Getting ready for People Skills on Wednesday

The 3rd User Experience Toledo Region conference is Wednesday of this week, May 27th. If you are attending, here are some things to help you get ready (this was also emailed to attendees via Eventbrite, but repeating here just in case).

1. Make sure you know how to get to the conference location, the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at the University of Toledo. The address is 1510 North Westwood Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43606. You can come in from the north: from Bancroft, turn south on North Westwood. Or you can come in from the south: the building is at the corner of Door and Douglas.


Check out the Parking Guide (PDF) to see where to park. Parking Area 20, just past the roundabout at the end of North Westwood, is free to park in. Find a parking spot near the building.

2. Write down your vehicle information and turn it in when you check in at the conference on Wednesday morning.

Car Make, Model, Color, Year, License #, State.

Include your name so we know who belongs to each car. We will register your car so you do not get a ticket.


3. Doors open at 8am on Wednesday. Coffee and bagel bites from Black Kite Coffee will be available while you settle in and network. The conference announcements start at 9am and the first remote speakers are scheduled for 10am.

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4. Lunch is being catered by Balance Grille: build-your-own-plate with chicken, steak, tofu, rice, noodles and vegetables.

5. Bring your laptop, tablet, power supply, etc. You will have space to “get some work done” while the speakers are talking. Check email during the sessions: the speaker will never know. Many people like to follow the Twitter stream to see what others around the world are learning as they listen to the same speakers.

The LaunchPad Incubation coworking space will also be available, if you want to get away from the conference for a while and be even more productive.

6. If you are curious to see who else is attending, check out the bottom of the Eventbrite page. Lots of people from sponsors like the University of Toledo, First Solar, Hanson, Toledo Museum of Art, Thread, Spoke, and Agile Oasis Technologies, for example.

7. Read over the list of speakers and topics to prepare for what you will be learning. A summary and more detail about the program are available.

8. No need to print or bring a ticket. When you arrive in the morning, find your badge, turn in your car information, and make your way to the Brady Engineering Innovation Center (the large room where Pitch and Pour and other events have been hosted). Set up your “desk” for the day, grab some coffee and bagel bites, and start networking.


See you tomorrow, on Wednesday!