Because no one can describe the summit better than in Vision 2020’s own words:
Vision 2020 is a high impact day for growth-minded entrepreneurs that will feature brief, but impactful keynotes from disruptors, visionaries, and leaders in the fields of technology, money, innovation and leadership.
Now that sells the conference itself pretty darn well, but if you’re reading this you’ve already bought your ticket. If you’re like so many other entrepreneurs and small business owners out there, you’re probably waaaay too busy to be traveling all the time, and Vision 2020 might be your first time in San Francisco. If you’re not familiar with the city, that can add layers of stress on top of the anxiety stemming from the thought of leaving your business behind for a few days. But worry not, soldiers of the American dream… we’ve done the research for you. Here are some pro-tips on how to make the most out of your stay in the City by the Bay. And don’t fret, your business will still be in tact when you return home from the conference, and you’ll be ready to go at it with some fresh ideas and great new connections from the show.
The summit itself has some really great offerings. Aside from a massive lineup of keynote speakers (shout out to Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder & CEO of Slack, one of our favorite tools here at the office!) and a hip venue, here are a few awesome extras included in your Vision 2020 ticket:
The Breakfast Meetup: What better way to start your day off than with free breakfast? Coffee, tea and food is on the house, and you can warm up your networking skills while you casually mingle around to find the sugar.
Chat & Chew Lunch: Yes, more free food! Lunch is promised to be delicious, and there’ll be plenty of like-minded folks for you to rub elbows with.
The Vision 2020 After Party: This two-hour event is meant to help you wind down from the long day of learning and give those new ideas some time to simmer. Chill out with your new friends from breakfast and lunch, or take the time to make even more great connections – either way, enjoy the complimentary refreshments and post insights to your followers using the official summit hashtag #Vision2020.
Ready to plan your day? View the full agenda here.
The Village is a unique event space (think actual vibes and atmosphere versus the typical white walls/drab carpet found in most meeting venues) in the heart of San Francisco.
Parking: If you’re driving yourself to the conference, there are a few parking options located within a block or two of the venue. The Village itself recommends these:
Entering The Building: The venue has two guest entrances, each with its own address. So if you’re GPSing it, use either 969 Market Street or 470 Stevenson Street; either one will get you into the right place.
Internet Access: The Village does offer up WiFi services, but availability/fees vary with each event. When you arrive, look around for signs or refer to your conference literature for further details.
Need to know more, or just want to scope out the space before you get there? Check out The Village’s website here.
Where To Stay
Vision 2020 is only a few days away (and sold out), but if you have a ticket to the conference and no hotel room yet – we’re here to help! As of publishing time, there are still rooms available in these hotels (highest-rated on TripAdvisor) close to the venue:
Full disclosure: these aren’t the only highly-rated hotels with rooms remaining, but we tried to care for your budget when making this list so only hotels under $210/night were considered.
What To Pack
Who doesn’t want to look their best? But who doesn’t also want to be practical? Here’s the thing: yes, this is a business-oriented conference and there are networking events involved, so you’ll want to present yourself like the savvy and awesome forward-thinking business person you are. But keep in mind, this is a one-day event and therefore the agenda is jam-packed with keynote speakers and presentations; you’ll be doing a lot of sitting. It’s a long day too, 12 hours from start to finish. So realistically, you should look presentable but also make sure you wear something comfortable enough to keep you going all day – it’s worth it!
OK, so what does comfy, business attire look like in December? Here’s the current forecast for San Francisco, CA the week of the summit:
|SUNDAY 11/29||MONDAY 11/30||TUESDAY 12/1||WEDNESDAY 12/2||THURSDAY 12/3||FRIDAY 12/4||SATURDAY 12/5|
|High 54° | Low 44°||High 55° | Low 46°||High 56° | Low 47°||High 57° | Low 46°||High 57° | Low 47°||High 59° | Low 47°||High 58° | Low 47°|
Remember folks, weather predictions change frequently. Be sure to check the forecast again before you leave and pack accordingly. And don’t just think about the conference. If you’re staying in the city for a few days to see the sights, be sure to bring walking shoes!
What To Eat
Everybody likes something different, and not everyone dines on the same budget. If you’re a super picky eater, you may want to spend some time researching a little bit before committing to a meal. But, if you’re open to whatever’s considered the best local fare, here are some highly-rated restaurants in San Francisco that folks on Yelp are raving about: