OK maybe not, but he does seem to be tossing lawsuits around for no apparent reason these days. But seriously, you should read this email as it contains important information you should know before you begin your journey to Netroots Nation 2014.
If you have questions not addressed then please let us know.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
We’ve got an exciting four days planned for you, with 80 panels, 40 training sessions, a screening series and tons of parties and events. You’ll receive a program and printed schedule grid once you arrive, but you can plan your weekend in advance with our online agenda or browse the printed program online.
If you haven’t already downloaded our Netroots Nation 2014 mobile app, you can download it here. The free app (thanks to American Federation of Teachers) allows you to browse the schedule; create your personal calendar for the weekend; and connect with other attendees before, during and after the conference.
GETTING TO YOUR HOTEL OR COBO CENTER
Please be aware that cabs are in short supply at the airport. Your best option to get to either the hotel or convention center is to take Rideskoot (a shuttle service) or a rental car. You can find information on ground transportation options here. If you need to get there quickly, you may want to contact Allstar car service and arrange for a car to be waiting for you. There is a bus, but the ride is nearly 2 hours, you can find that information here.
MARRIOTT HOTEL WIFI
If you’re staying at the Marriott (the HQ hotel) and you’re booked under the NN group, wifi is included in your guest room rate. When you get to your room and get online, it will look like you’re going to be charged $12.95 a day, but this charge will not appear on your room bill upon check-out. If you select the higher level of wifi service at $15.95 a day, you will have a $3 charge (per day) on your bill. (If you’re staying at the Westin Book Cadillac, you’ll also have free in-room wifi.)
If you’re a speaker and plan to show slides during your panel, you must bring your own video adapter. (Don’t forget your chargers for your devices.)
WHEN YOU GET HERE
The registration desk will be open Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. if you’re in town early. Otherwise, you can pick up your credentials Thursday starting at 8 a.m. Registration is located in the COBO Center in Hall E.
Don’t miss the official Welcome to Detroit! kick-off party on hosted by The Michigan Senate Democrats and the DLCC Wednesday night! The party’s taking place at the the Detroit Beer Company (1529 Broadway St.) at 7 p.m., and includes Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer as well as other special guests.
Be sure to check out all the parties and social events being hosted by Netroots Nation and our sponsors. There’s also a huge list of unofficial events going on this week.
BEFORE YOU GO HOME
All of our hotels are union properties. Let’s all live our values and support the working class. The workers who clean your room each day have a rigorous and often thankless job. You can show your appreciation and support working families in a big way by tipping $3-5 per day (more if you decline service until the end of your stay). Make sure to leave your tip with a note so the staff doesn’t think you forgot your cash.
If you have time before you take off on Sunday morning, join us for the Sunday Morning Recovery Party. The party’s happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, Renaissance Center. Bring your luggage; catch up with friends one last time; and have coffee, a Mimosa, or Bloody Mary to get the day started while DJ Samala spins some chill morning grooves.
Finally, as you’re experiencing and sharing all the happenings in Detroit, be sure to tag your Tweets, posts and photos with the #NN14 hashtag. As always, wifi in the Netroots Nation areas of the Convention Center is provided at no charge to you courtesy of Communications Workers of America.
See you very soon!