Every year it takes an army of volunteers to help out at the conference to make everything happen smoothly. Many hands make light work (and all that.)
This year we have expanded the program to have 5 tracks. This means we are desperate for Session Staff. The Session Staff are a group of volunteers whom work with the presenters to make sure the talks run smoothly. The work is not hard, and it is a fantastic opportunity to meet with amazing people.
We have Session Chairs and Session Runners. Chairs sit in the conference room and make sure nothing blows up, and the runners run around pretending that nothing has blown up; acting as the legs for the chairs. Everyone has two-way radios. (What geek can resist that!?!?!?! What IS the air speed of an unladen swallow presenter? A session runner knows the answer, and is more than willing to share...)
Volunteering is easy and there are a ton of open spots on the schedule. Just look for talks which do not yet have both the little clip board ( chair) and star ( runner) icons on the left hand side. On the talk information page or pop-up, click the volunteer link.