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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Edcamp Chicago Important Information

In order to ensure that your Edcamp Chicago experience is out of this world, your stellar Edcamp Chicago organizing team has some last-minute news to share with you! 

Event Location

EdCamp Chicago will be held at the Sears Centre - 5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy  Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. The Sears Centre is at the intersection of 59 and 90, just north of 90. 

Registration - Doors open at 7:30 am
Please be patient as you see the organizing team and volunteers scurrying madly in the minutes leading up to 7:30 am … that is when we will begin checking people in! Swag bags are available to the first 200 participants so get there early!

There is plenty of parking at the Sears Centre. Edcamp Chicago attendees will be entering through the Club Entrance which is on the west side of the building. Park on the west side of the building and look for the Edcamp Chicago logo to guide you to the Club Entrance.

Use Club Entrance Only
We will be entering the Sears Centre at the Club Entrance. There will be signs at the Box Office and Main Entrance pointing you to the left and around to the west side of the building to the Club Entrance.

No Walk-Ins!
We’re sorry but the list of edcampers is now final and we can’t allow walk-in or on-site registration. :(

Welcome & Schedule Creation
Once you’ve checked in, pick up your swag bag and a snack and head to the Sears Centre Club where we will have the session board up and running. We will make announcements at 8:00 a.m.

The instructions for connecting to the wi-fi at the Sears Centre will be available in the Club. If you want to look them over or save to your device, you can also find them here:

Session Schedule
Once the schedule of sessions for the day is determined, it will be posted in a 
Google doc that we will share on the Edcamp Chicago blog.

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“Smackdown” at 11:45 am in the Club
A “Smackdown” is a fun, lively session where people from the audience take turns coming up to the podium and are given a very short amount of time (measured in minutes) to share their learning. Don’t miss it!

Door prizes will be given away after the Smackdown
We have swag for people who share at the Smackdown and great door prizes to give away thanks to our terrific sponsors! You must be present to win - we will handing out raffle tickets as attendees enter the Club for the Smackdown.

After-party at Pinstripes
This year’s after party will be held at Pinstripes in South Barrington (just around the corner!) at 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, IL 60010. The great conversation doesn't have to end! Come and hang out for half-price appetizers (on you) and conversation (free for everyone)! Plan to head over when we are done at the Sears Centre!

“Leave No Trace”
Sears Centre is a wonderful venue and we ask that you please clean up after yourself. In fact, you can even help clean up after others! That would be great. We want to leave the arena in great condition because they have events later in the day. 

Session/Discussion Leaders
Please note that we will have projectors set up in four of the sessions and connections to TVs in six of the sessions. Bring the appropriate dongles or adapters you need to hook up to an HDMI cable.

That should be it! If anything changes or if new information becomes available, it will be posted on the blog. Have a question? Post a comment!


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