It’s getting closer to EclipseCon 2011 so I thought it would be a good time to talk logistics!
Be sure to register now for the best price; early registration ends on February 14. Also, I recommend that you make your hotel and flight reservations now. The hotel always sells out pretty early and the other options aren’t as convenient in my opinion.
Taxi Shares: http://wiki.eclipse.org/EclipseCon_2011_Taxi_Shares
Evangelize your Sessions
There are lots of good sessions this year and so you are in competition with other sessions at times. The solution? Get out there and promote yourself and your talk: in your blog, Twitter, on email lists and so on. There’s no shame in a little advertising!
The conference organizers will be extracting your name, session title, affiliation and so on from the website after February 11 to create the printed program. If you want the printed program to have your name spelled correctly and your efforts attributed to your employer, now is the time to double check all that.
WiFi and Internet Expectations
There is WiFi throughout the convention venue. The WiFi is generally pretty good, but there is only so much bandwidth… I recommend that you don’t give a session that is dependent on the internet… find a way to do everything locally. Otherwise, to quote Murphy’s Law… “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” On a side note, if you absolutely need a reliable Internet connection for your session, email email@example.com with a serious justification.
For tutorial presenters, there will be five USB memory sticks for each tutorial to help you distribute the software to your attendees. You need to pick these up at the registration desk and put your own files on them. They are yours to keep. On top of that, there will be student workers to help tutorial presenters this year. If you are giving a tutorial, please be thinking of ways your student can help (distributing USB keys, tell jokes, etc.). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are no slide templates… be creative on your own!
I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference. Let me know if you have any questions!