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Help me name 7 conference rooms

I need to name 7 conference rooms. I've seen the threads with the really funny names but these have to work with stodgy overlords. [more inside]
posted by special-k on Sep 5, 2014 - 63 answers

Going to a conference. Help me present myself to potential employers.

I'm going to a conference/show/event in October, and I need a good way to present on-going education and new job history. Details inside? You bet. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Moonlight on Aug 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help me put together outfits for an upcoming conference!

Difficult level: Academia. Further complicating details inside the fold. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Aug 7, 2014 - 26 answers

Philadelphia recommendations, summer special snowflakes inside

What things should I be sure not to miss when visiting Philly July 6-11th? Difficulty: Attending a conference but free in the evenings, solo traveler, nervous driving in cities. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jun 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Saturday morning child care while at Pepperdine conference

I have a conference at Pepperdine University near Malibu CA and am bringing my kids and another adult. There is a Saturday excursion that my youngest, 6, is too young to participate. We're flying in from the East Coast, how do I find a fun, responsible college kid for that morning? [more inside]
posted by childofTethys on Jun 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Attending a scientific conference alone and overseas

I could really use some tips on networking and well, not panicking. Difficulty: I'm pretty strongly introverted and have some social anxiety as well, although I can fake it for a few hours if I have enough energy. I'm a senior PhD student who is expected to be better at this than I am. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Journal paper, conference paper, book chapter

[academic-filter] Let's say I've done some snazzy research from which I want to produce two journal papers, a conference paper and a book chapter. How different should the conference paper and book chapter be from the journal papers? Is there an order in which I should publish them? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Apr 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for a boardroom rental in downtown Los Angeles..

I am in search of a boardroom/conference room space (accommodating max. 10 people for a meeting for 2-half days) in downtown Los Angeles. Any recommendations? Especially for rentals under a $250 day rate with wifi and water at the location. Thank you.
posted by likeapen on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Where should I stay during a conference in Vegas?

I'll be in Las Vegas for a conference this summer, and am trying to figure out what my best options are for lodging. I'll have a fair bit of time for fun stuff, and I can't decide whether it's wiser to stay right next to the Convention Center and cab it to the strip/Fremont, or whether it makes more sense to stay on the strip and cab it to the conference (I'm also open to walking, depending on weather/exhaustion levels). I'm also not sure which way would be most beneficial traffic-wise, going into or out of the strip. If you've done this before, which option would you recommend, and are there any particular hotels I should look into?
posted by stellaluna on Mar 26, 2014 - 15 answers

iOS development convention recommendations?

I'm an iOS developer, and I'm trying to schedule and budget for technical conferences next year. I've been to WWDC a few times, and will likely try to get tickets again in 2014. I'll probably also attend a CocoaConf. Other than that, can anyone recommend iOS-related conferences or classes they've found valuable and fun. In the US or Canada is preferable, but Europe is not out of the question.
posted by pheide on Dec 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Convention Swag for Beginners

I need to start thinking about ordering convention swag and I don't know where to start. I'm promoting myself as a copy editor, and my clients are writers. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 9, 2013 - 25 answers

Attending My First Professional Convention For Dummies

I volunteer for a local advocacy non-profit and I will be accompanying the director to a statewide convention next month. I have never attended a convention in my life. I need any and all advice you may have for a first-time attendee.
posted by entropicamericana on Oct 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Nashville - Should We Stay Downtown?

Should we stay at Opryland during this conference, or should we stay downtown and commute? [more inside]
posted by ldthomps on Oct 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Funding for PhD student attending an overseas academic conference?

I am a criminology PhD student based in London and have been invited to present at a conference in Tampa, Florida next year. The conference is perfect for my area of research; the only thing is neither my university nor the hosting institution can provide funding to cover my travel expenses. Are there any other bodies that might be able to provide some funding?
posted by PhDStudent on Oct 7, 2013 - 6 answers

What to do in Austin when you're breastfeeding?

