UbiComp / ISWC 2024
Accommodation and Travel

Conference Date

October 5-9, 2024

Pre-Conference: October 5-6, 2024
Conference: October 7-9, 2024

*UbiComp/ISWC 2024 will be in-person only.

Hotels and Accommodation

UbiComp / ISWC 2024 will take place at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (25 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000). Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is a luxury 5-star hotel located at the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street, in the heart of the premier shopping, dining and theater district, just minutes from the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Rooms will be available at Sofitel Hotel, and there are multiple hotels within distance of the conference venue. A virtual tour of the conference facilities is available here. For questions specific to hotels and accommodation, please contact the local arrangements chair local-2024@ubicomp.org.

Booking Link: https://www.idem.events/r/ubicomp-conference-2024-b6d1eec6

  • Over 7,600 rooms and 5,100 services apartments available within a 10-minute walk.
  • More than 25,000 rooms within a 10-minute commute of the CBD. Free tram is available within the CBD.
  • Major international hotel chains include Hyatt, Westin, Marriott, Sofitel, Novotel, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Sheraton
  • More than 22,500 Airbnb listings with nearly all units located within 5km (3 miles) of the CBD

Travel to Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world, with an ever-growing list of destinations with direct air links. Every year Melbourne welcomes new international routes, making it easier for participants from all over the world to access and attend conferences.

Attendees travelling from the USA or South America will transition through Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver for a direct flight to Melbourne or an alternate international hub with direct flights to Australia. Melbourne also welcomes a direct flight from Santiago three-times weekly.

Delegates travelling from Europe will transition through an international hub such as Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

Melbourne Airport is located 24.5km (15 miles) from the conference venue, a 35 minute journey by taxi or Uber. Skybus provides a direct airport bus service to the city and back again. Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every 10–15 minutes in the day and every 30–60 minutes at night. The price is $AU22 one way or $AU36 return. There is no train service between the airport and the city.

Getting around Melbourne

  • FREE TRAM TRAVEL: Melbourne is home to the world’s largest tram network. For delegates travelling around the city centre, tram travel is free. The City Circle tram is a great way to explore Melbourne. Delegates and partners can hop on and off the iconic tram, and hear an audio commentary, as they visit major attractions and shops. Multiple trams stop directly outside the conference site (routes 11,12,48,109), and the venue is within a 5-minute walk of multiple tram and train stations.
  • PERFECT WALKING CITY: Melbourne is set in a compact grid layout, making it very easy to find your way around by foot. The City of Melbourne offers a series of self-guided walks to help delegates explore.
  • BIKE & SCOOTER RENTALS: A number of bikes and scooters can be rented in the city using your mobile phone.
  • RIVER CRUISES: With the Yarra River running through it and a bay next door, Melbourne is a great city to experience by boat. Delegates can jump on a Melbourne Water Taxi or take a scenic cruise departing from Southbank.
  • MYKI EXPLORER: Myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. Visitors to Melbourne can buy a myki Explorer pack, which comes with a ready-to-use card, handy transport maps and a souvenir wallet.

Visa Information

Australia does not have any governmental policies that restrict visitors applying for an entry visa based on their country of origin and welcomes visa applications from all passport holders. Other than New Zealand passport holders, all visitors to Australia need a valid visa. There are three types of visas available, all with simple online application processes.

  • EVISITOR. An eVisitor is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. eVisitor can be accessed by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. The eVisitor visa is free and available for passport holders from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom – British Citizen, Vatican City. More information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/evisitor-651
  • ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY. Passport holders from a number of countries are also eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Subclass 601) to travel to and enter Australia. Average processing time for this visa is less than one day, the cost is AU$20 and an ETA is available for passport holders from the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (excluding official or diplomatic passports), The Netherlands, United Kingdom—British Citizen, United Kingdom—British National (Overseas), United States of America, Vatican City. More information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601
  • ALL OTHER PASSPORT HOLDERS. Delegates not eligible for an eVisitor or ETA can apply for the Visitor visa (Business Stream – Subclass 600). This visa lets you visit Australia for up to three, six or 12 months. More information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/visitor-600
  • Attendees who require a letter of support should visit https://supportletters.acm.org

What to do in Cancun?

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UbiComp / ISWC

Past Conferences

The ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) is the result of a merger of the two most renowned conferences in the field: Pervasive and UbiComp. While it retains the name of the latter in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser, its long name reflects the dual history of the new event.

The ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC) discusses novel results in all aspects of wearable computing, and has been colocated with UbiComp and Pervasive since 2013.

A complete list of UbiComp, Pervasive, and ISWC past conferences is provided below.