FAQ

General Conference Info

What is the FME International User Conference?

The FME International User Conference (FME UC) is where hundreds of the world’s top data experts come together for three days of inspiring and informative sessions to advance their skills, exchange knowledge, and discover new ideas for their data in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.

When is the conference?

Safe Software Partner Day: May 22, 2017  (invite only – contact events@safe.com for more information)

Pre-conference Training: May 23, 2017 (available as an add-on)

FME UC: May 24-26, 2017

Where is the conference held?

The FME UC is happening at one of the most stunning venues in Vancouver:

Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building) – 1st Floor
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver BC, V6C 0C3
+1-604-689-8232

Need to book accommodation? Exclusive FME UC hotel rates are available.

Registration & Payments

Where can I register?

Online registration for the FME UC is available from the registration page.

How much does registration cost?

Pass Type Price/pass (CDN$)
Late/Onsite FME UC Pass (May 24-26, 2017) $1800**
FME UC 1 Day Pass $750*
Pre-conference Training Add-on (May 23, 2017) $250
Guest Keynote/Social Pass (May 24, 2017)
includes access to the plenary/keynote, no sessions
$200

*2 day max
**Credit card payment only

What is included in the FME UC Pass?

The FME UC Pass includes admission for the three conference days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May 24-26, 2017).

Delicious breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included on each conference day. The evening social on Wednesday, May 24 will also include dinner.

Which methods of payment do you accept for registration?

Credit cards (MasterCard, VISA and American Express) are accepted securely through the Eventbrite service.

Offline payment methods are also accepted until May 15, 2017. You can select one of these options by choosing ‘Pay by Cheque’ during registration.

Please include the order confirmation number and make cheque payable to:
Safe Software Inc.
Suite 2017,
7445 132nd St. Surrey, BC
Canada V3W 1J8

To pay by electronic funds transfer (ACH), bank wire, or PO, please reference the order confirmation number and send an email to ar@safe.com for details.

When does registration close?

Registration cut-off is dependent on the payment method:

Registration will remain open for credit card orders and will be available onsite at the conference. Credit cards (MasterCard, VISA and American Express) are accepted securely through the Eventbrite service.

Registrations close for offline payment methods. Purchase orders, cheques and wire transfers: payment must be made within 30 days of order date or by May 15, 2017, whichever is sooner to avoid cancellation.

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration to another person in my company?

You may transfer your conference pass to someone else for free up to and including May 15, 2017.

If you’re unable to attend and can’t find a replacement, you may cancel your registration for a full refund by March 31, 2017. Between April 1 – 30, 2017 you may cancel your registration for a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after May 1, 2017.

Please contact events@safe.com to apply cancellations or transfers.

Is there special pricing for speakers?

Speaker passes will be available at a discounted rate of $1000 ($500 savings off the regular conference rate). Once you are confirmed as a speaker, you will receive a special code to access the Speaker pass.

How can I justify attending to my manager?

The FME UC is an investment in your knowledge and skills. It’s a chance for you to network and make connections with hundreds of data professionals from around the world. And it’s an opportunity to gain fresh inspiration so your organization can stay at the leading edge of data technology.

To download an example justification letter, click here.

Pre-Conference Training

Does the FME UC Pass include access to Pre-conference Training?

No, but Pre-conference Training can be easily added to your FME UC Pass when you register or at a later date.

Can I add Pre-conference Training to my FME UC Pass after I register?

Yes, you can purchase pre-conference training after registering for the FME UC. Select Pre-conference Training from the registration page and make sure to login to Eventbrite with the email and password used to purchase your FME UC pass.

What is included in Pre-conference Training?

Pre-conference Training on Tuesday, May 23 is a full day of hands-on learning. Various classes will be offered. Topics and scheduled to be announced.

Delicious breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included on the Pre-conference Training day.

When can I select my Pre-conference Training courses?

After registering, you will receive an email with instructions to select your training courses. You can choose one morning and one afternoon course.

What do I need to bring for Pre-conference Training?

Please bring a laptop that can connect to Wifi and remote desktop to Windows machines. A remote Windows machine with FME Desktop will be provided, plus various installations of FME Server and/or FME Cloud.

Agenda & Sessions

When will the schedule be finalized?

