I hope you are as excited about the NCDevCon 2011 conference as we are. We've put in a fair bit of work to give you the best conference experience possible. Toward that goal, we want to communicate some important points to you. Please read this email in it's entirety so you can take full advantage of all you paid for:
HELP US FIGURE OUT ROOM ASSIGNMENTS
We have several different sized rooms. We want to put the most popular tracks in the largest rooms so people can sit comfortably. Take this quick (48 second) survey right now and tell us what you want to see:
HOW TO STAY PLUGGED IN
The conference hash tag on twitter is: #ncdevcon It would be a good idea to follow this hash tag on your phone. People use the hash tag to communicate, self-organize meals, drink locations, carpools, rideshares and other important things.
The conference is located 3.7 miles from your hotel. Directions are here: http://bit.ly/raebY6 You are encouraged to self-organize taxi rides and carpools to and from the hotel. Use the hash tag #ncdevcon on twitter for this purpose. We've screened all attendees and have filtered out most of the serial killers and wackos.
Your hotel can flag a taxi or you can call: (919) 539-4583 or (919) 798-6106 for good, safe, efficient cab transport.
You can get help at any time by coming to the registration desk. In addition, there will be NCDevCon volunteer staff wearing Beige (men) or Yellow (women) TACFUG shirts.
HANDS ON CLASSES
There are two available hands on classes this year. If you plan on attending either class (or both) you must:
- Show up to the class on time
- Have a working laptop that you can install programs on
- For either/both classes, download this software (free trial): http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=flash_builder
- For Web/ColdFusion class other software will be installed/configured on your computer at the beginning of the class
EVENT SCHEDULE FRIDAY NIGHT
Many speakers and attendees are staying at the Clarion hotel in Raleigh. There are a lot of food and drink options within a 2 block radius of the hotel, I recommend:
- The Flying Saucer: www.beerknurd.com/stores/raleigh
- The Borough: theboroughraleigh.com
- Napper Tandy's: http://nappertandys.com
- Raleigh Times: http://raleightimesbar.com
Use the hash tag #ncdevcon to organize groups and meet new friends.
Registration begins at 8:00 AM. We'll have free coffee, soda and snacks available out for you. The first session starts at 9:00 so please get to the conference location by 8:30 so we can register you in time.
Lunch (for both days) is included with your registration. There is a vegetarian entree option both days. Our menu for Saturday is probably:
- Seasonal Tossed Salad
- Chicken Tomato Alfredo or Shrimp Creole or Vegetable Paella
- Peach Cobbler Dessert
Right after the sessions, please join us for free food and beverages provided by our very generous sponsors. We'll have stuff for you to enjoy from 6PM-9PM. After 9PM it is tradition to adjourn to the Flying Saucer (www.beerknurd.com/stores/raleigh) located a block from the conference hotel and hang out with your fellow conference folks. There is the possibility of some additional free drinks for those who come to the Flying Saucer. The Flying Saucer also has very good food in case you need something else before you trot off to bed.
Registration again opens at 8:00 AM. If you already registered, you can show up at 9:00 for the first session. If you are checking out of the hotel, bring your bags and we'll store them at the conference for you. As before, we'll have plenty of free coffee, soda and snacks available out for you.
Lunch is included with your registration. Our menu for Sunday is probably:
- Pesto Pasta Salad
- Chicken Jambalaya or Seafood au Gratin or Vegetable tamales and refried lentils (vegan)
- Bread Pudding Dessert
The conference ends at 4:00. If you need a ride to the airport, you may find one by letting us know and hanging around by the registration desk.
If you need any help or information, please come by the registration desk. or look for a volunteer. We look forward to meeting you at NCDevCon and strive to give you the best conference experience possible.
Dan Wilson/Jim Priest and the rest of the NCDevCon staff