In corresponding this weekend with a AU first timer, I thought it might be a good idea to share some additional information for other first timers.
When you register at AU you will get a bag (at least that has been the case in the past) which may include a pen and some sponsors literature, but that’s about it. You will also get your badge that will allow you to move around the event and get in to classes. The badge may also come with some ribbons – like the AUGI ribbon for AUGI members.
Speaking of registering, it is best to do it as soon as possible – Monday, if you can. By registering early you can hit the ground running on Tuesday. There will be 9000+ plus people roaming the halls and you want any registration formalities out of the way as quickly as possible so you can get to your classes and any events without delay.
I would definitely bring something to take notes with – electronic or paper. If you have a tablet (like an iPad) or a laptop, that would be best. Before you leave, go to the AU site and download all your class materials. There will be wireless at the event, but it can get pretty overloaded.
If you are not bringing an electronic device and are going the paper route print your material out so you can follow along. Bring something to write with (and a backup) as well as a notepad and some highlighters as well to emphasize important items to you.
If you have smart phone, there is an AU app that you can install that will have information on the daily events and maps, etc… Search for it on Google Play Store (for Android) or the Apple App Store – it will be called “AU 2015. Note that if you are traveling from overseas, you may want to investigate a mobile data and minutes package through your carrier. There is wireless at the event that should handle your data needs, but roaming can get pretty pricey for texting and calling home.
Make sure your luggage is big enough to bring back all the literature and any souvenirs you will get – like the annual AUGI beer glass that you will get a ticket for at AUGI’s Annual General Meeting.
The weather this week in Vegas is forecast to be between 34 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit, so bring some warm clothes if you plan on going out on the strip and do some site seeing.
If you have additional questions, you may want to check out this link for AU FAQS.
The exhibit hall opens Tuesday at 6:00pm, and you will want to come by the AUGI booth. We are booth #1369 – you can locate us on the AU Exhibit Hall map. When you come by, ask for me.
If you have friends or co-workers who are not able to make it, have them at least check out the AU online learning resources at:
I’ll follow up with some news after the event, until then – Safe Travels.