Whether you’re a seasoned conference attendee or stepping into the world of industry events for the first time, this comprehensive guide is your compass to making the most out of your experience at WORKTECH23. Proudly brought to you by AVUITY, a bronze level sponsor of the event, this guide is designed to help you navigate everything from event logistics to exploring the vibrant city of San Francisco.
About WORKTECH23 San Francisco
WORKTECH23 San Francisco is more than just a conference; it’s a convergence of ideas, innovation, and insights shaping the future of work, workplace, real estate, technology, and innovation. This event brings together a diverse community of professionals including those from real estate, facilities, HR, technology, executive management, architecture, design, and professional advisory services. WORKTECH23 provides a unique opportunity to learn from global thought leaders, share best practices, and expand your horizons within the realm of workplace transformation.
The conference focuses on enhancing creativity and fostering forward-thinking by curating a mix of interdisciplinary speakers and immersive learning experiences. A day dedicated to inspiring discussions, networking, and knowledge exchange awaits you. WORKTECH23 kicks off with registration and pre-event networking, setting the stage for a day of insightful sessions and valuable interactions with peers.
- Date: September 22nd, 2023
- Time: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
- Venue: VISA Inc, 900 Metro Center Blvd, Foster City
As a proud sponsor, AVUITY is dedicated to contributing to the dynamic discussions and innovative ideas that will shape the future of work.
Preparations for Attending
To make the most of your experience at WORKTECH23 San Francisco, a little preparation goes a long way. With a jam-packed day ahead, here’s how you can ensure you’re ready to dive into the conference fully equipped:
Understand the Event Schedule
Familiarize yourself with the event schedule. Knowing when and where key sessions, breaks, and networking opportunities take place will help you plan your day effectively. Although WORKTECH23 San Francisco is designed for attendees to participate in all sessions, having a grasp of the day’s flow can make your experience even more fulfilling.
Set Clear Objectives
Define your goals for attending the conference. Whether you’re looking to gain insights on specific topics, connect with industry leaders, or explore potential collaborations, having clear objectives will guide your interactions and sessions.
Research Participants and Speakers
Take a moment to explore the list of confirmed speakers and participants. If there are individuals you’re eager to meet, research their work and achievements. This will enable you to engage in meaningful conversations and discussions related to their expertise.
WORKTECH23 San Francisco proudly presents a lineup of influential experts and thought leaders who are shaping the future of work and technology:
- Josh Bradshaw: Global Head of Workplace Innovation at Visa, Josh is renowned for his expertise in implementing innovative real estate technology solutions.
- Mirit Cohen: Senior Manager, Global Workplace Experience Programs at Adobe, Mirit brings insights into cultivating exceptional workplace experiences.
- Grant Eoff: Workplace Services Manager at Google, Grant’s expertise in creating dynamic work environments is paramount to evolving workplace concepts.
- Nicki Persaud: Head of Global Safety & Security at Samsara, Nicki specializes in enabling safety and security in innovative business and research settings.
Discover the complete roster of speakers and sessions in the Full Program.
Prepare Your Introduction
Anticipate meeting new people and be ready to introduce yourself concisely. Crafting a brief “elevator pitch” about who you are and your professional background can leave a positive first impression.
Ensure you have everything you’ll need for the day. Don’t forget essentials like business cards, a notepad or a digital device for note-taking, and a phone charger. Dress appropriately for the event and the local weather, and consider bringing an umbrella in case of unexpected rain.
Plan Your Travel and Accommodation
Triple-check your travel arrangements, including flights, accommodation, and transportation to the conference venue. Preparing these logistics in advance ensures a smooth experience on the day of the event.
Dining Options Near the Venue
Amidst the inspiring sessions and networking, you’ll likely need to refuel. San Francisco offers a diverse culinary scene, and you’re in for a treat during your time at WORKTECH23.
Foster City itself is a suburban area with a good variety of dining options. However, if you’re looking to mix in some iconic San Francisco eateries, you’ll need to travel a bit. Here’s a blend of options both near the conference venue and a few iconic spots in San Francisco:
Near VISA Inc, Foster City:
- Philz Coffee: A Bay Area favorite, Philz offers uniquely brewed coffee blends. It’s perfect for those seeking a caffeine kick and a comfortable place to work.
