What Attendees Need to Know
With just one week to go before TEDxPrincetonLibrary the entire team is working hard to put the final preparations in place for what will be an amazing day centered around the theme of “The Cornerstone Event”. Our goal is to fill the day with amazing experiences and memorable moments. If we are to achieve this goal we also need you, our valued attendees, to be prepared for this immersive day of ideas and networking. Here’s what you need to know before coming to Princeton on June 1st!
Getting to TEDxPrincetonLibraryd. Driving to Princeton: The library is located at the corner of Witherspoon and Wiggins in the heart of downtown Princeton (GPS address: 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542). Traffic in downtown Princeton is heavy at all hours of the day, so leave plenty of time to travel. Please note that Alexander Road will be closed for construction starting June 1st and you will be detoured if you take this exit from Route 1. We suggest taking Harrison Street or Washington Road exits from Route 1 if at all possible. You can park in the garage behind the library. Bring in your blue parking stub and we can validate it for two hours of free parking. It will still be expensive to stay in the garage for the day so if you can car pool that would be best. Expect to spend anywhere from $10 to $14 for parking, even with the free 2 hours the library can provide. Here is a map of downtown Princeton that shows the library and parking garage: http://www.princetonparking.org/parking_map.html The library is 14, the garage is D and The Nassau Inn is 7. You can enter the garage from Spring Street or from the alley behind the library known as Sylvia Beach Way (entrance from Wiggins). Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further driving directions beyond what has been provided. Train Travel to Princeton Amtrak and New Jersey Transit operate trains along the Northeast Corridor rail line that stop at Princeton Junction. Travelers can then transfer to a single-car train operated by New Jersey Transit, known locally as the "Dinky," for the five-minute ride to Princeton Station. The station is located on University Place at the southern end of Princeton U campus, across from the McCarter Theatre Center. From the McCarter Theatre Center it is a picturesque 10-15 minute walk through campus and downtown Princeton. Here are the walking directions: http://bit.ly/bniM8w You can also take a cab to the library from the Princeton Junction Train Station.
..Registration.. If you are attending a 1 pm workshop please register in the lobby of the library near the café. Registration at the library will be open at 12:30PM. If you are not attending a workshop please register at the Nassau Inn. Registration at the Nassau Inn will be open at 2:30pm. Coffee and cookies will be served starting around 2:30 pm in the community room – feel free to stop in and get fueled up before our first session starts at 3 pm. We are encouraging attendees to bring their own travel mug and help us keep our TEDxPrincetonLibrary green.
..Special Request.. While we are in session, we ask that all electronic devices be turned off. Yes, we know this a tough one and we understand the value of a back channel. However, the goal is to be focused on the speaker on stage and not on sending out a tweet or checking email while a presenter is mid-sentence. As we said, this is meant to be an immersive experience and the clicking of keys from laptops or the glow from a phone is distracting to all in attendance. We have a professional videographer who will be taping each speaker and we have an official event photographer. No other photographs should be taken while in session. We will make our images and video freely available online after the day concludes. During scheduled breaks we will welcome tweeting, photo taking, and even email checking if you must, though we encourage you to leave the real world behind for the day.
..Schedule of Events.. 12:30 pm Registration opens in the lobby of the Princeton Public Library 1:00 pm Optional eXploration Sessions (happening concurrently so you will need to select just one) 2:30 pm Coffee and cookies available in the community room of the library 2:30 pm Registration opens at the Nassau Inn for those who did not attend an optional session 3:00 pm TEDxPrincetonLibrary Session 1 4:15 pm Networking Break 4:45 pm TEDxPrincetonLibrary Session 2 6:00 pm Comfort Break 6:15 pm TEDxPrincetonLibrary Session 3 7:15 pm Dinner and closing comments 9:00 pm TEDxPrincetonLibrary closes; adjourn to Tap Room for optional post-event networking
.Optional Events …. You should have received a welcome email upon registering that included a link to sign up for a workshop. Please contact us if you need this link again or did not receive the original email. Unless you have been contacted directly by us, you can assume that you are enrolled in your first choice workshop.
Cooking Demonstration (1st floor Community Room)with Chef Christopher Albrecht of Eno Terra. Christopher Albrecht will take his inspiration from seasonal offerings at the Princeton Farmer's Market and create some delectable dishes before your eyes. Learn to Juggle: Discover the Tossibilities (3rd floor story room) with professional juggler Jen Slaw Learning a new skill like juggling, in which the body and mind are fully engaged, has been shown to increase both grey and white matter in the brain, as well as improve hand-eye coordination, focus, balance, sense of rhythm, body awareness and control of movement, stamina, and discipline. It can boost self-confidence and ultimately become a meditative exercise...and itâ€™s fun! Workshop participants will work individually and collaboratively towards the goal of mastering the basic 3 object juggle. Learn to Zentangle (2nd Floor Conference Room) with Certified Zentangle Teacher Rose Crawford Discover the new and creative art called Zentangle. In this introductory class you will experience the satisfaction of completing your own unique, finished piece of art and enjoy the meditative quality this wonderful art form has to offer. This class is for those who have no previous art training or drawing experience as well as experienced students who want to learn this specific technique. A starter kit is included.
..Miscellaneous Tidbits.. Plan to arrive early enough to navigate traffic and find parking. If you are late, you will not be permitted inside the ballroom until there is a break between speakers. Dress comfortably. Casual attire is absolutely appropriate and, in fact, it is encouraged. No need to wear a suit or tie (unless that is what you find comfortable, of course). Please check our web site for updates between now and the day of the event: http://TedxPrincetonLibrary.com/ Our hashtag on twitter is #tedxPrincetonPL and you can follow us at @tedxprincetonPL
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Ask Us!!!.. If you need something clarified, just ask us by sending an email to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org . Our TEDx team will have red ribbons on our name badges on the day of the event to help you identify who we are.