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What To Know Before You Go

We look forward to welcoming you to San Jose, California! Below are a few details you'll need to know before the conference begins.

Download: [walking map] [conference program]



You may pick up your conference packets at the following times/locations:

  • Tue 10/22: 4:30 - 5:30pm at the Sainte Claire Hotel [map]
  • Wed 10/23: 8:30am - 5pm at MACLA [map]
  • Thu 10/24: 8:30am - 2pm at MACLA
  • Fri 10/25: 8:30am - 1:30pm at MACLA


  • OPENING NIGHT | Tuesday (Oct. 22, 6PM-8PM) Join us for an opening night reception – Tue 10/22, 6-8pm. A chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Music by Brazilian folk singer Cado and beer, wine and hors d'ouevres, at the inspiring ZERO1 Garage. Free for conference attendees!
  • NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM PARTY | Wednesday (Oct. 23, 7PM-10PM) Join us as we celebrate in style at the San Jose Museum of Art. The evening kicks off with a jaw dropping performance by internationally acclaimed drummers of San Jose Taiko. Catch a nocturnal sneak peak of the museum's exhibits, enjoy locally inspired hors d'oeuvres + connect with local arts leaders. Cash bar available. Free for conference attendees!
  • CLOSING RECEPTION | Friday (Oct. 25, 5:30PM-7:30PM) Start your night at Anno Domini, a thriving center of counter culture and street art in the center of San Jose. Discover this incredible 4,200 sq. ft arts mecca at the closing party for the 2013 Conference! Beer, wine and hors d'ouevres. Free for conference attendees!


          • If you have not registered for afternoon tours, please check in at conference registration to confirm which tours still have availability. All tours are free for conference participants - descriptions can be found here.
            • If you are currently on the waitlist for a full tour please proceed to the tour pick up location the day of - spots often open up and will be granted in the order of the waitlist.


Meeting sessions will take place in the SoFA District of downtown San Jose, just 0.2 miles from the conference hotels. Transportation will be provided to all offsite tours and workshops. See the conference map here.


Coffee, tea, and water will be available at the MACLA check in area during morning sessions. While breakfast is not provided onsite, there are several fantastic coffee shops and restaurants within a block of the conference hotels. Lunch will be provided each day at Cafe Stritch. Substantial hors d'ouevres will be provided at all evening events. There are a limited number of vegetarian/vegan and other special diet meals available, based on your stated dietary needs on your registration form.


All of our primary conference sites are accessible. Should you have questions about accessibility, please contact the Alliance at (401) 351-4320.


While you are welcome to bring copies of your organization's brochures/publications to share individually with other attendees, we will not provide tables for displaying literature. Each year, several boxes of literature are recycled and a great deal of paper and materials are wasted.


                    • Business cards
                    • Comfortable shoes for tours
                    • Umbrella
                    • Travel mug or water bottle (water available at all sessions)
                    • Layers


The San Jose International Airport is a 10 minute drive from downtown San Jose, CA. The Sainte Claire Hotel is located at 302 S. Market St. and the Marriott at 301 S. Market Street (across the street). Remember: October 10th is the last day to reserve a room at the Marriott at the special conference rate!

If you are arriving at the San Francisco International Airport you can save money and time by riding the SuperShuttle (book here with the special Alliance rate) or by using the Caltrain service. More travel information here.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Jose! Should you need any last-minute assistance, please email (Alliance staff will arrive early in San Jose and will not be available by phone).
- Caitlin, Alix, Flannery, Lilli + Steph

Find the full conference schedule, travel details, speakers, and more at: