Shuffling off to Buffalo – Conference Planning Update

Are you counting the days until NASIG’s 28th Annual Conference begins? It won’t be long now.  Here is some useful information.

Travel Information

There are “words of wisdom” regarding travel to Buffalo and the conference site at the NASIG website, http://www.nasig.org/conference_travel.cfm

If you are flying to Buffalo, planes land at the Buffalo International Airport located in the suburb of Cheektowaga.  The conference hotel—the Hyatt—is in the downtown area.  Shuttle and taxi services are available http://buffaloairport.com/Ground/Shuttle.aspx.  The ITA Shuttle Service (aka “Airport Shuttle”) can be reached at 716-633-8294.

If you are driving to Buffalo, you should consult http://buffalo.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/transportation.html.    Self-parking is available in the Augspurger parking ramp adjacent to the hotel or in the open lot directly across the street. Rates vary and do not include in and out privileges. Valet parking is also available at the rate of $20.00 per day with in and out privileges.

Weather

The weather in the Buffalo area during the early summer is pleasant and changeable.  The 10-day forecast currently calls for temperatures in the 70’s Wednesday-Friday (June 5-7) with the possibility of scattered thunderstorms.   Everyone in Buffalo is praying for good weather for NASIG’s weekend in the city and for the Allentown Art Festival (held not too far from the Hyatt) on Saturday-Sunday (June 8-9).  The best strategy is to dress in layers and bring a light rain coat and/or an umbrella!

Registration

Registration will be held in the coat check area located in the Hyatt on the mezzanine level.  Turn left at the top of the escalators.

There will be a satellite registration table on Thursday from 5-7pm ONLY at the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall North.

Registration will be open:

Wednesday, June 5 from noon to 5:00pm—Hyatt location
Thursday, June 6 from 7:00am to 5:00pm—Hyatt location
Thursday, June 6 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm—Satellite registration at the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall North (vendor expo)
Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8 from 7:00am to 5:00pm—Hyatt location
Sunday, June 9 from 7:30am to 9:30am—Hyatt location

Vendor Expo

Don’t miss this one! The expo is on Thursday, June 6th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Exhibit Hall North.   All conference attendees are encouraged to visit the expo which will share space with the conference reception.  It will be a good place to eat and drink, network and, of course, check out the exhibits!

Opening session

The conference opening on Thursday, June 6th will be held at the Convention Center across the street from the Hyatt.  (There is a connecting walkway.)  The conference reception starts at 5:00pm followed by the opening session.  At the conclusion of the session, it is a brief walk to the Rendezvous Room in the recently renovated Statler City Hotel for the dessert reception with a cash bar that also offers music and dancing.

Going green!

Remember to print your own program schedule if needed or save a few trees by accessing the information online via http://nasig2013.sched.org/.  Free tote bags will not be provided at this year’s conference, so bring your own! If you have extra tote bags at home, you can bring them to give away to your fellow conference goers.  Also, consider bringing a travel mug for coffee or a water bottle.

Local attractions

Explore Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier.  Learn more about the city and its surrounding areas by consulting the http://www.nasig.org/conference_city_info.cfm.

Online sharing

To tweet or not to tweet? You decide. If your decision is yes, the conference hash tag is #nasig13.  Share the photos you take of conference events by adding them to NASIG’s Flickr pool.

NASIG spirit

Show your NASIG spirit by wearing a NASIG t-shirt, a hat or cap, or carrying a NASIG tote bag—an old or new one.   For 2013 apparel, mugs, etc. link to   http://www.cafepress.com/nasig2013.

The “dress code” for the conference is casual (jeans, shorts, capris, sneakers, sandals, etc.). Conference rooms are often chilly so dress in layers.

Other questions

Consult “Asked Questions,” the conference FAQ page, at http://www.nasig.org/conference_faq.cfm.

The NASIG Board, Program Planning Committee, and Conference Planning Committee look forward to you joining us June 5-9 to explore the “Art of Information, Architecture of Knowledge.”

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