- The Habit Burger Grill: A quick and tasty spot for burgers, salads, and sandwiches. A good casual dining or takeout option.
- Waterfront Pizza and Mediterranean Restaurant: Enjoy beautiful views of the lagoon while indulging in Mediterranean flavors, including savory pizzas, kebabs, and mezze at Waterfront.
- In-N-Out Burger: A West Coast icon. If you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a classic burger treat.
Iconic San Francisco Eateries (a short drive away):
- Swan Oyster Depot: Located in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco, Swan Oyster Depot is an iconic seafood counter serving up fresh oysters, clam chowder, and other seafood delicacies.
- Boudin Bakery: Famous for its sourdough and clam chowder served in bread bowls. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, Boudin Bakery is a must-visit for first-timers.
- Tartine Bakery & Café: Located in the Mission District, Tartine Bakery is renowned for its pastries, particularly the morning buns and croissants. They also have Tartine Manufactory which offers a broader menu and seating.
- Tony’s Pizza Napoletana: In the heart of North Beach, Tony’s offers some of the best pizzas in the city, with a variety of styles from Neapolitan to New York.
- Fog Harbor Fish House: Fog Harbor is a Pier 39 seafood institution with fresh fish & scenic views of the bay & Golden Gate Bridge
From quick bites to indulgent meals, these options cater to various tastes and preferences, ensuring you have the energy to make the most of your conference experience. Given the Bay Area’s traffic, attendees planning to venture into San Francisco for meals should allocate ample travel time. Using rideshare or BART can be efficient options to avoid the hassle of parking.
Working and Meeting in San Francisco
While you immerse yourself in the enriching environment of WORKTECH23 San Francisco, you might find the need for a quiet space to catch up on work or engage in impromptu discussions. Luckily, there are options available to ensure your productivity and collaboration don’t miss a beat.
Near VISA Inc, Foster City:
- Regus – Foster City Metro Center: Located conveniently in Foster City, Regus offers flexible workspace solutions. With a professional setting, they provide private offices, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms that can be booked on an hourly or daily basis.
- Crowne Plaza Foster City Hotel: Hotels often have business centers and meeting rooms available for rent. The Crowne Plaza in Foster City is a prominent location that might suit such needs.
In San Francisco:
- WeWork: With multiple locations throughout San Francisco, WeWork provides co-working spaces that cater to individuals and teams. They also offer private offices and meeting rooms, all in a contemporary and collaborative environment.
- The Workshop Cafe: Located in the Financial District, The Workshop Cafe is designed for working professionals. With fast Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a variety of seating options, it combines the best of a coffee shop and a workspace.
- Galvanize – San Francisco: Situated in the SoMa district, Galvanize is more than just a coworking space. It’s a learning community for tech, but also offers shared workspaces, private desks, and meeting rooms.
- Werqwise Coworking: Located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, Werqwise offers a blend of retail, co-working, and event spaces. It’s a high-tech and adaptable space perfect for those in the tech and digital sectors.
Finding Workspace and Meeting Spaces
Hotels in the vicinity often provide business centers for your convenience. If you’re seeking a more informal atmosphere, consider nearby cafes with cozy corners suitable for work or meetings. One recommended spot is Penelope’s Coffee & Tea, a cozy, local favorite offering a selection of coffee, teas, pastries, and light breakfast and lunch options. It’s known for its warm atmosphere, friendly staff, and quality drinks. The shop has both indoor seating and a few outdoor tables, making it an excellent spot for both work and casual meet-ups.
Transportation in San Francisco
Navigating a bustling city like San Francisco is a breeze with a variety of transportation options at your disposal. Whether you’re getting around for conference-related activities or exploring the city’s sights, here are some transportation methods to consider:
Getting to VISA Inc, 900 Metro Center Blvd, Foster City from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO):
- By Rideshare: Companies like Uber and Lyft operate extensively in San Francisco. Once you land, simply request a ride using their apps, and you’ll be on your way to the conference venue in Foster City in approximately 15-25 minutes, depending on traffic.
