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BITS BY THE BAY - The SMPTE-DC Section 2014 Annual Technology Conference

Event Type: 
Conference
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 07:30 to Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 18:00
Location: 
Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Avenue
20732 Chesapeake Beach, MD
United States
Event Details: 

The 2014 Bits By The Bay conference is open for registration!. Please go to this link for the registration:
Main event: https://bbtb-14.eventbrite.com
Sponsorship: https://smptedc.eventbrite.com

**UPDATE** EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY APRIL 22nd

The registration includes the dinner registration and both early bird and regular registrations. The sponsorship website has a registration for each event and detailed descriptions.

Overview
The Bits By The Bay conference is an annual two-day technology conference produced by members of the Washington DC section of SMPTE on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The conference offers an immersive educational experience in the foundations and advancements of audio and video technology for television. We also offer attendees plenty of opportunities for socialization and networking. Everyone is welcome to attend - you do not have to be a SMPTE member. Our conference has sold out every year, so please be sure to register and also book your hotel room early. We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Bits By The Bay!

Download the conference flyer here:  SMPTE BBTB Conference Flyer.pdf

Conference Dates and Times
This year the conference will be held on Wednesday May 21st and Thursday May 22nd.
Registration and breakfast is from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM both days
The conference program is from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM both days
On Wednesday evening we will have a cocktail reception and a conference dinner.

Location
The conference is held at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Chesapeake Beach is about an hour drive from downtown Washington DC, Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).

Registration
The 2014 Bits By The Bay conference is open for registration!. Please go to this link for the registration:

Main event: https://bbtb-14.eventbrite.com

Sponsorship: https://smptedc.eventbrite.com

The registration includes the dinner registration and both early bird and regular registrations. The sponsorship website now has a registration for each event and detailed descriptions.

Hotel
The conference is held at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Our conference rate is $139/night for a standard waterview room (deluxe rooms at slightly higher rates are available).
Reserve your room by calling the hotel at 866-312-5596  and mention SMPTE May 21-22 or book online at http://www.cbresortspa.com/ and use group code 140519SOC
Note that the hotel will charge you for the room in advance; see the FAQs below for more information.

Agenda
On Wednesday we present sessions focusing on Archiving.  Three segments are planned: Basics, Hardware (including discussions on storage devices & systems), and Software (including discussions on Asset Mgmt, Metadata, MDF, etc.).   On Thursday we are discussing Technology Trends with segmetns planned on Acquisition & Delivery, Audio, Facility Virtualization, and a closing panel discussion planned (topics TBA).
Also included as a lunch keynote is Mark Schubin's "NAB Recap" presentation (day is TBD).

Download the conference program here.

Social Events
On Wednesday night we have our annual conference cocktail reception, with open bar free of charge to all attendees and guests, and our conference dinner which is $45 per person.

Sponsorship
This conference would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors. Please thank them! If you are interested in sponsoring our conference please contact Bob Natwick

Presentations and Speaker Info
If you are interested in presenting at our conference please contact Eric Wenocur

(See attached fille: BBTB 2014 Presenter Info Submission.pdf)

FAQs
Do I need to stay in the conference hotel?
No, you do not need to stay in the hotel to attend the conference. We have guaranteed the hotel a certain number of rooms in order to hold this event, so it certainly helps us if you do. And you'll have more fun as you won;t have to travel far at the end of the day.

Do you have one-day registration?
We only offer 2-day registrations. But you can split your registration with a friend or colleague. Just pay for a two-day registration and then send us an email letting us know who is coming on each day. If you are making several registrations on behalf of your company please be sure to give us the actual attendee names in an email.

I need to cancel my conference registration
We offer full refunds for all cancelations up to one month prior to the conference (April 21st). After that date we do not generally offer cancelations. However you may transfer your registration to anyone simply by letting us know who is taking your place. As the conference usually sells out, we also maintain a waiting list, so email us if you need to cancel and we may be able to put you in touch with someone on the waiting list.

I need to cancel my hotel registration
The hotel charges your credit card in advance for the room. They offer full refunds if you cancel up to 72 hours in advance of your day of arrival by 12 Noon.

What is the hotel check-in and check-out time?
The check-in time is 3:00 PM and the check-out time is 11:00 AM. Complimentary storage is available. Early check in may be available and late check-out is rarely a problem.

How much is parking?
Parking is free, and there is also free valet parking at the hotel entrance