React Summit US 2023 Attendee Welcome Guide
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React Summit US 2023 Attendee Welcome Guide

Welcome to React Summit US 2023! We are so excited to have you with us again!

Get ready to meet a lot of like-minded people, to learn, connect, and have some real fun in New Jersey. Let’s create an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for years. To make this possible, please use this guide, so you know all important info & policies that will ensure you have a safe and productive conference!

We are running a hybrid conference, so most of the materials we write here will be relevant for both IN-PERSON and REMOTE participation. But we’d recommend our REMOTE audience to take a look at our Remote Welcome Guide.

General information

Helpful links
Interaction via Conference Discord Channels

All the main communication will be in discord. Click here to join the discord channels.

How to connect to discord:

  1. Join Discord server via the link
  2. After joining the server you’ll get a welcome message
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  1. You need to go to #🎭pick-your-role channel and pick your event by clicking on relevant emoji – for React Summit US – 🗽
  2. After that you will get access to React Summit US channels

Channels:

  • #👀read-me-first – here you can find general information
  • #📢rsus-announcements – all announcements of very important information will be posted here, don’t miss them!
  • #❓summit-qna – here you can chat, share your emotions and ask questions to the Summit track speakers
  • #❓base-camp-qna – same, but for Base Camp track speakers
  • #💼rsus-workshops - a channel for workshop participants, there you can find threads for each workshop
  • #🌆activities-around-conf – walking around New Jersey is more fun with new friends. Just post about your plans and invite folks to join!
Workshops (registration details included)

We will hold workshops before and after the conference. There are two types of workshops: Free workshops and Pro workshops.

Workshops will be run remotely via Zoom. The recordings of most workshops will be shared with full ticket holders after the conference. How to register:

The workshops take place remote / in-person, you can find out more about the workshops here. They are not included in the main ticket, you can buy tickets for them separately via the link.

Certificates

After the second day of the conference, each participant will receive a certificate which will appear in participant’s GitNation portal account. You will get the notification in your email address.

Note, to receive a certificate you need to have an account in the GitNation portal.

Talk recording after the conference

All recordings will be placed at the GitNation portal.

Recordings from remote days will be placed right after the conference, in-person recordings - within 1-2 weeks after the conference.

Attendees with Free Tickets will be able to get recordings in a month after the conference.

Code of Conduct

We encourage you to read the full code of conduct, but the main thing is here:

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, X (Twitter) and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

X (Twitter)

Tag #ReactSummitUS on X to share your conference experience with other attendees & the world! It’s a great way to ensure that you forge connections with new friends.

Day 1, November 13 (In-person + Remote)

Registration & Schedule Overview

📌  Conference Announcements

We will make various announcements via the #📢rsus-announcements channel on Discord GitNation Tech Communities server. Make sure you’ve joined Discord server!

📌  Schedule

We will have 2 tracks: Summit & Base Camp. Each track will have a different speaker in parallel. The schedule can be found on the website. For in-person participation, the time shows in ET. For remote - in your local browsers time zone.

📌  Speaker Q&A rooms

After each talk, you will be able to ask questions to the speakers in-person. We’ll have a dedicated Speaker Q&A rooms for that. Head there after talk and onstage QnA to ask your questions to speaker personally.

Location: Networking hall, next to the entrance to the Summit Track

Note, the speaker Q&A room will be hybrid, meaning that remote attendees will also be able to join via Spatial.chat (link to Spatial.chat can be found on the watch page).

📌  Discussion Rooms

On November 13 we’ll have 3 discussion rooms:

  • AI Engineering - 11:15 EST
  • React Server Components - 13:50 EST
  • Career / Life Balance - 14:55 EST

Find the exact schedule on the conference website.

Place in-person: ground floor, behind the registration area, on the left side of the building.

Place remote: Zoom

Livestream page

You will receive an email with the link and instructions on the day of the event. Do not forget to check your spam folder :)

If there is no email, please:

After these actions the page with player & timeline (=schedule) should open.

Break before the party (17:00-19:00 EST approx)

Use the time before the party wisely – take some rest, have a nice dinner with new and old friends, recharge before the party begins!

You can use #🌆activities-around-conf chat to join somebody and find interesting places.

After Party (19:00-22:00 EST)

Join us at Barcade from 19:00!

Barcade in Jersey City is a unique venue that offers unforgettable entertainment. It's a fusion of a cozy bar and an arcade game lounge, attracting enthusiasts of classic games from the '80s and '90s.

You'll discover iconic titles like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and many more, making it an excellent opportunity to experience the retro gaming vibe. The interior of Barcade is stylish, with decorations full of nostalgia creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The music adds an extra charm.

