Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to be there?

frank is about community. You’ll want to be here from the moment we gather until our last
goodbye. Shared experiences are amplified, creating a vulnerability that helps establish deep
meaningful connections. The gathering opens with a Welcome Rally at 6pm on Tuesday, Feb.
5, 2018.  We end with a goodbye party at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8th. Make your travel plans
accordingly! Don’t forget – Changeville is Feb 8 & 9.

What is included in my registration fee?

  • Tuesday: Welcome Rally featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres,  Depot Park and Boxcar Wine & Beer Garden
  • Wednesday: Lunch and evening social
  • Thursday: Lunch and evening social
  • Friday: Farewell after-party
  • Coffee bucks and drink tickets, valid at area coffee shops and restaurants
  • New friends and instant community
  • Florida in February
  • Access to all frank sessions in the Hippodrome Theatre
  • Access to all frank social events
  • Access to all Recess (breakout) sessions: Play, Apply, Dissect and Study
  • Access to the frank lounge
  • Discount to Changeville
  • Access to frank scholar

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You have received a personal invitation to join us at frank. You may not transfer your ticket to
someone else, without first letting us know. Please contact us at, subject=frank 2019 conference question

Where do I book my hotel?

The Hampton Inn Downtown continues to be the frank headquarters. We have a block rate at the new AC Marriott and  at the Holiday Inn University. We provide shuttle service from both of those hotels.

Hampton Inn Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Gainesville

  • Pick dates and use the code: F19

AC Marriott: Book your group rate for FRANK Conference

Holiday Inn University: Book your group rate for FRANK Conference



Do you want to be a  frank connector?

frank connector: noun. 1. A person who links two or more people together. 2. A person who links one or more people with information. 3. A person who helps empower others through connection.

Each frank gathering is an opportunity to connect with those who care deeply about public interest communications—in a space intended for reflection and exploration. At frank 2019, we are introducing frank connectors.

Passionate about frank, these individuals are committed to welcoming new franksters to the gathering, ensuring even greater inclusion. frank connectors are here to: 1.  share their frank experiences with new franksters; 2. act as frank ambassadors prior to the gathering; 3. answer questions about the gathering; and 4. be a visible presence for franksters at the Welcome Rally, during Recesses, and throughout the event.

This is my first frank. What do I need to know?

At frank you’ll connect to an instant community. We will have frank connectors on hand to help with your gathering questions, navigate the Recess sessions, expand your network and even recommend the best place to find chicken and waffles.  A Facebook group will get you started before you arrive in Gainesville.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes! If you want to change or add any details and don’t have an Eventbrite account, simply
email us at, subject=frank 2018 conference question

What is Changeville?

Changeville is festival designed to bring together people who use music, film, virtual reality
and comedy to drive social change. Discount tickets are available with your frank ticket.

What is frank scholar?

frankscholar is an academic conference designed to cultivate research that will inform your
practice and ignite lasting behavioral, institutional and social change. This year, frank scholar
will be woven into the fabric of the frank gathering and take place during the recess sessions.

We hate to see you go, but if your plans change:

  • Until Nov. 1, 2018 order cancellations will be processed at full price.
  • Nov. 1- Jan 1, 2019 – 50 percent refund
  • After Jan. 1 , 2019- No refunds processed, but we will happily hold your ticket for frank2020.

How can I become a sponsor?

We are hugely grateful to our supporters. They provide critical support that makes it possible
to offer our participants a more affordable registration fee as well as supporting the work
of the frank online community.

Our  past partners include:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Joy McCann Founation
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Al and Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation
  • Sarasota Community Foundation
  • The Karel Endowment for Public Interest Communications
  • Neimand Collaborative
  • UF College of Journalism and Communications
  • Visit Gainesville
We need more people and organizations like them to keep this work going. Contact us at, subject=frank 2019 conference question
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Arriving early or staying after the gathering?

Check out all the things Gainesville and Alachua County offer at Visit Gainesville!