Logistics

The India Conference 2019 will be held at Harvard Kennedy School on February 16th and 17th 2019.

The dress code is business casual attire

Weather

As of February 4th, the forecast suggests highs of 3° to 4° in the day, and lows of -5° to -7° in the night for the days of the conference. No snow or rain is expected at the moment.

However, the weather has been very volatile this winter, with daily high temperatures ranging from -15° to +15°, with occasional heavy snow and rain. To be prepared, we recommend bringing a sweater, a warm coat or jacket, a scarf, a cap which can cover your ears, gloves, thick shoes which can resist snow and rain; and an umbrella.

Telecom and internet connectivity

The Boston Logan airport has a free, unlimited wifi accessible to guests.  Harvard University also offers wifi connectivity on registration. After you arrive at the university campus, connect to the network “Harvard University” and click here to register.

Hotel Recommendations

  • The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: (617) 864-1200. Visit website
  • Harvard Square Hotel, 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: (617) 864-5200. Visit website
  • For discounted options at other hotels please contact the conference organizers.

 

Getting to The Conference

Location

The Harvard Kennedy School is located on 79, John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge MA 02138. There are several entrances, but the main entrance on the days of the conference will be the entrance to the Wexner building. This entrance can be reached by walking through the courtyard on Eliot Street.  See below for a schematic map.

By Car

From Logan Airport to Harvard Kennedy School Exit Logan Airport and follow the signs to I-90 West. Take exit 20, Brighton/Cambridge. Stay right after the toll and follow Cambridge signs for Storrow Drive West. At the traffic light (Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right) take a left onto Soldiers Field Road. Follow for approximately one-half mile. Take Harvard Square – Cambridge exit and follow it across the Charles River. Continue straight through the first traffic light. You will now be on John F. Kennedy Street. The first building on your left is the Kennedy School.

Parking on and near campus

We suggest using public parking. There are garages on Eliot Street directly opposite the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as at the Charles Hotel, and on University Place. A daily parking rate at these garages is about $20. Visitor parking is also available for $9 from Harvard University Parking Services, by registering here.

By Public Transportation

By train to Boston: Take Amtrak regional rail to South Station. For more information about Amtrak, log onto www.amtrak.com or call (800) USA-RAIL. Directions from the South station to the campus are given in the section below.

Take the Silver Line bus (SL1) directly from Logan airport terminal to South Station. At South Station,  change to the Red Line in the direction of the Harvard stop (Red Line inbound toward Park Street/Alewife). As long as you do not pass through the exit gates at the station, you do not need to pay for the trip.  If you end up passing through the exit gates, you can purchase a CharlieTicket for the $2.75 fare at an MBTA automatic kiosk to re-enter and connect to the Red Line.

Note: The subway may be a difficult option if you are carrying a lot of luggage. Also, you will still need to take a taxi or bus, walk, or obtain a ride to your apartment or hotel from the Harvard Square subway stop.

Uber

Uber is a rideshare/private car service that can be ‘called’ through its iPhone or Android app.  The ride from Logan Airport to Cambridge/Somerville/Harvard costs between $20-$35, depending on traffic.  You do not need to tip.  Once you have set up the application with your credit card, payment happens automatically after reaching your destination.  If you have set up the app in India, it should work automatically in the US. However, your credit card may levy charges for currency conversion

Taxis

A taxi from Logan airport to the Cambridge area costs approximately $50, including a 15% tip. Below are the numbers of the main cab companies in the Boston/Cambridge area:

 

Sightseeing Options in Boston

Following are some suggestions for sightseeing in Boston along with the web link for all the details. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us.

  • Museum of Science: Interesting showcase of science & technology through the use of various in- struments and props
    http://www.mos.org/ | 617-723-2500
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Fascinating building with a good collection of paintings, statues and other artistic elements from around the world
    mfa.org | 617-267-9300
  • Newbury Street: shopping at high-end stores http://www.newbury-st.com/
  • New England Aquarium: Includes whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, sharks. www.neaq.org | 617-973-5200
  • Freedom Trail: 2.5 mile walking trail that covers 16 historic landmarks – museums, churches, meet- ing houses, parks, ships, etc.
    http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/
  • Samuel Adams Brewery: Free tour; free beer; enough said! Address: 30 Germania Street Boston, MA 02130-2315 – Call (617) 522-9080 to get timings
  • Prudential Center: Over 75 major retail shops, 1.3 acre park, 30 restaurants http://www.prudentialcenter.com/
  • Harvard Square: Walking distance from the Harvard Business School is a vibrant array of shops, restaurants and Harvard University buildings including the Kennedy School of Government, under- grad dorms and classes
    http://www.harvardsquare.com/
  • Boston Common: Oldest park in the country; 50 acres; starting point of the Freedom Trail. http://www.cityofboston.gov/FreedomTrail/bostoncommon.asp
  • Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Collection of shops and restaurants in the heart of Bos- tonhttp://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

 

Emergency Contact:

info@indiaconference.com

or individual panel managers