Welcome to the Type-A Parent Conference FAQ. Please see below for some of the common questions we get regarding the conference. Do you have a question? Use the form at the bottom of this page to submit it and we will answer it here.
General Questions (12)
You certainly do not need to be type-A to attend. In fact, many who attended Type-A in the past have described the atmosphere as relaxed and laid back. That is thanks to all the type-As working behind the scenes to make everything go smoothly. You do, however, need to be type-A to organize it.
Type-A Parent Conference is a blogging and social media conference geared at parents. That means all of the programming is about blogging and social media, not about parenting. While most attendees are parents, it is not necessary to be a parent. The non-parents who have attended in the past have remarked that they learned and gained quite a bit by attending. You can also see the conference schedule to see what sessions the conference features.
- Type-A is known for its outstanding sessions packed full of meat and take-aways. In fact, the average conference attendee goes to nine or more sessions during the conference.
- Type-A is well-loved by attendees. In surveys, 96% of attendees rated the conference highly and 85% rated Type-A better than other blog conferences they have attended.
- Type-A is the only blog conference with all-day programming throughout for the entire family, including a family pass so moms and dads can attend as well as the Kid Con for children ages infant to 16.
- Type-A works hard to make all attendees welcome. There is no atmosphere of exclusion here.
- Type-A is intimate, making it easy for both bloggers and companies to interact. As one attendee noted, you don’t just meet people at Type-A. You really get to know them.
Yes, you can be sponsored to attend the conference, but be sure to carefully review the Personal Sponsorship Guidelines. It is very important that you follow them closely and make the sponsoring company aware of the rules. For example, if an attendee is caught passing out swag on behalf of a personal sponsor, their pass will be revoked. Anyone who throws an unofficial event, function or party will have their pass revoked without refund. The practice is considered highly unethical. The people and the companies involved will be banned from attending and sponsoring future conferences. An egregious violation will result in the sponsoring company being billed the cost of the comparable sponsorship. The rules are there because the official sponsors pay for the exposure they receive at the conference, and without their support the conference would not be possible. In fact, the official sponsors already sponsor all attendees. Without sponsors, the cost of a ticket would be about three to four times what it is now.
Type-A is one of the best conferences for those who are new to blog conferences. Because attendees is capped at a lower level (max of 400 attendees), it is much easier to get to know fellow attendees and much less overwhelming. We also do several things to make new attendees feel welcome, such as the Company to Blogger Speed Dating, the Wilsonart Mentor Meetup, and ensuring everyone is welcome (no RSVPs or off-site trips required) to each evening reception and patio party.
The official conference parties, are open to all registered attendees. There is no need to RSVP, and your pass will gain you entry. We do, however, have special events and tours occasionally that have limited space and do require a registration. You will need to be a registered attendee to sign up for those, and if you are you will receive an email as these open for signup.
Yes, and in fact we encourage it at our annual conference. Type-A has been a pioneer in the parent blog conference space by providing quality childcare from year one for conference attendees at our annual conference. Called Kid Con, the children have their own mini conference with gift bags, activities, and trained and experienced child caregivers. Children from infant to age 16 can sign up. The Kid Con is heavily subsidized by sponsors to make it affordable for attendees. As soon as you register for the conference, be sure to register here for Kid Con (don’t delay, as it is very limited space and first come, first served).
Because our Type-A Advanced bootcamps are one-day, limited attendance events that happen typically on Saturdays, we do not offer Kid Con for those conferences.
Mothers of infants are also welcome to bring their babies into sessions at any Type-A conference. If your baby starts crying, we just ask that you step outside the session rooms until your baby has quieted to ensure all attendees can hear the speakers.
At Type-A, we want everyone to be comfortable and the focus to be on power learning and networking. The conference has a dress uncode. This means that if you look forward to the rare opportunity to hang out with adults and get all dolled up, by all means do so. If you prefer to be more comfortable, casual clothes are fine, too. While we often have parties with a theme, any costumes or dressing up is completely optional. It is recommended that you bring comfortable shoes. A cardigan is a good idea for session rooms, which can get chilly.