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 much were tickets?

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

Ticket costs covered both days of the conference and included lunch. Government rate is available by request.

Where was the conference held?

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

Who attended?

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

What format did the conference follow?

The conference started at 8am both days and included the following elements:

-Keynote speakers
-Panel discussions
-Networking breaks
-Energy Showcase 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.

Click here for the agenda.

How can I participate?

Those who were interested in speaking at the conference submitted a description about their background and what they'd be interested in speaking about through our contact form. Their submission was sent to our content team for consideration. Alternatively, proposals for poster presentations with an optional demonstration at the Energy Showcase (see next question) were also submitted through our contact form.

Were there paper or poster presentations?

There were no paper presentations during the primary content of the conference. If the poster presentation included a demonstration (in-person or video/simulation) of the technology the research is based on, prospective participants were invited to have a display at the Energy Showcase on March 2nd. The deadline for submissions was January 15th, 2018.

What was the process for international attendees?

International attendees who required 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.

What was the dress code?

Business casual.

Were there lodging accommodations for attendees?

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

Hotels in the area:

Boston Marriott Cambridge (hotel where the conference was held):

Residence Inn Cambridge (adjacent to the hotel where the conference will be):

The Kendall Hotel (a smaller hotel, across the street from where the conference will be):

Holiday Inn Express (a short taxi or Uber/Lyft ride to the conference):