I attended the Canadian IT Law Association annual conference last week. It is IMHO consistently the best continuing ed program for IT law.
Some general conference observations:
- Pay attention to speakers even if they are covering topics you are familiar with. No matter how well you know the topic, something new / useful will come up.
- Conference materials in the cloud are the way to go. Much more convenient than on physical media.
- Hotel / conference centre AV equipment won’t always display your presentation the same as on your work computer, especially if it includes animation or video. It’s a good idea to bring the presentation and any separate video files on a jumpdrive, and test it out before the session just in case it needs to be tweaked.
- Conference room wifi can be mystifying and inconsistent. Why bother password protecting wifi on conference floors?
- Hotel room wifi may require a leap of faith and an ad hoc legal analysis (promissory estoppel, ostensible authority, parol evidence rule, burden of proof…) when you are told at the check-in counter “Just accept the agreement to pay [insert outrageous daily rate here] for wifi in your room – we won’t actually charge you for it.”