Portland, Oregon is an international mecca for unconventional, creative people. And even if you have less than five tattoos, you'll still be welcome here.
Base: We'll base out of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, located two blocks from a light-rail stop and directly across from South Park. On Saturday morning, one of the city's main Farmer's Markets will be open in the park, with cupcakes, fresh vegetables, and local art available for sale.
Affordable lodging is available throughout the city. We've negotiated special rates (under $150 a night per room) at several three-star hotels within walking distance from the venue. Larger properties (Starwood, Hilton, etc.) are also available within walking distance.
If you're on a tight budget, we've rented out an entire hostel a few blocks from the event. Dorm beds start at $22 a night, and every other person in the hostel will be attending the summit. Lastly, Couchsurfing offers your choice of non-freaky hosts willing to put you up for free.
portland food carts
Portland's famous food carts are six blocks away from the museum, with your choice of more than a dozen authentic, local options for less than $8 a meal. Voodoo Donuts will be on location at our opening party with a special "World Domination Glazed."
For all of these options, Portland's fast-and-easy light rail service goes directly from the airport to downtown for $2.50—no need to rent a car during your whole time in the city. You can also come a few days early or stay a few days late, and the discount hotel rates are valid during the entire week surrounding the summit.
Our friends at Travel Portland and the Mayor's Office are preparing a special welcome for all out-of-town visitors. More details on lodging options and off-site activities will be sent to attendees at least two months before the summit. In short, it will be an amazing weekend in an incredible city.
Photos: valli_mark + stuseeger on Flickr