Terms and Conditions

June 22-27, 2008
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

20th Annual FIRST Conference

Registration terms and conditions

A. Registration Process and Payment Methods

  1. Registrants will be able to select the early fee up until 18:00 GMT April 25. If payment has not been received by 18:00 GMT April 25, registrants will be charged the late fee. This applies to registrants submitting purchase orders, bank/wire transfers, checks, and credit card payments that are denied.
  2. Discount Codes are assigned by the FIRST Conference Registration Office. FIRST reserves the right to cancel any registrants using unauthorized discount codes.
  3. Conference registrations will not be confirmed until the completed form and the correct payment is received and processed by the Registration Office.
  4. Registrants should obtain confirmation from the Registration Office before committing to other travel arrangements.
  5. FIRST cannot be responsible for your spam filters blocking your confirmation email. Please be sure your spam filters will allow mail from first.org and the conference coordinator.
  6. Accommodation costs are not included in the conference registration fee. Attendees are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.
  7. Capacity is limited to 400 attendees. Registrations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  8. Payment of on-site registration must be made using a credit card.

B. Cancellation Policy

  1. Conference registration can be cancelled only in writing to Conference Registration Office, 213 W. Institute Place, Suite 405, Chicago, IL 60610 USA (phone 312-372-1255, fax 312-372-1427, first-2008@first.org).
  2. Conference registrations cancelled on or before May 15th will be entitled to a 40% refund. Registrations cancelled after May 15th will not be entitled to a refund.
  3. Substitutions may be made at any time. If you wish to substitute a participant, please contact the Conference Registration Office at the earliest opportunity.
  4. All refunds will be made after the Conference and within two months.

C. Conference program

Conference program is subject to change

D. Participation and Behavior on FIRST Activities

  1. Attendance and participation at the FIRST Annual General Meeting and FIRST Steering Committee meetings is limited to FIRST team members and their invited guests, subject to approval by the Steering Committee.
  2. FIRST attendees are expected to behave professionally. Excessive use of obscene language, abusive behavior, or threatening behavior directed to any other conference attendee is not conducive to a learning environment.

E. Personal Information

  1. Please note that participant contact details will be kept on the FIRST database, which will only be used by FIRST. Credit card information will NOT be stored in this database.
  2. Unless the Registration Office has received an explicit request from registrant disallowing to share his/her contact information (through the Registration Form), a list of all attendees, their affiliation institutions and e-mail addresses will be included in the delegate packs.
  3. The e-mail addresses will also be used to circulate last minute details and announcements of future FIRST events.
  4. If you would like your record to be deleted after the conference, please notify FIRST by email (first-2008@first.org) or in writing to the FIRST Registration Office.

F. FIRST-provided Internet Access (AUP)

The following uses of FIRST-provided Internet access are not permitted:

  1. To violate any local, state, or federal statute;
  2. To vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization;
  3. To access another individual's materials, information, or files without permission;
  4. To use scanning or hacking exploit tools on public networks; and,
  5. To violate copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission.

G. Personal Property

First.Org, Inc. accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.

20th Annual Conference Sponsorship Team