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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2006

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you�ll find frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2006.

What is the basic schedule of the conference?
Where can I get answers to questions about my conference registration?
What does Microsoft pay for? What is not covered?
What is the dress code?
How can a family member reach me while I am at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2006?
How can I be reached at the hotel?
Will I receive access to presentations after the conference?
Are meals provided at the conference?
How can I stay in touch with colleagues who are attending?
Can I make phone calls during the conference?
Can I take pictures during the presentations?
Is smoking permitted in the conference center?
Is transportation available to and from the conference center?
How do I use my return taxi cab voucher to the SeaTac Airport?
How do I get to the conference center if I am driving directly?
 

What is the basic schedule of the conference?

Arrive on Sunday, July 16, 2006. A reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel at 6:00 PM. All conference attendees will be staying at either the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel or the Redmond Town Center Marriott.

The main conference presentations and events will be held on Monday, July 17, 2006 and Tuesday, July 18, 2006. There is a full agenda for each day, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. There will also be dinner events on each evening from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner at conference events on both days. Please note that Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any meals that you purchase directly.
 

Where can I get answers to questions about my conference registration?

Contact the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Registration Team:

Phone Toll Free: (888) 842-7904
Phone: (International/Local): +1 (206) 829-1359
Fax: +1 (206) 441-6369
http://microsoft.crgevents.com/FacultySummit2006
FacultySummit2006@crgevents.com
 

What does Microsoft pay for? What is not covered?

Microsoft will host invited Faculty Summit participants during the conference dates, July 16�18, 2006, to include Microsoft-direct-paid: round-trip air travel, airport transfers, program meals, program events, and hotel accommodations. Any item purchased directly by the participant is the responsibility of the participant. (If you are traveling with a spouse or companion, all travel expenses for the spouse or companion will be the responsibility of the participant and will not covered by Microsoft.)

To reserve your Microsoft-direct-paid hotel room and book your Microsoft-direct-paid travel, you must use the Faculty Summit 2006 registration Web site and follow the instructions.

Note To receive Microsoft-direct-paid travel and hotel, you must use the Faculty Summit 2006 registration Web site to make travel arrangements, which includes airline tickets, hotel accommodations, and transportation to and from the airport. Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any travel arrangements you make on your own.
 

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 daytime temperature is 80 degrees. It rarely exceeds 90 degrees. However, it does cool off quite a bit in the evenings, sometimes falling to 60�65 degrees. The evenings can get breezy. Although we hope for good weather, please don�t 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 2006?

The phone number for the Conference Center is 425-703-1800. Our support staff will get a message to you.

Microsoft Conference Center
Building 33
16070 NE 36th Way
Bellevue, WA 98052
 

How can I be reached at the hotel?

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Telephone: +1 (425) 462-1234
Fax: +1 (425) 646-7567
 

Will I receive access to presentations after the conference?

Speakers who choose to share their presentations will post their files to the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2006 Web site. Information about the Web site will be included in your Faculty Summit welcome package.
 

Are meals provided at the conference?

Dinner is served at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2006 opening reception on Sunday evening, July 16, 2006. Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served on Monday, July 17, 2006 and Tuesday, July 18, 2006.

Note Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any meals that you purchase directly. You will be asked if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies when you register.
 

How can I stay in touch with colleagues who are attending?

For those attendees who choose to share their contact information, a list will be posted on the Published Info tab of the registration site. To access this tab, please update your registration and refer to the menuing system at the top of the page.
 

Can I make cell phone calls during the conference?

We ask that you set your cell phone to silent alarm during the conference presentations. If you need to leave the presentation room, please do so with a minimum of disruption to other attendees. The agenda has been arranged with morning and afternoon breaks for e-mail and phone access.
 

Can 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 attendees will appreciate your cooperation.
 

Is smoking permitted in the conference center?

Smoking is not permitted in the Microsoft Conference Center. Please step outside of the building to smoke.
 

Is transportation available to and from the conference center?

Buses will be provided to and from the conference hotel (Hyatt Regency Bellevue and Redmond Town Center Marriott) and the Microsoft Conference Center. Buses will also be provided from the conference social events and the conference hotel. Two taxi cab vouchers will be provided to you: one for the trip from the airport to the conference hotel and the other for the return trip back to the airport.

Note Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any transportation (including cabs or rental car) that you purchase directly.
 

How do I use my return taxi cab voucher to the SeaTac airport?

Sponsored attendees will receive two cab vouchers for transportation to and from the SeaTac Airport. After you complete your registration, click the link that appears on the Thank you page to view and print your taxi voucher for your arrival. You will receive a second cab voucher in your welcome package for the return trip to the airport. Microsoft will pre-pay the gratuity for the cab driver.

If you need to return to the site at a later date to print out your voucher, click the Update my registration button, log in, and then click the Finish Registration button at the bottom of your Summary page.
 

How do I get to the conference center if I am driving directly?

Driving directions from downtown Bellevue to the Microsoft Conference Center:

  1. Take I-405 Northbound to Highway 520 East
  2. Take the Highway 520 East exit
  3. Stay on East Highway 520 for 2.7 miles to the 40th Street exit.
  4. Take the NE 40th Street exit.
  5. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto NE 40th Street.
  6. Turn right at first light onto 156th Ave NE, move into the left lane.
  7. Turn left into the Microsoft Campus onto NE 36th Street.
  8. Follow NE 36th Street until you get to 36th Way.
  9. Where 36th Street and 36th Way intersect, stay to the right, the Microsoft Conference Center is on the left and is marked building 33.

 

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