There's a conference I'd like to go to in Austin at the beginning of November, but Minipenny is still breast feeding which complicates things. Misterpenny and I talked about making it a short family trip. A couple of days (well, day and a half) on our own and then a day and a half (and at least one evening) of him being on full childcare duties and me at the conference. I used to have the conference travel down, and enjoyed getting to see a bit of a new city, but it's a whole new ballgame now...we've never traveled with the baby, and have never been to Austin, so I'm having trouble knowing how to go about the planning, or if this is even a good idea. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Oct 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk

I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air" for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I get the most out of my first major academic conference?

I'm a second-year grad student in the humanities going to (and presenting at!) my first major academic conference in about a week. I already have business cards, a list of sessions I'm interested in, and a probably absurdly high amount of anxiety. Fellow academics of MeFi, what do you recommend to maximize my conference experience?
posted by naturalog on Sep 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Do I have to spend thousands to stream-and-record quality audio & video?

Live streaming video from Conference-setting in Dallas. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jun 19, 2013 - 5 answers

What's a good giveaway for a business meeting?

What's a good giveaway for attendees of a mid-sized business meeting (50 people) to mark the "beginning of a new era"? May be symbolic or something useful, as long as it's not tacky. Maximum value ~25 USD.
posted by lord_yo on May 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Do I have to share a hotel room with my coworker?

Is it common in your academic workplace for people to share hotel rooms at conferences with colleagues? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on May 9, 2013 - 60 answers

Cheap conference room audio for non-profits

I need a better audio setup for a projector in a conference room for a non-profit with no budget. Seriously: we're poor. [more inside]
posted by Fnarf on Mar 28, 2013 - 28 answers

I want YOU to play KSP!

How do I connect with videogame developers in Dallas, TX? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Mar 27, 2013 - 5 answers

A WebEx is Leaking

How to lock down a teleconference to keep out campers, nosy parkers and miscreants? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Mar 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me not go to Mars and get more candy bars

Help me eat well during a conference! I'd like tips for food that travels well on airplanes, as well as anything specific to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Many picky eater details within. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Feb 14, 2013 - 25 answers

What makes a conference memorable and fun?

I would like to hear about the little things that really stood out and details you still remember to this day from conferences or conventions in any field. [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Feb 12, 2013 - 26 answers

Scholar trying to get Chinese visa for academic conference on religion

I'm from the U.S. and I've been invited to an academic conference on "Religion in Modern Society" at a university in PRC. I need a visa. [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Recommendations for group video conference w/ iOS and Android support?

I'm trying to find a way to have a group video conference between 4-7 people, that allows iOS and Android devices to connect, as well as Mac and PC users. [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Jan 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for Wordpress conference plugin

I'm organizing a conference which has a Wordpress website. Can anyone recommend a plugin that facilitates easy setup of pages/posts with speaker bios, session descriptions, locations and times, and an attractive auto-generated conference schedule page with links to the bios and session blurbs? [more inside]
posted by beagle on Jan 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Experience with Kiddie Corp child care?

Do you have experience with Kiddie Corp child care provided at a convention? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

So, what is alt.chi?

HCI people: I have an opportunity to think about going to alt.chi next year. From what I can gather, it looks interesting, but also will be expensive to travel to and to attend. So, has anyone been in the past, or actually presented alt.chi papers? [more inside]
posted by carter on Dec 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Conference trip - business or pleasure?

I'm a Canadian software developer. I'm going to a conference in the US next month, and I'm not sure what to say when they ask if the trip is for business or pleasure. [more inside]
posted by problemspace on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

To learn from the people around you, you need to know what to ask.

How can we help event attendees show their expertise? [more inside]
posted by cranberry_nut on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Help Me Feel More Confident About This Super Long Presentation on Confidence (sorta)

A presentation on assertive negotiation and learning confidence: my time slot is twice as long as I expected! Can you help me brainstorm a group activity to break up the time while illustrating the concepts? Do you have any resources to share? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

where can I pre-present my paper?

