Last year, tickets to the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Annual Conference sold out in under 12 minutes. With sales opening in Pacific time, this short window of availability created challenges for participants from Eastern time zones, people with slow internet connections, and students who had to take the extra time to upload their student IDs.
This year, NeurIPS registration will change from the prior first-come-first-served model to a randomized lottery. In addition, some tickets will be held back from this lottery to ensure authors of accepted papers and those creating content for and around the conference are able to attend and take part in the event that their thought leadership is helping to create.
Between September 6th and September 20th, those wishing to attend the conference from the public (those not contributing to the conference or any of its affiliated groups) will indicate their intention to register for the conference and desire to purchase a ticket by signing up for the lottery.
If you are randomly selected to register, you will be sent an invitation to register by email. Please take the steps necessary to avoid having email from @nips.cc or @neurips.cc caught in your spam filter. Your access to register will only last 2 weeks and if you miss the registration window, your ticket will be immediately offered to someone else.
You may want to take this opportunity to update your profile information for 2019. You can now indiate what type of affiliation you have, e.g. Industrial Researcher or Junior Faculty. Your profile now allows you to indicate your pronoun shown on your badge, and it lets you indicate your dietary preference.
Please keep these imporant rules in mind when joinging the lottery:
- Your profile must contain your firstname, lastname and institution in order to be chosen for the lottery. If any of these fields are blank, we cannot print your badge and you will be disqualified from the lottery.
- Attempting to manipulate the lottery system in any way to unfairly increase your chances of winning is a violation of the code of conduct and may result in the cancellation of your registration or our refusal to allow you to check into the meeting. For example, adding yourself multiple times to the lottery is a violation of the code of conduct.
- You will be required to present an ID matching the name you used to register for the lottery in order to check in to the meeting and pick up your badge.