CSUN 2015 Wednesday Session Picks, Tips, & Parties #CSUN15

CSUN Session Tips

Double, triple, and/or quadruple book your session schedule calendar and make sure you arrive super early if you really want to get to see a certain session and get a good seat. Popular sessions with big names will be full based on previous year’s experience. I’ve had to miss sessions for not arriving early and they were too full.

Another reason to book 4-5 sessions for each time slot is that you may find that after arriving at a session  you’re not particularly interested in the topic or it’s was not what you were expecting from the title or description. Whatever your reason is, I would say just get up and leave QUIETLY, obviously be respectful, but don’t feel that you’re forced to sit through a session if you’d rather see if there’s something more interesting. You may even rather just chat and network with Accessibility professionals in the hallways or at the bar. I see people at SXSW bailing on sessions way more than I do at CSUN but I have done it myself many times bouncing from session to session just trying to find an interesting and new topic.

Sessions are only 40 minutes this year so dropping in and out may not be much of an option so plan to have your main top session for each hour and then have at least a 2nd fav and a 3rd possibly. It was not had for me to pick many sessions for each hour because there are so many to choose from and they’re all booked at the same time slots! This is always a problem at CSUN and there’s not much of a solution other than the Conference recording all sessions for viewing later. I guess with 20 minutes now between the start and end of each session there shouldn’t be many excuses for not arriving early to the talks you’re most interested in getting a good seat.

FYI some CSUN sessions are sponsored/paid in special sponsored session rooms, if that factors into your decision or not. Deciding CSUN sessions is a lot like SXSW Interactive, research the presenters, research the company, check on twitter, read blog posts, choose many options, go with many back up plans, OR JUST WING IT! Or just blow off sessions and network with a11y nerds! The conference is what you make it, don’t be shy if you see someone you want to say HI to or chat with as this may be your only chance of the year until CSUN16!

Sessions I’m Interested In

These are sessions I’m interested in either based on the title, the subject matter, or the author presenting.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

9:00 AM PST

10:00 AM PST

11:00 AM PST

Dueling Mobile (This is my group session on Mobile Accessibility iOS VoiceOver vs. Android TalkBack so obviously the only one I can attend 🙂 Please Come!)

It sucks that there’s no way to see the sessions you also miss during your own presentation! Recordings would be AMAZING!!!

 1:20 PM PST

 2:20 PM PST

3:20 PM PST

Parties & Networking

The CSUN Newsletters have info about the parties and networking opportunities at the conference. Last Newsletter before Conference

Keynote Address & Welcome Reception
Please be sure to join us in the Seaport Ballroom on Tuesday evening, March 3 at 5:30 pm for the official opening of the 2015 Conference

Deque Reception and Sign Language Karaoke – Wednesday, March 4th!

If you’re reading this blog post then I am personally inviting you to our #DequeParty2015! 🙂 Please come and say hi, I’d love to chat about nerdy #A11y stuff!

By popular demand, Deque has decided to join forces with the Accessible Karaoke Party and get the party started early.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4th – 5-6:30pm – Join us in the EXHIBIT HALL for food, drinks, and to pick up a ticket for a special iWatch raffle.

6:30pm – Make your way to the PALM FOYER for heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a special keynote speech from Ajit Narayanan, the presentation of the 2015 Amaze Award, TWO iWatch RAFFLES, and the Accessible Karaoke Party!

EVERYONE IS INVITED!  So don’t miss out!  Sign up at deque.com/csun2015! And tweet with hashtag #dequeparty2015 for an extra drink ticket!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

8:00 AM PST

I’ll start my next blog post with Thursday’s sessions 🙂

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