Tough Tech & The 2040 Grid

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.

How much were tickets?
General Admission: $400 (sold out)
MIT Faculty/Staff: $150 (sold out)
Academic/Government/Non-profit: $150 (sold out)
Non-MIT Students: $80 (sold out)
MIT Students: $50 (sold out)

Where was the conference held?
The Grand Ballroom of the Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142.

Who attends?
Industry professionals, students, researchers, engineers, academics, policymakers, analysts, and folks enthusiastic about the future of energy and energy technologies are all encouraged to attend. The conference is open to both domestic and international attendees.

How could people participate in the 2019 MIT Energy Conference?
Those who were interested in speaking at the conference submitted a description about their background and what they were interested in speaking about through our contact form. Their submission was sent to our content directors for consideration. Proposals for poster presentations with an optional demonstration at the Showcase (see next question) were also be submitted through our contact form.

Were there paper or poster presentations?
Poster presentations were welcomed to be submitted for the 2019 Conference. Poster and interactive presentations or demonstrations were featured at the Tech Showcase, held on the evening of April 4th. Prospective participants were invited contact us to let us know what they were interested in presenting and would be considered once the official call for Tech Showcase presenters began.

What was the process for international attendees?
International attendees who require visa clearance into the U.S. for the conference needed a signed letter of invitation. For this letter, we needed their full name, affiliation (such as organization/company or university name), title, address of the affiliation, and their phone number (including country code). Letters were signed then scanned and sent via email to those who requested one.

Dress code?
Business casual.

Was there lodging accommodations for attendees?
Attendees were responsible for their transportation and lodging costs. Groups of 10 or more could arrange a group rate discount at the Boston Marriott Cambridge (subject to availability).

Hotels in the area:

Boston Marriott Cambridge (hotel where the conference is held): 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/