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Useful Tips for Attendees

Travel and Location Logistics

Getting to Campus
Check out the Travel & Directions page for links to local maps, public transit, car rental and the Marguerite - Stanford's complimentary shuttle.

Staying at a local hotel?  Don't forget to ask if they have a complimentary shuttle to campus.  If you are staying at the Stanford Guest House, transportation to campus is available through Stanford’s complimentary Marguerite shuttle system. The SLAC line operates between SLAC (with a stop at the entrance to the Guest House) and the Stanford campus, and is available from 7:30 a.m. to after 8:00 p.m., approximately every 20 minutes. 

Complimentary Parking is available  at Lasuen Grove, which is located along Campus Drive between Palm Drive and Lasuen Street.  It is a short 10-12 minute, 1/2 mile, walk to the venue, the Knight Management Center.   The closest Marguerite stop is in front of Alumni Center on Galvez Street, which is a 5 minute, 1/4 mile, walk from the grove.  A walking map can be found here.

NOTE: Permits are not required to park in Lasuen Grove.  There will be staff available to direct parking and provide walking instructions to get you headed in the right direction.

For guests with disabilities, where Lausen Grove is not suitable, disabled person placards issued by any state are honored in most marked parking spaces on campus, including meters, designated blue spaces (accessible disabled parking is located near all facilities), Service Vehicle spaces and permit lots. State issued disabled placards are not honored in red zones, Resident Fellow (RF) spaces, “Special Permit Only” or Special Area Permit parking, “No Parking” areas, or beyond the posted time limit.  For additional information, please contact us.

For guests who wish to park closer in fee-based spaces, visitor parking information can be found on Stanford's Parking & Transportation page.  The closest fee-based parking is beneath the Knight Management Center in Parking Structure 7, which can be accessed directly from Campus Drive East.  For more information, please visit Stanford's Parking & Transportation information on-line; check out their maps page for Visitor Pay Parking marked with a "P".

Conference Location
The XLDB 2012 conference is taking place in the Cemex Auditorium at the Knight Management Center, on the main campus of Stanford University.  The address is 641 Knight Way. Stanford, CA 94305. See the Knight Management Center page for more details about the facility.  For a map of Knight, please click here.

Registration Location
Registration for all four days will be located at the Knight Management Center, outside at Community Court. Registration will be open at 7:30am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Arrive Early
Early arrival will allow time for parking and walking to the auditorium, picking up your badge and having a continental breakfast. Visitor access to campus does not require a form of identification.

Internet Access
The Knight Management Center is equipped with a complimentary wireless network; username and password will be provided in your registration packet on-site.  If you plan to bring a laptop, please note that there are few power outlets within the facility; we recommend bringing extra batteries. 

Weather / Attire
The weather for Palo Alto at this time of year is temperate with an average daytime temperature of 80°F and an average evening temperature of 53°F.  As this event will occur both inside an air-conditioned facility and outdoors in the elements, we strongly encourage dressing in layers.  We also recommend comfortable walking shoes as there will be some walking and standing outdoors involved.  Sunglasses, sunscreen, umbrellas and hats are optional, useful items.


Seeing SLAC
There will be two complimentary, docent-guided, 2-hour tours of SLAC.  A sign-up sheet will be available at registration for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis; tours will be limited to the first 23 participants each day. Tour times do overlap conference programming and will depart Cemex at 2:45pm on Tuesday 9/11 and 2:00pm on Wednesday 9/12.  More information on SLAC can be found here and tour sign-ups will be at the XLDB Registration area on-site.

Seeing Stanford
For those extending their visit, Stanford offers a variety of options for touring the main campus.  Stanford offers a podcast tour and a Visit Stanford app for iOS devices like the iPhone. Please see Stanford's Visitor Information page for more information.

Nearby Sightseeing
For those with extra time to explore the area, check out the Santa Clara Convention Visitors Bureau website for local attractions or find out where to go in San Francisco on the San Franciso Travel site.

Last Minute Lodging
For last minute reservations, the lodging guide provides links and phone numbers to accommodations near campus.

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