Venue

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in San Francisco, California. The closest airports are San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland Airport (OAK).

San Francisco is a city of immense beauty—be it the charming neighborhoods such as Castro/Upper Market or landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge—and even denser fog.

You may ride its history up a steep hill in a cable car or ferry to Alcatraz Island, and sample its flavor in a bite of tangy sourdough bread or a full-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. And you may witness its continuing transformation into the home of world-renown tech entrepreneurs. While New York is the city that never sleeps, San Francisco is the city that never stops charging forward.

Accommodation

Please note that the Conference is non-residential and that Authors and Participants are kindly requested to make their own arrangements for accommodation. A list of nearby hotels will be available soon.

Transportation

Attendees will have a plethora of transportation options to get out and about to see the city of San Francisco. It all starts when you arrive!

MUNI

MUNI/San Francisco Municipal operates buses, trains, cable cars & the F-line heritage streetcar. The MUNI buses remain above ground while MUNI metro runs on rails and sometimes go underground. Bus stops come in many forms; small bus shelters, yellow paint on street poles, and white paint on streets. Metro stops can be found on an island in the middle of the street and stations. Using the Metro Map, find the nearest metro to your locations.

Tips: For all MUNI times and buses you can go online to http://www.511.org/ or you can call 511. In addition to this there are also many different smartphone apps that provide maps, routes, and times.

Cable Cars

Cable Cars and street cars are San Francisco’s historical cars and run along cables that are affixed to the street. Cable Cars are located downtown and run on three lines; Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California St. The F-Line Street Car runs up and down Market St. all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. For these you may pay the conductor on board or purchase tickets at multiple locations.

Ride Sharing

Uber and Lyft are car services operated by San Francisco locals. You must first download the app, register, and set-up a credit card payment system. With Lyft, you can request a private car service, or use the shared car service called “Lyft Line”. This is useful when travelling with another person because you get a shared discounted rate. Uber has a similar service called “Uber Pool” with rides running at a flat rate of $7. To use any of these services, set a pick-up location and end destination and within minutes, you will be matched with a driver. Make sure to communicate with your driver; call, text, or wave down their car.




Things to do in San Francisco

From Golden Gate Bridge to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the colorful Haight-Ashbury section and beyond, San Francisco attractions beckon for far closer scrutiny. Rising from sea level to more than 900 feet in elevation, the city often can be shrouded in fog that lends an ethereal quality to all there is to see and do.

Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the San Francisco Metropolitan Area,

  • Golden Gate Bridge: The Golden Gate Bridge's vaulting, orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made it the West Coast's most enduring symbol and the city's most popular tourist attraction. The bridge's name, "Golden Gate," actually refers to the body of water it spans (the Golden Gate Strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay) along with the brilliant reflection of sun it casts upon the bay's inlet — just west of the bridge.
  • Cable Cars: Chances are you've seen a television show, postcard or some type of San Francisco memorabilia emblazoned with the city's iconic cable car or trolley. So of course, to get the full experience of the San Francisco's charm, you'll have to hop on board. San Fran's cable car system is the last of its kind in the United States, and is considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city.
  • Union Square: The Union Square neighborhood is a fun and funky rest stop for travelers and locals alike. And at its epicenter is the eclectic Union Square Park, an open space decorated with palm trees. The park is also home to loads of art installations, like the heart-shaped sculptures created by local artists for the Hearts in San Francisco project.
  • Fisherman's Wharf: Fisherman's Wharf really is a must-see. The waterfront neighborhood and tourist attraction houses several popular San Francisco sites, including the PIER 39 shopping center (a great spot to view sunbathing seals) and the Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum. Fisherman's Wharf is also where you can catch a ferry to nearby Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge isn't too far either.
  • AT&T Park: Perched along the San Francisco Bay, AT&T Park allows visitors to steal views of the glittering water while enjoying America's pastime.
  • Alcatraz: The former penitentiary — now a museum — sits on a small, rocky island in the heart of San Francisco Bay and remains visible from many landmarks throughout the city, including the Golden Gate Bridge. Here you can learn the history of the penitentiary, see how prisoners lived and marvel at the many failed escape attempts.