THAT Conference Attendee Handbook
Hi, and welcome to the awesome that makes up THAT Conference. This Handbook should have the answers you need to successfully navigate the rapids leading up to and right on through the big event in August. Even if you've been to THAT Conference before, things may have changed. This Attendee Handbook is your best source for up-to-the-minute guides on what to do and where to go. Check back periodically for updates as well, as we'll be answering Frequently Asked Questions as they come up.
If for some reason, this guide does not answer a question you may have, here are a couple resources that you can use to get you out of the woods:
- THAT Conference on Facebook
- THAT Conference on Slack
- Tweet us @ThatConference
Tickets for THAT Conference will go on sale April 11th on our tickets page. The purchase of the ticket should be pretty self explanatory, but if you run into problems, hit us up on twitter or via email with questions.
We are, after all, a Big Tent conference, and we want you to know that your families are not only welcomed, but encouraged to join us for Junior Camper sessions. Each family member requires their own ticket to THAT Conference; tickets can be purchased through the same link as the main conference tickets.
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To get the most out of your THAT Conference experience, take a moment to register at ThatConference.com. Once registered, you'll be able to build out your own personalized conference itinerary from the vast array of sessions available. During THAT Conference, you'll be able to carry around your personal itinerary on your mobile device using the THAT Conference apps available in the various mobile stores. Also, we encourage everyone to fill out their profile information; you'll be able to enter your networking information and include a photo of yourself.
When you get into town stop down at the registration desk. It’s located down in the main drag of the conference center and you won’t miss it. Early registration and our Meet and Greet start at 6pm on Monday. This year we’ll see over 1000 campers of all ages show up at our campsite. We’re expecting that our queuing theory algorithms probably aren't completely optimized, so there might be a line. But this is a line of your peeps, your fellow campers, and folks you'll be around for the next three days. Get to know 'em.
Given the many choices of sessions that you have, and the many more that arise spontaneously as part of Open Spaces, it can be difficult to plan your camping adventure. We endeavor to make that easier every year. First, sign in to the conference site. Start at the Main Session Trailhead and click on any session you like. On the session page, click the heart to save that session as a favorite. Then you can see all the sessions you've favorited as an itinerary at the MySchedule link off the main Schedule nav.
But what do you do on the go? Download the THAT Conference apps for iOS, Android, or Windows platforms in their respective mobile stores. The THAT Conference application will act as your compass, showing you the sessions you've favorited and keeping you up to date on any schedule and location changes as they happen during THAT Conference.
Your THAT Conference ticket gets you into the Mess Tent, our grand meeting area. In the Mess Tent, we will gather each morning for breakfast to be inspired by our morning Keynote speaker. Our keynoters are thought leaders from both inside and outside technology, but always with a motivational message to get us hungry for self and world improvement. Fantastic Kalahari breakfast buffets are included with your conference ticket! If we're lucky, we might even get bacon-wrapped potatoes!
Gather in the Mess Tent during the lunch period to reflect on the morning with new colleagues and friends. We know that you brought all your co-workers along, but we encourage you to use lunch as an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and meet new folks. See somebody who asked a great question in a morning session? Follow up with them on it over the Kalahari-provided lunch spread.
What would a Summer Camp be without some great outdoor cooking, done indoors? Wednesday night is our famous Pig Roast, where our attendees can get together and feast with their ticketed family members and really bring everyone together for a wonderful celebration of community.
Note, dinner is not provided Monday or Tuesday nights, but we've got you covered there too. THAT Conference has partnered with many Kalahari Restaurants to offer our attendees discounts. THAT Conference attendees receive a 10% discount at the following restaurants within the Kalahari. You must show your THAT Conference badge to receive the discount, and the offer is not valid with other coupons or for alcohol.
- Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet
- Ivory Coast Restaurant
- Wisconsin Brew Pub
- Safari Snacks
- Zulu Grill
NOTE: The 10% discount does not apply to Double Cut, Java Manjaro or the Indoor Theme Park.
Our goal is to create the best technology events you’ve ever experienced. We are committed to diversity and will not stand for harrassment of any kind, but we cannot do this alone. We need your help and support in our mission. Everyone is expect to abide by our code of conduct, and if you witness something please tell one of our staff members, so we have an opportunity to address it.