Here are a few logistical items regarding GiveCamp this coming weekend – as I’ve mentioned before, if you find your plans have changed and you can’t join us for the weekend, please let us know as soon as possible!  If you have conflicts for part of the time, hopefully you’ve noted that on your registration form (if not, just drop us an e-mail); it’s not an issue, we just want to make sure the teams leaders, non-profits, and volunteers are all aware of the individual constraints and can plan accordingly.

Registration begins at 5:30 on Friday evening, and there will be pizza and salad there for dinner when you arrive.  The event takes place on the first floor conference center (which is one floor up from the lobby); the guard desk will have the names of those attending and direct you appropriately.   If you are staying the night, feel free to bring up your sleeping bag, etc. when you arrive, we’ll have a place to stow everything.

If you are driving, you may park in the garage at 1 Memorial Drive, the entrance to which is accessible only westbound on Memorial Drive (see map).  Garage parking is free to all attendees throughout the weekend!

If you are using public transportation, the Kendall Square (Red Line) T-station is about two blocks away from the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center.

Around 6:30 we’ll start with orientation, have each of the non-profits say a few words, and have a guest speaker get us kicked off formally.  I expect folks to arrive throughout the event, so don’t fret if you can’t be there precisely at 6:30.   By the end of the evening you’ll have had a chance to meet with your project team, map out your plan for the weekend, and get to work!

All of Saturday will be focused on project work. There will be a number of workshops throughout the day on various topics that we hope will be of particular interest to the non-profit organizations in attendance, and it gives everyone a chance to step away and take a breather.

Through Sunday noon, you’ll have time to continue working on your projects.  We’ll break for lunch, and then have an hour or two to finish things up.  Around 2:30, we’ll start our closing program, in which each organization does a short overview of what they’ve accomplished over the weekend.  Those of you there last year will recall how moving this part of the weekend was.  The event should be over by about 5 p.m.

See you all in a few days!