2017-05-25 00:00:00

Welcome

CrossRoads 2017, our signature thought leadership conference, will take place at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco from May 23 to 25, 2017. Bringing together researchers, innovators, practitioners and influencers, we will examine how to best increase access to high quality education in Computer Science, coding and Making, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion.

We all share the same goals: Using effective education as a driver for greater diversity, faster economic growth and better preparation for 21st century careers. Through a combination of engaging keynotes, discussions and peer-learning opportunities, CrossRoads 2017 will help you learn more about the diverse initiatives in this area, what is working and what is not. We will share, discuss and debate on how this is currently being done, what remains to be achieved and how to accelerate the pace of change. CrossRoads 2017 is an exclusive invitation-only event.

Infosys Foundation USA looks forward to welcoming you to San Francisco and CrossRoads 2017.

  • San Francisco Moscone West, 800 Howard Street
  • May 23 – 25, 2017

Speakers

We’re working to put on stage for you a great set of thought leaders to share ideas on Computer Science education, maker education, diversity, and inclusion, and equity. Our line-up of speakers over the past years will give you a sense of what to expect. Al Gore, Bran Ferren, Alan Kay, and Adam Savage among others have inspired and motivated audiences at CrossRoads.

Review last year’s agenda and speakers from CrossRoads 2016 to get a sense of what we have in store for 2017.

Please check back for updates as speakers and agenda get confirmed in the coming weeks.

Venue

Moscone West, 800 Howard Street, San Francisco

Moscone Center is the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, California. Moscone West, where CrossRoads 2017 will take place, is a freestanding building and is almost as large as one city block. It comprises three levels that are 110 feet above street level with about 300,000 sq. ft. of space. Moscone West is in the heart of South of Market Area and is a short walk from hotels, restaurant and downtown Union Square.

Interesting Fact about Moscone Center: The largest city-owned solar power system in the United States is located at the Moscone Center. Covering 60,000 square feet with 5,400 solar panel systems, equivalent to the size of a football field, it generates 826,000 kWh annually. This is equivalent to power 184 homes in San Francisco for an entire year, removing 7,000 cars from the road, or not driving 88 million miles. Over the lifetime of the project, it will reduce 35,000 tons of CO2.

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Learning

Watch breakout sessions from CrossRoads 2016 featuring topics on Computer Science education, Maker education and issues of diversity and equity. Again this year you’ll have the opportunity to connect and interact with leaders and experienced educators.

Networking

If there’s one thing that’s even better than the content at CrossRoads, it’s the formal and informal opportunities to meet like-minded individuals from around the US. In fact, last year 175+ thoughts leaders from 150+ non-profits, learning institutions, and government agencies came together to discuss, deliberate, debate and join hands to move us all forward.

FAQs

Registration

You can register for the event by clicking the Register Now button at the top of this page or click here to register.

CrossRoads 2017 is an exclusive invitation-only event. You will be able to register only if your email address is already on our guest list. Should you have any queries regarding CrossRoads 2017, we'll be happy to help. Please email the CrossRoads team at crossroads.us@aimia.com.

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email once you successfully complete your registration.

Travel & Transportation

The nearest and the most accessible airport is San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is approximately 14 miles from the conference venue. Flying into Oakland (OAK) or San Jose (SJC) are also options but please do note these are significantly further from Moscone West.

Reaching the hotel by taxi from the San Francisco International Airport will take approximately 25 minutes. The approximate taxi cost is USD 45– USD 60.

Popular ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber are also permitted to pick up passengers at SFO on the Arrivals level. The best public transit option is the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The closest station to Moscone West is the Powell Street Station. Please check the BART website (www.bart.gov) for schedules and further details.

Yes, both self-parking and valet service are available at the hotel. The overnight charge is USD 47 plus tax for self-parking and USD 55 plus tax for valet.

Conference

The conference begins with registration on Tuesday, 23rd May at 5:30 PM followed by a welcome session and cocktail reception. The regular check-in time at the hotel is 3 PM but the hotel will try to make arrangements for early check-in, whenever possible.

The dress code for the conference is business casual. For the gala dinner, smart casual would be appropriate.

Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own accommodations. However, Infosys Foundation USA has negotiated a special discounted USD 299 rate plus applicable taxes for CrossRoads attendees for May 23 and May 24. This is for a limited number of rooms and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. We will provide you with lunch, evening meals, and tea/coffee during the conference. All personal incidentals such as laundry, mini bar, and phone calls from the room will be charged to the attendee directly by the hotel during check-out.

The conference is an exclusive invitation-only event. There is no registration fee for attendees.

Yes! We will be tweeting from @InfyFoundation using #InfyXRoads. We will be using this same hashtag on Facebook and Pinterest channels, so please say hello.

Hotel

To make a booking at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, please use the 'Book Hotel Now' link that will display upon completion of your conference registration. Please note, Infosys has negotiated a special USD 299 rate plus applicable taxes for nights of May 23 and May 24. The official CrossRoads hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the venue. This is for a limited number of rooms and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Yes, attendees can stay at any hotel of their choice. Please do note though that the San Francisco Marriott Marquis is conveniently located just five minutes away from Moscone West.

You may choose to extend your stay at the hotel by making a personal booking. The discounted rates will be applicable for 3 days before and 3 days after the conference for CrossRoads attendees through the Passkey link (based on availability). If availability at the group hotel through Passkey no longer exists, please email with the subject line 'CrossRoads pre/post booking request' for assistance.

At the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the standard check-in time is 3 PM and the check-out time is 12 noon. Other hotels may have different times, please check with your hotel as necessary.