Convince Your Manager
Thank you for your interest in ACTIVATE 2019. 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: Attending ACTIVATE, the Search and AI Conference
Dear [Decision Maker Name],
I am interested in attending ACTIVATE, The Search and AI Conference, September 9-12 in Washington DC. 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, data, and analytics. I will have an unrivaled opportunity to learn from Solr and Lucidworks Fusion experts to build intelligent search applications that scale, explore the latest AI techniques, and learn how search and AI connect employees with information and insights, and help customers find what they are looking for.
The conference is composed of training workshops, panels, over 90 breakout sessions, and a wide range of networking opportunities with experts, technical tutorials and tips and tricks, and sessions led by individuals from leading enterprises that use the technology to drive better employee and customer experiences including ExxonMobil, Foot Locker, lululemon athletica, Target, Uber, Wayfair and more. ACTIVATE will help strengthen my skills and understanding of how to make the most of my Solr and machine learning knowledge.
I can attend sessions that are directly applicable to my work and to [COMPANY], such as [LIST SPECIFIC SESSIONS]. Experts across all industries will be on hand to showcase how search and AI are driving results. I will gain valuable insight into the latest trends and upcoming features, and learnhow 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 discounts. 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.