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Welcome to CONNECT 2015!

Thank you for joining us for this year’s CONNECT conference. We are very excited to host you and your colleagues and to provide this opportunity to CONNECT! We hope you enjoy the sessions and activities we have planned throughout the day.

This official survival guide provides key information on everything you’ll need to know about the conference. If you have any questions beyond the information provided, please contact us at CONNECT.Conference@ualberta.ca.

Why CONNECT?

At CONNECT our goal is to discover, collaborate, and connect with like-minded professionals at a conference held for U of A IT professionals, by U of A IT professionals. The conference is  an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and gain insight into the amazing passions and projects at the University of Alberta. We are looking forward to a fantastic conference full of brilliant conversation around IT, networking with colleagues, enlightening presentations and good food.

Finding your way around

The conference will be held in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (“CCIS”), located on the north end of the University quad.

Check-in/Information

Get a head start on the conference by visiting the advance registration table on Tuesday, June 23rd between 11:00am – 2:00pm to pick up your name badge, meal ticket, and ticket for door prizes. Please ensure you bring your OneCard as it will be required to complete advance registration.

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Date: June 23, 2015
Location: 3rd Floor Service Desk

Onsite check-in will be available the morning of the conference prior to the first sessions from 7:30am – 8:00am. Upon arriving at CCIS, look for the registration table staffed by volunteers with blue shirts. A valid OneCard is required for registration, and Government issued ID is required for the after party.

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions will be held in lecture rooms 1-140, L1-140, 1-160, and L1-160. The presentations in each room follow the tracks Making an Impact, Transforming you, Serving the University, and Changing and Transforming respectively. You may select a maximum of 5 sessions to attend throughout the day, while being conscious of possible time conflicts. The full schedule can be viewed here. We recommend you look at the schedule before the conference to determine which sessions you would like to attend.

Dress code

The recommended dress code for the conference is business casual. Attendees should wear work appropriate attire. Jeans, T-shirts and runners are not encouraged.

Sustainability

We are proud to support the University of Alberta’s sustainability program in an effort to reduce the footprint of the conference and are pleased to announce we have achieved a Silver Certification!

This certification is supported through the Green Spaces Certification program. Our conference has demonstrated solid performance under all the categories and has identified creative innovative actions (e.g. water towers, conference specific swipe technology for registration and door prizes, etc).

To help support this important initiative, please bring a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug as there will be water and coffee stations available throughout the conference site.  We also encourage you to view this Survival Guide on your electronic device and refer to it when needed, rather than printing a paper copy.

We also recommend you either carpool or take public transit to the University.

Parking

If you are driving, we recommend you park in the Windsor Car Park.  Travelling north or south on 116 Street, turn just north of 92 Avenue.

Social Media

Join in the discussion in-person and on Twitter throughout the conference at @UACONNECT and share your photos via hashtag #uaconnect2015.

If you don’t have a Twitter account send your photos to CONNECT.Conference@ualberta.ca and they will be tweeted throughout the day.

Questions?

If you have any questions during the conference, feel free to ask a volunteer.  They’ll be the ones wearing bright blue CONNECT shirts!