Episode 58 of the Get Connected podcast, Planning for the Blackbaud K-12 User Conference, looks ahead to UC19, July 9-11, in Washington, D.C. In addition to talking conference best-practices, we welcome Graham Getty, director, information systems at St. Alban’s School, and Tenley Peterson, director of web and digital strategies at Georgetown Day School, to get their D.C. insider tips.
Please note: this podcast was recorded before registration was open. Registration is now available:
- Click here for UC19 Registration
- The call for speaker submissions will open in early February
UC discussion topics in the podcast include:
- Who should attend and what to expect
- Top reasons to attend
- Ways to save money on conference admission
- Tips to get your speaker submission selected
- Advice for first-time attendees
- The Unconference day — love it or hate it?
- D.C insider tips for restaurants, night time activities, unknown or hidden places not to miss, and the best transportation options
You'll want to listen to the podcast to hear why Tenley and Graham made the following recommendations, but links to the eateries and attractions referenced are listed below.
- Walking distance from the Renaissance hotel in downtown D.C. (Penn Quarter):
- A drive away:
- National Gallery of Art — Jazz in the Garden (Friday nights)
- National Mall and Memorial Parks
- National Portrait Gallery (Closes at 7 p.m.)
Historic and Hidden Gems
- Dupont Underground
- Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial (Tuesday nights)
- National Museum of African American History & Culture
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- Washington National Cathedral
To hear all of the great UC and D.C. advice, listen to the podcast above, download the episode, or subscribe to the Get Connected podcast channel on iTunes.
For more conference prep, check out this article from Zapier: 10 Tips for Making the Most out of a Business Conference.
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