FIRST TIME ATTENDEES
HITEC can be overwhelming to first-timers. All the things that make HITEC amazingly informative, fun and unique are also what can make it so daunting. We've created this guide to help you prepare for the adventure ahead.
Make sure you register to attend. The earlier you register, the better prepared you can be. Cheaper flight, better choice of accommodations, better networking.
Book your hotel through the Hotel & Travel page. If you are going to be staying at a Minneapolis area Hotel, you will have the best choice of rooms at the best rate if you book through official HITEC Housing Bureau. You'll also have access to our hotel shuttles. Note: Rooms sell out quickly; we cannot guarantee availability.
Make a Schedule: You don't have to stick with it, but having someplace to start will make all the difference. Plus, in the process of making your schedule, you may discover things you would not have come across otherwise. Once we get closer to the event, you'll be able to build a personal schedule within the HITEC mobile app and with so many events taking place simultaneously, it never hurts to have a Plan B or C.
Find a HITEC Friend: Seek out fellow attendees/speakers who have some experience with the event to give you advice, guide you and even show you around. You'll come away with a new connection. See if you know anyone attending in LinkedIn once you're registered or by talking about your trip on Twitter using the HITEC hashtag: #HITECMN.
Study the Maps! This is very important. The Minneapolis Convention Centre is a very large venue. Closer to the event we will publish detailed maps of the location of all our programming within the Convention Centre and surrounding venues, as well as maps of the official opening party around downtown Minneapolis. You will also find maps on the HITEC Mobile App, but don't wait to familiarize yourself with where you want to go.
Pack for Every Occasion: HITEC is more than just a conference. You'll be attending sessions, meeting potential clients, attending demos, networking at events, hopping from one session to the next. And if you've ever been to Minneapolis, you know the weather can be unpredictable so be sure and check weather listings before you leave.
Check Your Flight: The skies over Minneapolis will get very full during HITEC. Book your flight early and be prepared. Delays are not unheard of. Check out the Hotel & Travel page for airline discounts.
Know Your Hotel: Be sure you know the name of your hotel. There are a lot of hotels, some with very similar names.
Driving: If you are planning to drive in the during HITEC, you may want to consider alternative forms of transportation. Parking downtown will be limited, and may make it difficult to get around. Check the Hotel & Travel page for information on alternate modes of transportation.
If you will be renting a car be sure to check the Hotel & Travel page for information and discount codes once they become available.
Bring your Tablets & Smartphones: When digital materials become available take a moment to look through them. These will be your lifeline. These materials will have a list of all the programming times and locations along with a detailed map of the Minneapolis Convention Centre. No Materials will be mailed prior to the convention.
HITEC Housing & App Help Desk: So you've made a schedule, you have meetings lined up, you've read the materials, but you STILL have questions and want to just talk to a smiling face. Check out the HITEC Housing and App Help Desk located in the registration area. Get your general questions answered throughout the entire convention at this location.
Take a Tour: This will sound like a crazy thing to do, but if you've never been in the Minneapolis Convention Centre, you'll be happy you took a little time to get familiar with the layout. Take your map and walk all the levels. When you have to get from the HITEC Show Floor in to the rooms for education, you'll be glad you paced it out ahead of time. If you do happen to get lost, stop by the HITEC Housing and App Help Desk and someone will point you in the right direction.
We hope you've found this page helpful. We'll keep adding to this list as we get closer to the event.
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