We’ve definitely seen an uptick in #negc2012 Twitter traffic with a combination of questions, anticipation, and excitement. Here’s our attempt at answering the more frequently asked questions. If something isn’t addressed below, drop us a line at NEGiveCamp@hotmail.com and we’ll get to back to you quite quickly.
Where is it? We’re at 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA, right on the Charles River and next to the Longfellow Bridge. The Microsoft Conference Center is on the first floor, which is one floor up from the lobby. The guards at the front desk will sign you in and direct you to the elevators.
When does it start? We’ll kick off registration at 5:30 on Friday. Food will arrive just about that time, and there will be plenty of time to get situated and network before the formal program starts – which will probably be about 6:30 or 7:00.
What are the hours each day? That’s up to you and your team. There will be people on site 24×7, so you can come and go as you like. Breakfast each day will be at 8 a.m., lunch around noon, and dinner around 5:30 or 6 – with plenty of snacks and drinks available for the duration.
Where do I park? There is a parking garage in the building, and the propery owner, Equity Office, has donated free parking to the attendees for the duration of the event; HOWEVER, you must enter the garage no sooner than 4 p.m. on Friday. If you get here earlier, you may want to find some on-street parking and move your car after 4 p.m.
I’m sleeping over, should I bring my stuff to registration? Sure, we’ll have a place to stow it, or you can grab it from your car later. Shower facilities are available, but you’ll need to bring you own towel(s).
What software/hardware should I bring? Definitely bring your laptop; we do not have extra machines on site. There will be a printer (from my home office) and large power strips. You may want to pack an extension cord to give you a bit more flexibility on where your team sets up shop.
When will I find out what project I am on? Most (if not all) teams have been formed, and the Team Leaders have been introduced to their respective non-profit organizations. Some may already have reached out to the other volunteers on their team, or will be over the next couple of days. Inevitably, we will have volunteers drop out last minute or not show up, so it’s common to have some shuffling later Friday night when we know who’s on site. Be flexible!