Well, ISEF is finally here and it is in Los Angeles this year! I'm going to keep a blog here of all major events in chronological order. Waking up at 6:45 was a drag, but I managed. Now jumping onto the flight, it was extremely smooth! I had never been on a plane that large until this time. It had a 2-3-2 seating arrangement and also had screens mounted on the back of every seat. Among many other features, one was live flight data that gave our altitude, time and distance from destination, a topographical map, and some other useful information I enjoyed during the flight. I watched A Beautiful Mind on the way and I must say that it is a fantastic movie that I would recommend to anyone. It's somewhat similar to Good Will Hunting (geniuses struggling with psychiatric problems) so if you liked that movie, you'll like this.
When we arrived, there was a coach bus waiting for us, which was nice. On the way to the airport, we passed at least three defense contractors within a mile vicinity of each other, which was interesting. I also saw Tesla Motor's innovative and automated electric car factory.
We're staying at the JW Marriot, which is very luxurious and hospitable and it is right next to the Los Angeles Convention Center where ISEF is being held and also the Staples Center. The pool and Jacuzzi is on the roof, with an excellent view of downtown Los Angeles. We went in at night and the lighting was spectacular.
The area is incredible. There was a LA Kings hockey game tonight at the Staples Center so the city square was packed and there were many activities going on. It was alive. You could feel the energy.
We got registered today and got our badges, bags, water bottles, etc.
As for food, we ate at Smashburger for lunch and went to an Italian spot for dinner where I got a caesar salad.
Tomorrow, we are going to Disneyland, which should be an interesting experience!