Since 2009 is the 10-year anniversary of TechRepublic's launch in May of 1999, we'd like invite our loyal community members to Louisville, Kentucky (where TechRepublic launched as a startup), to help us celebrate! This TechRepublic Community Event will take place on Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Northeast Louisville (details listed below) from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, along with other informal gatherings on Friday night and Saturday.
Ever since we first announced this event in TR Out Loud a couple weeks ago, many of you have been asking great questions about what's going to happen at the event and what else there is to do in Louisville while they're in town - places to stay, good restaurants, attractions, and other places of interest. So, we're going to answer those questions in this post. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them in the discussion thread or send an e-mail to email@example.com.About the Community Event
Since this is a Community Event, it is open to all registered TechRepublic members. Aside from meeting your TR peers, you can expect to see a quick recap of TechRepublic over the past 10 years and hear a few words from the TechRepublic staff and TR members brave enough to come up to the microphone.
We'll have light refreshments, a few awards, and a special swag bag for all attendees. We realize that not everyone will be able to make it to Louisville, so we're also planning to broadcast the live event via streaming video and even offer it later as a video download on demand.
A dinner location (TBD) will be reserved for the community members who'd like to eat, mix, and mingle that evening, from approximately 6:00 to 9:30 PM. Each person will be responsible for his or her own drinks and dinner. However, the next morning, TechRepublic will pick up the tab for an optional brunch on Saturday (brunch location is TBD). A sign up sheet for brunch will be available at the Community Event.Where to stay
The Hilton Garden Inn at the Summit location has not only graced us with a banquet room for the Community Event, but they have also generously offered a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $84 per night, available Thursday through Sunday night. All reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn must be made before May 24, 2009. When you call, mention the "TechRepublic" event in order to get the discount. Here's the contact information:
Hilton Garden Inn at the Summit
9850 Park Plaza Ave. Louisville, KY, 40241
1 (877) STAY HGI or (502) 423-0018
There are lots of great restaurants in Louisville, and I've probably only eaten at a handful of them. The following list is a collection of favorites from the TechRepublic editorial team:
The Old Spaghetti Factory (horse and carriage rides are stationed here, giving tours of downtown Louisville)
Other Louisville OriginalsThings to do
Sure, Louisville is known for being the home of the Kentucky Derby and where they make the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, but there is so much more than that to see and do while you're in town --especially if you've made a family trip of it and your significant other and kids want to know what they can do while you're living it up with your TR peers. Here are just a few of the many attractions that Louisville has to offer:
The Summit (shopping)
Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.