This blog covers AOTA's 2013 Annual Conference and Expo. This year it will take place April 25-28 in San Diego, California. Register early to join over 5000 attendees!
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You and 5,000 of your occupational therapy colleagues will be arriving in Indianapolis today and tomorrow. If you're registered to attend AOTA's Conference, you already received our Tips for Attendees e-mail. But if that got lost in your inbox, here's a quick summary of the best tips for Conference.
A little reading: Check out the Already Registered page here to download available Speaker handouts (not all speakers provide handouts); to learn how to build your Conference itinerary online; and to view Session changes and cancellations by speakers. Review the online copy of the Conference Program Guide. You will receive a printed copy onsite in Indianapolis.
Getting to Conference! The Indiana Convention Center is located in the heart of Indianapolis at 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225. Click here for driving directions and parking. Wondering how to get from the airport to downtown Indianapolis? Take a cab—or—take the IndyGo Green Line Express.
Picking up your tote: Plan to pick up your Conference Program Guide, Conference tote, and badge holder early at the Registration Area, which is located in the WABASH lobby on the main level of the Indiana Convention Center. Be sure to bring the tickets that were mailed to you. Registration opens at 10:00 on Wednesday, 7:00 am on Thursday, and 7:30 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Still packing? Please bring a pad of paper so you can take notes during sessions. A pen will be provided in your Conference tote. Prepare yourself for Indianapolis weather and pack light!
First time at AOTA Conference? Are you a First-Time Conference attendee? We want to meet you so please join us for two special events: 1. 30-minute tour of the Indiana Convention Center on today! Wednesday, April 25 at either 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm. Please meet us in the Registration Area on Level 1; 2. First-Timers Orientation meeting on Thursday, April 26 from 7:15 am–7:45 am in Sagamore Ballroom 3 on Level 2 of the Indiana Convention Center. Pastries and coffee will be available. (Sponsored by Geico.)
Have plans for tonight? Get your Conference experience off to a good start by joining the Special Interest Section (SIS) leadership at the SIS Networking Reception on Wednesday, April 25, from 7:30 pm–9:00 pm in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom 5. The reception is free and open to all attendees.
Need some food and drinks? Dining options are numerous with a wide variety of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center. Also, multiple concession stands in the Convention Center will be open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesday through Saturday. Check for signage and hours onsite. Be on the lookout for two specialized OT drinks at the Expo Grand Opening and in the JW Marriott bar!
Where are the SIS Roundtable tickets?
SIS Roundtable Tickets are free and included with Conference registration. Pick them up in advance at the Information Booth in the Registration Area on Thursday from 12:00 pm–4:00 pm and Friday from 7:30 am–11:30 am. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Want to stay up to date and join in Conference conversations? Keep reading this blog! We'll be updating it throughout Conference. On Twitter, follow @AOTAEvents for Conference tweets or follow this list of AOTA staff who are tweeting at Conference. Another great place for Conference updates is on Twitter using the hashtag #AOTA12. We encourage all attendees to use the #AOTA12 hashtag when tweeting about Conference. Don’t have a Twitter account? You don’t need to register to see tweets, just click #AOTA12 and start reading.
You can get all of the tips here from the first e-mail we sent you, and the second e-mail.
Have any tips for your fellow Conference attendees? Tell us in the comments. Welcome to Indy everyone!