Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are speaker proposals due?
A: They will be due in January. Check back for the form link in the fall.

Q: When is registration?
A: Registration will open in February!

Q: How much is registration?
A: So that we have the money to cover expenses, we will charge a $20 non-refundable registration fee. To validate your registration, we will need to receive the fee within a week of registration. If this is not possible (i.e. school check), we will need to receive notification of your intended method of payment. Payment information will be found inside the registration document. Please understand that if circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend TMC, you forfeit your spot and your $20.

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Q: How do I convince my principal/district this is a real conference not just some twitter thing?
A: Meg wrote a letter that you could use as a starting point. A few teachers have written letters to their administration after the conference, some of the language would certainly apply in a request for funding. Stephanie Reilly and Heather Kohn

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Q: What is the schedule?
A: The complete program for TMC17 is available but the basic schedule looks like:
Wednesday night: You’ll have time to settle in. There will be some sort of social gathering in the evening.
Thursday Morning: Registration is between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Newbie session will be at 8:15 am. The opening session will start promptly at 9:00 am.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:30 or 5:00 pm.
Sunday Morning: Morning session of ‘my favorites’ ends at 11:00 am.

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Q: Will people talk to me? Who will I eat lunch with?
A: Yes. Lots of people. Okay, okay, you want more detail – everyone at TMC is really nice. Really. Some of us have been friends for years and we don’t see each other often so that initial hug fest can be intimidating, but once we settle down everyone’s biggest complaint is that there isn’t enough time to talk to everyone. Because we want to talk to everyone. But not all at once, because many of us are introverts. Here are a few posts about people who had some anxiety about attending math camp: Before and After (password: iheartbrady) Another. And another. And yet one more.

Q: What if I’m not as smart as everyone else? or Will people think I’m a dork?
A: You are making a choice to spend part of your summer at a math conference. You’re one smart dork! Everyone else who attends TMC is making the same choice, they’re smart dorks too! We offer the full range of nerds and geeks – people have different interests, different experiences, different areas of expertise. You be you and everyone will benefit from your awesomeness. Still not convinced? Read the comments on this post. (How often do you hear that phrase? You know a community is extraordinary when reading the comments is a good idea!)

Q: What should I wear?
A: Dress is casual at TMC. Shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops are standard. Bonus points for math shirts (such as TMC shirts and other paraphernalia which are available to order now) and other nerdery.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Here's a handy google doc of ideas!

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Q: Where do people stay?
A: There will be a hotel block for TMC17, check your email.
Q: How do I find a roommate?
A: There will be a padlet to find a roommate, check your email.

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Q: How will transportation work? (airport to hotel to sessions)
A: Coordinate rides from the airport by sharing your flight info in the spreadsheet (check your email). If you’re staying in the conference hotel it won't be a long walk to the school and there will also be a shuttle available.

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Q: How can I help?
A: Right now – continue being an awesome member of the community. Tweet @TMathC if you have an idea of something you could do to see if it’s already been taken care of. Donations are also always welcome: 
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