Motif Seattle
1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

The conference will be on the 3rd and 4th floors. Please pick up your badge on the 4th floor.

In close distance to the hotel are many of the Seattle’s most popular attractions like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, EMP Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and the Historic Seattle Waterfront. There are many opportunities to shop, eat, drink and enjoy cultural activities near the conference venue.

EXPEDITIONS – Sign up now!
What is more exciting and enlightening than a regular conference lunch or dinner? It is, of course, an “expedition”. An expedition is an activity that takes place close to the conference venue where researchers of similar interest (either social or research wise) network with each other. This year, for the first time, FSE will be hosting SE expeditions where attendees with similar interests meet, explore the beautiful Seattle, enjoy an activity, and of course network!

To see the list of available expeditions and sign up, please visit

Estimating attendance is extremely important since in some case expedition leaders need to make reservations in advance. So, please sign up as soon as possible, preferably by, Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.

If you have any questions about expedition, feel free to contact the Expedition Chair, Kivanc Muslu at kivancm (AT)

By light rail: The easiest and least expensive way to get to downtown Seattle and the Motif is via Sound Transit Light Rail. The fare is $2.75 per person. Trains depart every 7-15 minutes and the trip will take approximately 40 minutes. The “SeaTac/Airport” station is on the 4th floor of the main parking garage (follow the signs). A covered bridge connects the terminal to the station. Elevators & escalators are available. Pay before riding: buy tickets from the ticket vending machine (TVM) before going up to the platform level. Get off at “Westlake” station, just 2 ½ blocks from Motif.

By ride-share: Uber and Lyft pickup at the airport. Follow the instructions in the apps. Most likely you’ll meet your driver on the 3rd floor of the SeaTac Airport parking garage at the Rideshare/TNC pickup zone.

By taxi: Yellow cab is the exclusive taxi service provider from SeaTac airport. The cost of a taxi from the airport to the Motif Seattle Hotel is approximately $40-$50. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

For other transportation options such as shuttles, please visit the following link:

Badge pick-up is during the registration hours and located on the 4th floor in the Belltown Foyer. On-site registration is subject to availability.

Registration hours are:
Sunday, November 13, 8:00-9:30 am
Monday, November 14, 8:00-9:30 am
Tuesday, November 15, 7:15-11:15 am (arrive early to avoid the lines!)
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30-11:15 am
Thursday, November 17, 7:30-9:30 am
Friday, November 18, 8:00-9:30 am

FSE 2016 welcomes all dress codes. Many people choose to wear business casual attire, some speakers choose to dress up, and others feel more comfortable wearing jeans. There’s a chance of rain, please bring rain gear and/or umbrellas.

Tuesday for the conference banquet at the EMP Museum, wear your favorite rock & roll, band, indie game, or Star Trek t-shirt/costume.

Wednesday is tie-dye day.

Breakfast will not be provided. Seattle offers a large number and variety of coffee shops and breakfast places.

Complimentary morning and afternoon coffee breaks will be offered every day during the main conference and workshops at the Motif Seattle Hotel.

Lunch will be provided on all days, except Thursday.

During the conference, Seattle is in the middle of its twice yearly Dine around Seattle program when some restaurants drop their prices and advertise their best dishes.

Download the proceedings for the main conference and workshops. Once you’ve registered you will receive the download link.

These materials are available now and will remain available throughout the end of November. Please download before the conference.

The proceedings will be permanently archived in the ACM Digital Library

Free WIFI Internet access is available in the meeting rooms using the following information:
SSID: FSE 2016
Password: EmeraldCity

Remember that Internet bandwidth is a shared and limited resource. Please respect the other attendees and don’t use it for high bandwidth activities (e.g. streaming media or downloading large files). If possible, please download the proceedings before the conference.

Attendees who booked the FSE rate at the hotel are also entitled to free WIFI in their hotel rooms.

Please use the hash tag #FSEConf

Your conference bag will include a printed version of the program, as well as some goodies.

The online program is available here

The program is available in the Confero mobile app. Confero is best experienced through the mobile app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store but can also be accessed on the web.

Apple App Store:
Google Play:


If you have booked the group rate the Motif hotel, the amenity fee of $12.95/night is waived for our group. The group rate includes Internet access in the guestrooms.

I wish you a safe and enjoyable trip, and I look forward to seeing you in Seattle very soon!

Tom Zimmermann
FSE 2016 General Chair