Thank you for joining us for NISTS 2023 in Portland, Oregon, February 21-23. Over 460 transfer professionals from across the country have registered to attend the event, and we can't wait to see everyone and discuss our favorite topic--transfer student success!
If you have questions or need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll reply as quickly as possible. For on-site support during the event, please visit the Registration Office on Level 2.
PORTLAND TRAVEL TIPS
Members of our Local Arrangements Committee have prepared a number of helpful guides for making the most of your trip to Portland. Be sure to check them out!
It has everything you'll need to customize your conference experience, including the event schedule, session descriptions, presentation slides and handouts, and even networking tools. It's fairly intuitive to use, but we've compiled some tips and tricks below to help you get started.
Only registered conference attendees can access the app.
USING THE APP
Log In. You must use the same email address you used to register for the conference. Only registered attendees may access the app, so please do not share this information.
Set Password. Anything will work but be sure it's something you'll remember.
Create Profile. In this app, your profile is like your event name badge. You can include as much or as little info as you’d like. If you want to make changes later, simply click the "Me" icon in the bottom right of the app. You can even link to profiles on other sites like LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Important: We had to add your email to the app to make sure you could log in. If you prefer not to share that information with other conference attendees when you "Connect," you may delete it.
Refresh Regularly. We're updating the app in real time as new information and updates become available. Click the refresh arrow (in your browser tab or in the top right corner of the mobile app) at least once or twice a day to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
KEEP IN MIND:
If using the mobile app: Be sure to enable notifications so that you can receive alerts about conference announcements.
If using the web app: Enable pop-ups in your web browser so that you don’t miss any important information.
Time Zone: The app's default time zone is PST, but the "Your Time" column on the schedule will automatically adjust to your location.
KEY APP FEATURES
This is where you’ll find the details for all the conference sessions—days/times, titles, descriptions, presenters, etc. The filter icon at the top can help you narrow down the list, and you can click the + icon on the right side of each listing to add individual sessions to your “My Agenda” tab. Tap/click each session listing to read the description and preview the handouts. You can also tap/click each location to see the session's assigned presentation room on the hotel map.
Conference sessions are spread between Levels 1-3 of the hotel, but elevators, an escalator, and stairs are available to help you navigate the space. The hotel map in the conference app can help you plan your movements. Choose a level using the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, then zoom in to take a closer look.
This is how we'll share updates and reminders about the event. Be sure to enable pop-ups on your web browser and notifications on your mobile device to see them in real time.
Sponsors & Partners
Click the Sponsors & Partners icon at any time during the conference to learn more about the products and services offered by our conference sponsors and educational partners. Many of these organizations will be on-site during the conference, so be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall on Level 2 to lean more. You can also "Request Follow Up" for more information from directly within the app.
CONNECTING WITH FELLOW ATTENDEES
Put the conference theme into action by participating in opportunities to connect with other conference attendees. The Networking & Engagement (aka Fun Times) Committee has designed a range of activities to jump-start your connections with other attendees. Find the activities that fit you and dive in!
Be on the lookout for announcements about opportunities for group meals and outings. We’ll share more information on the social wall in the app as it’s confirmed.
For Day 1 (Tuesday), wear your favorite gear from your current institution or alma mater. This is a great way to find connections and hear others’ stories.
Jump-start conversations by visiting the “Networking Zone” on Level 2, where we’ll provide conversation starters to make it easier to connect with other attendees. Check the social wall in the app for updates on additional networking zone locations.
Morning Walks/Run OR Network Over Coffee
Join us on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for a group walk or run. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with colleagues while burning some calories. We will meet in the lobby of the conference hotel at 7:30 am. We have identified a 3-mile walk/run route that starts and ends at the hotel (shorter route available crossing at Burnside Bridge). Or meet in the lobby to grab coffee with fellow attendees.
Transfer Nation NISTS Social Hour
Back for the 3rd year, come meet up with conference attendees and Transfer Nation members! You don’t need to be on the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Transfer Nation to attend – but you should join if you aren’t!!
Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30-7 pm at the Metropolitan Tavern (across the street from the Hyatt, inside the Hotel Eastlund)
Virtual Transfer Swag Showcase
Snap a photo to showcase an example of your best transfer swag (e.g., student resource materials, apparel, and student gear) on the social wall in the conference app. Don’t forget to interact with other attendees with likes, questions, and comments! This is also a great opportunity to share a photo with your new Conference Connect buddy!
NETWORKING WITH THE APP
Click the Attendees icon to see who registered for the conference. You can scroll up and down or search for specific names or keywords. Use the filter icon in the top right corner of your screen to see only Portland attendees, or choose the sort icon to shuffle results from A-Z based on First, Last, Title, or Company Name.
Click the "Add" button in the Attendee List to invite others to exchange their contact information with you. Those who accept will be listed in the “Connections” section of your app, where you can send them a direct message via app chat. If someone asks to connect with you, you will see a red badge on your Connections tab.
The Social Wall is sort of like an in-app social media feed. Click “What’s on your mind?” to post comments, pictures, big ideas, and questions for all conference attendees to see. Did something funny happen in your session? Did you gain a new, mind-blowing perspective? Let us know!
Use our fillable conference workbook to keep track of all your ideas, action items, and session takeaways. Developed with the help of our Curriculum Planning Committee, the workbook includes reflection sections for Before, During, and After the event, as well as concurrent session worksheets and multiple notes pages. If you prefer taking notes by hand, be sure to print a copy before the event begins!
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
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FEBRUARY 21-23, 2024