[Air-L] [AoIR 8] Message to delegates
smith at sfu.ca
Thu Oct 11 15:11:22 PDT 2007
Dear AoIR 8 ("Let's Play!) delegates,
The program is printed, the food is ordered, the extra security has
been arranged. All is set for your edification and amusement next
week in Vancouver. All we need now are the nerds (Ahem, Internet
Researchers...), so get those suitcases packed and hop on a plane.
I have received a few inquiries about various logistical matters and
hope to clear many of them up in this email. If you have other
questions, however, don't hesitate to contact me.
The registration will be open on a limited basis on Wednesday,
October 17, to process folks who arrive early for the workshops. If
you get into town during the day on Wednesday, drop in and pick up
your bag, but after 9:30 when the workshop folks will be in their
sessions, please. Registration is in the front hallway, just as you
come into the building at 515 West Hastings Street. It will be open
8-4 the rest of the conference.
There is a computer and LCD projector - with proper external
speakers - in every room. No need to bring your own laptop, and in
fact you will find it easier and simpler to just bring your
presentation on a CD or USB stick/drive. There is an old fashioned
overhead projector in every room, as well.
We will have coffee and *some* snacks before the event begins each
morning, and then again at 10am and 3pm. Remember, the first session
is at 8:30am... so don't sleep in!
Lunch is provided. You are welcome to use your lunch time - we
scheduled 90 minutes for lunch - to go outside, but a modest lunch
buffet will be available for all delegates.
There is an opening reception on Wednesday, October 17, starting at
7pm. The reception is sponsored by University of Washington's School
of Communication. We've had a larger than expected number of people
indicate that they were coming, so we've tried to lay on a bit more
snacks and wine, but please be understanding if there is no more free
booze when you get here. The bar will stay open, on a cash basis,
until 9pm. Then you are on your own. Have fun, but be safe.
The banquet is an extra cost option, which many of you did select,
but it is now sold out. Numerous other dining and entertainment
options exist in Vancouver - a tourist guide will be in your
conference pack - and our registration staff will be happy to make
suggestions. Most downtown things are easily walkable from the
Yes, we will have (wired and wireless) internet connections
available for those of you with your own laptops. An instruction
guide with user ID and password for the campus network is in the back
of your badge holder. A limited number of workstations available in
the computer labs for those of you who do not have a computer with
you. Please give (anxious about midterms) students priority in those
We have had a large response and it is possible that your
presentation room or the keynote will be over full. Please be
patient. In some cases we may be able to move to a larger room, but
in other situations you might have to crowd in or go to another
session. If that happens, look on the bright side: at least our
research area is sufficiently popular to create a crowd!
The program is available through the AoIR wiki: http://wiki.aoir.org/
index.php?title=About_IR8.0 and you can also download the complete
program from my personal web space, here: http://www.sfu.ca/~smith/
AoIR2007ProgramOct11.pdf You will find a "conference at a glance in
the program and in the back of your badge-holder, or you can memorize
this pattern: parallel sessions, coffee, keynote, lunch, parallel
sessions, coffee, parallel sessions. That is the order of things on
Thursday and Saturday. On Friday, our keynote is in the afternoon so
the pattern is slightly altered: parallel sessions, coffee, parallel
sessions, lunch, parallel sessions, coffee, keynote.
The Annual General Meeting begins promptly at 5pm in room 1900,
following Henry Jenkins' keynote address. If you don't wish to
participate in the AGM, kindly exit to the lobby, where Dr Jenkins
will be available for a few minutes following his talk.
Internet researchers understand the value of ad-hoc networks, and I
encourage you to create delicious tags, twitter tags, jaiku tags,
flickr tags, irc channels, skype message groups, whatever... aoir8 is
a distinctive and easily used "tag" and might suit your needs and
help others find you. I don't have an official photographer for this
event (yet) but I hope that a few of you might bring your cameras.
Vancouver in the fall is cool (10-15 degrees celsius, or mid-50s for
those in Farenheit) and a high probability of showers. Dress warmly,
bring a waterproof jacket, and shoes that you can walk in the rain in
and not have wet feet. You'll have more fun.
I can't think of anything more, so I will send this off now. I hope
you have a safe and pleasant trip to Vancouver and that your hotel
arrangements are comfortable, and I look forward to seeing you all
here next week.
Richard Smith, Professor, School of Communication
Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, CANADA
New phone number: +1 778 782 5116 Web: http://www.sfu.ca/~smith/
Skype - callto://richard_k_smith
New book: http://arago.cprost.sfu.ca/smith/mawc
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