PowerShell Summit · North America 2013
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1. Is the PowerShell Summit handicapped-accessible?
Generally, yes. Microsoft facilities are all accessible. It is up to each attendee to ensure their hotel lodgings are satisfactory. Attendees are responsible for their own on-site transportation, although we are attempting to locate as much of the event as possible within walking distance to the recommended hotel. Evening events are strictly on-you-own, and may require a rental car, taxi, or other transportation in order to participate.
2. I have special dietary needs. Can these be met?
We will make every attempt to accommodate special dietary requests, provided they are communicated to us at the time of registration.
3. I can no longer attend. Can my registration be transferred to someone else?
Yes. Please contact us (using the information provided with your original registration) to make this happen. You are solely responsible for any transfer of fees or payments between you and the transferee.
4. What is included in the registration fee?
Attendance at all technical sessions held during the main part of the event, a light continental breakfast daily (this typically includes fruit, juices, coffee and tea, and pastries; a "full" or "hot" breakfast is not included), and lunch daily. Soft drinks and available on-site at no charge. Your registration fee does not include transportation, lodging, dinners, or participation in any concurrent events or opportunities.
5. I plan to drive my own car, or a rental car. Is parking available?
Yes, free parking is available on-site. You are responsible for registering your car with the building receptionist in accordance with Microsoft policies.
6. Will I need a car?
You may want one. We are hosting the event on Microsoft campus, and it's a pretty dull place in the evenings. Redmond/Bellevue doesn't have a robust public transportation network, so you'll either need a car or will have to rely on taxis. If you choose to stay at a further-away hotel (such as in downtown Bellevue), you'll be about a 15-20 minute drive away from campus. Note that some area hotels charge for parking.
7. Why are PowerShell MVPs required to register under a separate link?
Because PowerShell MVPs already have the opportunity to attend a Microsoft-subsidized MVP Summit each year, we want to make sure as much of our limited audience space as possible is reserved for others. PowerShell MVPs can submit topics to present, and attend that way, or they can use one of our reserved slots available exclusively to them. As we get closer to the event date, we may be able to open additional PowerShell MVP slots, and we will closely monitor registrations in an attempt to make as many seats available for everyone as we possibly can.
8. What do I get if I present a topic?
To help control our costs, we hope to have most independent (non-Microsoft) speakers present 3 sessions each. See our Speaking page for details.
9. What is happening to the "PowerShell Deep Dive" at The Experts Conference?
The Experts Conference (TEC) is owned and operated by Quest Software, now a part of Dell. We're not affiliated with them, and can't speak to their future plans. Our goal was to have a community-owned and -operated event, located on-campus in Redmond, with participation from PowerShell team members, other Microsoft employees, MVP Award recipients, and PowerShell enthusiasts.
10. How will speakers be paid?
See our Speaking page for this information.
11. What about a European event?
This is certainly not an exclusive event. As a community event organized by unpaid volunteers, some of whom are shouldering the financial risk of presenting this event, we can only take on so much. Right now we're going to focus on the North American region. If someone else chooses to put on a European event, or an event in any other region, we'd love to help in whatever way we can.
12. Who owns this event?
PowerShell MVP Don Jones is handling most of the operations and logistics for the 2013 event, and PowerShell MVP Kirk Munro is organizing the content. The event is owned by PowerShell.org, Inc., which is a community-owned corporation.
13. Will there be online access to the sessions?
No. Sessions will not be recorded or livecast. Speakers may make materials (slide decks, sample scripts) available online, and we'll have a place on this site for them to do so. But session recordings will not be available - plan to attend in-person! Why aren't we recording? For one, the facility isn't equipped for it. For another, in our inaugural year, we're looking to keep this simple. We also are relying from the revenue from the people attending in-person to make this happen. We'll re-evaluate this in future years!