June 14–18, 2015
Hawaii Convention Center
OHBM will bring together neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicists, engineers, and statisticians from all over the world for a program focused on “using neuroimaging to discover the organization of the human brain.”
OHBM is wrestling with two common meeting challenges: the cost of Wi-Fi (brain mapping is a highly technical field, so many attendees will be using two or three mobile devices within the convention center) and the cost of travel to the destination (OHBM has a large contingent of European members, who might find the expense and time commitment of traveling to Hawaii prohibitive). And gorgeous Honolulu is another challenge. “Since the meeting is in Hawaii, where the sunshine and the beach can be a lure for meeting attendees, attendance in the sessions may be jeopardized,” said Kayla Stidger, OHBM’s director of meetings and events.
Committed to sharing its content with both virtual attendees and the general public, OHBM is offering a free and open pre-session. “The idea is to hold an interesting and informative talk to update the public on new initiatives or advances within the brain-mapping field,” Stidger said. “A local headliner will be chosen, and the talk will be open to the public.”
Convene’s Pre-Con/Post-Con series asks meeting planners about their challenges and how they intend to address them (Pre-Con), and then circles back around after the meeting has occurred (Post-Con) to see how well they worked out.