The full list of plenaries, breakout sessions, workshops and more is available on the agenda page. Sessions will finalized a few weeks before the conference, but there may be changes or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

How can I manage my conference agenda?

You can build your conference agenda through Sched. Login to your FME UC agenda account to build your agenda with sessions and all conference activities. If you haven’t accessed your account yet, please activate it here.

For Pre-conference Training information, please see above section.

Can I get an FME certification at the conference?

At this time, there will not be FME certification offered at the conference. If you have any questions about certification or would like to apply, please contact events@safe.com. We will try our best to accommodate you.

Where can I download the official conference app?

The FME UC 2017 app is now available on the iTunes store and the Google Play store. We encourage all attendees to download and use this free app including the latest conference information, updates, agenda, attendee list, and more.

Conference Activities

What conference activities are available?

There are a variety of activities available throughout the conference week. You can find all the conference activities through Sched by filtering the “Fun”. Most activities require signups for a guaranteed spot, please see below for more information.

  1. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Soccer* (5-7pm) & Pub Night (7-9pm)
  2. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Main Conference Social (6-10pm)
  3. Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Morning Run* (6:30-7:30am) and Hackathon** (6pm-9pm)
  4. Friday, May 25, 2017 – Morning Yoga* (6:30-7:30am)

*For the sport activities signup, please indicate the activities you’d like to participate in and fill out the Recreational Activities Waiver form.

**For Hackathon sign up and project idea submission, please fill out the Hackathon Signup form.

Can I bring a guest to any of the conference activities?

Depending on the activity, you may be able to bring a guest:

  1. Sport activities – you are welcome to bring a guest, please have your guest fill out the Recreational Activities Waiver form accordingly.
  2. Guest Keynote/Social Pass can be purchased if your guest would like to come to the main plenary session with Chris Hadfield (Wednesday, May 24th) and the Main Conference Social.

If you are unsure whether or not you can bring a guest for a certain activity, please contact events@safe.com.

What do I need to know about the book signing?

Following the plenary session on Wednesday May 24th, Chris Hadfield will be available for a 2-hour book signing. A limited quantity of two of Hadfield’s books will be available for purchase onsite:

  1. You are Here, Around the World in 92 Minutes
  2. The Darkest Dark

Each book is $20CAD (incl. taxes). Cash and credit card payments are accepted.

Please note this book signing is on a first come first serve basis.

Food & Beverages

Are food and beverages included in the conference registration?

Yes, all full conference passes include the following meal times for the duration of the conference: breakfast, break snacks and lunch.

Dinner will be included on the Wednesday evening social. There will also be food provided during the Thursday hackathon.

What should I do if I have food allergies?

Please make sure to note in your registration (through Eventbrite) of any food allergies and we will do our best to accommodate you. Contact events@safe.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Where can I get good eats outside of conference hours?

Vancouver offers a wide range of great food options. Discover restaurants close to the convention centre or visit any of the city’s top restaurants. You can get exclusive discounts by showing your conference badge at select restaurants.

Visiting Vancouver

Do you provide invitation letters when applying for a Travel Visa?

We are happy to supply invite letters for you to submit with your Travel Visa application. For more information, please contact events@safe.com.

Are there discounted hotel rates for conference attendees?

Yes, exclusive FME UC rates are available at select hotels close to the conference venue. For more information, please see the ‘Hotels’ section on the Location page.

What is the recommended attire for conference events?

Business casual attire is recommended for the conference. The conference venue is air-conditioned so you may wish to carry a sweater or sweatshirt with you. Athletic attire is recommended for sport activities (run, soccer and yoga).

What is the anticipated weather forecast for the conference?

In May, the temperature in Vancouver typically ranges from lows of 6°C to 10°C (43°F to 50°F) and highs of 16°C to 19°C (61°F to 66°F). Vancouver is a temperate rainforest, so an umbrella and light jacket could come in handy. A mix of sun, clouds and rain is to be expected.

Where else can I find information about things to do in and around Vancouver?

Please see the ‘Things To Do Around Vancouver’ section on the Location page. Tourism Vancouver is another great resource to find things to do in and around the city. You can also get exclusive discounts by showing your conference badge at various attractions around the city.

Anything else?

If you have any other inquires that are not listed here, please contact events@safe.com.