Among the wide range of available cocktails and snacks, everyone will find something to enjoy, enhancing your gaming and social gathering experience.

Entrance rules

Please note that entry is only allowed with a valid ID or passport. Individuals under 21 years of age cannot purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

Violation of this rule will result in the event being closed.

At your disposal are 2 tokens to use on drinks at the bar, the equivalent of $2 in gaming tokens, and unlimited snacks from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. These are Fire Roasted Salsa & Tortilla Chips, Veggie Burger Sliders, Loaded Chicken Quesadilla.

Food & Beverage On Site

In the morning you will find welcome coffee in the catering area.

During the coffee breaks, you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee and tea along with light refreshments. Regular lunch will be provided to all attendees.

There will be vegan & gluten-free options available, make sure you ask for them from the staff if you don’t see them right away.

Ways of Getting to the Venue

Traveling to the Liberty Science Center (LSC) by public transport is quick and easy; You can find different ways of getting to the venue here.

The LSC is conveniently located within walking distance to the Lightrail for any guests commuting by transit.

New York - New Jersey

We recommend you to use Liberty Landing Ferry (a one-way ticket costs 10$) to travel from New York. Departure - every hour from 6.45 a.m. till 6.45 p.m.

The ferry service runs in the following directions:

  • Brookfield Place TerminalNew York, New York
  • Warren StreetJersey City, New Jersey
  • Liberty Landing MarinaJersey City, New Jersey (the closest point to the Liberty Science Center)

Then you can take a 20-minute walk to the venue.

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Parking at the Venue

Liberty Science Center has complimentary parking onsite at the facility, which can accommodate around 700 cars.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access

The venue is equipped for the mobility of people with disabilities. There are wheelchair-accessible seats in the hall.

Other assistance

If you require any other assistance, please email the organizer at [email protected].

Wi-fi

Public Wi-Fi will be available on-site for each participant. No password is required to join the network.

Filming & Photography

A professional crew will be taking photos and videos at the event for future promotion of the event. If you’d like to opt out of being photographed and recorded, you can ask for a black conference lanyard at the registration that signals to the crew to not take pictures. You might still be captured accidentally in audience photos where the lanyard is not visible – please get in touch with our support for deletion requests.

Lost & Found

If you find an item that is on its own (bag, laptop, phone, etc.), please do the right thing and bring it to the registration area, we will find the owner of the item.

Meeting & Connecting with Others

Non-exclusionary conversations

Most of our attendees work as mid-level or senior software developers. However, juniors and students will also be present at the event. Please remember that you were once one of them, and treat them with respect regardless of experience.

The Pac-man Rule

When you’re in a group conversation, leave an opening in your circle for others to join in!

X (Twitter)

Tag #ReactSummitUS on X to share your conference experience with other attendees & the world! It’s a great way to ensure that you forge connections with new friends.

Also sponsors provide virtual goodie bag gifts here.

Sponsors Booths

All of our sponsors are supporters of the web development community. And each of them drives our industry forward in unique ways. Some companies will have booths at the venue so come chat with their staff to learn more about their work. See all of the sponsors here.

Travel to the USA

Please consult the up-to-date travel rules for All countries or take a look directly at your country’s official Covid information website.

When you travel to the USA, you:

  • do not need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • do not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test

But we still advise that you book refundable accommodation and travel.

Day 2, November 15 (Fully Remote)

Schedule Overview

📌 Schedule

We will have 2 tracks: Summit & Lightning. Each track will have a different speaker in parallel. The schedule can be found on the website. Times are shown in your local browser's time zone.

📌 Speaker Q&A rooms

After each talk, you will be able to ask questions to speakers on Discord:

summit-qna  and❓base-campe-qna.

Head there after any talk to ask your questions to speakers.

📌 Discussion Room

On November 15 we’ll have 3 discussion rooms:

  • a11y: How to convince team, implement and maintain it - 12:10 EST
  • Typescript - 14:20 EST
  • Design Systems - 15:30 EST

Find the exact schedule on the conference website.

Location: Spatial.chat (link to Spatial.chat can be found on the watch page).

Joining the room through the timeline:

Go to the watch page –> Click on the discussion room button –> Go to Spatial.chat and in the rooms list on the right find the room named "Discussion Room" and click on it to join.

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Livestream page

You will receive an email with the link and instructions on the day of the event. Do not forget to check your spam folder :)

If there is no email, please:

After these actions the page with player & timeline (=schedule) should open.

Last notes

If you didn’t find an answer to your question here, please send your request to [email protected] or check out FAQ on the conference website.

We really hope that React Summit US will be not only really useful but also a lot of fun for you. You will enjoy your time with us, gaining new skills and knowledge, meeting new people, and making new friends.

See you soon in Jersey City 😉