The AHA will make a Quiet Room available in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 301 for the 125th Annual Meeting in Boston this coming January 6-9, 2011. The room is available for all conference attendees as a quiet place to await their next session or job interview (the Job Center is located nearby), to send a text message, to check a web site, and the like.
It’s a room to escape temporarily the hubbub of the annual meeting—this includes mobile phone conversations—to read prior to your next session or next appointment, to meet someone before heading out to lunch, to prepare a few notes for those comments you didn’t quite finish, to rest tired feet from walking from the Westin to the Hynes, or, for Boston-area attendees with no hotel room, to sit for a few minutes of quiet time.
The Hynes Convention Center offers free wireless Internet services throughout meeting rooms, lobbies, and exhibit halls, including the Quiet Room. Open your web browser and look for the “BCEC” or “Hynes Wireless Network.” The service is designed for casual users and is not guaranteed.
AHA staff will check the room periodically, but the space will be “self policing” so, please be courteous to others. Please no loud (or quiet) conversations, job interviews, etc.
This is the first year the AHA will offer such a room. We hope attendees will use it in the spirit in which it is intended in this its trial offering, and provide the staff with feedback during or following the meeting. Its use will guide the AHA’s decision to offer it at future annual meetings.