EVENT SCHEDULE & SPEAKING OUTLINE

Below you will find everything you need to know about your time with us during the 2017 Praxis Academy. If you find information that needs to be updated or have questions, please let us know by replying all to your speaker email. 

I. LOGISTICS

EVENT LOCATION
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639

We will primarily be in Crowell Auditorium (Plenary Sessions) and Talbot East (Breakouts, Roundtables).
For those who need to park, please use Parking Structure S

When you arrive on campus, please contact Meghan Easley: 724.961.9530 or Dylan Thomas: 717.669.5920

LODGING
Lodging is proximate to the Biola campus, and we have booked a room for you during the nights you are scheduled to be at Academy. Your room is pre-paid, simply check in using your name at the front desk.

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive South
Cerritos, CA 90703

TRANSPORTATION
You will find all information on transportation between LAX & the hotel and the hotel & Biola University on the speaker transport page.

Please review this to ensure we have the correct information for your ground transportation needs. If you have changes or questions, please email: lori@praxislabs.org 

REIMBURSEMENTS
We are happy to pay all travel related expenses; we simply need receipts for them in order to comply with strict IRS regulations. Please submit receipts to jon@praxislabs.org by August 16 and include the mailing address you'd like a check sent to.

PRAXIS CONTACT LIST
Jon Hart: jon@praxislabs.org | 612.382.0609 // Contact for: Pre-Event Questions & Speaker Content
Dylan Thomas: dylan@praxislabs.org | 717.669.5920 // Contact for: On-Site Logistics
Meghan Easley: meghan@praxislabs.org | 724.961.9530 // Contact for: On-Site Logistics

FILMING
We will be filming the event, and request your permission to do so for your talk; if you haven't sent your signed waiver in yet, please send to lori@praxislabs.org.

DRESS
Given that talks will be filmed, we suggest a nice & smart-casual dress.

II. SPEAKING/MENTORING INFORMATION

SLIDES & AV
We kindly ask for slides and any specific presentation needs by Thursday July 27.

We ask that slides are in 16:9 widescreen format and "saved as" / exported to a PDF file at the highest resolution in order to preserve font and images. Please send decks to Lori: lori@praxislabs.org.

We greatly appreciate your help in reducing the chances of on-site issues by sending any presentation materials or needs by 7/27.

REHEARSAL & GREEN ROOM
For Plenaries, please meet in Crowell Auditorium 45-minutes prior to the start of the session for rehearsal, sound & slide check. This is critical to ensure there are not technical issues during your stage time.

For Breakouts & Roundtables: plan to arrive 10-minutes ahead of the session starts so we can start on time. There will be host team members around to help you with timing. 

SESSIONS FORMAT
Academy includes 3 types of sessions: Plenary, Breakouts, and Roundtables. We've found delivering content in a variety of settings and formats enhances the student learning experience and gives them exposure to an array of experiences and perspectives. This also means timing for our sessions are tight, thus we appreciate your help in preparing content that is succinct and within the allocated time. We intentionally schedule some sessions for a tight timeframe on the main stage, knowing that the topics are best digested in a smaller format. 

Here's an explanation of the session types:

Plenary sessions are on the main stage with the full audience (~200). There are talks, panels, and interviews. 

Breakouts are a deeper-dive on a topic where 2-3 mentors co-facilitate a conversation and engage the audience for Q&A. Sessions are 40 minutes; consider sharing 15-20 minutes of up front content (between all mentors) then inviting audience Q&A. Expect ~20-45 students per session. 

Roundtables are an an informal time for a smaller group to personally engage with mentors and ask questions about the whole of life — from career, life, or startup advice. These are a unique opportunity to share more personal and off-the-record stories (they will not be recorded), if you are comfortable with that. As you might imagine, students value authentic stories (even if they are incomplete) over prepared or canned answers.

III. YOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

View the full week's event schedule here and meet the mentors here. Please note the below schedule only includes the times we have you down as having specific mentorship/speaking responsibilities. You're more than welcome to attend before or stay after your official mentoring times. 

MONDAY JULY 31

4:00-7:00PM
Plenary I: Redemptive Entrepreneurship
Crowell Auditorium

7:00PM
Speakers & Partner Schools Dinner
Talbot East - Conference Room 114

TUESDAY AUGUST 1

7:30-8:30AM
Breakfast
Cafe Biola

9:00AM-12:15PM
Plenary II: Theology - Culture - Entrepreneurship
Crowell Auditorium

12:15-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

1:45-5:00PM
Breakouts
Talbot East, various locations

5:30PM
Speakers Dinner
Mr. V's Bar & Grill (14320 Valley View Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638)

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2

7:30-8:30AM
Breakfast
Cafe Biola

9:00AM
Morning Worship
Talbot East Courtyard

9:15AM-12:00PM
Roundtables
Talbot East, various locations

12:00-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

1:30-6:00PM
Plenary III: Praxis Fellows & The Startup Journey
Crowell Auditorium

6:15PM
Fellows & Emerging Founders Dinner
12 Sixty Modern Pub & Kitchen (14299 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638)

8:00-10:00PM
Private Concert
An Evening with The Brilliance & Friends
Crowell Auditorium

THURSDAY AUGUST 3

7:30-8:30AM
Breakfast
Cafe Biola

9:00AM
Morning Worship
Talbot East Courtyard

9:15AM-12:00PM
Roundtables
Talbot East, various locations

12:00-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

2:00-5:00PM
Design Your Life Workshop (Optional)
Talbot East: Andrews Banquet Room

5:00PM
Outdoor BBQ Dinner
Sycamore Lawn

7:30PM
Student Idea Pitch Night
Giumarra Courtyard next to the Library

FRIDAY AUGUST 4

7:30-8:30AM
Breakfast
Cafe Biola

9:00AM-12:00PM
Plenary IV: A Living Manifesto for the Academy Class of 2017
Crowell Auditorium

12:00PM
Checkout & Lunch
Sigma Hall

1:00PM
Departures
Buses return to LAX