Ready for… HAPS 2014? Tell us what you want!

27 Jun

The HAPS 2013 annual conference in Las Vegas had record attendance, and preliminary member survey results indicate that most found the event informative and enjoyable. However, less than a month after the 2013 conference’s end, the HAPS leadership is making plans for the 2014 conference in Jacksonville, FL. The 2014 conference committee co-chairs, Steve Wood and Lourdes Norman-McKay, have already been working for a year on conference details. They’ve already been working with our Management Company and our Executive Director with respect to hotel selection, transportation to and from the school site, and overall organization of the conference. Well, less than a month after HAPS 2013 ended, discussion and planning for HAPS 2014 has sped up. This past week I joined the conversation as we all discussed some specifics, such as the number of rooms that needed to be reserved at the school, the specific social events that need to be planned, and finalizing update speakers.

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The host college for HAPS 2014!

While many of the details are still being worked out, here are a few items I can share with you:
* the organizers are trying to ensure some free time in the evenings, so people will be able to partake the Jacksonville Jazz Festival that is occurring the same weekend
* The ‘fun run’ activity to support the HAPS Foundation likely will be a scavenger hunt, held on Monday morning before the business meeting
* In 2013, we implemented a HAPS social that was free to everyone (instead of a more formal banquet, that required an additional fee). Since we received a great positive response for the Social format, we will continue to hold a Social in 2014.
* Workshop format will be similar to what we had in 2013, with the opportunity for overbooked workshops to be given as ‘second chance’ seminars

It is exciting to see the development of the conference unfold! So please tell me – what do YOU want to see at HAPS 2014? What did you especially like from past conferences that you want to see continue? Is there anything new you’d like us to try? Comment on this post and let’s get this conversation started!

2 Responses to “Ready for… HAPS 2014? Tell us what you want!”

  1. Diep Burbridge June 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    It would be great to have a convenient way of accessing the PowerPoint files presented in the workshops… perhaps a HAPS Dropbox accessible to all members.

  2. voloughlin June 28, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Diep – the Board has discussed this and at this point this isn’t an option for us for several reasons. some presenters don’t want to share slides if they represented unpublished research. we also would have to go through the slides and remove any images that violate copyright laws (and that usually means removing most sli images) – that task would require an additional staff person. We are hoping to post summaries of the talks in the next issue of HAPS-Educator, which will be a conference edition – so there WILL be some printable summary of these sessions. thanks for your suggestion!

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