Event Logistics#


  • WiFi: University of Washington

  • UW NetID: TBD

  • Password: TBD


  • Tutorials and courses will occur in Alder Hall, with entrance from the ground level on the south side.

  • Guests attending via Zoom will be sent a link at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) via the general Slack channel to join at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) each morning

  • Doors open at 8:30 am each morning (Monday-Friday). We will start the morning sessions at 9:00 am sharp.

  • Due to space limitations, only registered GeoSMART participants will be allowed to attend the tutorials and open working sessions.

  • Participants are expected to attend all scheduled activities. Contact geohack@uw.edu if any circumstances prevent you from attending.


  • Guests traveling to Seattle should plan to arrive on October 22 to allow for the Monday morning start time of 8:30 am.

Meals and Beverages#

  • Catered lunches, coffee, and snacks will be provided each day at the hackweek training location.

  • All participants are responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners.

  • We request participants bring their own refillable water bottle to the event. A refilling station is available within Alder Hall.


  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport offers a range of connections to the University of Washington Campus.

  • The Link light rail is an easy, great way to get to the UW campus from the airport. It picks you up at the airport, comes about every 5-15 minutes, and drops you off right on the UW campus; just a 15-minute walk from the dorms you will be staying in.

  • From the arrivals hall at Sea-Tac Airport, follow the signs for Link Light Rail; the station is a short walk from the terminal on the far side of the parking garage. Tickets must be purchased at the station before boarding. The cost is $3.00 and can be paid in cash or with a credit/debit card. Take the northbound train toward Northgate to the University of Washington station ( Note: do not get off at the University Street Station!).

  • Taxi’s and uber/lyft are also available from the airport. Note that for uber/lyft you will meet the car in the 3rd floor parking lot for pick up.

  • Incurred travel costs for participants provided event support funds will be reconciled after the GeoSMART Hackweek event.

Health and Safety#

  • While we will not require masking at this event some may feel more comfortable bringing their own mask and wearing it. We will have some masks on hand for anyone who needs one.

  • During the event, if you are feeling unwell or experiencing cold-like symptoms, COVID tests will be available at the registration table. If you test positive, we ask that you self-isolate the hotel where you will be able to join hackweek activities virtually.

  • University of Washington guidelines relating to COVID are available to review online.

  • In the event of some unforeseen emergency, directions will be given via the Slack #general channel and in person by the event support lead.