Not unrelated to our last post, the upcoming FOCS will have a panel-led discussion on “How might FOCS and STOC evolve?” (organized by David Shmoys) on Saturday 10/18 at 6pm. If you are interested in the future of FOCS and STOC, and haven’t yet registered or made your travel plans, I urge you to do so and attend the meeting.
Here is one way this FOCS has evolved: FOCS now has an app – you can use it to keep track of the schedule, add personal reminders to the talks you want to see, and more. In particular I am thankful to Nadia Heninger and Aaron Roth for the restaurant recommendations – apparently that area of Philadelphia has an amazing selection of great places. (If you don’t see me around during the talks, now you know why…)
To get the app, install the “Guidebook” app on your phone and then search for the “FOCS 2014” guide. While the Guidebook app prompts you to sign up, this is not mandatory, and you can use most of the features without it, though some features, such connecting with other participants, or seeing your reminders and schedule through web access, require it. You may want to download the app and the guide prior to the trip.
I hope to see many of you starting Saturday in Philadelphia!