Q: Who is organizing the conference?
The conference is an initiative of Hindu Students Council as part of its 25th Anniversary Celebrations. HSC is the largest non-profit, tax-exempt Hindu youth organization in North America. A team of over 30 students and young professionals from nine universities and seven states are involved in the conference planning team. However, the conference is also being supported by several domestic and international spiritual, cultural and social organizations. Hence, it is truly a global event.
Q: Where is the conference being held?
The conference is being held at the NJ Expo Center and the Sheraton Edison Hotel, both of which are located in Edison, New Jersey. Plenary sessions and evening programs will be held at the NJ Expo Center while the breakout sessions, discussions and workshops on Saturday afternoon will be held at the Sheraton Edison Hotel.
Q: Who should attend the conference?
The conference is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, etc. Anyone interested in learning about the meaning and applications of Dharma for the Self and the World is welcome to attend. Anyone interested in learning about Hindu heritage and reconnecting back to our roots while also having a lot of fun is invited to participate in this event. We welcome all who want to meet and network with like-minded students, young professionals and other individuals from around the world. We are expecting participants from several countries.
Q: What is the program like?
The conference begins on the afternoon on Friday, September 11 and ends on the afternoon on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The program contains a mix of thought provoking talks and discussions, addresses by world renowned personalities, yoga and meditation sessions, Garba and Bhangra with a live band, as well as an International Concert on Saturday, September 12. Over 50 spiritual, business and political leaders, along with celebrity guests, delegates of various institutions, NGOs, and international bodies are expected to address the attendees and participate in the conference. Not to mention, we are expecting students from over 50 universities around the world. The program is available at http://www.dharmaconference.com/index.php/event-program.
Q: I’m coming in from out of town. Where do I stay overnight?
The GDC Organizing Committee has negotiated a special discount with the Sheraton Edison Hotel. You can book your hotel room by visiting https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/GlobalDharma. In addition, there are several other hotels in the neighborhood area and within a driving distance of a few miles. Space will not be a problem!
Q: How do I get to the conference?
The NJ Expo Center and Sheraton Edison Hotel are conveniently located close to major highways, airports and train stations. For more information and directions to the Expo Center, please visit http://www.njexpocenter.com/directions/
For more information and directions to the Sheraton hotel, please visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1503307395&key=377A0B2A#.
Please note: Due to cost restrictions, the GDC Organizing Committee will not be providing transportation to general attendees.
Q: Will you provide transportation between the NJ Expo Center and the Sheraton Edison Hotel?
Yes, complimentary bus services will run throughout the day between the two venues. Attendees are also encouraged to drive their own cars and vehicles between the two locations.
Q: Where can I park my vehicle?
Parking is complimentary with conference registration at the NJ Expo Center and Sheraton Hotel.
Q: What is the dress code?
We encourage conference attendees to wear traditional Indian clothing. If you do not have access to traditional clothing, we would encourage you to wear business casual attire.
Q: What do registration fees include (e.g. food)?
Registration fees include access to all programs from September 11-13, including the Saturday International Concert. Registration also includes parking and food vouchers for vegetarian lunch and dinner. Additional vegetarian food can be purchased by attendees through the vendors. Tickets for the International Concert will be given in the order of the registrations received.
Q: Are daily passes available? What if I only want to attend the concert?
We have day passes available for purchase (https://dharmaconference.webconnex.com/daypass). Concert tickets are available at Sulekha.com: http://events.sulekha.com/sounds-of-harmony_event-in_edison-nj_301917. Please note: Concert seating will be allocated in the order of the tickets sold.
Q: I am coming from outside of the United States and Canada. Will I still pay for registration?
We are pleased to provide free registration for attendees outside of the United States and Canada. However, you are still responsible for your travel arrangements and stay. To register as an international attendee, please visit https://dharmaconference.webconnex.com/intlattendees.
Q: I would like to have a booth or add my name/business to the souvenir. How do I do so?
To reserve an exhibitor booth, please visit: http://dharmaconference.com/images/pdf/Exhibitor_Form_GDC_2015.pdf
To place an ad or support message in the souvenir, please visit:
Q: I would like to volunteer. How do I do so?
If you are interested in volunteering, please email info[at]dharmaconference[dot]com and we would happy to get you set up!