For those of you joining us in Salem, Oregon:
The Grand Hotel is located at 201 Liberty Street SE in Salem, Oregon. The Salem Convention Center adjoins the hotel.
Parking is free for guests of The Grand Hotel and event attendees. On-street parking is also available nearby, but is limited to three hours.
You can pick up your badge during the Welcome Reception on Monday, Sept. 27, starting at 5 p.m PT in The Gallery (Santiam level), or Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 6-7 a.m. PT in the Willamette Foyer.
Monday’s Welcome Reception includes drinks and light appetizers. On Tuesday, breakfast will be served at the opening keynote session; lunch will be served during the carbon sequestration session; sweet treats will be served during the afternoon break; and the tech cocktail hour will include drinks and light appetizers. On Wednesday, we’ll provide to-go breakfasts before the Tech Tour; lunch at Halls Ferry Farm; and our USHBC/NABC dinner is off-site at Green Villa.
Please note that the dinner is only available to those who have pre-registered and is at capacity. On Thursday, breakfast will be served as part of the R&D Advisory Board meeting; lunch is on your own. You’ll find a list of local restaurants in your swag bag!
Shuttles will be provided for Wednesday’s Tech Tours; specifics will be included in the printed schedule you will receive at check in. Attendees are welcome to drive their own vehicle and follow the shuttles. Friday’s Blueberry Trail tours do not include transportation.
Build Your Schedule
Visit blueberryevents.org to see the full Innovate 2021 schedule and plan for any sessions you want to attend.
What to Bring
The dress code for the event is generally business casual. Be sure to pack more casual clothes for Wednesday’s Tech Tours and Friday’s Blueberry Trail tours, including comfortable walking shoes and rain gear. There will be time between the tours and dinner Wednesday to change. Dress for the dinner is also business casual. You may also want to throw in a sweater – meeting rooms can be chilly – an extra face mask, snacks, a water bottle and cash for Wednesday evening’s no-host bar.
You have access to our virtual platform during the event and the recorded sessions after the event.
- Simply log in at blueberryevents.org.
- Click “Login” at the top of your screen. If you’re not signed in, you will be prompted to.
- Once signed in, click “Dashboard” to see your schedule and more.
- If you can’t remember your password, click “Login” and then hit “Don't know your password? Click here to reset it.”
- Remember that the “Event Stage” and directories won’t launch until the event starts, but you will have access to everything.
For those of you joining us virtually:
Remember the Basics
The virtual version of Innovate 2021: USHBC+NABC Tech Symposium and Fall Meetings is taking place Tuesday, Sept. 28-Thursday, Sept. 30, starting at 7 a.m. PT. The event “location” is blueberryevents.org.
Be sure you’re able to log in at blueberryevents.org. Click “Login” at the top of your screen. If you’re not signed in, you will be prompted to. Once signed in, click “Dashboard.” When you can see your Dashboard, you’re logged in. If you can’t remember your password, click “Login” and then hit “Don't know your password? Click here to reset it.” Remember that the “Event Stage” and directories won’t launch until the event starts, but you will have access to everything next week.
Arrive on Time
The countdown begins 30 minutes before the event starts, and the opening keynote with Dr. Anantharaman Kalyanaraman starts at 7 a.m. PT. Log in early to ensure you have time to look around before the program begins.
Log in Now. It’s Easy!
The “Event Stage” will launch for registrants shortly before the opening session begins on Tuesday morning. Head to the “Event Stage” to see all sessions happening that day. Access all the concurrent sessions by clicking their buttons on this page as well. Refresh the page often to access updates!
Connect With Each Other
You can use the chat feature on the “Event Stage” each day to talk to one another and weigh in on speakers and other content; and use the attendee and sponsor directories to schedule meetings and talk face to face with each other. These features will be live when the event launches Tuesday morning.
Take Advantage of the Breaks
We know that spending all day at the computer can be a bit much, and we took that into consideration when we created this program. We built in plenty of breaks throughout the day so you can refuel and refresh, and we encourage you to take advantage of them and step away from the screen for a bit.
Build Your Schedule.
Build out your daily schedule by heading to your “Dashboard” and clicking “Schedule Builder.” You’ll be directed back to modify your registration, where you click through “Your Schedule Builder” and confirm your selections. Check the boxes next to sessions you want to add.
Don’t Miss Out on the NABC Board Meeting!
The NABC Board Meeting and Crop Report is Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m. PT. The meeting will appear for you on Thursday’s main event stage if you added it to your registration.
We’re Here to Help
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions at all. We can’t wait to see you.