Seaport World Trade Center

The conference will be held at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in the Boston Seaport District. Workshops will be hosted by The Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University in neighboring Cambridge, MA.

To travel to the Workshops from the Seaport, we suggest taking the MBTA Red Line

If you are flying into Logan Airport, we suggest taking the MBTA Silver Line to the Conference Hotel. Service is FREE from the airport.

Who’s Attending?

Origins of Conference Attendees


Yotel Boston

Yotel Boston is a short 3 block walk to the Seaport World Trade Center venue. A room block has been reserved as the overflow hotel for FOSS4G 2017. The discount rate for conference attendees is $239.00 + tax (14.45%) per room per night.

The Yotel room block is FULL. Rooms may still be available at the Yotel, subject to space and rate availability.

Seaport Hotel

A room block has been reserved for event participants at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. The discount block rate for conference attendees is $259.00 + tax (14.45%) + Hotel Fee ($1.00) & Service fee ($2.00) per room per night if registered by July 24, 2017 or until the block is full.

The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center room block is FULL.

Other Nearby Hotels


Welcome Social - Tuesday, August 15th - Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery Tickets are SOLD OUT as of May 16th 2017

Harpoon Brewery By John Phelan - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18498782

The Welcome Social will take place Tuesday, August 15th at the Harpoon Brewery. Try local beers and ciders in the beer hall accompanied by handmade freshly baked pretzels cooked in beer and served with warm dipping sauces. Participants can take a walkthrough of the brewery as well. See What’s on tap!

Icebreaker - Wednesday August 16th - Conference Venue

World Trade Center

The Ice Breaker will take place Wednesday, August 16th at the conference venue overlooking beautiful Boston Harbor. Get to know your fellow conference goers from around the world!

Gala - Thursday August 17th - New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

The Gala will take place Thursday, August 17th at the New England Aquarium. NEAQ has for almost 50 years been one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and is a leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. Attendees will enjoy a strolling dinner while taking in all the exhibits starring the newly renovated cylindrical 4-story tall Giant Ocean Tank. The GOT replicates a Caribbean coral reef and features 90 year old Myrtle the turtle and over 1,000 sea creatures. The Shark and Ray Touch Tank will allow for personal interaction with these animals (the rays love to be petted!). In addition to indoor marine life, a patio space on the harbor will provide a chance to view the summer boat traffic in the harbor.

Visiting Boston

Boston is a dynamic city with a million things to do! Here are some tips and suggestions for visiting Boston!

Getting around:

Harvard Square and Harvard University (site of workshops)


The conference takes place in the dynamic and changing Waterfront neighborhood. See what’s here or nearby.

Outdoor recreation:

Charles River Canoe and Kayak Lawn on D Boston Common Boston Public Garden The Esplanade

Sporting events

Red Sox baseball - there will be 4 home games during FOSS4G week - Aug 15, 16, 18 and 19th.


Museums and Libraries

Institute of Contemporary Art

Workshops By Smart Destinations from Boston, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

Museum of Fine Arts


Boston Public Library


Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Children’s Museum

Museum of Science

Boston Museum of African American History


ArtsBoston cultural calendar

Boston Opera House

Wang Theater

Paramount Theater

Modern Theater

Cutler Majestic Theater

Shubert Theater

Charles Playhouse

Huntington Theater

American Repertory Theater

Lyric Stage

Central Square Theater

Boston Center for the Arts


Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum


Quincy Market


Faneuil Hall


Paul Revere House


Granary Burial Ground


Old North Church


Freedom Trail





Boston Public Market