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Where will The Social Implications of AI 2018 Conference take place?

The conference will take place in Palo Alto, CA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ CEMEX Auditorium and Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center’s McCaw Hall.

When is The Social Implications of AI Conference and when should I arrive?

The conference dates are Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 2018.  The majority of attendees should plan to arrive by mid-afternoon on Friday, November 2.  The conference ends at 12:00pm on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

When can I register?

Formal, hard copy invitations will be sent in the mail in late August.  Official registration will open at the same time.
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Are there registration fees for the conference?

There is no formal registration fee as this is an invitation-only event.  Airfare and travel expenses will be paid for Siebel Scholars in the classes 2018 and 2019.

How can I book a hotel reservation? What are the hotel rates?

Booking a reservation will be made through the registration process. The host hotels are the Sheraton Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94301 and the Westin Palo Alto, 675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94301. The room rate is $229 per night for single or double rooms.

Which airport should I fly into?

There are 3 airports that are easily accessible to Palo Alto, CA:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): Travel Distance - 22 miles
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC): Travel Distance - 16 miles
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK): Travel Distance - 29 miles

Will transportation be provided?

Yes, there will be shuttle service between the hotel and various venues during the conference.  Also, transportation to and from the airport will be provided on Friday, November 2nd and on Sunday, November 4th only.  Specific time periods will apply.

Where are the evening events taking place?

The evening events will be hosted at a private estate. Due to this all attendees must take the shuttles departing from the Sheraton Palo Alto to and from the events. There will be no access for private vehicles or Rideshare drop offs or pick ups.

What is the weather like in November in Palo Alto, CA?

In early November, daytime high temperatures tend to range in the mid 60s F (about 18C) and overnight low temperatures in the low to mid 40s F (about 6C).

What if I have special needs such as dietary restrictions or allergies?

Any specific needs can be addressed through registration. You can also send an email to

What is the recommended conference attire?

For evening events, Friday night is cocktail/business attire and the Saturday Gala is casual attire.  Panel sessions, presentations and breakfasts are business casual.

Can I bring a colleague?

The conference is invitation only.  If you would like a colleague to attend the conference, you can request that we include their name and credentials on a wait list and see if space becomes available as we get closer to the date.

Can I bring a guest such as my significant other?

Unfortunately, guests (significant others, friends and children) are not be permitted to attend any conference activities as the event has doubled in size for our Scholars over the last few years.

Is there an age minimum?

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend the conference.

What is the common language spoken at The 2018 Conference?

The official language of the conference is English. All sessions will be presented in English. Translation services will not be provided.

How do I request a visa invitation?

You can request a visa invitation letter to assist in obtaining your visa to attend the conference. Please send the following information via email to

Note that by requesting a visa invitation letter, this does not guarantee that your local authorities will grant a visa to attend the 2018 Social Implications of AI Conference.

Who do I contact if I have special requests or questions?

Please contact  Replies will be sent within 24 hours depending on time of day.

Are you issuing press passes to the conference?

A limited number of press passes will be made available. For details please contact


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