Volunteers will be available to assist attendees with disabilities with navigation, meal service, or other accessibility needs. If you will need volunteer assistance at the conference, please indicate this on your registration form.
Attendees who require personal care assistance should bring their own assistant. Assistants who will be attending conference sessions must register for the conference. If you have any questions, please contact our Experience Director, Noreen Whysel, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel does not provide airport shuttle service, so be sure to plan ahead.
Taxi and Ride Share: Private taxis and ridesharing services are available. Both Uber and Lyft operate out of Louis Armstrong International Airport. Shuttle service is available for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip). These fares include three (3) bags per person. Additional baggage may be subject to additional fees. Passengers can purchase tickets at the Airport at Airport Shuttle ticket booths located on the first level throughout the Baggage Claim area. Estimated taxi fare: $36 USD (one way)
Public Transportation: The Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) provide nine daily departures to downtown New Orleans for $2.00 one way. See www.jeffersontransit.org for more information
Driving Directions: if you are driving from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), From Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Get on I-10 E in Metairie from Jerome S. Glazer Airport Access Rd for 9 min (4.0 mi). Follow I-10 E to US-90 E in New Orleans. Take exit 13B - A from US-90 BUS W for 11 min (10.6 mi). Drive to Canal St for 8 min (1.3 mi). Merge onto US-90 E for 0.4 mi. Continue straight onto S Claiborne Ave for 0.2 mi. Turn right onto Canal St for 0.7 mi. < href=”https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/msyis-sheraton-new-orleans-hotel/”>hotel website”
Taxi, Streetcar, Pedicab, and Ride Share: Private taxis and ridesharing services are available. Both Uber and Lyft operate in New Orleans. Streetcar runs outside of Sheraton New Orleans Hotel along Canal Street. Pedicabs are also available to take you around the French Quarter or into Central Business District
It’s my first time at IAC
- First-Timers Orientation — A short primer on how to get the most out of the conference
- Opening Reception — Meet, greet, and settle in
- First-Timers Dinners — Small, hosted groups go to local restaurants. Advanced sign-up required! (Details will be emailed to attendees.)
- IA Slam — A fun group project/workshop where facilitators role play, attendees improvise, and everyone solves a mysterious IA issue.
- Happy Hour & Poster Night — IA “science fair” for academics & practitioners with drinks and food
- Acoustic Jam — Bring an instrument or just yourself and be part of the IA band
- Polar Bear Run — 5k run, hosted by Peter Morville, and 10k run hosted by Lou Rosenfeld
- Polar Bear Yoga—Morning yoga sessions, to help your mind and body relax and focus, hosted by Jorge Arango
- Game Night — Board games, card games, strategy games, party games, all the games!
- Karaoke — The most fun you never thought you could have getting up and signing in front of a crowd! Hosted by one of our own, Kevin Hoffman, aka "Keyboard Man."
- Closing day, 5-min madness
Some things to keep in mind about the dinners:
- It’s not a job interview or a place to promote your company/business, but it is a good place to talk about interesting projects or even get advice (of a general nature).
- While side discussions happen, we encourage you to include everyone.
- Hosts are well connected in the IAC community and beyond, so if they suggest you meet a particular attendee to discuss a mutual interest, do it! Ask to be introduced!
- Think about your origin story. How did you end up at the IA Conference? How does your background inform your work? What do you like and want to do? These things are likely to come up, and you may be surprised to find how multidisciplinary we all are.
Here are a few tips that we’ve found useful over the years:
- Don’t get hung up on job titles . Most of us are interested in what we’re doing far more than what we happen to be called.
- Pace yourself! It’s OK to retreat to your room if you need some downtime.
- Stay hydrated! It can be easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. Don’t worry, there are water fountains all around the conference venue.
- Stay at the conference hotel if you can. (Sharing a room can be much cheaper.)
- Leave on Monday morning, if possible. Missing the closing plenary due to an early flight is unfortunate, especially when it’s often one of the best presentations, and provides a nice end to the conference discussions.
- Thank your hosts and anyone wearing a “staff” pin. The IAC is run by tireless and sleep-deprived volunteers.
General Conference Concerns
- You don’t have to be an active participant on Twitter or Slack, but they're the best ways to find out about impromptu lunch/dinner groups and goings on. They're also outlets for commentary on the conference, as well as snark and humor.
- On Slack, you can sign up and join the conversation
- On Twitter, follow #IAC19 and @theiaconf, follow speakers or presenters you’d like to meet, follow your First-Timer Dinner hosts and anyone they recommend.
- Be respectful, but don’t be afraid to ask if you can join a group that’s forming, or to get more details about that awesome restaurant someone just mentioned.
- It doesn’t hurt to send praise to the organizers and reasonable suggestions or complaints. The IAC listens.