- By Rental Car: Rental car services are available at the airport. It’s a straightforward drive via US-101 S. Ensure you have GPS or a reliable mapping app for directions.
- By Public Transportation and Taxi: While there’s no direct public transit to the VISA Inc. location, you can take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from the airport to the San Mateo station. From there, a short taxi or rideshare ride will get you to Foster City.
Getting Around San Francisco:
- Public Transportation: San Francisco boasts a comprehensive public transportation network. The Muni system operates buses, trolleys, and light rail, while BART is excellent for regional travel. Purchase a Clipper Card for a seamless experience across most transit options.
- Rideshare: Uber and Lyft are widely available and convenient for quick trips around the city.
- Cable Cars: An iconic and fun way to travel, especially on routes like Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde which offer scenic views of the city.
- Walking: Many of San Francisco’s attractions are within walking distance of each other, especially if you’re in neighborhoods like Union Square, Chinatown, or the Embarcadero.
- Bicycles: The city is bike-friendly with many dedicated lanes. Companies like Ford GoBike offer rental stations around the city for short trips.
- Ferries: To travel across the bay or enjoy a scenic route, consider the San Francisco Bay Ferry. It connects the city to destinations like Sausalito, Oakland, and Alameda.
Remember, San Francisco’s streets are known for their steep inclines and can be crowded. Always plan a little extra time for travel, and enjoy exploring the city’s diverse neighborhoods and landmarks!
Exploring the City: Must-See Sights
San Francisco is a city brimming with attractions, history, and culture. When you find yourself with some downtime or after the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to explore San Francisco’s iconic attractions. The city’s unique charm and landmarks await you:
- Golden Gate Bridge: Arguably one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is a marvel of modern engineering. The iconic reddish-orange suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait, connecting San Francisco to Marin County. For breathtaking views, visitors can walk, bike, or drive across it. The nearby Golden Gate Park also offers an expanse of green space filled with gardens, museums, and recreational opportunities.
- Alcatraz Island: Once home to a maximum-security prison, Alcatraz Island is now a popular tourist attraction. Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, visitors can take a ferry to the island and explore the notorious prison that once housed infamous criminals like Al Capone. The audio tour is particularly well-regarded, offering tales of prison escapes, riots, and life on “The Rock.”
- Fisherman’s Wharf: This bustling waterfront area offers a blend of tourist attractions, shops, seafood restaurants, and spectacular views of the bay. The famous Pier 39 is located here, home to sea lions, shops, and eateries. Visitors can also catch boat tours or ferries to other Bay Area destinations from Fisherman’s Wharf.
- Chinatown: As one of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in North America, San Francisco’s Chinatown offers a vibrant blend of history, culture, and cuisine. Wander along Grant Avenue and other streets to find unique shops, historic landmarks, and some of the city’s best Chinese restaurants.
- Lombard Street: Known as the “crookedest street in the world,” this famously winding stretch is a sight to behold. It’s especially beautiful in the spring when its many flower beds are in full bloom. Visitors can either drive down its eight sharp hairpin turns or view it from below at the intersection of Lombard and Hyde.
While these are classic highlights, San Francisco is filled with many other hidden gems, parks, museums, and neighborhoods that showcase its rich history and diverse culture. Whether you’re interested in architectural marvels, cultural hotspots, or scenic vistas, San Francisco has something to captivate every visitor.
Wrapping Up Your Experience
As WORKTECH23 San Francisco draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the knowledge gained, connections made, and ideas sparked during the conference. The insights shared by global thought leaders and the interactions with industry peers hold immense value for your professional journey.
Maintain the connections you’ve established at the conference. Reach out to fellow attendees and speakers through professional networks and social media. Collaborations and opportunities often arise from the relationships formed in such settings.
Thank You from AVUITY
AVUITY is proud to have sponsored WORKTECH23 San Francisco and to have contributed to the collective exchange of innovative ideas. Be sure to visit our table in the reception area to learn more about optimizing your workplace and subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive content from the conference.
The Guide to WORKTECH23 San Francisco has been your compass to navigating the event, enhancing your knowledge, and embracing the city’s offerings. We hope you find this guide an invaluable companion as you participate in the conference and explore the vibrant city of San Francisco. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to your contributions in shaping the future of work.