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Tips & Tidbits for Attending the Conference


Conference Wiki

The ETech wiki can be found online here.


Registration Hours

Registration is located in the Library, located on the lobby level.

Registration check-in will open as follows:

Tutorial-Only and Tutorial + Conference attendees:
Sunday, February 8 at 5:00pm

Digital Democracy Teach In attendees:
Sunday, February 8 at 5:00pm

Conference-Only (Tues.-Thurs.) attendees:
Monday, February 9 at 4:00pm

Expo Hall + Keynotes attendees:
Monday, February 9 at 4:00pm

Expo Hall Only attendees:
Tuesday, February 10 at 9:00am

Registration Check-in Hours are:

Sunday:5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday:7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday:7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday:7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday:7:00 AM - 5:15 PM


Exhibit Hall Hours

The Exhibit Hall is located in California Ballroom A and is open:

Tuesday:10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Conference Bookstore

The Conference Bookstore, located outside of the Exhibit Hall, features O'Reilly publications. Stop by the Bookstore to view the current schedule of author signings. The Bookstore will be open:

Tuesday:10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


AirPort Extreme Lounge

The AirPort Extreme Lounge (Santa Fe room, located on the 2nd level) hosts a large display of Apple computers, all installed with Panther and available for your use during the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Whether you're checking email or viewing Panther's sleek new features, the AirPort Extreme Lounge is the place to be.

Monday:7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday:7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday:7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday:7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Stop by the AirPort Extreme Lounge on Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 7:00 pm during the Welcome Reception.

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802.11b Wireless Connectivity

We are providing wireless connectivity to the Internet at this conference via 11Mb high-speed devices. You are welcome and encouraged to use your own wireless equipment to access our network, available throughout the conference area in the hotel. We are unfortunately unable to provide technical support or assistance with wireless connectivity.

To connect, be certain that you are running the latest drivers and firmware for your wireless device. In practice, the overwhelming majority of connectivity issues have been resolved by installing the latest drivers and firmware.

Please take note that each user on the network is responsible for his or her own security. As this is an open network, you are advised to disable any open ports or shares you do not want exposed. For privacy, we recommend that you use a secure tunnel through a trusted server when accessing network services such as email and web sites.

OS X users please be certain that Internet Connection Sharing is turned off: Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Sharing -> Internet -> Press "Stop" if indicated.


Participant Sessions

We had an overwhelming response to the ETech call for participation this year. The program committee worked some real magic to be sure the program is chock-full of the sorts of sessions we consider emerging, important, interesting, and inspiring. But what to do with all those who we'd have loved to have included if space and time weren't an issue? As a result, "Participant Sessions" were born.

Participant Sessions were created to offer you, the participants, the space in which to present and discuss topics that are of interest to you. Similar to conference sessions, submission of a session proposal is required in order to present a Participant Session. To express an interest in presenting a Participant Session, simply add a proposal to the ETech wiki. Proposals will be voted on by by your fellow participants.

Participant Sessions will take place each evening (Monday through Wednesday) from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Location: California Ballroom B, C, and the Plaza Room.
Audio/Visual: You'll be provided a projector and wifi access to the Net. You'll be expected to know how to plug in and get unwired yourself. Don't forget whatever dongle you need to sit between the projector and your laptop. We'll have an A/V tech roaming about and helping out where possible, but please do come prepared. You will not be mic'd for sound, so bring your best projecting voice.

For more information and to submit a proposal to present a Participant Session, visit the ETech wiki.


Tips for Conference Goers

Derrick Story, managing editor of O'Reilly Network, has the following tips for conference-goers:

Tip 1: Bring the extension cord for your Power Adapter. Sometimes socket real estate becomes quite sparse on those power strips and there isn't room for the Power Adapter itself. Those with standard plugs will live to compute another hour while others may have to fold up camp.

Tip 2: Pack a stash of munchies. There will be a light breakfast (Monday - Thursday) and lunch (Monday - Wednesday), but sometimes you might want to roll through a series of afternoon and evening events and delay your dinner until later. Have some munchies on hand to curb your appetite and give you maximum scheduling flexibility.

Tip 3: Partition your hard drive. At a conference like this, you're going to want a sandbox to play in without compromising your everyday work environment. It's a total hassle to partition your drive while on location.

Tip 4: Cut your rooming costs in half. O'Reilly facilitates a room sharing list where you can team up with another conference attendee and cut your rooming costs in half.

Tip 5: For secure connection to your server, test your VPN setup. Don't wait until you arrive at the hotel to test your VPN setup, test your configuration from home. That way, if you need to consult your system administrator, it's a friendly request when he has time and not an emergency stacked on top of the other 10 problems he's trying to solve.

Tip 6: Bring extra business cards. Yes, it's a digital world and you can send your VCard to new acquaintances via iChat or email, but sometimes introductions happen in hallways, restaurants, and elevators. A paper business card is more practical. Make sure you have a few in your pocket, just in case you make a great potential business contact.

Tip 7: Sign up for a 14 day free Safari Bookshelf account. While you're at the conference, you'll be attending a variety of technical sessions. In some cases you're going to want to dig deeper beyond what the speaker can cover in his or her allotted time. Or you might want to look something up right there during the talk. If you sign up for a free 14 day Safari account, you'll be able to add up to 10 titles to your bookshelf that will be available to you at all times during the conference. Remember, there will be wireless connectivity everywhere, so your Safari account will be like having 10 O'Reilly books right there in your laptop. Very handy for quick reference.

Tip 8: Get a cool laptop bag for on the go. Yes, you will get a very nice O'Reilly canvas bag at the show, but in all honesty, it doesn't protect your computer very well. And your all-purpose backpack stuffed to the gills with every accessory your own will get a little heavy after a day or two. There are some nice slim sleeves available, such as the Incase Laptop Sleeve for $39 US. Your shoulders will thank you.



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