At the end of April 2018 I had the great pleasure of travelling to Montreal to attend the CHI Conference and presented a late-breaking work poster about my current work. I had always wanted to visit Canada. So I got to kill two birds with one stone and visit Canada and present something at my first conference.
Considering this was my first conference I was slightly overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. The conference had over 3000 attendees and several concurrent tracks for presentations happening at the same time. At times it was difficult to decide which sessions to attend. At other times it meant leaving one session and navigating all the way to the other side of the conference venue to get to another session.
I presented my poster over two 40 minute slots one on Wednesday morning and the other Wednesday afternoon. I got to talk and discuss my work with some interested people about my work. In addition I finally have some published work than can be downloaded and cited by others!
For the last three days I did some sightseeing. I took in the view from the Mont Royal, as well as the Basilica, the Old Town and port. There was a lot of walking involved!
Overall Montreal was a very nice city to visit, and I would definitely go back again! The experience has really ignited my eagerness to work harder than ever on my PhD in the run up to the next CHI conference deadline in September.