If you are coming to Denver, Colorado (USA) for the conference this year, you have a lot to look forward to! In addition to the one-of-a-kind collection of technical papers, tutorials, competitions, workshops, and more that make up the annual SC conference, Denver has an amazing variety of entertainment options to make your trip even more rewarding.

But you probably also have a lot of questions. We’ve answered some of them here. If we missed one that you care about, just drop us an email at

Where is Denver?

Denver is the capitol city of Colorado, United States of America (click for a Google map). Denver is the largest city in Colorado, and has a rich history that extends back to the early days of the American gold rush.  Find out more at

How do I get to Denver?

Denver International Airport (DIA) is a major airline hub, the fifth busiest airport in the United States, with nonstop service to more than 160 U.S. and 19 international cities. Opened in 1995, DIA is a beautiful, modern airport that is served by 14 airlines. Find out more on the web at, or check out the handy transportation guide for airline options, rental cars, and more.

Where do I stay while I’m in town for SC13?

Check out the SC13 housing page for details on the official conference hotels. A range of prices is available, and free internet access is included with all rooms booked through the SC13 website.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

It is roughly a 30-minute drive from DIA to the SC13 hotels in downtown Denver, and happily there are many transportation options available to help move you from the airport to your hotel. 

This transportation guide lists many of those options, from rental cars and taxis to express buses. Options range from limousines and taxis to public transportation with express buses.  ACM also partnered with SuperShuttle to offer SC13 attendees a discount on their ride from the airport.

For full directions, please see the Denver International Airport's web site at

For those interested in public transportation, the AF bus stops near the hotels and convention center; the SC13 General Chair has walked to the Market Street station and taken the AF bus to the Denver Airport.

How will I get from my hotel to the Convention Center each day?

All SC13 hotels are located close to the Colorado Convention Center, and more than half of them are within 3 blocks.  Because of the close proximity, SC13 is not providing shuttle bus transportation from hotels to the conference each day, however many hotels are close to Denver’s light rail system which stops just outside the Colorado Convention Center; this map shows the light rail in relation to conference hotels. Taxis are also generally available at downtown hotels.

What is there to do outside the conference in Denver?

Denver has much to offer you while you are in town for the conference: from world-class attractions and natural wonders to a thriving arts scene and dozens of innovative and acclaimed restaurants. While you’re here, you owe it to yourself to discover the best that the Mile High City has to offer. Discover more about Denver.

What’s the weather like/how should I pack?

The biggest surprise for visitors to Denver is the climate. The arid conditions bring only 8 to 15 inches of annual precipitation and locals wake up to more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

November in Denver is generally mild, with an average highs in the mid-60 degree F range (19 C) and average lows near 30 degrees F (0 C).

I’m coming from overseas, do you have information especially for me?

We extend a special welcome to SC13 attendees from outside the USA. Check out all the resources we’ve gathered for international attendees here.