American Go Association president, Andy Okun, announced in his opening remarks at the Boston US Go Congress this week that the 2017 Congress would be in San Diego August 5-12 probably at the Town and Country Hotel.
I have accepted the role of Congress Director.
The Go Congress is a week of games, e.g. the US Open, as well as lectures, game analysis, simultaneous exhibitions and classes by visiting professional go players... from 9 a.m. into the night. This year, the creators of the AlphaGo computer program which beat Lee Sedol, gave the keynote address.
Putting together a go congress will almost be a full-time job for me for the next year. Hopefully, I will be able to draw from all of the southern California go clubs for volunteers. Jobs are as varied as can be from handing out T-shirts at Saturday registration to the major ones of Treasurer, Registrar, Volunteer Coordinator, Merchandising,Translation, .... Major jobs usually bring compensation in the form of room and board and registration costs.
FIRST THING: The 2016 Boston Congress will be shipping out all of the boards, stones, clocks, and various site necessities as soon as the Conference is over. It will probably take at least a week for the truck to make it across the USA. It would be very helpful to have a couple of strong people to unload the truck and get the gear into the rented storage unit which is around Balboa and Mission Bay Drive. There will be lots of dollies to roll the stuff in. Please volunteer to help.
I will be informing you as more details become known. This is your chance to make a contribution to the furthering of go in the US. People will be coming to San Diego from around the world.
Please contact Ted at... ted.terpstra [at] gmail [dot] com .