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SRCCON 2017 takes place at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

Preparing for SRCCON

In addition to this page with all the logistical details you may need as you prep for SRCCON, we wanted to make sure you know what to expect at the conference. Take a look at our new SRCCON Participant Guide. It’s our best guess at the questions you may have.

Getting to SRCCON

If you’re still looking to make your lodging arrangements, we’ve got a list of nearby hotels and a roomshare list. For getting to the venue, you can also check out transit and parking details. If you’re attending from outside the U.S., we have a recommended resource for what to consider at the U.S. border crossing.


We’ve tried to think of everything you might need, from hearty, tasty meals to childcare. You can check out the full schedule now (it’s mobile friendly too!). When you arrive at the venue, we’ll also have on-the-spot signups to host conversations about the “life” side of work/life balance on Thursday evening, and the “work” side during Friday lunch.

Throughout SRCCON, we’ll also have office hours (new this year) and a big job board for any positions you’d like to post. We’ll have a signup sheet for the office hours, where you can block out an hour to chat one-on-one with participants about a project you’re working on or maybe a position you’re hiring for. We’ll have post-its at the ready for your job posting needs as well.

Thursday evening, we’ll feed you dinner and have three hours of fun planned, and you can even bring your partner to join you. We’ve also gathered details about a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and your fellow news nerds have written an enormous guide to the Twin Cities.

Also, the entirety of SRCCON is covered by our code of conduct.

All of the logistics

Meals at SRCCON

We want you to be happy and well-fed at SRCCON, so we’re providing breakfast and lunch on both days, as well as a delicious dinner Thursday night. We’ll also have tea, coffee, and snacks—healthy and sugary, both—throughout the day, so stick around and enjoy the company of your fellow attendees.

Thursday evening at SRCCON

We know evenings at conferences can be tough, so we schedule Thursday evening as an opportunity to have fun, talk, and relax with colleagues and new friends. You might end up learning a new skill or two as well, but we try to focus the evening program on the “life” side of the work/life balance.

We’ll keep feeding you, too—there’ll be awesome local snacks, beer and wine, and plenty of great nonalcoholic beverages. After dinner on Thursday, the evening program will spread throughout the SRCCON venue for things like:

Thursday evening, bring your partners

If you have partners or friends who will be in Minneapolis, feel free to invite them to join the Thursday evening fun. We’re happy to welcome them for Thursday evening’s dinner and activities, with a special $45 partner ticket that you can purchase now.

More to Do/Eat/Drink/See/Dance To

If you’re looking for things to before, after, or during SRCCON, we have compiled a guide to wonderful things in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, written by local news nerds.

Alcoholics Anonymous

On Thursday night, the closest meeting to SRCCON is at Drinkytown AA, University Lutheran Church of Hope 601 13th Av SE, which meets Thursday at 6:30pm. It is an “open” meeting, meaning that you don’t have to be alcoholic to go. AA Minneapolis also hosts a full list of area meetings.


We offer free, on-site childcare throughout the full SRCCON schedule (including Thursday evening) at the adjoining Commons Hotel. The caregivers act as employees of KiddieCorp (not contractors) and are recruited from local licensed daycare centers, elementary schools, preschools, and collegiate departments of early childhood education. Learn more about our free childcare.

Travel from outside the U.S.

For folks who are coming in from outside the U.S., we recommend the EFF’s guide to protecting your data at the US border for details on what to consider at the border crossing. If you need any further help or have any questions, please email us.


Our conference rate at the The Commons Hotel has expired, but you can call (800) 822-6757 or (612) 379-8888 to inquire about any rooms that might still be available.

Other hotels not far from the conference venue include:

Days Hotel .3 miles away 2407 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 US (612) 623-3999

University Inn 1 mile away 925 4th Street SE Minneapolis, MN, 55414, United States (612) 746-1300

Courtyard Marriott Downtown 1.2 miles away 1500 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454 (612) 333-4646

Aloft Minneapolis Hotel 3 miles away 900 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415 (612) 455-8400

Room share

Have a room and looking for a roommate? Don’t have a room and looking for someone who does? Add your info to the room share list.


The Minneapolis METRO system is an easy way to get around the city. You can ride light rail from the airport to the conference hotel for $1.75: Follow the light rail signs to the airport tram, which will take you right to the light rail station. Take the northbound (“Downtown Minneapolis”) Blue Line to the Downtown East station, then cross to the other track to transfer to the eastbound Green Line. Take the Green Line two stops to East Bank. You’ll be looking right at The Commons Hotel. The McNamara Alumni Center conference venue is another block past the hotel, on SE Oak Street.


Transit in Minneapolis is great, but if you’ll be driving, there’s a lot right near the McNamara Alumni Center. We’ve reserved 30 spots per day for SRCCON attendees. Parking is $8/day. If you get to the ramp and it says “FULL” or “RESERVATION ONLY,” just push “call for help” and tell them you’re with SRCCON, and they’ll let you in.