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Less than two weeks from today marks the start of the 2015 ISTE Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Penn. From June 28 to July 1, the annual event will bring together more than 15,000 educators from around the globe – all ready to discover new ways to connect and engage with students. Here are a few things you should know before you land in Philly:
Don’t bring a lot of stuff. It sounds commonsensical, but it’s easy to forget and overpack. You won’t want to lug heavy luggage, or a briefcase, bag, or backpack while trying to maneuver in crowded areas at the conference. (Newbie mistake: grabbing too much swag and then having to cart it around all day!) Stick with the essentials and lean on your mobile device and portable power charger.
Fingers crossed, the weather will be sunny! The historic average high is 86 degrees with cloudiness and thunderstorms a possibility. Be sure to pack a light rain jacket, comfy shoes and a swimsuit. (Your hotel will have a pool, and taking a dip or soak in a whirlpool will be exactly what you need after a long day.) Also bring a refillable water bottle and your favorite granola bars so you can stay hydrated and fueled up during your sessions.
Wear a pedometer and track your steps, mileage, and calories burned. The conference takes place in the heart of downtown, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, an architectural gem which spans a whopping 1 million square feet. A Philly cheesesteak packs 1,200 calories a pop, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can burn that off just cruising around. There are more than 900 sessions and over 500 exhibitors, so plan out where you want to go (and where it is) beforehand. If you’re attending with several colleagues, agree on a meeting point in case anyone gets lost, because there might be spotty cell service.
Get out and explore the city! Philadelphia is one of our great American cities, with some of the most genuine people you could hope to meet. Don’t miss the historic landmarks nearby the convention center at Independence National Historical Park, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and National Constitution Center. Want more ideas for sightseeing? Visit Philadelphia has you covered with a jam-packed travel website. Make every hour happy hour! You’ll find many must-try dishes and drinks within walking distance of the center. Check out this map.
Participate in the conversation surrounding ISTE via social media. Tweet your thoughts about keynotes and program highlights with #ISTE2015, and follow @isteconnects for tradeshow updates and happenings. But also make plans to meet people face to face and engage in real world, real time conversations. Find your tribe of like-minded colleagues at birds-of-a-feather, 1-in-3, or ISTE Ignite sessions. Or better yet, register now for social events, such as ISTEball – Brewers at Phillies Game or Edtech Karaoke! Or simply chat up folks as you stand in those long, long Starbucks lines.
Last but not least: this year at ISTE, you won’t want to miss seeing how two trusted brands are better together. With Ergotron’s acquisition of Anthro in January 2015, you can now get just the right charging solution or standing desk for your classroom, media center, or office. Visit Ergotron and Anthro at booth #1921!
We hope to see you soon.