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A quick note on technology…

Hi Everyone,

I’m sure that Mr. Emmott has already spoken to this issue, but Cate and I wanted to jot down a quick note about technology on our course to reiterate Dragons’ policy. Part of the Dragons experience is a sense of disconnect from your normal reality, and a deep dive into something completely new, often unexpected, and almost always enthralling. We want to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone as much as you can and fully immerse yourself in the experience of a new place and new people.

As such, we ask that you leave your wifi-enabled devices at home. This includes smartphones and iPod touches. We will collect any such gadgets at the start of our trip and hold on to them. There is no guarantee that the desert sand will not get in them and we’re not liable for any damages, so it may be best to leave them at home. If at all possible, please find an alternative to relying on your phone as your camera. If that is truly your only camera, please let one of us know and we can touch base about expectations.

On the trip, we will be posting on the Yak Board almost daily so your folks at home can stay up-to-date with your happenings. Both Cate and I will have smart phones with 3G access in case of emergency. We will also be carrying a program iPad to use for certain aspects of the course. We know this is a big ask, but we feel strongly that this is the best way to engage deeply with everyone and everything around you. In a world where phones have become our second brain, let’s take these ten days to cut ties and experience things with #nofilter.

Looking forward to meeting you all very soon!

Elley & Cate