Social Activities

The ICMI program is rather full already, including great social events on Tuesday (welcome reception) and Wednesday (banquet) evenings. However, some of you may come with family or friends, or may like to enjoy the longer summer days and pack some more activities before or after the conference sessions.

Liability disclaimer: the social activities are not organised by, or directly related to the ACM or ICMI. Participating to any of the social activities, you knowingly and freely assume any risks associated with that activity, even if arising from the negligence of the activity organisers (ICMI 2013 organising committee), and assume full responsibility for your participation.

City activities

Sydney Opera House

Monday night in the Bay

At the end of the the Challenges and Doctor Consortium, we will head to Sydney and get these cameras out of their bags! We'll start with the Opera, Harbour Bridge and then decide between a stroll in the Botanical gardens (some parts may be closed at that time), the historical Rocks district (pubs and food) or use one of the ferry routes to discover the magic of the bay of Sydney: Port Jackson.

  • Cost: cover you own expenses: train, ferry (bus/taxi back to your hotel), meal and drinks.
  • Bring: camera, comfortable shoes, sunscreen.
  • Meeting point: First chance: 17:30 @ground floor of NICTA building. Second chance: 19:00 @Circular Quay Ferry, in front of gates of Wharf #4 (do NOT pass the gates, we are not taking that ferry!). Look for Vanda or Ronnie.

Aquarium, zoo and museums

For those interested in visiting the excellent Sydney Aquarium and its touch pools, the relaxing Taronga Zoo, or the many museums around the city, some information will be provided at the conference. Ask one of the volunteers if you can't find the Social activities board.

  • Cost: cover your own. Price depends on activity
  • Bring: camera, comfortable shoes, sunscreen.
  • Meeting point: self-guided activity: check out the activity board at the conference venue for information.

Coogee activities

Morning jogs along the ocean

Jetlagged? Wanting to live the true blue Aussie morning experience? Jump out of bed early and join in for a jog along the coastal walk with us! You'll see plenty of Australians of all ages and fitness levels, running, jogging, walking, surfing, or simply enjoying the morning glory of an ocean sunrise. We'll go for about 1h, but will use a return route, so you can easily stop and wait for the crew to return at any point if you want.

  • Cost: Free!
  • Bring: running shoes, good humour, sunscreen/hat. Optional: swimmers for a quick dip at the end :)
  • Meeting point: Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri @7:00am sharp, at corner of Arden St and Coogee Bay Rd. Look for Ronnie.
Blue groper

Snorkel Clovelly Pool (or Coogee beach)

A few sets of mask+snorkel will be available for you to meet the amazing aquatic fauna and flora of the Clovelly Pool marine reserve. The walk from Coogee is about 30min, and will take you to that sheltered, protected bay where you can meet Bluey (the local Blue Groper), and all his friends.

  • Cost: Free! But you will need to leave a refundable $20 bond for the equipment.
  • Bring: swimmers (Aussie for swimsuit), towel, sunscreen, walking shoes.
  • Meeting point: This is a self-guided activity for all ICMI participants and their families to enjoy. Borrow the equipment at any time, but please ensure you leave others the opportunity to enjoy it, too.

Become a surfing (or beach) legend

A body board will be available to borrow to go tame the waves at Coogee. Should you want to experience the real surf, our volunteers will provide information on how to get to Bondi Beach and rent a board. Participants travelling with little ones will be able to borrow buckets, spades and other beach articles.

  • Cost: Free! But you will need to leave a refundable $20 bond for the equipment. Surf board rental and trip to Bondi: at own expenses.
  • Bring: swimmers (Aussie for swimsuit), towel, sunscreen, walking shoes.
  • Meeting point: This is a self-guided activity for all ICMI participants and their families to enjoy. Borrow the equipment at any time, but please ensure you leave others the opportunity to enjoy it, too.

Other social activities: social activities board

A white board will be posted at the conference venue from Tuesday to Thursday, with Post-it notes available to help participants get organised for social activities. Conference organisers and volunteers will be at hand to provide recommendations.

ICMI 2013 ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. 9-13th December 2013, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2010-2017
Photo credits: David Iliff, Enoch Lau (license: CC-BY-SA 3.0). Destination NSW, Don Fuchs, Susan Wright, David Druce.