We just got the notification for our presentation on our Ocotillo projects at the League For Innovation’s “Innovations 2005” conference to be held March in New Yoirk City. The conference is tagged as:
Join the most innovative community college professionals as they come together to improve student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.
Yet, in 2005, when the World Wide Web is almost 15 years old, and completely interweaves just about all aspects of an educational organization, the notification includes:
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Session rooms DO NOT come equipped with an Internet connection. The cost of the Internet connection will be the financial responsibility of the presenter. The current rate for the connection through the Marriott Marquis is $750. If you would like to order an Internet connection, please email me at XXXXXX@league.org and I will forward you the appropriate information.
I can accept that the limitation is the conference site facilities (yet dis-regarding the fact that many conferences these days manage to bring in an efficent wireless capability), but hardly the the irony of “Innovations” coming at a net access cost of $750 clams.
It is not a tremendous work around, heck, I think a PowerPoint with lots of bullets will do (that was sarcasm). I am prepared to bring our web sites and run them as local internet apps from my Powerbook, no big deal, but it does mean that I am unable to surf during dull sessions or able to blog live.
It is seems rather bizarre.
The post "An Innovations Conference Without Internet Is Like…" was originally cracked open and scrambled from a rotten egg at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2004/12/an-innovations/) on December 14, 2004.