Attending ISWC 2014


Registration is now open.

Click here for ISWC/Ubicomp 2014 registration rates

Please go to RegOnline for registration. Before registering, please read the cancellation and registration transfer conditions, as well as the membership requirements for discounted rates, as stated in our Terms and Conditions section below.

To encourage and support student attendance at UbiComp 2014 we have a student travel grant program.

Venue & Accommodation

UbiComp 2014 will be held at the MOTIF in Downtown Seattle, Washington, US.

We've negotiated a block of rooms at an extremely competitive rate of $189 per night (great for Downtown!), so please make your reservations early to avoid disappointment!

You can book online (use 'change my search' to adjust the dates) or make your reservations by telephone on 1-855-515-1144 mentioning the group code ASSO0910.

As registration is going great, we already exceeded our room block at the conference hotel. However, don't worry: you will not have a hard time finding a great place to stay in Seattle:

Paramount Hotel
Average rate $209 (rate varies by night)
Hilton Seattle
$219 Prepaid rate
Sheraton Seattle
$215 Prepaid Rate
Roosevelt Hotel
$195 Prepaid rate

For more places to stay, please consult Seatle's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Accessibility: The MOTIF has a total of 15 ADA-compliant accessible rooms (10 with roll-in showers) at various price points throughout the hotel. When booking online, select ADA under Choose Your Room, and make sure to book well in advance to ensure availability. Two of the ADA rooms (along with several other non-ADA rooms) are located within about 30 feet of the main conference rooms, convenient for those who may need to take intermittent breaks (e.g. nursing or fatigue issues).

The conference venue itself is spread across two floors, with elevators extremely close by and an ADA bathroom on each floor.

So that we may facilitate, if you have any accessibility issues please send your name, arrival and departure dates, and reservation confirmation number to our accessibility team at

Parking: Guest parking is available in the hotel for a daily surcharge.

Transportation to MOTIF

From the Airport

By Light Rail: By far the easiest and least expensive way to get to downtown Seattle is via Sound Transit Light Rail. The train stops just two blocks from Grand Hyatt Seattle. The train stops just 2 ½ blocks from Motif . The stop is named ‘Westlake'. Exit the station and walk south on 5th street to the hotel. Purchase your tickets at the automatic ticket dispensers; it will take VISA, MasterCard, or cash. Sound Transit trains are fully ADA accessible. For more information see SoundTransit.

By Car: Directions to the conference venue by car and from the airport are available here. Wheelchair-accessible minivan rentals are available from several local companies (e.g. Absolute Mobility and AMS) for a stiff price (>$100/day).

By Taxi: Yellow cab is the exclusive taxi service provider from Seatac airport. At the time of this writing the cost to take a taxi from the airport to the MOTIF is approximately $43. Cash and credit cards are accepted.


Our goal is to make Ubicomp/ISWC 2014 accessible and inclusive for anyone who would like to attend. Our accessibility page includes a full list of specific steps that we are taking to try to accommodate a wide range of accessibility needs. We encourage attendees who may want to take advantage of reasonable accommodations, or simply want to know more about the current arrangements, to contact the accessibility chairs (

More information about accessibility at Ubicomp 2014.


Coffee Breaks

Complimentary morning and afternoon coffee breaks will be offered every day during both conference and workshops at the MOTIF.


Lunch will not be provided. Seattle however offers a large number and variety of restaurant and bars.

Below is a list of nearby popular restaurants recommended by the local organizing committee.


Welcome Reception

The UbiComp/ISWC 2014 Welcome Reception takes place on Monday, September 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the main conference venue. The posters and Demo Session will take place during the Welcome Reception.

Food: Finger foods, soft and alcoholic drinks will be served during the reception.

Main Conference Reception

The UbiComp/ISWC 2014 main conference reception will be held at the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum on September 16, from 6:30 - 10:30 pm.

  EMP Museum
  325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

How to get here?

Walk about 0.2 miles to Westlake Center from the Red lion Hotel. Take a ride at the Seattle Monorail to get off at EMP Museum (Seattle Center). Conference badges will function as a ticket for the monorail. Board the monorail from EMP back to Westlake Center to return to the hotel.

Food: A buffet dinner along with soft and alcoholic drinks will be offered. Attendees that have explicitly expressed vegan, gluten-free, or other preferences in their registration forms should contact catering employees serving food during the dinner. They will provide the requested special meals. Please note that special meals will only be provided to attendees that have explicitly requested them in their registration forms.

Accessibility: The Westlake Center monorail platform is accessible by elevator. The Seattle Center monorail platform is accessible by wheelchair by using the ramp that leads to the cashier booths. Please notify the cashier or attendant if you need assistance. The EMP and all the available exhibits are fully accessible. There are multiple elevators, and 3 ADA-compliant bathrooms at strategic locations within the building.


UbiComp 2014 will include an interesting and varied set of workshops. Workshops provide a forum for attendees with common interests and are a great opportunity for community building.

More information about workshops at Ubicomp 2014.


This year at Ubicomp we will be offering a select number of people the ability to remotely attend and interact at the conference. The goal is to provide people who cannot attend Ubicomp in person with an alternative means for conference attendance. Currently remote attendance is still at an exploratory stage, so we can only accommodate a small number of remote attendees.

This is an experiment. Remote participants are likely to experience technology weaknesses and glitches, so their experience will likely be not as good as an in-person attendee's. As it is an experiment, participants should expect to participate in user studies.

More information about telepresence at Ubicomp 2014.

Visa Requirements

International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements, and should plan travel well in advance. If you require a visa for entry into the US, please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to our registration chair (

Please note that the ACM requires that you have registered for the conference and have a confirmation number before you can be issued with a letter of invitation to support your visa application.

The information below should be included with the request, which should be sent to:

Complete information on how to apply for a VISA to enter the US can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website:

Local Activities and Sightseeing

Downtown Seattle includes some of city's key attractions, most of which are within walking distance from the Hotel. Below is a list of some of the top sightseeing activities in the area.

Seattle Center: This is Seattle's entertainment hub with plenty of fun for arts and culture lovers. The center houses four museums, 11 theaters, five gardens, six fountains, more than a dozen restaurants, a skate park and an events arena. Attractions on site include:

Downtown Seattle and Waterfront:

For more places to visit, please consult Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau and Seattle City Government.

UbiComp/ISWC Conference Anti-Harassment Policy

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of Ubicomp and ISWC; these require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, UbiComp/ISWC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience, and implements the ACM policy against harassment.

Conference participants violating these standards may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference, at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Please contact the ISWC conference organizers or UbiComp conference co-chair A.J. Brush (ajbrush at if you need any assistance.

Terms and Conditions

If you have any questions regarding Ubicomp 2014 registration please send an email to .


Student registration requires a proof of current student status. E.g. a copy of a signed letter from your institution or PhD advisor on University letter headed stationary, or a copy of a valid student ID, etc.

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Cancellations were only accepted until August 15, 2014. Refunds will be made in full less a $100 cancellation fee ($50 for workshop-only registrations or day passes). There will be no refunds issued after August 15, 2014.

Registration Changes & Transfers

Transfer requests had to be made in writing and received by August 15, 2014 in order to be processed. Please send an email to outlining the transfer information.