Accessibility

RedMonk is committed to providing an inclusive environment, and we will do our best to meet the needs of all our attendees and speakers. This page describes some of the accessibility considerations we have taken into account for Monktoberfest. Please contact us if your question is not answered here, or if the arrangements as described are not sufficient for your needs. We will work with you to the best of our ability to make the conference accessible.

What is the conference space like?

The library complies with ADA standards, including automatic doors, ramps, and audio-assisted elevators.

The Rines Auditorium is accessible via double doors and obstacle-free carpeting. Seating is arranged lecture-style in low-back chairs; individual chairs can be moved or rearranged as needed, though we will have a capacity crowd.

How much walking or standing is needed?

You can enter the library with a couple hundred feet of walking. As a single-track conference, there is limited need to relocate once you’ve entered the auditorium. Lunch is served in the adjacent hallway, and we explicitly design the day to include plenty of breaks so attendees can mingle and chat in and around the auditorium.

Both the welcome event and dinner are designed for interaction and mingling, but there are chairs and tables readily available in both venues.

What are the arrangements for presenters?

The stage can be accessed by ramp. The lectern is not height-adjustable and has about enough surface area for a laptop and a bottle of water. The microphone stand is on the lectern.

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Please let us know if you need any assistance to make your presentation successful, be it an alternative microphone setup, a stool or other support, additional space to display an element of your presentation, or anything else we haven’t thought of.

Will the speakers and Q&A participants use a microphone?

Yes, speakers will use a microphone. In recent years we have bypassed formal Q&A in favor of more hallway track time.

What are the restroom facilities like?

The restrooms are located directly outside the auditorium. They are stalled restrooms with handicapped accommodations. The restrooms are open to the public (not just our event), and as such we do not have the ability to offer a gender-neutral restroom. We apologize that this is an aspect of the venue that is outside of our control. We are committed to making sure everyone feels safe and welcome at the event.

Will the conference accommodate special dietary needs?

We work hard to provide a variety of food choices at every meal, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Meals and snacks are served buffet-style so you can select the items that work for you.

Can you accommodate breastfeeding or nursing moms?

While we don’t have space set aside exclusively for this purpose, we can definitely help you find a quiet, private room and can provide refrigeration. Please contact us and we can help you make a plan.

What if I have a medical emergency or health problem during the conference?

You can seek immediate medical attention at nearby hospitals and urgent care clinics, including Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and ConvenientMD Urgent Care Clinic. Nearby pharmacies include CVS and RiteAid.

(These references are based on proximity to the venue. Please do your own due diligence before seeking medical care!)

How do I communicate accessibility needs to the Monktoberfest organizers?

Please reach out to Rachel or Steve if you have any concerns about the conference.

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