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 Graduate

The Graduate, located on the corner of 9th & P St, servers as the conference hotel. Discounted hotel rates will be available soon. Check back to reserve a room for The IO Summit and StartupWeek LNK.


The Graduate Hotel
141 North 9th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402-475-4011

The Graduate has been recognized in Fast Company’s 2018 World’s Most Innovative Companies
— Fast Company
The Graduate Hotel - Lincoln

The Graduate Hotel - Lincoln



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. 


In addition to the parking garage located at The Graduate, there is 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.