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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where will the Symposium and Think Tank take place?

The Symposium will be taking place on Wednesday and the Think Tank will take place on Thursday at the GSB Common at 680 Serra Street, Stanford CA 94305. Workshops on Wednesday will be taking place at different venues on campus. We will announce these soon.


Q: How much does the Symposium and Think Tank cost?

It’s free! However, registration is required in order to ensure your place.


Q: Will food be included?

Both days will include a light breakfast and full lunch. Please specify when you register if you have any dietary restrictions.


Q: Will the event be accessible?

Yes. If you have special needs, please specify them when you register or anonymously here


Q: Where are the events going to be taking place?

They will be at the GSB Common and workshops will be held in nearby buildings. You can see the program and the rooms here. You can download a map here.



Q: Where can I stay?

The Bay Area in general and Silicon Valley in particular happens to be incredibly booked during the time of our Symposium. Hotels in Palo Alto near the campus will likely be charging in excess of $400/night. With that said, we have secured a hotel in Mountain View and want to inform you of other options.


1) Hotel Avante

Phone: 650.940.1000

860 East El Camino Real

Mountain View, CA 94040


The Hotel Avante is offering us a limited amount of rooms available at a reduced rate.


$309 for single

$319 for double


We recommend you book before October 6th. The grace period will end on October 13th and prices will revert to a higher market rate at that time. All reservations must be booked by midnight on the day of October 13thto get the reduced rate.


To get this group rate, you may use this direct link and then follow these instructions:

•    If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this address into your browser:

•    Select your arrival and departure dates. The group code is already generated in this link. (THE5THELEMENT)

•    Enter guest information and form of payment then click on “Confirm Reservation.”

•    Click on “Check In.”

•    You’re done!


Please note guaranteed check-in is 4pm (call ahead to at 650.940.1000 to see about early check-in) and Check-out is at 11am. Also note that late checkouts may be subject to additional fees and availability.


2) Room Share

In order to facilitate room sharing, we will be posting a thread to FB where people can offer rooms to share, whether in hotel or in local homes. We will post the link to this thread as soon as it goes live.


3) Short-Term Rentals

You may also look to try to rent in the South Bay. Palo Alto’s immediately adjacent communities are Menlo Park, Mountain View, and East Palo Alto. Please be aware that displacement has been a major community issue in the historically Black and brown neighborhoods of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park and that short-term rentals have greatly exacerbated the problem.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


If you have any additional questions, please email us here.

Please submit any accessibility conerns/requests here.