For Attendees

Registering for SIGCSE 2015

Onsite registration will be open Wednesday from 3:00PM to 9:30PM, Thursday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM, Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and Saturday from 8:30AM to 11:45AM and 2:00PM to 3:00PM.

SIGCSE 2015 takes place between March 4th and March 7th of 2015. Register now!

As always, we encourage attendees to register early. This helps us with our planning, and in return, you get lower registration rates!

Also, it is less expensive to join ACM SIGCSE and register for the conference as a regular member than to register as a regular non-member. Joining SIGCSE is $25 for professionals and $8 for students, and rates for regular member attendees are at least $75 less than regular nonmember attendees at all times. Furthermore, by joining you gain access to an incredible global network of dedicated professionals and educators who are part of the SIGCSE community, so it is a double benefit to join the world’s premier professional computer science education organization!

If you join SIGCSE ($25/year), you save at least $55 on your registration, and gain access to an incredible global network of dedicated professionals and educators who are part of the SIGCSE community.

Regarding Visas

The following is the official word from supportletters@acm.org regarding letters of support for visas. Your requests should be emailed to supportletters@acm.org with the information described below.

Visa support letters are answered in the order they are received. You will receive a PDF letter by email within the next 4-5 business days. Please note we do not fax visa support letters. The PDF serves as a signed electronic version of the original letter which will be mailed to your current mailing address. If you do not receive the letter by post mail on time for your visa appointment, please print out your PDF letter and take it with you.

Please be sure you have included all of the following information below in your original email:

  1. Your name as it appears on your passport
  2. Your current postal mailing address
  3. The name of the conference you wish to attend
  4. Your Registration Confirmation Number
  5. If you have any papers accepted for the conference, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the ‘sole author’ or a ‘co- author’

Note that it could take some time for your request to be honored; leave plenty of time.

 

Deadlines

Early Closes Sunday, February 1, 2015
Late Opens Monday, February 2, 2015;
Closes Sunday, February 22, 2015
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES Sunday, February 22, 2015
On-site Rates take effect Monday, February 23, 2015; register at SIGCSE

Rates

Early $285 for SIGCSE members, $365 for non-members
Late $335 for SIGCSE members, $415 for non-members
On-site $385 for SIGCSE members, $460 for non-members
Workshops $75 early; $90 late; $100 onsite
K-12 two-day (Friday/Saturday) $150 for early, $180 for late or onsite
K-12 one-day (Saturday) $80 for early, $110 for late or onsite
Students (at any time) $60 for ACM/SIGCSE members, $70 for non-members
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Reserving a Room at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown

The conference hotel is sold out for Wednesday night, and has ample space remaining Thursday through Sunday. (As of Feb 2nd.)

Our conference hotel is the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The rumor on the street in KC is that SIGCSE booked the whole thing. So, take that conference rate, and book rooms for yourself and all of your colleagues—this would be great year to bring the whole department/division/school.

The conference rate is $159 plus tax per night.

The room includes free Internet (all of it!), but parking is $16/day in the hotel lot, and $22/day for valet service.

Note that the KC Convention Center is barely a block away from the conference hotel! Sessions and accommodations are practically under the same roof!

So go reserve your room now. Conference room rates are guaranteed until February 3. Please make your reservations before that date to ensure the SIGCSE rate.

Please note that the SIGCSE rate is guaranteed for three days before and three days after the conference. There are rooms available during those times. However, the online system may indicate that the rooms are sold out due to limitations of the reservation system. Please call the reservation number directly and your reservation can be adjusted for the days you need.

The hotel requires a credit card to hold reservations. Your credit card will not be charged until your stay. If you need to cancel your reservation, 24 hours’ notice is required.

Find a Roommate!

You can also use the SIGCSE roommate database to find someone to room with. This is the preferred database of SIGCSE members around the world for finding roommates at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium. Honest.

If Needed: Overflow Options

Once we fill the conference hotel (it is best if we do!), these are some (relatively) nearby options that might serve for overflow.

  • Alladin Holiday Inn Hotel (reservations)

    1215 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

  • Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown (reservations)

    1301 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

  • Hotel Phillips (reservations)

    106 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

Getting to SIGCSE 2015

Kansas City International Airport (Airport Code: MCI)

Our airport is Kansas City International Airport (http://www.flykci.com/).

The airport's phone number is +1-(816)-243-5237.

SuperShuttle

SIGCSE has a SuperShuttle discount code if you want to do that. You can also take a cab or rent a car; those both tend to work the same in most every country I've visited; remember, always tip your cabbie.

Cab/Taxi

Cabs/taxies are available from the airport. The fare from the airport to the hotel is approximately $50.

Public Transport

Having spent some time digging around the KCATA website (Kansas City's public transit service), it looks like the 129 bus service stops at all terminals and provides transit downtown. This is a $1.50 fare (exact change). According to Google's public transit directions, this trip looks to take just over an hour, and you will be dropped off at 10th and Broadway. This is roughly a 5 minute walk from the KC Marriott Downtown.

Please note, the directions regarding bus usage have not been validated or verified by anyone who 1) lives in KC or 2) has ever attempted the journey described.

If you decide you want to do public transport, make sure that your arrival time allows for this. For example, the last bus out from the airport seems to be around 11PM; have a backup plan if you think your flight might be delayed and prevent you from catching your bus.

Once You Are There

There’s a lot to do in KC, and to get you started thinking about it, we have some excellent discounts you may want to take advantage of in the Downtown Area and Crown Center Area.

Awesome Stuff To Do in KC

The Kansas City Visitor’s Bureau has a great deal to say about the city. We have a few favorites as well, and will discuss them in the blog over the coming months.