The Venues


The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

Borne out of a groundbreaking $57 million partnership between the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska, the Johnny Carson Foundation and numerous private industry partners, the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts will become a global destination for students and faculty who reside in the future, and who share our ambitious ideas, plans and goals.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is the premier destination in the world for creative, young pioneers who use technology to innovate, to solve human-scale problems, to entertain audiences and to tell breathtaking stories that stimulate, provoke and inspire.

The Center is located at 1300 P Street at the intersection of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the heart of downtown Lincoln.

The Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Haymarket

The Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Haymarket, located on 808 R St. serves as the conference hotel in the heart of the Downtown/Haymarket area. Reserve a room for The IO Summit and StartupWeek LNK.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Last Day to Book: Monday, October 7, 2019

Rate: $114 USD per night

Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Haymarket
808 R St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-904-4800


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Lincoln, Nebraska is at center of the Midwest and is easily accessible by car, air or train.

By car, Lincoln is only three hours from Kansas City, Des Moines and Sioux Falls, and only seven hours from St Louis, Denver, Chicago, Fargo and Minneapolis.

By air, Lincoln is a short flight from most major hubs. Airlines serving Lincoln include United and Delta. Airlines serving Omaha (one hour by car from Lincoln) include United, Delta, Southwest, American, Frontier and Alaska Airlines. 

Transportation between the two cities is available by OmaLink, Leisure Limousine & Sedan, or from many rental car companies.  There is also ample affordable parking in downtown Lincoln.  

Make your reservations early to secure your spot. October is a busy time in Lincoln and the region. 


There are parking garages located directly across from the Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Haymarket and the Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. There is also on-street, metered parking and numerous parking garages located in the Haymarket and throughout the Haymarket/Downtown area.  


The IO Innovation Summit is for everyone.  It is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

Don’t harass people. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

Communicate appropriately. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.

Stop immediately. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior, whether by other attendees or event staff, are expected to comply immediately.

Handle situations appropriately. Try to address problems immediately, directly, and tactfully.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the Summit at the sole discretion of the conference organizers. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Brian Ardinger, Susan Stibal or a member of the conference staff. Conference staff will do what is necessary to help participants.  We value your attendance.