Insider’s Guide to a SANS Conference – Setup
This is the first blog post in a series, “Insider’s Guide to a SANS Conference”. It corresponds to my attendance at the SANS Phoenix Conference March 23-30, 2009.
As a disclaimer, this “Insider’s Guide” will not provide you confidential information.
Also, you should know that I am “nobody special” within the organization. This is the third conference I have attended, all through their work-study (volunteer) program. I have Mentored the wireless course and taught a wireless Stay Sharp course in Dallas a couple years ago, but that’s it.
The series is meant to be detailed description of my participation and to hopefully encourage others to attend. (I am a big fan!) I am taking the “Security Leadership Essentials for Managers” course, which is being taught by Stephen Northcutt – the CEO of SANS.
I am also “micro-blogging” about the conference via Twitter. You can find my updates with the hashtag #SANS_PHX …better yet, you can “follow me” on Twitter @wifijedi to see all the updates in your own time line!
Today the conference organizers & volunteers set up the conference. Since this is a smaller, regional conference, there are only 5 volunteers (one for each course they are running). Setting up consisted of the following activities:
- Preparing name badges
- Preparing registration folders
- Recieving and sorting courseware (books)
- Stuffing totes with courseware and other inserts
- Sorting conference shirt by size
- Placing signage throughout facility directing attendees to registration, classrooms, internet cafe, etc.
- Setting up registration station
- Preparing course evaluation forms & folders
- A briefing regarding volunteer duties & expectations
I am looking forward to seeing all the attendees at the registration booth from 7:00 – 9:00 AM tomorrow morning!