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The 2014 CAR Conference begins soon

Below are a few bits of information to help you prepare for this great conference.

For the latest up-to-date information about panels, speakers and special events at the conference, please visit our conference website.

Hotel Information

The conference is taking place at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards, 110 S. Eutaw, Baltimore, MD, 21201.


Registration opens Wednesday at 2 p.m. and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday in University Ballroom on the 1st floor of the hotel.


 It looks like the weather is going to be a in the 30s and 40s during the conference. See the 10-day forecast thanks to

Wireless Internet during the conference

Stop by the registration desk to receive the access code for the wireless Internet being offered throughout the meeting space during the CAR conference.  In addition, attendees staying at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in the group block will receive complimentary wireless internet in their guest room.

Have a question or need help in a session

Room monitors will be stationed in the hallways during sessions and would be happy to answer your questions.  Additionally, if you need something, email and IRE staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Charm City Circular

A free and easy way to get around Baltimore and there’s a stop right outside the hotel. Find route maps and download the app before you arrive. Check out the Charm City Circulator website.

Hands-on room classes

We're expecting a record crowd this year, and it's exciting to have so many new faces. We've added a number of hands-on sessions, but seating is limited. So if there's a hands-on class you really want to take, plan on getting there early.

CAR Conference App

Don’t forget to download the conference app before you leave for the conference. Have the latest schedule at your fingertips throughout the conference, check speaker bios, plan your own schedule, and keep up-to-date with any panel changes that happen.  New this year, you can opt-in to network with other attendees and complete session/panel evaluations directly from the app.

Internet is not required for the app to work once it’s downloaded, however, it is necessary to receive any updates that are sent out.  Complimentary Internet will be available in the meeting space throughout the conference. The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and web-enabled devices. Download today 

Conference Addendums  

Be sure to check the conference app (daily updates icon) or your email each day, where you will receive the conference addendum with any last minute changes. Paper copies will also be available at the registration desk each morning.

Conference Evaluations

New this year for attendees using the conference app – you can complete the session/class evaluation directly from the app.  Click on the session you are attending, you will see the description and speakers of that session, directly below that is a link to the panel/class feedback form.  A few short questions later and you are done.

This feedback is valuable to IRE as we plan future conferences. Each day you complete a session evaluation you’ll be entered into the daily evaluation drawing for a $10 bar/restaurant credit.  The more evaluations you complete the more times you are entered.  In addition, we’ll be sending out evaluations via email each day as we’ve done at previous conferences. Attendees who complete evaluations through that will also be entered into the daily drawing.

Twitter/Student Blog

Use #NICAR14 during the conference and stop by the registration desk to see live tweets on the announcement monitor along with conference blogs. We’ve got a full team of bloggers and you can see their work online and in the conference app. Go here for an entire list of conference blog posts.

Schedule additions:

Howl at the Moon Social Activity

7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, February 27 at Howl at the Moon

Looking for a way to have fun and mingle with fellow NICARians at the conference? We've got the answer for you Thursday night: Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar is offering a special discount for NICAR attendees. The first 100 conference attendees between 7-9 p.m. will receive free admission to the 8 p.m. show and two drinks (domestic beer, wine and house liquor) for $1. Your conference badge will be required to obtain the discount.   
Bring your friends, have a great time and please be sure to thank “Howl at the Moon" for offering a discount to NICARians.  Location: Howl at the Moon, 22 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202. **Located in Power Plant Live

NICAR Open Mic

This year we'll be offering a new chance for NICARians to share ideas at the conference. Sign up online.

Tableau Public Happy Hour

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, February 27

Join the Tableau Public team for happy hour at the James Joyce Pub on Thursday evening 2/27 from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Talk data to one of our analysts over drinks and snacks on us while supplies last. Remember to wear your NICAR badge for entry and bring your business cards with you to network with your peers. Location: James Joyce Pub, 616 South President St. Baltimore, MD 21202


We thank you for your continued support and are looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

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