Why, hello there Techie Geeks! Or are you Techie Nerds?
TechPhx 2013 is happening this weekend, November 16-17 at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe! (MAP) We’re looking forward to an amazing weekend of building our community here in the valley! This serves as your guide to all you need to know in order to plan for an awesome time. This will be a long one, but it is chock-full of important information. It will also be the last time you hear from us via email until after the event- we don’t like spam any more than you.
TechPhx is in its second year, but the unconference began 6 years ago as PodcampAZ. It was a unique way to bring the podcasting/video/tech community together. Even before the name change, the vision expanded. Our concept allows for experts, users and newbies to present and/or participate in sessions. In our eyes, we are all experts and have something valuable to share. No pitching is allowed and participants understand that much of the learning will be focused on value-added messaging rather than advertisements. Openness and transparency are our hallmarks. Here’s your TechPhx Survival Guide for 2013!
Meet and Greet Friday Evening
Friday evening we would like to invite you to come out and meet your TechPhx committee, speakers, and other attendees at EVFN. East Valley Friday Nights is a very informal social gathering of folks who come from all over the valley to have a drink, some food, and a whole lot of fun.
Check-In and Schedule
PARKING: This year the east parking lot of UAT will be closed due to resurfacing. The west parking lot is smaller, and is going to be the place our food trucks park (more on lunch in a bit). There will be cones out blocking those sections, so we are asking that you park across the street at Fry’s Electronics. Fry’s Electronics is located just east of UAT on the north side. Please park in their side lot or behind the store, and walk over from there. It’s a very short walk, and the weather is amazing right now! Here’s a MAP so you have an idea. DO NOT park at Fry’s FOOD store- they will tow your vehicle. No one wants that.
We have such a wide-range of presenters and sessions this weekend- so check out the schedule and start making plans!
Check-In opens Saturday at 8:00am (9:00am on Sunday), and at 8:30 we will be welcoming all of you in the main theater. At 9:00 the festivities begin! After a short intro and overview of your day, our Keynote Speakers will take the stage! Other than the Keynote Saturday and our Closing Speaker Sunday, all sessions will be upstairs. Sessions end at 4:30 on Saturday, and 1:00pm on Sunday. We will have schedules posted in front of session rooms, but we are also using the Lanyrd app for easy mobile access to the schedule. Download it and add TechPhx to your events.
Law of Two Feet
This is YOUR conference, you are completely in control. This is why we use the term un-conference. The weekend is run by the Law of Two Feet. If the session you’re sitting in isn’t quite what you thought, you can get up and go. Are there two sessions at the same time you want to be in? Split it in half. It’s up to you, and you can move from session to session GUILT FREE. We want you to get the most out of TechPhx.
One more thing to keep in mind- on the schedule page you will see links marked “watch stream” next to each room number. All sessions will be streamed live and recorded! Another way you can ensure you see every session from the weekend! You can also let others know as well who might not be able to make it, or are out of state, but want to check out a session or two. Or three. Or spend the weekend in front of their computer watching these amazing sessions.
We have some great lunch choices planned for you- not one but two food trucks will be serving you! One is 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, and the other is Franks Gourmet Hot Dogs! You can find out more about them right right HERE. The weather is going to be beautiful, so we arranged for lunch to be an hour and a half. This way you can get your food without rushing, mingle with other attendees, and watch the robot invasion!
You can’t have an event without prizes- and we have plenty to give away! A Chromecast, Torch Theater Tickets, gift cards and other geeky and non-geeky items- you will have many chances to win! Since it is also close to the holidays, TechPhx is using the raffles to hold a canned food drive for United Food Bank. Each food item you donate is worth one raffle ticket, with a limit of 10 tickets. You then choose which item(s) you want to try and win! Although the limit is 10 tickets, the amount of food you can donate has no limit. You can also bring more canned goods on Sunday for more tickets. If you forget the canned goods, you can also donate cash to the food bank as well, $1 per ticket up to ten tickets. A list of what is needed can be found HERE. Thank you for helping the United Food Bank help those who need a little more assistance this time of year.
One of our favorite local businesses, BrandX TShirts will also be on hand making your custom TechPhx shirt right there on-site! BrandX has been one of our sponsors since the Podcamp days, and we appreciate them so very much. This year we want to make you battle it out… and decide if the Geeks or the Nerds rule TechPhx! That’s right, on the back of your shirt this year you get to take a stand and choose Geek Pride or Nerd Pride wording! We’re keeping track, so let the battle commence! Shirts are only $16, and it is sure to be a collector’s item. Plus, if you take a photo showing off your Geek/Nerd Pride, and tag it with #TechPhx and #BrandX, you will receive 3 extra raffle tickets! Plan on purchasing your TechPhx shirt during the weekend!
Other little things to keep in mind! Our Twitter hashtag for the weekend is #TechPhx. We encourage Twitter and all social media use during your weekend! It’s also a great way to keep track of any last minute changes and raffle prize winners!
We want photos! The more photos the better! We do have some volunteers helping us out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t contribute! We have a flickr group set up at http://www.flickr.com/groups/2052243@N25/ . We would also love for you to add your photos over on Facebook and of course Twitter with the #techphx tag.
Any questions or concerns at all during the weekend, just look for our Red Shirts!
After Party at Main Event
Our after party on Saturday will be at the newly-opened Main Event in Tempe! We have a room reserved just for TechPhx! This place is amazing, offering bowling, laser tag, video games, and of course food and drink! It’s the perfect way to continue conversations with attendees and speakers who might not have had the chance to talk to you during or between sessions. We hope you will come out and mingle with us! The fun starts at 6pm, giving you plenty of time to find a ride and get to the venue after the closing raffles! RSVP here! Main Event is located right next to IKEA off of the I-10. Here is a MAP!
Almost finished! Thank you for reading this far. We really must thank our sponsors. They offer us so much support, and we definitely could not run this show without them. Especially UAT. For the last 7 years they have generously opened their campus to us, and we could not have this awesome weekend without them. Please check our sponsor page for more information about all of our sponsors and partners.
Much thanks to our speakers too! It takes a lot of work and preparation to put a session together. There is no end to our appreciation of the work and time they are giving to share what they know with you. Be good to them. Applaud loudly. Hug them! Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!
Last, but not least- thank YOU. We also cannot have an event without bodies there. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to meeting and connecting with all of you throughout the weekend!
See you on Saturday!