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What's the coolest ($3 or less) swag you've received recently?

Helping organize a 450+ attendee conference, with a focus on I.T. in education for next year at my home institution; among other things I'm looking into various swag ideas for those who come. What's the coolest conference swag you've seen recently that has a pretty low price point?
posted by Shepherd on Nov 23, 2016 - 31 answers

Conference etiquette

I'm going to a conference shortly. I need to introduce myself to a few people that I've only communicated with via email. This is not a problem in itself. What I do have trouble with, is approaching people that are already in a conversation with each other. I don't want to be rude and interrupt but I don't want to lose track either so I end up doing the concentric circle dance waiting for my chance. Is there a better way? Any other tips for conferences?
posted by aeighty on Sep 13, 2016 - 15 answers

"Cancelled due to legislative hate and stupidity"

As a conference organizer, what are ways to prepare for the possibility that the state where the event will be held may pass a "bathroom bill"? [more inside]
posted by metaquarry on Apr 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Modify PPT deck on iPad; get it onto a flash drive?

Is there yet a way to edit a PPT deck on iPad and then get it quickly onto a standard flash drive? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Apr 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Psychology conference question

I will be giving a presentation at the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama this summer. It’s my first time at a psych conference, and also at a conference as large as this. [more inside]
posted by Prof Iterole on Mar 7, 2016 - 1 answer

The way SXSW used to be

SXSW is...well, see the Blue. What other conferences have a heavy tech slant and a diversity of programming but are not nearly so bloated? [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Oct 26, 2015 - 2 answers

It's showtime…so where are the cameras & microphones?

Solutions for on-the-fly video streaming and recording of science conference in academic setting?? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Aug 31, 2015 - 3 answers

What are some good alternative conferences or festivals for thinkers?

I want to take a vacation that includes some sort of intellectual festival or conference where I'll meet interesting people and discuss ideas. (I'm a party animal.) Think TED gone to summer camp or Davos for hipsters ;-) The Do Lectures and Porcupine Freedom Festival both sound massively interesting - what other events should I look into? [more inside]
posted by Junebug79 on May 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Give me the information. All of it!

For various reasons, I've been considering going back to school for information sciences. To aid me in this I've arranged to volunteer for the Texas Library Association's annual conference happening this week, which also means I get to see the exhibitions and go to networking stuff. Hooray! But now I'm getting overwhelmed. So much vocab I don't know! Out of all of the libraries in all of the places in all of the world, Mefites, what sorts of programs should I be talking to? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Apr 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Website template for academic conference

Looking for a simple, clean html template for an academic conference in computer science. What I found via Google was mostly too flashy, complicated, or confusing. Will consider WordPress if need be, but just html or php would be preferred. [more inside]
posted by meijusa on Apr 10, 2015 - 2 answers

White Space

Why are there so many white men in space? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Dec 9, 2014 - 28 answers

How do I make the most of my attendance at the World Economic Forum?

I’ve received a rather unlikely invitation to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. What can I expect? What shall I do in preparation, and at the event, in order to maximise the opportunity? [more inside]
posted by the_wellspring on Dec 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Where did I read good advice for structuring q&a sessions for a talk?

I think I was at a science fiction convention once and they had guidelines on asking questions during the questions and answers part of a session. It had a list of things to consider such as: don't use your turn to comment rather than ask a question. I'd really love to find it again so that I can use it for other events, and also have session chairs know the guidelines so that they can encourage good q&a sessions.
posted by bleary on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

What cool events can I attend in the US next month?

I'm involved with an organization at my university that has funds for members to travel to events that are relevant to their interests or fields of study. I'd like to take advantage of this before I graduate in May. So, I'm looking for conferences/events/etc. that are occurring in the United States (no passport) during the month of April. The organization has a pretty large amount of funds left, so let's assume that cost is not an issue. (I mean, nothing crazy. Let's keep it under a few thousand). My interests are many and varied. I'm majoring in geography, so I like maps. I like design, architecture, journalism, web stuff, arts, literature, history, and food. Seriously, I can get interested in anything. Ideally, this event would allow some flexibility so that I can explore whatever place it's in. [more inside]
posted by rensar on Mar 3, 2014 - 7 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

Behold, as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work.

Suggestions for interesting space-related conferences taking place before end of 2013? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Sep 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me plan writing conferences I'll attend for the next several years.

I run a small press that primarily publishes speculative literature, and I am also a writer. I'd like to plan the next several years' worth of writing conferences to attend so I can plan for vacation days from my day job, finances, etc. What cons do you love and why? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Tradeshow Networking

Help me make the most of an upcoming tradeshow to network and plant seeds for future freelance projects. [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jul 10, 2013 - 2 answers

I just skip the banquets

How do I learn to be less shy in professional situations with groups of strangers? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Jan 5, 2013 - 14 answers

What are some fun conventions?

What are some popular "fun" conventions or conferences? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Dec 11, 2012 - 20 answers

Idea/Highlight Crowdsourcing Platform for a Conference

I'd like some advice about creating a live website exercise for the audience at an industry conference. The exercise is about getting the audience to crowdsource highlights from the conference panels/speakers (this has the support of the conference organizers). [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Video lectures for the knowledge hungry

You are probably familiar with TED, a fantastic collection of talks on a wide range of topics available online. What other, similar collections are there? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Aug 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Work This Workshop! Work It!

