Frequently Asked Questions

What is the basic conference schedule?
Arrive on Sunday, July 11, 2010. A reception will be held at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel at 6:00 P.M. The main conference presentations and events will be held on Monday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 13, at the Microsoft Conference Center. There is a full agenda for each day, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. There will also be a dinner event on Monday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. We provide breakfast and lunch at conference events and dinner on Monday. Please note that Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any meals that you purchase directly.

Monday, July 12: main agenda day 1, 8:00 A.M. and dinner 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday, July 13: main agenda day 2, 8:00 A.M.

View the detailed conference agenda

Where can I get answers about my conference registration?
Contact the Faculty Summit Registration Team:
facultysummit@ustechs.com
206-957-4797 (local and international)
877-795-4684 (United States toll free)

What does Microsoft pay for? What is not covered?
Microsoft will host sponsored Faculty Summit participants during the conference dates, July 12 and 13, 2010, to include Microsoft direct-paid round-trip air travel, program meals, program events, and hotel accommodations. 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 will be the responsibility of the participant and are not covered by Microsoft.

Is transportation provided for the conference?
Conference buses will be provided on a regular schedule from the hotels, conference center, and social events. Microsoft will not provide ground transportation to and from SeaTac Airport and the conference hotel. The average cost for a taxi from the airport is $55.00. We have arranged a discounted rate of $19.00 with Shuttle Express. To take advantage of this special price, you may make a reservation in advance by calling (425) 981-7000 or make a reservation online.

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 60–65 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 2010?
They can call the Microsoft Conference Center and our support staff will get a message to you.

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

How can I be reached at the hotel?

Hilton Bellevue Hotel
300 112th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Phone: (1) (425) 455-1300
Fax: (1) (425) 455-0466
Hilton Bellevue web site  

Sheraton Bellevue Hotel

100 112th Avenue NE

Bellevue, Washington 98004

Phone: (1) (425) 455-3330

Toll-Free: (1) (800) 325-3535

Sheraton Bellevue web site  

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 2010 Web site.

Are meals provided at the conference?
Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served on Monday, July 12, and continental breakfast and lunch is served on Tuesday, July 13. Please note that Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any meals that you purchase directly.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
You are asked if you have any dietary requirements or food allergies during the registration process.

How can I stay in touch with colleagues who are attending?
For those attendees who elect to share their contact information, a list will be posted on the Published Information page of the registration site. To access this information, please update your registration and refer to the menu at the top of the page.

May I use my phone during the conference?
We ask that you set your pager or 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 pictures 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 will 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.