NER 2018 First Annual Meetup

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NER 2018 First Annual Meetup

Postby banished » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:59 am

MEETUP DATES
18-19 May 2018 Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Mandatory advance registration by 17 Feb 2018, at noon.

LOCATION
Portland, Maine (hotel TBD)

REGISTRATION
Registration is open to NER leadership and NER-based editors, regardless of rank, position, or experience. Editors from other regions who frequently edit in the NER are welcome, but should prioritize attending their own region's meetup. A wait list will be established, if necessary.

REGISTRATION FORM
>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp ... g/viewform <<


GETTING THERE:
Airport: Portland International Jetport (PWM) (https://www.portlandjetport.org/)
Train station: Portland Transportation Center (http://amtrakdowneaster.com/stations/portland)

Waze will not reimburse for transportation between the airport or train station and the hotel.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
Waze will pay or reimburse for:
  • Travel costs (either gas + hotel parking OR airfare)
  • Friday night hotel room
  • Some buffet-style meals, catered by the hotel
    • Saturday
      • Coffee/tea/soft drinks
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Afternoon snack

Hotel booking of additional nights may be arranged directly with the hotel (TBD).

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
* Presentations: If an NER senior editor (R4+) would like to make a presentation, please email banishedhere@gmail.com to discuss.
* Map Raid: Traditionally a map raid is held Saturday evening. Please email banishedhere@gmail.com to discuss what NER areas need to be "attacked."
* Organize Friday night dinner venue (if Waze doesn't organize it)

SPECIAL GUESTS:
We've confirmed at least one Waze staff member will be in attendance:
  • Irad (MapSir), US Community Manager, confirmed
  • Deliah (delilush), Asia Community Manager, tentative

Draft Agenda:

Friday:
Arrive in Portland, Maine, and check into hotel by 16:00 (4 p.m.) EDT. Meet & greet followed by dinner.

Saturday:
There will be a series of presentations from Waze staff and senior NER editors (volunteer opportunity!), followed by a Q&A session.

Expect an early start with breakfast about 8-8:30, presentations from 9-9:30am until roughly 5pm, and Q&A until 6-7pm. Several breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.

Coffee/tea/soda will be provided all day.

Waze will provide (for editors) breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon there will be a snack. For dinner, editors will be invited to join an optional, pay-your-own-way organized dinner event after we finish up on Saturday. Obviously editors are equally free to make their own plans.

Saturday night (optional):
The formal event is over.
Stay in the hotel at your own expense *.

Sunday & Sunday night (optional):
Stay in the hotel at your own expense *. Spend additional time with the editors, continue the map raid, self-guided tours (https://www.visitportland.com/)

* NOTE: The presumption is most attendees will stay Friday night at Waze's expense; however, the registration form also allows choosing Saturday or Sunday night -- at Waze's expense.

This announcement will be updated as information solidifies.


-Rob (banished), NER Meetup Chair, NER ARC, GC
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Re: NER 2018 First Annual Meetup

Postby Robert04101 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:04 pm

Hi, all!

I'm delighted that the first NER Annual Meetup will be in my hometown of Portland (Maine, not that newcomer out in Oregon!). Portland is a delightful, highly walkable city and the gateway to Maine's many attractions. Portland has a well-deserved reputation as a foodie mecca, with dozens of world-class restaurants, food markets, breweries and distilleries. Old Port and Congress Street are home to many interesting shops, and we have excellent museums and other cultural institutions. Please consider making a longer trip and bringing friends or family to enjoy a vacation!

May weather in Portland is usually pleasant but cool, with highs typically in the mid-60s and overnight lows in the mid-40s.

Transportation to Portland:

Portland is well served by air, train (Amtrak) and inter-city bus (Concord Coach and Greyhound).
  • The Portland Jetport (PWM) is a brand-new LEED-certified airport, a $20 cab ride from the city center. There is non-stop service from nearly all large airports east of the Mississippi.
  • Amtrak's Downeaster service has five trains daily between Boston and Portland, leaving from Boston's North Station and arriving at the Portland Transportation Center, a $10 cab ride from the city center.
  • Concord Coach runs modern buses with comfortable seats, WiFi, and recent-release movies between Boston and Portland. Concord Coach runs approximately hourly with non-stop service from Boston, either South Station or Logan Airport, stopping at each terminal, and arriving at the Portland Transportation Center. (Greyhound also has service; all us locals use Concord Coach.)

I'd be happy to pick people up at the airport or transportation center if you let me know when you'll be arriving. PM me here or drop a note to Robert04101waze@gmail.com
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