When is it?
The conference starts Friday evening, April 12th. We'll begin with dinner at 6:00pm and have a lively night of social events. The conference program runs from Friday evening through late Saturday afternoon. All Atoms are invited to stay Saturday night - this is optional but we promise it'll be a blast - we'll provide dinner, drinks, rooms, and breakfast Sunday morning.
Where is it?
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing. Expect roughly an hour drive from either office.
Where do I enter the hotel?
The main entrance is closed due to construction. Enter the hotel through the entrance located to the right (West) of the main entrance. You’ll see our registration table when you’re through the entrance and we’ll direct you to the room check-in desk.
Do I have to present?
No, but you'll have a better time if you do! If you would like to be involved but don't relish the idea of a formal talk, workshop, or social event, get in touch with the planning committee for ideas.
What's planned Friday night?
In the interest of keeping costs down (and profit sharing up!), we'd like everyone to try to get their billable hours in for the week prior to leaving for the conference. We'll start with dinner around 6pm and then we’ll host our Atomic Pitch Session. After that you have a few options: Karaoke, a Coding Escape Room, Board Games, or recharge in your room for Saturday.
What's planned on Saturday?
We'll have talks and workshops throughout the day. Expect the conference schedule to run through 5 PM with a company photo following after the last session.
What about Saturday night?
We encourage everyone to stay Saturday night if they can for dinner. After that we get a fun talk from Phil followed by Story Slam.
What should I punch?
We're asking that everyone try to punch their normal billable work prior to leaving for the conference, and punch 8 hours to "Atomic Conference / Training | Atomic Con 2019 - Attendance" for their time on Saturday. We're asking that you not punch travel time and we'll make it up to you with lovely company, food, swag and drinks.
Can I expense mileage?
Yes, but if you plan to, please try to fill up your vehicle with Atoms.
Who should attend?
All Atoms are invited. Since this is a technical conference the event will be for employees only.
Who decides on the conference schedule?
All of you - we're asking for your participation to help shape the content of the conference, so we hope you'll submit ideas for the events you'd most like to participate in. The planning committee will put together a schedule from the submissions we receive. We'll try to accommodate as many submissions as we can, but ask you to understand that we most likely won't be able to include every submission this year.
Do I need to book a room?
Terri will coordinate booking rooms. She'll send out a survey to gather your preferences.
Does the hotel have a gym or a pool?
Yes! There's a pool, a hot tub, and a fitness room. And a basketball court! And air hockey!
How's the WiFi?
Please don't rely on connectivity for your sessions, but we expect the wifi to be better than what we had access to last time.
Where can I share my slides or find other people's presentations?
Please use the shared Drive folder.