Washington Apple Pi

A Community of Apple iPad, iPhone and Mac Users

General Meeting: Apple iPad - The Next Big Thing?

April 24, 2010, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

Photos from the April General Meeting

By the time this meeting rolls around, the iPad will be in the hands of thousands of users, and some of them might be yours -- at least during this General Meeting. The Pi plans to host Aaron Davis from Apple to talk about this newest Apple device, and we will have at least one iPad available so he can demonstrate its features and you can handle and inspect it.

The iPad has been touted by almost everyone as another game-changing device from Apple, even before it was released. Are you one of those planning to acquire this new computing marvel as soon as it’s available, or are you biding your time? In either case, this presentation might help you decide how the iPad will fit your computing needs. This should be a great meeting, with lots of buzz over this distant cousin of the Newton.

Check back closer to the meeting date for any updates or changes to the meeting.

George Mason University Essential Information

The meeting will be held in Enterprise Hall, Room 178.

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road)
Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Here is a campus map with annotations (PDF, 2.8 MB). Interactive map of campus: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Sandy Creek Parking Garage is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $3.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A (see map below)

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.

George Mason Map