This page contains some Frequently Asked Questions, with the answers you need to get to the summit! Check back often. We’ll add questions to the page, as they come in.
Q. Will we see the Northern Lights at the Aurora Summit?
A. We sure hope so! Of course, there is no way to predict what will happen this far in advance, but if there are clear skies and the Aurora make an appearance, we’ll be in one of the best locations in the contiguous U.S. for viewing.
Q. Will the sessions be filmed so guests can watch all presentations on video?
A. As much as we’d like to share every presentation, we’re not set up to film the sessions. No video will be provided. However, slides, summaries and/or fact sheets from the Saturday sessions will be posted on the Aurora Summit website, when they become available. The files will be posted for about one year, and guests can find these on the website under Resources.
Q. Should I bring my camera, lenses or a tripod?
A. Photographers are welcome to bring camera equipment, and they are responsible for their own gear. The summit offers many opportunities for night photography and hands-on learning with D-SLR cameras. Bringing a tripod will help photographers to get clear photographs of the night sky and the Northern Lights if they appear. We’ll also invite guests to upload photos to social media during the conference, if you would like to bring a laptop or mobile device.
Q. Do you offer hands-on activities that will take place outdoors?
A. The venue sits on the beautiful shore of Lake Superior, with a northward-facing beach in Flood Bay located on the hotel property. There will be many opportunities to enjoy the pebble beach and the bonfire ring, which can be found behind the hotel, across the walk-bridge. Opportunities after hours include Night Photography, Aurora Chasing and Light Painting on Superior Shores Beach.
Q. What opportunities will we have for sight-seeing and photography?
A. On top of dark skies, the location offers many state parks, waterfalls and lighthouses within easy driving distance. Gooseberry State Park doubles as a public rest area, but all other state parks require an annual permit or $5 day pass for admission. For more information, visit Minnesota State Parks.
Q. Can I buy a sweatshirt for the Aurora Summit?
A. Yes, we will sell apparel online through a print-on-demand website. To receive a sweatshirt or other gear in time for the conference, please place an order in advance. Allow time for shipping, so you’ll have it in time to pack! To learn more, visit Gear.
Q. Do I need to dress up for the banquet?
A. Come as you are! While the banquet is held in a great setting, we do not consider it a formal occasion. Between northern Minnesota’s chilly fall temperatures and our passion for the outdoors, many people will come dressed in layers and prepared for the cold. You are much more likely to see others in sporting gear and insulated jackets, than you are to see formal attire.
Q. Who can attend the Aurora Summit?
A. The Aurora Summit is open to the public, including international guests! All guests must register. The retreat is designed for adults, and we request that all attendees register individually.
Q. What are the dates for 2018?
A. Aurora Summit 18 will be held Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Two Harbors, Minnesota. The dates are confirmed and the venue is reserved.
Q. What is the process for becoming a presenter, panelist, vendor or sponsor?
A. New this year, we are posting an open invitation for those who would like to present, speak on the panel, or take on another role at the conference. We would like to know more about your interest before we make a decision, so please fill out an entry form on the website: Get Involved!
Q. When can I sign up to attend and register for the conference?
A. We plan to launch registration in June. Registration will be available when the sessions have been determined, the schedule has been planned, and the included meals and prices have been set. When the Eventzilla registration website is available, it will be posted on the Home page.
Q. Do I have to register?
A. Yes. All guests must register, and we request that each person register individually. Registration is required to attend the Aurora Summit’s activities and meals.
Q. Does the registration package include the hotel?
A. No, however, we will reserve a block of rooms at the host hotel for a discount, when you mention the Aurora Summit. You’ll need to book your lodging separately. Please make sure you have a place to stay before you register.
Q. Is this event affiliated with a group?
A. No. The Aurora Summit is open to members of any Aurora group, but it is not affiliated with any group.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. Yes! Our host hotel for 2018 is pet-friendly, with many lodging options available for your furry companions.
Q. Do I have to sign a photography release or waiver?
A. Yes. As part of registration, guests will be asked to sign a waiver and photography release. We invite guests to upload their photos to our social media channels during the conference, and we tend to share the photos broadly. We also produce a photography slideshow with submitted photos, and publish the resulting video file online.
While you should not expect any surprises regarding the use of photos, we do ask that you sign a waiver so that we may share your photos broadly on social media or other outlets.
Q. How much does the conference cost?
A. For Aurora Summit 18, full conference admission has been set to $179. Guests may also join us for the banquet with the $69 Dinner Only option, which includes a catered dinner, the keynote speaker, and the Aurora Slideshow, as well as Saturday evening activities.
For those who register for the full conference package, the price covers all conference activities, including educational sessions, the panel discussion, the keynote speech, and prizes and swag. It also covers three meals, including a dinner buffet, a boxed lunch and the banquet.
The cost is decided by many factors, and it is likely to change each year. The cost helps to bring in quality presenters, afford printing costs, and cover rental expenses for the venue.
Q. When will the cost of the conference be determined?
A. We usually announce the admission price in June. The cost is determined by several factors, including provided meals, speaker fees and miscellaneous items, such as conference supplies and promotion. It’s our goal to launch registration in June each year, which is when we announce the cost.
Q. Is the discount code on the registration website available to anyone?
A. No, the discount code is reserved for conference presenters.