Ready for WE18? What You Need to Know Before You Go!

Get information about registration, badges, the WE18 app, online planner, text alerts, social media, WE18 apparel, free WiFi, how to get to WE18, and FAQs.

We can’t wait to see you at WE18, October 18-20, in Minneapolis, MN.  Note to WE18 attendees: We encourage you to take Light Rail Transit to downtown Minneapolis to avoid a ramp closure and construction work near the Minneapolis Convention Center. See more information below on travel to WE18.

Registration and Badge Pick-up
If you haven’t already, register online now. Registration will remain open during the conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center on the Main Level outside of the Auditorium. The convention center is located at 1301 2nd Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55403. Badges are not pre-printed. They must be picked up at registration.

Get the WE18 App
Download the WE18 App on your mobile device through iTunes or Google Play. Navigate the Minneapolis Convention Center, find WE18 sessions, locate booths at the WE18 Career Fair and connect with other attendees.

Plan Your Conference Experience
Ready for WE18? What You Need to Know Before You Go! WE18Go to the WE18 Online Conference Planner to create a schedule and make the most of your time in Minneapolis. You call also check out our WE18 Career Fair Exhibitors. We’d like to extend a special thank you to our WE18 Career Fair Sponsor 3M. Have questions? Check out our list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

WE18 Text Alerts
Sign up for WE18 text alerts by texting “SWE WE Conference” to 56512.

Free WiFi for WE18 Registrants
WiFi access is available for free for WE18 registrants at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Look for signs with the login information.

New! WE18 Apparel Store
For the first time, SWE is making custom WE18 apparel available for purchase online ahead of time or at the WE18 Apparel Store on site. Stop by to snag a T-shirt or hoodie with custom designs for WE18 and Minneapolis. Apparel will be printed and available for pick-up or created on-demand so you can wear it immediately to your favorite WE18 event! The WE18 Apparel Store is located on the second floor of the convention center across from the social media lounge.

Visit our New SWE Spark Center
Be Ignited. Get Excited. SWE is unveiling a brand new member destination at the Spark Center! Here, you’ll be able to sign the WE18 Graffiti Wall and interact with SWE HQ and volunteers to learn more about SWE programs and get questions answered. Stop by the Spark Center to find out more about special events going on throughout the conference! Get personalized luggage tags and manicures thanks to our sponsors.

Tells Us How You Are Breaking Boundaries at WE18
Use hashtags #WE18 and #BreakingBoundaries on social media. Tag @SWETalk on Twitter and Instagram, and @sweorg on Facebook!

WE18 Social Media Tips

  • Use hashtag #WE18 in all your social media posts!
  • Make sure your content is appropriate for sharing.
  • Check-in on Facebook and Geotag yourself throughout the conference.
  • Use our custom WE18 Snapchat filters!
  • Take as many #SWEselfies as possible. We will be retweeting and featuring them.
  • Visit the Social Media Lounge and take pictures at our photobooth, check out cool demos from our sponsors and relax your feet for a few minutes!

Mothers’ Rooms
Mothers’ Rooms for nursing infants and taking care of small children are available from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 17 – Saturday, October 20. They are located in Minneapolis Convention Center on Level 2 near rooms 202B and 203A.

Flying to Minneapolis
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (612-726-5555) is located approximately thirteen miles north of downtown. The Light rail transit runs to downtown approximately every 10 minutes. To get from Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport to your destination: You can rent a car, take a taxi or limo, or ride a bus. Rental car service desks are located in the baggage claim area. All major companies are represented in Minneapolis. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

Catching a Bus
City bus service is located in Terminal 1 Lindbergh Station of the Airport. To travel downtown, take Route 54. City bus pick up and drop off is located on the Upper East Roadway, located two levels above Level T. There is no bus pickup at Terminal 2-Humphrey. Passengers arriving at Terminal 2 must take light rail transit (or another means of transportation) to Terminal 1 to access city buses. There is no charge for rail service between MSP’s terminals.

Taking a Train
Light rail transit (LRT) trains stop at both Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey and connect travelers to 17 other destinations, including downtown Minneapolis to the north. Trains run every 10 minutes during peak hours and typically every 10 to 15 minutes at other times of the day. Tickets are sold at ticket machines at the rail stations. For more information, visit the Metro Transit website,

International Documents
A valid passport is required for travel into the United States from Mexico, Canada and other international destinations.

You must complete customs and immigration formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S., whether or not it’s your final destination.

Visa Waiver Program
Travelers coming to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to visit the United States without a visa if they meet the visa waiver program requirements. Thirty-six countries currently participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Visit the Department of State for more information.

Ride-Sharing Services
Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services will be available during WE18. Free mobile apps are available for both services in the iOS App Store and Android Apps on Google Play.

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