My first conference I was able to attend was on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), in Memphis, TN. I had been to Tennessee many times before, but never Memphis. This was a really great first conference experience – our work was honored with the Best Paper Award! Outside of academics, though, this was a time of interesting connections, good food, and really cool culture.
I discovered three really cool things in Memphis.
(1): They have 100 fiberglass tigers all around their city, one for each year of a centennial anniversary. I found about 15 by just wandering around the area.
(2) Not far from campus there is a beautiful outdoor garden area. Ryan and I walked there (finding some tigers along the way) and ended up in a treehouse! This place was fun to explore.
(3) I’m a street!