I have to do a 45 minute presentation at a summit next month. I need to give this presentation the practice it deserves. But, everyone is on vacation in England and the school year does not begin until after the summit. I am in England, I have little money, and I really need an audience who know about social enterprise and journalism to tell me what I need to do more clearly for this presentation. can you give me any advice? the conference is in four weeks.
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 - 4 answers

No alcohol at barcamps...

How should I effectively promote a regional barcamp/unconference? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 5, 2012 - 1 answer

How to un-boring my meetings?

What is the most awesome meeting icebreaker / energizer that you have ever heard of and / or participated in? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 11, 2012 - 32 answers

What off-site professional trainings have you taken that are totally worth it?

I've taken some great trainings over the past several years and I'm looking for one this year. My company will send me almost anywhere in the US for up to 5 days of training/conference. Where should I go this year? [more inside]
posted by schwab on Jul 2, 2012 - 4 answers

What's a good yet affordable conference call system, which can hold a conference in which anyone can join by either phone or the internet, as desired?

What is a good conference calling service for use in Canada (Ottawa specifically), which allows people to connect by computer or by phone in a single conference? I'm on a budget too. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Apr 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Fashionable meeting room in the City of Lights...

NicheRequestFilter: Planning an event in Paris. Looking to rent a conference room with A/V and catering at a sexy boutique hotel. Ideally in Levallois-Perret or the 8th or 17th; we can cab up to 15 or twenty minutes. We'll be twelve to fifteen people. Merci!
posted by nickrussell on Apr 9, 2012 - 1 answer

Room sharing at a science conference

grad students and former grad students/postdocs/academics (or pretty much anyone who has experience going to conferences): trying to figure out if I'm making an unreasonable request about room sharing at a conference, or if colleagues are. [more inside]
posted by captain cosine on Feb 25, 2012 - 27 answers

Should I ask my employer to sponsor my attendance at a professional conference?

As a junior programmer at a tech startup, how do I tactfully approach my employer about sponsoring my attendance at a professional conference? Is that a common request to make? [more inside]
posted by limon on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Any advice or comments on jobhunting at science conferences?

Do any of you have experience with postdoc recruitment at academic conferences (Specifically, BSGT/ESGCT)? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Short-term house rentail in Montreal!

I'm trying to rent a big house in Montreal to accommodate somewhere between 8-12 people this coming November for a conference. Does anyone have any specific experiences or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Sep 15, 2011 - 4 answers

I want to teach live, online classes

Is it cost-effective (affordable) for a single person to conduct online video training? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I let a bad paper with my name on it be presented at an academic conference?

How concerned should I be about a mediocre paper I co-wrote being presented at a conference (by a classmate I despise and distrust)? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Aug 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Meetings suck because we always have to say everything twice, yelling the second time.

Please help me find the best telephone conferencing hardware for our conference room. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 19, 2011 - 1 answer

China / law filter:

Has anyone attended the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing? I'm not a lawyer or an academic, but I am interested in learning more about property rights in China. Should I attend?
posted by quidividi on Aug 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Inexpensive camp-like location for very small conference?

I'm looking for recommendations for a location in New York or southern New England to have a 3 day/2 night unconference for a 25-30 folks max, relatively close to transportation. I'm envisioning something like a camp with cabins, electricity, a usable kitchen, and a common room for meals and discussion space. Most importantly, it needs to be cheap. [more inside]
posted by anarchivist on Jun 7, 2011 - 2 answers

How to properly publicize

What are some good ways of publicizing a workshop/conference when the submission deadline is in two weeks? [more inside]
posted by wending my way on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Where to buy, Embedded Systems conferences reading material?

Can the tutorials, presentations and other reading material given to attendees at Embedded Systems Conferences, which happen annualy in Silicon Valley-US, and also in other places, be purchased later if one has not attended the conference? If yes, Where, How can one buy that?
posted by goldenmean on May 13, 2011 - 1 answer

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