SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

The 2021 SEMA Show Call for Speakers is Now Open

The SEMA Show provides an unparalleled platform for innovative thinkers to share their ideas, technologies and industry expertise. We are now accepting proposal submissions that reflect current trends, ideas and discoveries within the automotive aftermarket industry.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY

For more information please contact Gary Vigil at garyv@sema.org.

EDUCATION SEMINARS

EDUCATION SEMINARS

70+ free and 30+ paid education seminars give attendees an opportunity to sharpen their skills, boost their knowledge of the latest industry trends and learn about the latest business best practices.

For examples of education seminars that you will see in-person, click the button below to see education seminars from the 2020 SEMA360 online event.

VIEW SEMA360 SEMINARS

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

BRING YOUR STUDENTS TO THE SEMA SHOW

Learn how your school can attend the SEMA Show and why 200+ schools are already participating. Registration will open summer of 2021.

FAQ

FAQ

If AAPEX and the SEMA Show should have to cancel due to circumstances beyond our control, your registration fee will be refunded in full.

AAPEX and the SEMA Show have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our exhibitors and vendors. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting AAPEX and the SEMA Show venues, as well as attendee guidelines, including COVID-19, found at www.aaiwshow.com/policy.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html), senior citizens and others with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting AAPEX and the SEMA Show venues, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Auto Care Association, SEMA, or MEMA/AASA, or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

No. The SEMA Show is not open to the general public. The SEMA Show is a trade-only event, only qualified individuals employed within the automotive aftermarket industry are approved to receive a badge to enter the exhibit hall.

The following business categories do not qualify to attend:

  • Accounting firms
  • Consumers
  • Financial services/advisors/brokers/banks
  • Freight providers
  • Graphics companies (non-automotive)
  • Exhibition industry service companies
  • Insurance agents
  • Law firms
  • Modeling agents/agencies
  • Packaging companies
  • Printers
  • Promotional products companies
  • Software companies (non-automotive specific)
  • Travel agencies
  • Any non-automotive company

You must supply documentation that you work in the specialty-equipment market such as:

  • Business card, with company name, job title and address corresponding with information provided on your registration
  • Business license
  • Tax registration certificate or business registration
  • Recent paycheck stub 
  • Business photo ID (must include company name, photo and your name).

Basically, you need to prove that your business or the employer you work for is a current and legitimate automotive aftermarket business. 
If you registered and were approved for last year's Show and have not changed company, job title or contact information—such as your telephone number, address or email—you may not be required to show proof of involvement in the automotive aftermarket industry again. If you have questions about documentation required, contact Customer Service, Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. CST at 866-229-3687 or aapexsema@compusystems.com. International callers, dial +1-224-563-3154.

The SEMA Show is a trade-only industry event; it is not open to consumers or the general public. If you are an exhibitor, member of the media, or an employee of a company that is qualified to attend the 2021 SEMA Show, you can register for the Show at www.semashow.com/register .
2021 Show registration is now closed, and will re-open in the Spring. Please visit online at www.semashow.com. Select "ATTEND SHOW" in the Attendees box in the center of the screen, and follow the prompts to be alerted via email when registration opens.

No. Badges CANNOT be reproduced, transferred or resold. All AAPEX and SEMA Show attendees and exhibiting personnel must be prepared to provide a matching government-issued photo ID upon request. Show management reserves the right to refuse admission and revoke your badge at any time. If it is discovered you are allowing someone else to use your badge, that person will be escorted from the Show floor and both of you may not be allowed to attend a future Show.

Drones/UAVs of any kind are NOT allowed at the SEMA Show or at the Las Vegas Convention Center due to the proximity to McCarran International Airport. Drones/UAVs will be confiscated until Show end (after the SEMA Cruise).

The use of the above items are NOT allowed on the Las Vegas Convention Center property, this includes the Silver Lot, Platinum Lot as well as roadways and walkways within the Las Vegas Convention Center campus. This includes all non-ADA-approved mobility devices. These devices are subject to confiscation and returned at the end of the Show (following the SEMA Cruise).

Business or business casual attire is suggested. Logos and sayings on apparel must be in good taste. Show Management reserves the right to make determinations on appropriate apparel.

To view more general question faqs click here.

Educators, counselors and administrators employed by accredited high schools (grades 10–12), colleges or universities:

  • Must be bringing a minimum of one (1) student to the SEMA Show.
  • Must represent academic disciplines or skilled trades, including but not limited to S.T.E.M., transportation technologies, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, graphic design, information technology, journalism, and manufacturing technologies, that would support careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.
  • Must provide a minimum of two (2) of the following qualifying documents/documentation to be approved for school group registration:
    1. A photo of current school-issued staff I.D.
    2. A photo of current school-issued business card.
    3. URL link to official contact information in online staff/faculty directory.
    4. Two (2) recent paycheck stubs.

