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CHI 2003 Conference Facilities & Services

Conference Facilities & Services

See also: Networking Reception
The Commons
Child Care and CHIkids
Travel Information

CHI 2003 is more to the HCI profession than just the leading technical forum. It provides attendees with opportunities to make new contacts and renew old friendships with colleagues from around the world.

Accompanying Persons

CHI 2003 welcomes Accompanying Persons of 18 years or older to the conference to share in the excitement of the event. Accompanying Persons registration is US$ 100 each and includes access to The Commons, Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions, and the Conference Reception. Please complete the appropriate section of your registration form on behalf of the person(s) accompanying you.

Alcoholic Beverages

Legal drinking age in Ft. Lauderdale is 21.


CHI conferences are casual dress. A light jacket and/or sweater is suggested for the evenings. The Convention Center is air conditioned and may be cool. Ft. Lauderdale weather in April averages 75 degrees F/24 degrees C.

The CHI Store

Conference t-shirts, mugs, publications and videos will be sold at the CHI Store located near Registration in Exhibit Hall B of the Broward County Convention Center. The CHI store opens at 12:00 noon on Sunday, and will be open registration hours.

Electrical Power

It is ACM SIGCHI policy to use the local power source. In Ft. Lauderdale, electricity is supplied at 120 Volt, A.C., single phase, 60 cycle. CHI 2003 does not provide power converters; extension cords power strips, or other electric accessories.

Information Booths

Information Booths will be located Exhibit Hall B near Registration in the Convention Center. Local representatives will be available to answer your questions regarding local attractions, tours and dining options.

Information Booth Hours
Saturday 15:00 - 19:00
Sunday - Wednesday 08:00 - 17:30
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00

Internet Access

Internet access will be available in The Commons. For internet access from guest rooms, please check with your assigned hotel.

Message Service

A telephone line for incoming calls will be available at the Lobby Information Booth starting at 15:00 on 5 April 2003. During the conference, messages can be taken for you at this number and posted on the message board. You may also use the message board to post messages for other conference participants.

Recording Prohibited

The use of any type of audio or video recording device is not permitted during any part of the conference. The use of still cameras is permissible; however, reprinting photographs in print or electronic publications is prohibited without the written permission of the people photographed.

Smoking Policy

CHI conferences are smoke-free. There are easily accessible outdoor areas at the Convention Center where smoking will be permitted.

Cell Phone Courtesy

CHI 2003 requests that all cellular phones, pagers and other equipment with audible alarms be turned off in all sessions as a courtesy to the presenters and to the other attendees.

Special Needs and Access

The conference registration form includes space for any special needs you may have. Information about special directions for persons with impaired mobility, sign language services, interpreters, dietary restrictions, or other assistance is available upon requests. If you need special assistance, please contact the North American Conference Office. See contact information below.


All times listed in this Program are US Eastern Time Zone time / UTC (GMT) -5 unless otherwise noted.

Currency Exchange

Ft. Lauderdale airport offers an exchange service located in Terminal 2 between the hours of 07:30 and 17:00 and in the Customs area, lower level Terminal 4, during international inbound flights.

Miami airport offers an exchange service located on the second floor of Concourse E, next to the airport's hotel. It is available 24 hours and can be reached by calling +1 305 876 0040.

Contact for Information/Questions

CHI 2003 Conference Office
9:00 to 17:00 US CST
Tel: +1 312 321 4096
Fax: + 1 312 673 6961

Community Liaisons

Liaisons are available for CHI communities by regional, language and application domains. Please contact them for assistance with participating at CHI 2003.

Regional and Community Liaisons

CHI 2003 Travel Information

CHI 2003 will be held in Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, USA. For details on how to reach the Convention Center by car, please visit their web site at: