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Conference Reception & Exhibits Grand Opening
The Commons (Exhibit Hall 4, Level 1) Monday, 18:00 – 20:00

Kick off CHI 2012 at the Grand Opening Reception, located inside The Commons. The Commons is the ideal place to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The reception will feature the best that Austin has to offer, including Texas style cuisine and entertainment. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, after all! Following the reception, we hope that you will take advantage of all the restaurants that Austin has to offer – from classic Texas BBQ to authentic Mexican cuisine. Gather a group of colleagues for an informal dinner to satisfy your Texas-sized appetites in the famous 6th Street Music District.

Admission to the opening reception is included with your conference registration; additional tickets may be purchased at the Registration Desk. Tickets will not be available at the door.


Job Fair & Recruiting Boards
The Commons (Exhibit Hall 4, Level 1) Tuesday, 17:00 – 19:30

CHI 2012 is featuring a Job Fair on Tuesday evening. Recruiters and job candidates are invited to take advantage of this key event. Visit the Recruiting Boards and designated exhibit booths throughout the conference to find out more about available positions.


ACM SIGCHI Town Hall Meeting
Meeting Room 16AB, 4th Floor. Wednesday, May 9, 12:50 – 14:30

SIGCHI officers will present ongoing programs and activities, followed by an audience Q&A session. Participants interested in shaping SIGCHI’s future are encouraged to attend.

Joint Hospitality Reception
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum  Wednesday, 18:30 – 20:30
1800 North Congress Avenue, Austin 

This year, a joint hospitality reception will be held at the beautiful Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Your badge is your ticket to enter the museum (and transportation), so please be sure to wear it. Delicious Texas-style hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a full bar is available. (You pick up your drink tickets at the door). In addition to meeting our hosts and networking with old and new colleagues in this lovely venue, you can visit all of the fascinating exhibits which will be specially open for our conference attendees. The well-stocked gift shop will also offer a special 10% discount on all purchases this evening.

Transportation to Reception

Buses will be running throughout the event to take you to and from the museum. Pick up and drop off will take place in front of the convention center.

CHI Champion Hosts:
Bloomberg       eBay/PayPal   
Google, Inc.     Microsoft Corp

Friend of CHI Host:
Samsung UX Center America

Other Hosts:
Virginia Tech, University of California Irvine, University of Maryland, Iowa State University, and Cornell University


Celebrate 30 Years of CHI!  
4th Floor Foyer 15:50 – 16:30

We'll have music, cake, and surprises as we celebrate CHI's 30th birthday
just before the closing plenary. Please join us for this special break.