School group requirements:

  • One (1) school official is required to supervise every five (5) students in their group.
  • Encouraged to establish a student "vetting" process to limit their student groups to the "top performers."
  • Are the designees to pick up show badges on behalf of their student group; SEMA will not issue badges directly to students unless endorsed or arranged by the key school contact.
  • Must provide on-site contact information/cell phone number to SEMA staff and to all students under their supervision.
  • Spouses are eligible to attend if serving as student chaperone.

Students: 16–20 years of age:

  • Per trade-show policy, students must be 16 years of age or older to enter the exhibit halls and exhibit areas at the SEMA and AAPEX Shows.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university, or be a 2021 high school, college or university graduate.
  • Must be interested in learning about careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.
  • Must be accompanied by a school official or school-approved chaperone.

Students: 21 years of age or older:

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university or be a 2021 college or university graduate seeking to connect with employers in the automotive aftermarket industry.
  • Must represent academic disciplines or skilled trades, including but not limited to transportation technologies, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, graphic design, information technology, journalism, and manufacturing technologies, that would support careers in the automotive aftermarket industry.
  • Must submit current school ID and driver license/identification card.
  • Must submit a written endorsement by a school official who is familiar with the student's academic or skilled-trade certification performance.
  • Market research is not permitted to be conducted at the SEMA Show.
  • SEMA Show badges are FREE. SEMA waives the $40 entrance fee and provides complimentary non-buyer/educator and non-buyer student badges.
  • Non-buyer educator and student badges permit access to the SEMA and AAPEX Shows for all days that the shows are open, free-to-attend SEMA Show educations seminars and free-to-attend special events and networking receptions:
    • SEMA Show: Tuesday, November 3–Friday, November 6, 2021.
    • AAPEX Show: Tuesday, November 3–Thursday, November 5, 2021.
  • Educators, counselors and administrators who are employed by accredited high schools (grades 10–12) colleges or universities may be eligible to register as "Attendee Non-Buyers" under the "Association/Education/Government" category and pay the registration fee ($40 per person before October 16, 2021; $99 person after October 16, 2021).
  • We encourage you to participate in the SEMA Show Student Program special events to explore opportunities to coordinate school groups in the future and share the benefits of student attendance to the SEMA Show with your fellow school officials.
  • SEMA partners with all major hotel groups in Las Vegas to secure the best rates for SEMA Show attendees. Hotel accommodations vary in cost according to property and amenities.
  • SEMA has also partnered with Alaska, Delta and United Airlines to secure discounted airfare for SEMA Show attendees.
  • Visit the SEMA Show Travel & Lodging website listed below for more information.
  • SEMA has partnered with our official SEMA Show housing provider, OnPeak, to provide room blocks at the Circus Circus Hotel & Resort and Excalibur Hotel & Casino exclusively for schools with large student groups.
  • Please note that per Nevada gaming laws, many casino/hotels require guests to be 21 years of age or older to be eligible to make room reservations; check-in to hotel rooms and receive room keys; and apply payment toward hotel accommodations.
  • Please contact the hotel properties directly to find out their specific reservation and check-in requirements.
  • Visit our websites to view options and reserve your hotel and airline reservations:
  • The SEMA Show is a business-to-business trade-only event. Exhibitor and attendee-buyer attire ranges from business to casual.
  • However, we highly recommend that students and educators dress for success and try to blend in with the "business" environment.
  • Business- or smart-casual attire with closed-toed and comfortable walking-shoes; long pants (no jeans); and covered-shoulders are preferred.
  • Student attire should be neat and clean with minimal cologne, jewelry and make-up.
  • Many school groups will wear uniform polos or collared short- or long-sleeve, button-down and/or work/shop-shirts with their school logo embroidered on the left chest.

No. Badges CANNOT be reproduced, transferred or resold. All AAPEX and SEMA Show attendees and exhibiting personnel must be prepared to provide a matching government-issued photo ID upon request. Show management reserves the right to refuse admission and revoke your badge at any time. If it is discovered you are allowing someone else to use your badge, that person will be escorted from the Show floor and both of you may not be allowed to attend a future Show.

In compliance with the ADA, service animals --as defined by the ADA--are permitted at the Show. Other live animals, including comfort, emotional support or therapy animals, pets, and animals used for demonstrations of any kind are not allowed. Show Management reserves the right to prohibit service animals if they pose a threat or safety concern to anyone attending, exhibiting or working our Event. The handler/owner of the service animal is responsible for the care and supervision of his or her animal. If the animal is not under control or is disruptive or not housebroken, Show Management may require it to be removed from the Show premises.

Drones/UAVs of any kind are NOT allowed at the SEMA Show or at the Las Vegas Convention Center due to the proximity to McCarran International Airport. Drones/UAVs will be confiscated until Show end (after the SEMA Cruise).

Are hoverboards, Segways, skateboards, skates or scooters (either motorized or foot-powered) allowed at the SEMA Show? The use of the above items are NOT allowed on the Las Vegas Convention Center property, this includes the surrounding lots as well as roadways and walkways within the Las Vegas Convention Center campus. This includes all non-ADA-approved mobility devices. These devices are subject to confiscation and returned at the end of the Show (following the SEMA Cruise).