Whether a first-time attendee or a seasoned expert, you will find the tips below helpful for planning the most valuable experience possible at AISTech 2013.
- Before the Show
- At the Show
- After the Show
- Register Online to Save Time and Money
Online registration will open 3 December 2012. By registering online, you automatically save US$10 and avoid on-site registration lines.
- Reserve Your Hotel Room
Hotel space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation early using AIST's housing website to ensure you get the best available rate AIST has to offer. The housing website is available 3 December 2012.
- Apply for Your Visa
If you live in a country that requires a visa to enter the United States, we recommend you submit your visa application early (three months prior to travel). AIST will provide a letter of invitation for all registered attendees but does not have influence over the issuance of a visa.
- Set Your Goals and Make A Plan
Take time and think about what your goals are and what you expect to gain from attending AISTech. Take advantage of the Online Floor Plan and Technical Program (available in January) and decide which papers, exhibitors or plenary sessions will help you achieve your goals. Make appointments in advance with anyone you want to meet to ensure you don't get too busy on-site and miss any opportunities. Also, be sure you have enough business cards to bring with you (don't forget to put them in your luggage).
- Download Our App
The new and improved AISTech app will help you plan your visit to AISTech from start to finish, providing you with the ability to create a schedule of the technical sessions you want to attend, map your exhibit floor visit and access your registration details, general information about the show and the city of Pittsburgh. The app will be available for download in March.
- Bring your Badge With You
U.S. citizens who register by 15 April 2013 will receive their badge in the mail. Pack it in your suitcase to ensure you don't forget it. All non-U.S. citizens can pick up their badge on-site at AISTech in the registration area of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
- Wear Your Badge
Your badge is your pass to the technical program, plenary sessions and exhibit hall. If you receive your badge in the mail, bring it with you and skip registration. If you did not receive your badge in advance, you can pick it up at the registration area in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Make sure you are pre-registered and bring your confirmation barcode with you to expedite the process. It is also important to take a few minutes to look at the vouchers included in your badge and redeem them when necessary.
- Get Your Badge Scanned
After the show, AIST will send you a list of each exhibit booth where your badge was scanned. This allows you to see a list of all booths you visited and provides you with contact information for follow-up after the event.
- Visit the AIST Service Center
Take a few minutes to visit the AIST Service Center. This is where you will pick up conference proceedings on CD-ROM (full conference, one-day conference and student registrants), purchase proceedings, apply for membership and get general information on AIST.
- Raffle Tickets
Raffle tickets for prize drawings are included in your registration materials. Be sure to complete each raffle ticket and drop it off at the respective booth for your chance to win exciting prizes. Good luck!
- Visit the AIST Technology Committee Pavilion
If you are interested in joining a Technology Committee, stop by the committee-sponsored booth to learn more about our 29 committees.
- Follow AIST on Our Social Networks
Keep track of everything happening at AISTech on our social networks:
- Utilize the AISTech App
Don't forget to download and use the app on-site to help you keep track of your schedule and navigate the show floor. The app can also help you find your way around Pittsburgh.
- Complete the AISTech Survey
You will receive a post-conference survey shortly after you return home form the event. We strive to provide the best education, networking, and overall experience to our attendees and appreciate your honest opinion of the event.
- Follow Up
This could be the most important part of your plan. Follow up with the people you met at the conference; even if you do not have a specific need in mind, it is a good idea to further develop any relationships started at the conference.
Set up a meeting with your supervisor. Discuss the new technologies and processes you learned about and whether they can be implemented at your facility.