2014 National Convention
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my admission refundable?
No. American Atheists does NOT provide refunds. If you are unable to attend the convention after purchasing your admission, you may transfer your admission one-time to another person. (Email [email protected] for details.) Or turn it into a tax-deductible contribution. (Email [email protected] for details.)
Will there be babysitting or childcare?
Yes, American Atheists is pleased to offer low cost childcare (ages 1-7 for babysitting and 8-12 for day camp) for convention attendees on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To register for childcare, please sign up here.
I'm a member of the press. How do I get a press pass?
We have a limited number of press passes available. Please contact our Public Relations Director, Dave Muscato, at (908) 276-7300 x7 or via email [email protected] for more information.
I'm a podcaster. Will I be able to interview the speakers?
Yes. We will have an area just for podcasters and other media where you will have a quiet place to set up your equipment and record your interviews. We will do everything possible to make our speakers available to you throughout the weekend.
Will there be accommodations for the Deaf, those with sight issues, and those with mobility issues?
Yes, American Atheists will provide American Sign Language services for most of the presentations. Additionally, American Atheists will provide handouts ahead of time of as many of the presentations as possible for those with vision and hearing issues. There will be reserved seating at the front of the seating area and about halfway through the room along a wide aisle to help those with mobility issues.
Will American Atheists be able to accommodate transgender people?
American Atheists wants all of its attendees to feel safe and comfortable. This year one of the sets of restrooms near the main convention will be labeled “gender-neutral”. There will be flyers on each door and in each restroom to explain. We hope this action makes transgender and genderqueer attendees feel comfortable and provides an opportunity for other attendees to learn more about the difficulties members of our community face.
What do I need to do to get the student price?
You can pay for the student ticket price when you register online. When you show up in Salt Lake City, you must have a current student ID with you or you will be upcharged the difference in order to attend the convention.
I am a vendor/exhibitor, do I need to register for the convention?
You will need to contact Amanda Knief at [email protected] in order to register as a vendor or exhibitor and reserve your space at the convention. However, while you do not need to buy a ticket, your vendor/exhibitor registration will not allow you access to the convention hall where the speakers will be. You will need to purchase a regular admission to attend.
How much does it cost to be a vendor/exhibitor?
If you will be selling any kind of merchandise at your booth, the cost is $500. There will be any additional fee if you want electrical and/or Internet. There is a discounted rate for nonprofits. Contact Amanda Knief at [email protected] for details.
When will the agenda be posted?
The full schedule is posted here and will be available at the convention.
Do you expect the Hilton Salt Lake City to sell out?
Yes, please book your hotel room early.
Do you expect the convention to sell out?
Yes, the convention is expected to be record-breaking this year. Please purchase your ticket early and don’t miss out!
Do you allow signs or banners at the convention?
We do not allow signs or banners in the main speakers hall during events.
Do you allow photography and tweeting during speakers’ talks?
Yes, photos, live tweeting, and other social media is encouraged during speakers’ talks.
Will I be able to meet the speakers?
Many of the speakers have a book or photo signing after their talk where attendees can meet them. Most speakers will be at the convention all weekend providing attendees opportunities to speak and meet with them.Will I be able to meet the speakers?