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Note to self for #NICAR16
Next year, try to:
* Drink more water.
* Drink less coffee, beer and whiskey.
* Eat a vegetable, it won't kill you.
* Get up and hit the gym in the morning.
* Leave the hotel at least once every day.
* Bring extra charging cords and a powerstrip. Write your name on the supplies you lend out. (@ecarewgrovum)
* Eat meals with parties of 4. It's much easier to get a table in a busy town. For big groups, just get drinks.
* Split into smaller groups, if you take a large party to dinner, and you have to wait forever. (@chrislkeller)
* Nap for at least 15 minutes during the lunch break each day (while charging devices). (@JuliaJRH & @KarrieK)
* Research nearby coffee spots. To avoid long lines for bad coffee, bring your own supplies. (@hbillings)
* Carry snacks for the times you're hungry, and the food line is just too long. (@elainewong)
* Think of lightning talk ideas throughout the year, and pitch at least one.
* Be aware that DST starts again on the Saturday night/Sunday morning of #NICAR16. This will bite you.
* Sleep at least 6-7 hours every night.
* Set a time to go to bed, and stick to it. (@roncampbell)
* Join games, even if you aren't experienced. People are nice and will teach you. (@reefdog)
* Preserve your voice. Talk less; listen more.
* Thank every IRE staffer you see. They work incredibly hard to make the conference fantastic. (@stevenrich)
* Catch up with old friends when you see them. With a conference this size, you might not get a second chance.
* Meet as many new friends and young journalists as you can. It's one of the best parts of NICAR.
@JuliaJRH
JuliaJRH commented Mar 9, 2015
  • Nap for at least 15 minutes during the lunch break each day (while charging devices).
@chrislkeller
  • If you find yourself in a large group for dinner, and the wait time drags on, suggest splitting up into smaller groups.
@elainewong
  • bring some snacks for the times you're hungry and the food line is just too long.
@tommeagher
Owner

Added suggestions from @JuliaJRH, @chrislkeller & @elainewong. Thanks!

@hbillings

Research the coffee situation beforehand. If no good independent shops, bring your own supplies so you don't have to wait in a 20-minute hotel Starbucks line.

@roncampbell

Set a time to go to bed, and stick to it.

@ecarewgrovum

Bring extra power bricks for charging devices. Bring extra apple chargers. Bring a powerstrip (? maybe this is overkill...). Bring a sharpie to write your name on ALL YOUR STUFF that you might lend out.

@stevenrich

Thank every IRE staff member you see. They work incredibly hard behind the scenes to make the conference fantastic.

@reefdog
reefdog commented Mar 10, 2015

That's a really solid list, @tommeagher.

This is a bit more general practice security, but I found it comforting to use a VPN while on hotel/random Wifi. Suggested: the dead-easy Cloak (getcloak.com).

And if you hear about games, join them, even if you aren't experienced. People are nice and will teach you.

@tommeagher
Owner

Thanks, @reefdog, @stevenrich, @ecarewgrovum, @roncampbell, @hbillings! I added your great suggestions.

@benlk
benlk commented Mar 8, 2016

Don't forget to brush your teeth. Your dentist will thank you.

@alykat
alykat commented Mar 1, 2017

Looks like we're spared the NICAR DST shift this year: It's happening next week (March 12).

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