$75 – $200

Host2Host Conference

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Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

75 Northwest Couch Street

Portland, OR 97209

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We are excited to offer the first-ever full day gathering of local homesharing hosts, featuring speakers, vendors and a chance to share our experiences with other hosts. Host2Host (H2H) is designed to support our connection, education and prosperity.

We’ve planned the day to include stimulating keynote speakers, a wide variety of engaging breakout sessions, a networking space where hosts will share ideas and experiences, and a vendor trade show. Valuable raffle prizes will be awarded periodically throughout the day.

Following is a partial list of tentatively scheduled breakout sessions. All sessions will include time at the end for questions and answers. Note: Workshop topics are subject to change.

Step Up your Hosting with Superhost Best Practices | A Superhost panel will discuss issues including house rules, guest communication, amenities, sticky situations, and leaving/receiving reviews.

Instant Book: The Good, the Bad, and the In-Between | Airbnb’s emphasis on Instant Book has met with a mixed reception from hosts; a panel will review philosophy and process, and offer information to help you decide whether to switch to IB ... and tips for how to make the best of it, if you do.

Turn Views into Reservation Requests: Making Your Listing Pop | How to turn casual browsers into guests with property descriptions, photography, your host profile.

Understanding Occupancy and Income Taxes for Homesharers | A panel of experts will review the regulations surrounding this business model and recommend the best practices for our compliance and success.

Technology for Safety and Security | We’ll explore the range of software and hardware to make our hosting safer and better, including locks, exterior video, and WiFi best practices.

Keep an Open Mind: Exploring Other Homesharing Platforms | A panel of hosts experienced in other websites, as well as Airbnb, will offer their first-hand insights.

Show off Your Space with Quality Photography | Great photography will make our listing pop off the screen! Learn about how to show it off and find a local pro.

Don’t Forget to Knock! Sharing the Bathroom and Personal Spaces with Guests | This panel of hosts will share the ups and downs of this type of hosting and offer tips for successful shared living spaces.

Let’s Talk Politics: A City of Portland Update | We’ll get both the broad perspective of Portland homesharing issues and an update on the most recent developments from City government and Airbnb corporate.

The Host as a Global Citizen | Hosts are on the leading edge of the sharing economy and have opportunities to advance the “global good” through hosting and in other ways. We'll explore a variety of opportunities available to hosts to share their spaces, time, and talents.

Eco-Friendly Hosting | Hosts often practice sustainable habits, as we minimize waste and encourage earth-friendly alternatives. Learn practical ways to put our values into practice.

Connecting With Your Neighborhood | Relationships with local businesses and resources can be wonderful and mutually beneficial. Learn how to start making these connections.

A Beautiful Space to Share: Staging and Cleaning Best Practices | Learn how to make your space cozy, comfortable, and welcoming, and how to keep it clean, too.

Understanding Insurance for Homesharers | It’s essential that both we and our guests are fully protected. This session will explore the issues and make sure we’re fully informed as we purchase an appropriate insurance plan.

Growing Local: Curating Uniquely Portland Experiences for Guests While Supporting Our Local Economy | This session will highlight the benefits to sharing with guests what makes Portland unique and how it fosters growth and strengthens our community.

... also, networking spaces will feature Speed Hosting and guided conversations between hosts, as well as a casual lounge. Your experience and input is essential to make H2H successful!

Refreshments will be provided during breaks, and lunch will be on our own in Portland’s vibrant Old Town, with dozens of food carts within a few blocks. Weather permitting, you can bring lunch back to OCOM’s lovely rooftop garden. The day will wrap up with tours of the nearby Airbnb offices and a Happy Hour.

Plus, it's EARTH DAY! Celebrate with us as we make sure H2H uses every best practice during the event and offers great tips for environmentally conscious hosting.

For more information and a link to a H2H Conference Guide with the latest details, go to the files tab on our Facebook page.

It's called "Host2Host" because much of the value of the day will be in what each host brings to the gathering ... please join us!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Guests must be 21 and older with proof of age at happy hour.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Smartpark is located on NW Davis Street and 1st Avenue. It's just $5 for the full day on Saturday if you choose to park here. Public transit is readily available via max train and bus. Ample bike parking.

What can I bring into the event?

  • ID for registration and namebadge pick-up.

  • Please bring your own water bottle, we have filling stations for your convenience.

  • Cash or credit card for lunch at local food carts and restaurants nearby.

  • Business cards (if you have them) to share with other hosts and vendor raffles.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, our event is happening on Earth Day and we will check you in electronically with ID as one way to be eco-conscious and to save trees.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, if you have new information you can update your registration.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No, all ticket sales are final and non-transferable.

What's the refund policy?

All ticket sales are final.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email our registration manager at peterman.kathy@gmail.com

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75 Northwest Couch Street

Portland, OR 97209

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