But Wait, There's More
This year, there are a variety of non-programmatic activities open to registrants:
TechEx Open Office Hours
When: Sunday, September 25 -- 4:00-6:00 pm
What do YOU look for in a technical meeting? What elements of the current Technology Exchange format are working for you? What would you recommend we change? These and other questions are open for direct feedback during this "come-whenever-available" session. We will post both open-ended and direct questions around the room, provide participants with pen and stickie notes, and engage in discussion with individuals about the future designs for this event.
For those involved in meetings or tutorials until 5pm, several Internet2 staff members (including Kevin Morooney, Paul Caskey, Karl Newll, Matt Zekauskas, and Eric Boyd) will be around for the last hour of this gathering. Please plan to stop by the TRADE Room (next to Starbucks) whenever you are available to share your point-of-view, meet up with fellow attendees for discussions, and enjoy a drink and some snacks!
When: Monday, September 26 -- 5:45-7:00 pm
During the Monday evening Reception, we are offering attendees the opportunity to participate in a small group brain-teaser competition provided by The Great Escape Room of Miami. Participants are sorted into small teams (5-10 people) and given workbooks to use in conjunction with (9) puzzles, which are displayed on easels around the room. Teams vie for the fastest time to solve the puzzles and the winning team will be awarded a prize!
Based on signups, we will create teams (which we will post at Registration) in advance of the event; if you are interested in participating, please SIGN UP HERE!
HoloLens Contest: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Research and Education
When/How: Submit Proposal NOW! -- Deadline September 8!
Virtual and augmented reality are important emerging technologies for research and education. To encourage development of innovative applications in this space, Internet2 is announcing a contest to submit the best proposal for a new research and education related augmented reality development project, with the winner to be selected at the Technology Exchange. The winning institution will receive a Microsoft HoloLens ($3000 value) to use for development of the proposed application.
Proposals must be for a research and education-related augmented reality application that runs on the Microsoft HoloLens platform. Finalists should be willing to present their proposals at the Metaverse Working Group Meeting at the 2016 Technology Exchange. Finalists will receive complementary registration to this conference ($950 value). If a finalist cannot attend in person, their proposal will still be considered by the review committee. The review committee will consist of representatives from Internet2 Metaverse Working Group. The winning institution should be able to deliver a prototype version of the application for demonstration at the Internet2 Global Summit in Washington DC during April of 2017.
New World Symphony: Back Stage Tour
When: Tuesday, September 27 -- 5:00-6:00 pm
New World Symphony invites TechX attendees to come experience the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. Completed in 2011, the New World Center boasts state-of-the-art projection, sound and networking infrastructure that supports the New World Symphony’s educational and performance programs. This 45-minute 'behind-the-scenes' tour will provide overviews of both the public spaces and infrastructure that support the innovative work of New World Symphony. Based on space limitations, this is only open to the first 30 registrants!
The tour is full.
NOTE: Although this tour is free-of-charge, attendees are responsible for their own transportation! Internet2 will have a list of participants at the Registration Desk in case people wish to share rides.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION: The Venetian Causeway (Venetian Way) is currently under construction, although traffic is still moving over the bridges, however this road is a toll road ($1.75 each way). Guests can also reach NWS by I-195 which lands on 41st St of Miami Beach. Guests should enter through the rear, administrative entrance via Lincoln Lane or from the ground floor level of the adjacent parking garage. There is an intercom in both locations to reach security, who will then buzz guests through the doors. The suggested taxi/rideshare drop-off point would be the intersection of Lincoln Lane and Drexel Avenue.