Member? Join now!

Single Golfer – $195
Foursome – $780

Tickets include Green fees, cart rental, box lunch, two drink tickets, and prizes.

Sunday February 18
11:00 am Check In
12:15 pm Tee off
5:15 pm End (Prizes to be given out 6 pm at Welcome Drinks)

Pickleball Paradise

On Sunday, HPA will be hosting pickleball games on 12 fresh new courts.
Sign-ups to come, included for all registered attendees.


Unwind before the conference or take your fitness goals to the next level by attending yoga led by fitness experts in the Movement Studio.
Sign-ups to come, included for all registered attendees.

Pool Cabana Sponsorship


Want a dedicated spot to meet up with your team or invite clients during the Tech Retreat?
Pool Cabana sponsorships are available for 2024 Tech Retreat. Food/drink service available at an additional charge.

More Information

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