Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs the conference?

Brought to you by the MIT Energy Club, the MIT Energy Conference is the largest student-led energy conference in the U.S., first held in 2006. Meet the 2018 conference team here.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available for purchase here. Please note that students will be required to present their student ID upon check-in at the conference. For a detailed walkthrough on how to purchase tickets, please visit this page.

How much are tickets?

MIT Students: $60
Students: $100
Professor/Academic: $150
General Admission: $500

Ticket costs cover both days of the conference and include a continental breakfast and lunch. Tickets will not be sold the day of the conference. A government rate is available by request - please email mitec-contact@mit.edu from your government email address to request the rate and how to apply it.

Where is the conference located?

The conference will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142. The Energy Showcase Event will be held in rooms adjacent to the Grand Ballroom.

Who can attend?

Anyone! Industry professionals, students, researchers, engineers, academics, policymakers, analysts, and those who are enthusiastic about the future of energy and energy technologies are encouraged to attend. The conference is open to both domestic and international attendees.

What format will the conference follow?

The conference starts at 8am both days starting with a light continental breakfast. The days will include the following elements:

-Keynote speakers
-Panel discussions
-Networking breaks
-Energy Showcase Event on the evening of March 2nd, giving conference attendees and MIT students an opportunity to interact more closely with a wide array of energy technologies.

The agenda will be posted on our website, social media accounts, and sent to our mailing list once it is finalized.

How can I participate?

If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please submit a description about your background and what you’d be interested in speaking about through our contact form. Your submission will be sent to our content team for consideration. Alternatively, you may submit a proposal for a poster presentation with demonstration at the Energy Showcase Event (see next question). MIT students looking to help with the conference may also submit a request through our contact form.

Will there be paper or poster presentations?

There will be no paper presentations at the conference. If your poster presentation includes a demonstration (in-person or video/simulation) of the technology your research is based on, you may be able to have a display at the Energy Showcase Event. Please submit a short description of what you would like to present and the accompanying demonstration through our contact form and your proposal will be sent to our showcase team for consideration. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2018.

What's the process for international attendees?

International attendees who require visa clearance into the U.S. for the conference will need a signed letter of invitation. Please submit your full name, affiliation (such as organization/company or university name), title, address of your affiliation, and your phone number (including country code) through our contact form and mention that you are in need of a letter of invitation for the conference. Please specify your first name and last name to avoid confusion for the letter of invitation.

What's the dress code?

Business casual

Are there lodging accommodations for attendees?

Attendees are responsible for their transportation and lodging costs. Groups of 10 or more may arrange a group rate discount at the Boston Marriott Cambridge (subject to availability) by calling +1-617-494-6600 or emailing them at mhrs.boscb.gm@marriott.com

Hotels in the area:

Boston Marriott Cambridge (hotel where the conference will be): http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boscb-boston-marriott-cambridge/

Residence Inn Cambridge (adjacent to the hotel where the conference will be): http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boscm-residence-inn-boston-cambridge/

The Kendall Hotel (a smaller hotel, across the street from where the conference will be): https://www.kendallhotel.com/

Holiday Inn Express (a short taxi or Uber/Lyft ride to the conference): https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/cambridge/boscb/hoteldetail