What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 15, 2012 - 5 answers

I want this to be the best.

My first conference — help me make it the awesomest ever! My boss & I are going to Eyeo, in Minneapolis, a week from Monday. I've never been to a professional conference before. I am super excited about the subject matter (data visualization, creative code, etc.) I am a somewhat experienced designer and a pretty new coder (though I do have a relevant project up on the web). I know nothing though about how do get the most out of this. Please advise!
posted by dame on May 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How to have successful meetings with out of town participants?

Making work conference calls work! Any free or cheap software, hardware to help make meetings with long distance clients easier and more efficient - Skype and Oovoo aren't working! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Apr 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Help us efficiently schedule presenters for a conference.

How can we efficiently schedule presenters for a conference? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

What IT conferences should I budget this year?

What IT/programming/technology type conferences should I try to go to this year (June 2012 - June 2013)? I have to come up with a list of 3 by Thursday for my manager! [more inside]
posted by The Supreme Dominar on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

MeFi Academics: Describe the perfect conference web app

MeFi academics: imagine you're attending a conference. Describe the your dream conference web app/website. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Feb 14, 2012 - 35 answers

What's up with this?

Why is TED so great and why would I want to go? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jan 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for conference ideas...

What conferences should we (a crack team of Instructional Designers) attend? What conferences (tech, ed, design, etc) have you been to that knocked your socks off? [more inside]
posted by madred on Aug 29, 2011 - 4 answers

How do large companies find meeting venues in a huge city like NYC?

How do large companies decide where to hold meetings in a big city like NYC? There are hundreds of options if not more. Has anyone participated in this process and can you please shed some insight? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on May 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Conference Swag

Is it really a conference without swag? [more inside]
posted by sk932 on Mar 17, 2011 - 38 answers


Are some professional conferences scams / wastes of money? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Fill out my Map of Awesome

I'm updating my Map of Awesome - who else should be on there? Looking for performance artists, schools, companies, places, and other things that share characteristics of activism, creativity, and pure awesome. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Any Word on "21st Century Schools?"

Teachermefi: I'm a middle school special ed teacher and my district wants to send me to this conference: Designing 21st Century Schools. Does anyone have any experience with this organization? I hate taking time away from my class to doodle, but it's supported by Edutopia, George Lucas' educational foundation and seems possibly worthwhile.
posted by dzaz on Mar 2, 2010 - 4 answers


What awesome conferences/conventions/hugehumanhangouts are there in the United States? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Dec 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Hello My Name Is Boring

I am highly motivated to avoid the blahness of YANFCB (Yet Another Fucking Conference Badge.) Help me come up with COOL conference badges. Or something. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Nov 22, 2009 - 11 answers

What cool conferences have you been to?

What cool conferences have you been to? Last year for vacation, I went to the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual general meeting and WorldCon. I found out about SIGGRAPH too late to go. A cool conference is where there's plenty of new insight and ideas...oh yes and plenty of nifty loot/freebies! Suggestions for non-techie conferences welcome.
posted by storybored on Sep 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Resume distribution for the technologically unsophisticated

I'm going to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference next month and want to know the latest, greatest (and cheapest) gadgets available for handing out my resume. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Aug 20, 2008 - 3 answers

What's an affordable conference center in Southern California?

Affordable conference/retreat facilities in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jul 22, 2008 - 2 answers

Over-Ambitious Teenagers

If you were writing a book/essay about the motivations of over-ambitious young people, where would you look for research? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Conferences for Dummies

How do you organize a conference? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 7, 2007 - 10 answers

Micro cap/Biotech conferences

I need to find conferences for a micro cap biotech company to attend. [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Aug 13, 2007 - 4 answers

What other conferences/events are out these like SXSW, Burning Man and TED?

What other conferences/events are out these like SXSW, Burning Man and TED? I'm looking for events that encompass popculture, technology, film and/or music.
posted by brokekid on Jul 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Any embedded software conferences in the US in June '06?

Embedded software-related conferences in the US in late June? [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jun 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Requesting Insider Information

Five minutes ago, I heard about an interview that will take place tonight. Does anyone know anything about the firm IQPC, or the conference industry, that could help me get this job, and get to New York? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Mar 31, 2006 - 9 answers

Erector on the projector

Has anyone heard any tales about someone doing a conference or seminar, setting up their laptop, and having porn or something similarly embarrassing accidentally come up on the big screen? It's gotta have happened. I've tried searching Usenet but it's a tough cookie to do keywords for.
posted by zek on Dec 19, 2005 - 25 answers

Other Multicultural Youth Experiences

In about a month I will return from one of the greatest experiences of my life - a multicultural travelling creative extravaganza. Then what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 12, 2005 - 11 answers

Conference giveaways

Is there some sort of rule-of-thumb for how many giveaways you bring to a conference based on number of attendees? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on May 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Conferences and trade shows.

Conferences and trade shows. What makes a booth at a trade show particularly compelling? Do schwag, trinkets, gewgaws, etc. do anything for you? What have been some of the more creative / innovative approaches you've seen to conference booths? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 on Feb 16, 2005 - 24 answers

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