PowerShell Summit NA 2014 Attendee Information

The following information was provided to attendees via e-mail, and is being posted here as a backup.

We’re getting close!
We wanted to take a moment and make sure you have everything you need to succeed for the PowerShell Summit North America 2014. First, be sure you’re visiting http://powershellsummit.org for full event details. Things may change leading up to the event, and we’re not sending out emails every time.  Most specifically, make sure you’re checking https://powershell.org/category/announcements/powershell-summit/, because any official announcements or changes will be posted there. Or, you know, live in ignorance. I hear it’s bliss <grin>.
We truly can’t wait to meet all of you – and we know you’re going to have a great time.
Please print and bring your PowerShell Summit confirmation. If you can’t find it, please contact us for your confirmation number BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME. Also bring a government-issued photo ID to pick up your badge. Other useful documents can include your payment receipt (printed). We know some of you were paid for by someone else at your company, so it’s important we be able to make the connection to YOU when you show up.
Please take a moment to download the latest agenda and attendee guide from http://bit.ly/2014NASummit. And bookmark that, too – you’re going to want to be able to grab any last-minute changes directly. We’ll have printouts of the grid on-site, but an electronic copy is so much easier, right? We won’t have the ENTIRE Guide available in print form on-site. The Guide is being updated pretty regularly as we firm up plans (like our meal menus), so it won’t kill you to check back now and again as the Summit approaches. There have been a couple of last-minute session changes, so I’d grab the latest just before you leave for the Summit.
Now would be an EXCELLENT time to develop some realistic and accurate expectations – and the best way to do that is by reading the Attendee Guide. For example, do you know how much on-site parking costs? It ain’t free, and it ain’t included. You can help avoid nasty surprises by reading the Guide. The Guide is also the best way to make sure you’re not missing any of the little surprises we’re cooking up. Let the Guide be your guide. Trust in the power of the Guide. And make sure you’ve downloaded the latest copy!
The entire Summit is happening at The Meydenbauer Center (www.meydenbauer.com) in downtown Bellevue, WA. If you don’t know where that is, now would be a good time to consult your favorite mapping software. We’ll be on the 4th floor. Pay attention to the agenda grid (it’s in the Guide) regarding meal times and whatnot.
If you have any dietary restrictions that you’ve not told me about directly, now’s your absolute last chance to do so. Send me an e-mail, and make sure you get a reply from me. If you don’t get the reply, then I didn’t hear from you. We’re preparing about 2-3% of our food for vegetarians; anything else isn’t going to exist if you don’t ask for it. The attendee guide will give you an idea of what we’re planning, menu-wise. If you’re not sure, ask me now. The attendee guide also lists meal and break times; if you need (for example) a continuous intravenous supply of coffee, we aren’t going to be able to accommodate that, and you should make appropriate arrangements for yourself. Extra coffee is $68/gallon from the events center. Yeah. We know. (There are soft drink machines on site, if you need one – bring cash for those.)
If you’re connecting on your way to Seattle, make sure you bring a carry-on with a day’s worth of clothes in case your checked bags go to STL instead of SEA. Don’t put medication and important stuff in checked bags. You know the drill. Read up on the TSA’s latest nonsense in advance (www.tsa.gov) so you’re prepared. Assume the trip will not go well, and have plans in place to deal with it. We want you to make it in one piece. If anything happens, drop me an e-mail so we don’t worry about you. We will, otherwise. We’re like that. If you are connecting through SFO, please watch your flight carefully – they’re doing runway work that is resulting in delays and cancellations. Even if your aircraft is coming to pick you up via SFO, keep an eye on it.
Don’t expect a plethora of (or any) power outlets, and expect only minimal Internet connectivity in the building. Event centers charge a TON for those services (literally $1000 per 1MB of bandwidth), and we couldn’t afford much. Besides, you’ll be far too busy absorbing everything our amazing speakers are going to deliver. But, we wanted you to have a realistic expectation about this. Maybe leave the laptop back in the hotel room.
We will have “cash bars” in the evenings, so make sure you… you know… have some cash. They don’t take plastic. Drinks aren’t crazy outrageous ($8-$12 for the most part, which includes tip). But we’ve pretty much got all your meals covered (even a hot item per person for breakfast every morning), so your expense report shouldn’t be too bad.
A quick e-mail can bring quick (nearly instant) answers about your Summit questions. AskDon’t assume.
See you in a couple of weeks!