Thank you for registering to attend the 2021 GWCO Congress on October 15-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland in Portland, OR. Please review the information below to be sure you are prepared for the event.

This year's theme is RETRO GWCO!  We encourage all attendees to pack your 90's retro gear and show it off at the Friday evening Welcome Reception.   Photo Lounge as our official 90's photographer for the evening.

Arrival & Registration

Be sure to check-in and pick up your name badge at the Registration Desk when you arrive. You will need your name badge to receive continuing education. Verification of attendance for course certificates will be done through badge scanning. Badges are required for entrance into all sessions and events. Replacement badges are available at the Registration Desk for a $10.00 fee. 

Registration Desk Hours: 

Friday, October 15 | 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lloyd Center Ballroom Foyer | DoubleTree by Hilton 

Saturday, October 16 | 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lloyd Center Ballroom Foyer | DoubleTree by Hilton

Sunday, October 17 | 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lloyd Center Ballroom Foyer | DoubleTree by Hilton

Congress Schedule of Events

The GWCO Congress Schedule is packed full of outstanding optometric education including courses on breakthrough technologies, pharmaceuticals, diabetes, contact lenses, nutrition and much more! 

GWCO is excited to announce our list of esteemed speakers. Learn more about each speaker on the GWCO website and see which sessions you would like to sign up for.

Event Location

GWCO Congress will be taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, OR.

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland
1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232

Congress 2021 Mobile App

Start exploring this year's event by downloading the Attendify Event app.  How to Download the App Now:

  • Download the Attendify App from the app stores: (Google Play, Apple App Store) Open the app and search for GWCO Congress Click "Join" and create your profile by entering in your email and a password of your choice
  • Start exploring!

COVID-19 Update

We are now requiring a valid proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of admittance into Congress. The test should be administered by a licensed professional. 

If you have already registered to attend Congress, please login to the website to upload a copy of your vaccine through this form:

It is GWCO’s top priority to maintain the health and safety of all attendees and our staff.  Thus, our attendees will also be required to wear a face mask at all times, except when actively eating and/or drinking.   These changes align with Oregon’s state-wide mask mandate which has been instituted for all public gatherings. 

Branding Seminars

Join us on October 15th for this year's Branding Seminars hosted by Maculogix, Dompe, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb!   GWCO Staff will be distributing tickets for the first 50 attendees at each seminar.  Attend three of four and receive a $50 rebate! Ask the GWCO Registration desk for details!

Congress 2021 Digital Onsite Manual


Get a sneak peek of the event by downloading the Onsite Manual.  Inside you'll find:

  • Schedule at a Glance & Social Highlights.
  • OD Branding Seminars & Lunch Seminars
  • Course Guide & Speakers
  • Major Sponsors
  • Exhibitor  Listing & Floorspace
  • And much more

Printed versions will be available onsite.

Exhibit Hall Marketplace

Thank you to our 2021 Industry Partners. Download the  App to start mapping out your journey through the Exhibit Hall Marketplace! 

Friday, October 15th
Move-In: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting: 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Grand Opening/Welcome Reception:  5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Saturday, October 16th
Exhibit Hall Open: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Exhibit Hall Open: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM