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Know Before You Go

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As you prepare to attend the 2021 NIC Fall Conference, here are a few important reminders to help you take advantage of all the event has to offer.

Before You Go

 NIC Conference Badges
In an effort to reduce congestion at the NIC Registration Desk, badges were mailed to attendees who registered, paid, and uploaded their headshot photo and vaccination card by October 1. If you received your badge in the mail and you need to make corrections, we can make updates and print a new badge for you onsite.

Registration Hours
Sunday, October 31
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Monday, November 1
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 2
6:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 3
6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Download the NIC Mobile App
The app is an essential tool, both for preparation and for optimizing conference resources on site. Access the attendee list ahead of time, review the hotel floor plans, download the program, plan your schedule, message fellow attendees, post on the social wall, and so much more. Search for “NIC Conferences” on the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Download The App

Access the Attendee List
The Attendee List is available only via the NIC Mobile App. Download the file and sort it. Many contact each other using the list to confirm meetings ahead of time.

Download the Final Program
The final program is available for download (link final program) and is also accessible via the NIC Mobile App. Use this resource to get a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of what the NIC Conference has to offer. You can even print it and view on the plane!

Download the final program

Bring Your Masks
We strongly encourage all attendees to wear masks in the secured conference space areas. If you need a mask, we can provide you with one

Wear Your NIC pin
Included with every pre-mailed badge kit is a ‘NIC’ lapel pin, designed to help attendees identify and connect with each other as they travel to and from Houston. If you didn’t receive a pin in the mail, you can pick one up at any Concierge Desk.

Weather
During the conference, you can expect temps in the high 70s/low 80s in the day and low 60s at night. Currently there isn’t rain in the forecast, so be sure to enjoy the fresh air and take advantage of the outdoor space on Level 6 of the Marriott Marquis Houston.

Attire
Business attire is recommended at the conference.

Once You Arrive

Stay Safe
NIC has designed the conference with attendees’ safety as a priority. In addition to mandatory vaccinations, masks are strongly encouraged and can be picked up at any concierge desk. Please abide by NIC’s code of conduct, use hand sanitizing stations – and try on a ‘social distance comfort button,’ which indicates whether you’re comfortable with a handshake, an , or no contact at all.

Network
NIC facilitates networking throughout the conference. Whether you wish to see and be seen, or break away for more intimate discussions, you will find ideal venues and resources throughout the hotel. Look for the following opportunities:

Networking Lounges— Gather with fellow attendees anytime, in two settings.

Biggio’s: An attractive, lively setting with floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor balcony.

Texas Ballroom: In this spacious area, you will find ample seating and tables, and also the Headshot Lounge, Specialty Coffee Bar, Shoeshine, and LinkedIn Corner. 

Social Hours– On Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, continue your conversations over delicious fare in a relaxed, happy hour-like atmosphere in both networking lounges.

Meet-up Points: Find these convenient meeting locations throughout, designed to make connecting with contacts easy.

Networking Lounge Etiquette
The Networking Lounges are designed to facilitate attendee interactions, in an organic, business-friendly environment. Attendees are requested to observe good networking etiquette, while observing the following policies:

  • The only company signage or display materials permitted are those posted by NIC
  • The space must remain accessible and available at all times to all fellow conference attendees
  • Networking Lounges are accessible only by badged conference attendees

Gain Insights
Educational Sessions: Find a complete schedule, along with detailed session descriptions, in the NIC Mobile App and in the digital Final Program.

This year, NIC is reducing crowding by spreading out the schedule of educational sessions, and offering spacious live streaming areas, both indoors and in the hotel’s outdoor event pavilion.

The Fall Conference offers ten stand-alone, non-concurrent sessions, all conveniently located in the Houston Ballroom on Level 2—designed with comfortable seating and additional aisles to reduce crowding. Remote viewing areas will help reduce crowding, while further improving safe, convenient access to this unique and powerful program.

Dietary Needs
Vegan and gluten-free options will be available at the NIC Café and labeled accordingly.

Kosher Accommodations
Glatt Kosher accommodations will be available onsite on Level 4 in the Texas Ballroom C and will follow the same hours and the NIC Café and NIC Social Hour. Minyan will be available on Level 2 in the Harris Room.

Minyan Hours:

Monday, November 1
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 2
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 3
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Get Assistance
Conference Concierges are easy to find and are there to assist you with information and any needs you might have, from masks to mobile device chargers.

Be Pampered
Take advantage of attendee resources. Get professional help updating your online profile at the LinkedIn Corner, enjoy gourmet coffee, get a new headshot, take your networking out on the town with evening car service and find dessert waiting for you when you return. If you need to take a call or get some work done, use an individual private workspace.

Do You Need a Refresher? Watch the First-time Attendee Webinar

This exclusive webinar offered to our First-time Attendees can be a good resource to those who need a refresher on preparing for ‘the NIC.  This webinar offers a great source of tips and insights on preparing for the conference.

Watch the Recorded Webinar

Be Social!
Use social channels to let your network know what you’re learning and experiencing at ‘the NIC’. Follow and share #NICFall21 for up-to-the-minute highlights.

Safe travels, and we can’t wait to see you in Houston.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

 

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