Thank you for your interest in Activate 2019. This year’s conference will be packed with technical sessions, workshops, panels, and discussions– delivered by the world’s best and brightest in search, AI, and data analytics. If you need help convincing your management of the value of attending, we have drafted the below sample justification letter. Just copy and paste the below into an email or Word document, and complete the sections in bold.
Subject: Request to Attend Activate 2019
Dear [Decision Maker Name],
I have been invited to attend Activate, The Search and AI Conference, September 9-12 in Washington DC. This two-day conference, preceded by two days of hands-on technical training, will give me an opportunity to be face to face with the creators and thought leaders behind Apache Lucene/Solr, the most widely deployed search platform in the world. Along with hearing and learning from the Solr community, I will have the opportunity to attend sessions focused on building intelligent search applications by enhancing search with AI techniques like NLP, Entity Extraction, Text Analytics, ML Algorithms, and Knowledge Graphs.
The conference is composed of training workshops, panels, over 40 breakout sessions, and a wide range of networking opportunities with Lucene/Solr and AI experts and users, all focused on delivering smart data experiences through search and AI. From technical tutorials and tips and tricks, to sessions led by individuals from large enterprises that use the technology to drive better customer experiences, this conference will help strengthen my skills and understanding of how to make the most of my Lucene/Solr and machine learning knowledge.
Throughout the conference, I can attend sessions that are directly applicable to my work and to [COMPANY]. Lucene/Solr users and experts across all industries will be on hand to showcase how they are using the technology and the results they have achieved. I will gain valuable insight into the latest trends in the industry, upcoming features, and how we can maximize our investments in search and AI.
I’ve estimated my costs for the trip:
Hotel: [X nights] at [$XXX]/night*: [$XXX]
Registration Fee: [$XXX]
Also, if I register early, I can take advantage of early registration pricing. Let me know if I can provide you with any additional information and what your thoughts are on my attendance at the event. In the meantime, I’ll make sure to keep you in the loop on any updates. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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*Conference attendees have access to a negotiated rate at the conference hotel, the Washington Hilton. These rates are available on a first come, first serve basis. The sooner I book my accommodations, the more likely I am to secure the negotiated hotel rate.