Frequently Asked Questions

What is the basic conference schedule?

Arrive on Sunday, July 12, 2009. A light reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The main conference presentations and events will be held on Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14, at the Microsoft Conference Center. There is a full agenda for each day, 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. There will also be a dinner Monday evening. We provide breakfast and lunch at conference events on both days. Please note that Microsoft cannot reimburse you for meals that you purchase directly.

  • Sunday, July 12: Reception at 6:00 P.M.
  • Monday, July 13: Conference sessions from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
    Dinner cruise from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, July 14: Conference sessions from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

See the complete conference agenda

Where can I get answers about my conference registration? 

Contact the Faculty Summit Registration Team:

Worldwide: (001) (1) 206 829-1353
Toll Free (United States/Canada): 1 888 842-7904
Fax: (001) (1) 206 441-6369
E-mail: FacultySummit2009@microsoft.crgevents.com

What does Microsoft pay for? What is not covered?

Microsoft will host sponsored Faculty Summit participants during the conference dates, July 13–14, 2009, to include Microsoft direct-paid round-trip air travel, program meals, program events, hotel accommodations, and bus transportation between the hotel and the conference center. Travel to and from the Seattle (SeaTac) Airport is not covered. As a service, we have negotiated a special rate on your behalf from Shuttle Express. Any item purchased directly by the participant is the responsibility of the participant. If traveling with a spouse/companion, all travel expenses for the spouse/companion are the responsibility of the participant and are not covered by Microsoft.

 Is transportation provided during the conference?

Conference buses will be provided on a regular schedule from the hotel, conference center, and social events.

Travel to and from the Seattle (SeaTac) Airport is not provided by Microsoft. As a service, we have negotiated a special rate on your behalf from Shuttle Express.

What is the dress code?

Please dress casually and comfortably. You do not have to wear a coat or tie. The temperature in Seattle is usually quite pleasant in the summer. Normal day-time temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It rarely exceeds 90 degrees. However, it does cool off quite a bit in the evenings, sometimes falling to 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The evenings can get breezy. Although we hope for good weather, please do not be surprised if we get a few rain drops.

How can a family member reach me while I am at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2009? 

They can call the Microsoft Conference Center and our support staff will get a message to you.

Microsoft Research Conference Center
Worldwide: (001) (1) 425 706-0033
Fax: (001) (1) 425 727-2507
Address: 16070 NE 36th Way – Building 33, Redmond, WA 98052

How can I be reached at the conference hotel? 

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Worldwide: (001) (1) 425 462 1234
Fax: (001) (1) 425 646 7567
Address: 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA, United States 98004-4272

Will I receive access to presentations after the conference?

Speakers who elect to share their presentations will post their files to the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2009 Web site.

Are meals provided at the conference?

Light refreshments are served at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2009 reception on Sunday evening, July 12. Continental breakfast and lunch are served on Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14. Monday evening, a special dinner cruise on Lake Washington will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant evening with your colleagues. Please note that Microsoft cannot reimburse you for meals that you purchase directly.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?

You have the opportunity to state any dietary restrictions or food allergies during the registration process.

May I use my phone during the conference?

We ask that you set your cellular phone to silent or vibrate during the conference presentations. If you need to leave the presentation room, please do so with a minimum of disruption to other participants. The agenda has been arranged with morning and afternoon breaks for e-mail and phone access. Wireless Internet will be available in the Conference Center.

May I take photographs during the presentations?

Photographs are permitted only during the first five minutes of a presentation. We ask that you refrain from taking pictures during the remainder of each presentation. The speakers and other participants appreciate your cooperation.

Is smoking permitted in the conference center?

Smoking is not permitted in the Microsoft Conference Center. Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the building.