What you need to know for Knoxville

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Q. Anything special I should pack?

A. If you would like to participate in our Photo Scavenger Hunt, you must bring your own camera and memory card. Also bring any clips you would like to share with our editors at the Meet the Editors panel — a clip box will be available for each attending editor. And of course be sure to bring plenty of business cards for networking. Calling all runners: New for 2015 is the Roll n Run on Saturday morning. Bring your running shoes if you want to join fellow attendees for an early morning, no-fuss run.

Q. What should I wear?

A. Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes to the welcome dinner, EIC awards party, workshops and all demo events. The Honorary Awards Dinner on Sunday night is more formal, a tie and sports jacket are recommended. While all conference sessions will be inside, the welcome dinner, Breakout Day and water demonstrations will be outside, so please pack rain gear and be prepared for the heat.

Q. Where do I go when I arrive in Knoxville?

A. The Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park is the host hotel for conference attendees. Check-in is available beginning at 3 p.m. and free parking is available for OWAA’s attendees. The conference registration desk will open at 1 p.m. on June 25. The registration desk and all conference sessions will be hosted at the Knoxville Convention Center located directly across the street from the conference hotel. If you arrive in Knoxville early in the day on Thursday, we can also provide suggestions at the registration desk for places to see or things to do in and around Knoxville.

Q. Will I need to transport myself to any conference activities?

A. No. All transportation for conference activities will be provided. We will provide driving directions at the registration desk if you would prefer to drive yourself. Please note: Supporting Group and company representatives will need to provide their own transportation for water demonstrations and Breakout Day if they need to transport materials or arrive early for setup.

Q. Are my meals included with my registration?

A. Yes. Scheduled conference meals are available beginning with breakfast on Friday and ending with dinner on Sunday. All meals are included in the conference agenda except breakfast on Saturday and Sunday which is available at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, included in your room rate. Please wear your conference badge to all meal events and contact OWAA headquarters, info@owaa.org, if you have any dietary restrictions. For meals before and after conference, plenty of great restaurants are available in Knoxville: http://www.visitknoxville.com/places-to-eat. The registration desk will also have recommendations within walking distance.

Q. Can my spouse and family attend with me?

A. Absolutely! A list of things to do in Knoxville and family and guest activities are available on the conference website: https://owaa.org/2015conference/agenda/spouses-partners-families-guests/. And anyone registered for the conference is welcome to join you for all conference meals and activities.
For more information, visit: https://owaa.org/2015conference/faq/. 

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