2019 eNews Daily
Day 1: Sunday, October 20


peopleoncloudWelcome to Day 1 of the INFORMS Annual Meeting

Welcome to the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting! Each morning of the meeting, you will receive a copy of the Annual Meeting eNews Daily in your inbox with links to Annual Meeting coverage and helpful resources on the INFORMS Annual Meeting website. Be sure to check out today's exciting lineup of activities below!

There will be links to each issue on the Annual Meeting website. If you have any questions or updates, please contact Ashley Kilgore, Manager of Communications.


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Everything You Need to Know for Your Time in Seattle!
Click here for everything you need to know the moment you arrive in Seattle, including hotel and transportation information, tips for presenters, registration locations and guidelines, the INFORMS Center, and much more.

Newcomer Tips
New to INFORMS or the Annual Meeting? Click here for helpful tips!


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2019 INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Dessert Reception
INFORMS_Awards_Ceremony_Color_LogoSunday, October 20
Washington State Convention Center, Room 6E, Level 6

Your MC for the evening:
2019 INFORMS President Ramayya Krishnan

Join us for dessert and coffee to celebrate the winners of several key INFORMS awards:

Subdivision Awards
Throughout the Annual Meeting, the INFORMS subdivisions will be presenting their own awards, click here for the full list of awards.

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presentationCheck Out the Exciting Lineup of Sessions 

Plenaries & Keynote Speakers
Click here to check out the exciting lineup of plenary and keynote speakers who will be addressing attendees at the Annual Meeting.

Practitioner & Student Pages
Check out a special webpage that collates sessions and events to help practitioners and students better navigate the Annual Meeting and attend sessions with the most impact for them. Click here to learn more about the Practitioner Page and
here to learn more about the Student Page

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briefcase-1INFORMS Career Fair Networking Day

Career Fair Networking Meet & Greet
Sunday, October 20
Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4A, Level 4
Job seekers, don’t miss Sunday’s Career Fair where over 100 companies are recruiting. Bring plenty of printed copies of your resume.
At this one-day event attendees will be able to:

  • Gather materials and make vital connections
  • Meet one-on-one with representatives of top employers
  • Research the postings of the over 100 top employers
  • Drop off your resume if you are unable to connect in person

View the current job descriptions from the participating employers by logging into INFORMS Connect as a registered meeting attendee or view the job board in the Career Fair area of the Exhibit Hall. Don’t forget to upload your resume to the Career Center so employers can contact you.



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Annual Meeting Blog Roundup
Be sure to frequently check the Annual Meeting website to read commentary from your peers about their experiences in Seattle. 



peopleoncloudINFORMS Communities & Subdivisions

Community Meetings
All are welcome to these meetings featuring business meetings, receptions, and networking sessions. For a complete listing, please click here.

Join a Community!
Whether you are a new or existing member of INFORMS, take some time while in Seattle to sign up for a Community (also known as Subdivision) of your choice. There is no better way to maximize your membership and build your network. As a new 2019 or 2020 member, you qualify for one free Community! Click here to learn more.



socialeventsCan't-Miss Social Events

Member Meeting, Receptions, Awards, and More!
Come meet and form lasting connections with your fellow attendees at several social events that will be held during the meeting, including:

  • Welcome Reception 
    Sunday, October 20, 7:30-9pm
    Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4AB, Level 4
    INFORMS and the Seattle Organizing Committee welcome you to the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues and visit the exhibits. 

Click here to learn more about these and other exciting social events!

New Member Welcome Breakfast
Sunday, October 20 

Sheraton Grand Seattle, Grand Ballroom D, Second Floor
Invite Only
New INFORMS members are invited to attend. The session will feature brief presentations on how to navigate the meeting and how to get the most from your membership. Representatives from INFORMS communities will host tables where you can meet other new members who share your professional interests. INFORMS veteran members will facilitate informal networking with discussion prompts. Enjoy coffee, tea, and a continental breakfast. Click
here to learn more.


probono-1Pro Bono Analytics

Homelessness, joblessness, poverty, and hunger… they are some of the colossal hurdles facing our society. This year, at our Annual Meeting, INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics is partnering with a Seattle-based nonprofit organization to put an end to some of the heartache being felt by the local community.

FareStart is an organization providing people who are struggling with the skills they need to get a job in the field of food services and culinary arts, while also taking away some of their fears by helping to provide necessities like clothing and food.

How can you help? The INFORMS volunteer initiative will aid the Seattle community by building hygiene kits and making “no-sew” blankets for homeless students. The cost for each hygiene kit is just $5 and the blankets are $18. Any further donations will fulfill the FareStart wish list, consisting of items like clothing and gift cards.

Together, we can help people overcome their obstacles and create and achieve new dreams.

Please consider a monetary donation to assist INFORMS and its members in their continued efforts to support the communities of our conference host cities.

The Pro Bono Analytics Micro-Volunteering activity will be located at the INFORMS Center in the Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, AB, Level 4.

Sunday, October 20, 12noon-5pm and 7-9:30pm
Monday, October 21, 9am-5pm
Tuesday, October 22, 9am-4pm


loudspeaker-2INFORMS Annual Meeting Survey

INFORMS is asking for your feedback on a mini two question survey that also enters you in the running for a special prize! The printed survey, which will be available at INFORMS Registration and the INFORMS Center, is asking for your feedback on the meeting day pattern, as well as your preference of which days you would prefer to present. Your completed survey must be turned in at the INFORMS Program Information Desk, Level 4, Atrium by Tuesday, October 22, by noon to be entered into the drawing.

The grand prize drawing for a pair of Bose Headphones will take place on Tuesday, October 22, at 1:45pm in the Washington State Convention Center, INFORMS Center, Exhibit Hall, 4AB, Level 4. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win.

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Share your photos and video using #informs2019, and follow @INFORMS2019 on Twitter for official conference updates. Engage with INFORMS on Instagram and check out real-time conference videos and the INFORMS Seattle Geofilter (available in the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Seattle) on Snapchat at @INFORMS_ORMS. Be sure to check out conference photos on the INFORMS Flickr account.

Join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group and the Annual Meeting Connect Group to virtually connect with fellow attendees and discuss key topics of the day.