Pre-conference Tours, Lunch during the pre-conference workshops, the Welcome Reception, Exhibitors' Reception, Birds of a Feather Breakfast, and the Conference Reception were great chances for socialising.
The day before the Pre-Conference Workshops, cultural and scientific institutions in Montreal and Ottawa teamed up to provide attendees at MW2008 with behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most interesting new media programs around. Tours were a great chance to share experiences with other delegates in an informal environment.
Museums of Ottawa
Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
The museums of Canada's capital city – Ottawa.
Science Museums + Visual information Technology: A science/tech. tour visited the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Science and Technology Museum and the National Research Council Institute for Information Technology.
Art & History Tour: An art and history tour visited the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Library and Archives of Canada Mass Digitization Facility, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Museums of Montréal
Tuesday April 8, 2008, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
The museums of Montréal, including the Musée d'art contemporain, Musée des Beaux-Arts, and the McCord Museum hosted behind-the-scenes tours of their multimedia facilities and programs.
Throughout MW2008 there were numerous social events – as well as lots of coffee breaks in the program – to make sure that everyone had a chance to connect with other attendees.
During the pre-conference workshops registrants sat down for lunch to talk about what they've learned. All pre-conference workshop registrants, including those registered for half-days in the morning and/or afternoon, were invited to join the lunch.
The evening after the pre-conference workshops and before the first full day of sessions, MW2008 kicked off with a Welcome Reception at the McCord Museum. We reconnected with old friends and made some new contacts. Sponsored by Gallery Systems.
A reception sponsored by the Exhibitors opened the Exhibit Hall. It featured new products, services and designs, in a concentrated gathering of interactive multimedia museum vendors. Tthe Exhibit Hall was open all day on Friday, April 13, 2008.
On the morning of April 13, 2008 colleagues got together to talk about topics of common interest. Each table was devoted to discussion on a theme proposed by attendees. Sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, Museum Studies program.
Conference Reception – Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Friday, April 11, 2008, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Directly after the Best of the Web awards, MW2008 delegates headed out for an evening exploring contemporary, including interactive, art at Montreal's exciting Musée d'art contemporain.
Stay in touch, if you must
Throughout the conference a room was set aside to check your e-mail, and for speakers to test their presentations. Speakers had priority access to the computers provided.
WiFi access was available throughout MW conference areas of the hotel.