We are only one week away from the 24th Annual OCD Conference in San Francisco! We can’t wait to see all of you, and we want to help you get the most out of your Conference experience. This blog contains some important things to know before you go, including information on check-in and on-site registration, Thursday evening activities, attire, food options, transportation, and local attractions.
Online pre-registration will be closing on Thursday, June 29th at 5pm ET/2pm PT.Those who do not register by this time will still have the option to register on-site at the Conference (please see below).
Check-in & On-site Registration
Check-in and On-site Registration for the Annual OCD Conference opens on Thursday, July 6th at 12pm PT.
- If you have already pre-registered for the Conference, you will be able to check-in and pick up your badge(s) at the Check-In Desk on the Lower B2 level on Thursday 7/6 from 12–8pm and beginning at 7am on Friday, 7/7 and Saturday, 7/8.
- If you did not have a chance to register ahead of time, please visit our on-site registration counter at the On-site Registration Desk on the Lower B2 level (registration hours are the same times as above).
- If you are registered at the Professional level and wish to receive CEs, you must sign in and out daily at the CE Desk, located next to the On-site and VIP Check-In Desk, and complete online evaluations after the conference has ended. You will be receiving evaluation information after the conference.
Thursday Evening Activities
- 6:30-7:30pm – Live Concert by Singer/Songwriter Sam Foster — Sam Foster, a 17 year-old student from Issaquah, Washington, will be performing original songs inspired by OCD, which he has dealt with his entire life.
- 8:00-9:00pm – Oh Crappy Day: A Short Film Screening and Discussion — Literary scholar and filmmaker Jon Lance Bacon will screen the award-winning ‘Oh Crappy Day,’ a short romantic comedy with a psychological twist.
- 9:00-11:00pm – Pub Trivia — Join this social activity to meet other adults affected by OCD, and get competitive with this team trivia game. Sign up as a team, or come as an individual and we will help you find a team. Open to all attendees, age 21+
- 6:30 — 9:00pm – Evening Activities and Support Groups — In addition to the above, we have a number of events for attendees of all ages on Thursday evening, and support groups for kids, teens, parents, adults, and professionals.
We Have an App For That!
Don’t forget to download our FREE smartphone app for the 2017 Annual OCD Conference! You can download the free app for your iPhone or Android device to have the entire schedule, room locations, speaker bios, exhibitor list and other information at your fingertips all weekend. Find the app in the App Store for iPhones and iPads or the Google Play store for Android devices, and download for free!
Conference attendees are invited to dress casually throughout the Conference. Please be advised that the hotel is air conditioned and it is recommended that you dress warmer than the temperature outside or bring layers. New this year! In addition to selling T-shirts, we will also be selling IOCDF Hoodies! If interested in purchasing Conference Merchandise, please visit the CE Desk, next to On-site Registration.
Food and Dining
Complimentary breakfast will be provided each morning from 7-8am in the hotel throughout the Exhibit Hall. Food is also available for purchase throughout the day at hotel dining outlets. Information about hotel dining options as well as a list of local restaurants is available to view on the hotel website here.
Saturday evening attendees can expect light hors d’oeuvres at the Researcher and Exhibitor Meet & Greet. Light dinner will be served at the Saturday Night Social, “Coming Together: An International Celebration.”
Transportation & Parking
San Francisco has plenty of transportation options for getting around the city.
- The bay area’s subway and commuter rail system is called BART, and is often the quickest and easiest way to reach downtown San Francisco from the airport, the East Bay, and other outlying areas.
- MUNI/San Francisco Municipal operates buses, trains, cable cars, and the F-line heritage streetcar.
- Cable Cars, also known as trolleys, are San Francisco’s historical street cars that run along cables that are affixed to the street which help them climb San Francisco’s infamous hills.
- In addition to public transportation options, San Francisco taxi services are available throughout the city in addition to Uber and Lyft car services.
- If you are driving there is parking available at the hotel. Daily valet parking at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis costs $70.70 per vehicle, per day (oversized vehicles are $82.10); Off-site parking is $34 per vehicle, per day (rates subject to change).
To learn more about transportation options, visit our conference website here.
San Francisco Attractions
- If you have time to explore San Francisco, there are a variety of wonderful attractions to enjoy. You can read the blog post from our own Event Manager, Melissa Smith, to view her favorite San Francisco attractions here.
- San Francisco Travel also provides a list of local attractions as well as discounts that are available for those attending the Conference. To view their recommendations and select discounts click here.