SDSW 2018 is a full week from June 25-29, 2018 with the most activities occurring at the San Diego Concourse in downtown San Diego. We’ve got a ton of events going on during the 5 days in six core tracks, special interest topics, and nightly social events. Check out the full schedule here. Haven’t gotten your ticket yet? Register now.

The Venue

San Diego Concourse at Civic Center

202 C St
San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There


The San Diego Concourse (202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101) in downtown San Diego is easily accessible from throughout the region. It is located in Civic Center Plaza next to the San Diego Civic Theatre.

From I-5 South exit Front St toward Civic Center. Continue onto Front Street for 5 blocks and turn left on B Street. Make another left onto 1st Avenue and keep right to enter the Evan V. Jones Parkade adjacent to the San Diego Concourse.

From I-5 North use the 2nd lane from the right to exit on 6th Avenue toward Downtown. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Sixth Avenue. Continue for 2 blocks and turn right onto Ash Street. Go for 6 blocks then turn left onto Front Street. Turn left on B Street and an immediate left onto 1st Avenue. Keep right to enter the Evan V. Jones Parkade adjacent to the San Diego Concourse.

From SR-163 South the freeway continues onto 10th Avenue. Turn right onto B Street and left onto 3rd Avenue. Make a right on Broadway, then a right onto 1st Avenue. Keep right to enter the Evan V. Jones Parkade adjacent to the San Diego Concourse.

From CA-94 West use the left 3 lanes to take the M L King Jr Freeway exit toward Balboa Park/Downtown/CA-94. Continue west onto F Street and turn right on 5th Avenue. Turn left onto Broadway then right on 1st Avenue.


No free parking this year folks, we’re bootstrapping. However, we do have some tips and tricks for you and listed below are the closest parking lots within walking distance to the venue besides the Evan V. Jones Parkade at Civic Center Plaza. After parking, walk toward the Concourse at 202 C Street and you can enter the Civic Center Plaza from A Street, C Street, or 3rd Avenue.

ABM Parking
158 Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between 1st & 2nd Avenues)

ABM Parking
368 Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between 3rd 7 4th Avenues)

ACE Civic Center Plaza Parking1200 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between A and C Streets)
ACE Lot #121352 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between A and Ash Streets)
LAZ Parking1473 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between Ash & Beech Streets)
PREMIUM Parking626 A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between 6th & 7th Avenues)
ACE Parking1417 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(Between Ash & Beech Streets)
Premium Parking P10811351 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 9210133

Show the FULL LIST of parking lots downtown here.

Metered parking

Spots are limited but inexpensive. 2017 rates are $1.25 per hour. They all accept coins and some also accept credit cards. Currently parking meters are enforced from 10:00am to 8:00pm Monday – Saturday.

Other resources

Parking Panda


The MTS Orange or Blue Line trolley lines drop off at Civic Center station right in front of the Concourse. They also connect to Santa Fe Depot, where you can catch the NCTD COASTER or Amtrak. MTS routes 2, 7, 30, 50, 110, 120, 901, 215, 235, 280, 290, 923, and 992 have stops downtown within a few minutes’ walking distance of the Concourse – Google it.

Download The Free Ride app (affectionately known as FRD and pronounced ‘frehd’) or hop on or wave them down anywhere within their service area in downtown San Diego!

Dockless Bike & Scooter Share – you have many options. AND your 1st ride (within 30 minutes) is free with most companies!

LimeBike – pedal bikes, electric assist bikes, electric scooters

Ofo – pedal bikes

Mobike – pedal bikes

Bird – electric scooters


Badge pickup and t-shirts

Check in in Civic Center Plaza to obtain your attendee badge, lanyard, and T-shirt. Check-in hours are below:

DayRegistration Hours
Monday8am – 4:30pm
Tuesday – Friday9am – 4:30pm

Ticket policy

Tickets purchased are non-refundable. For questions related to ticket purchases or to request a ticket transfer please contact

Attending Sessions

Check out the sessions and build your itinerary in Sched to keep you organized during the week.  Check it out now!

Sessions have limited seating – please be sure to RSVP beforehand to guarantee your spot! Sessions open 10 minutes before each session start time for attendees who have RSVPed. Sessions open to waiting list attendees 5 minutes before session start –  so get there early and grab a seat to maximize your RSVP!

Scope out your sessions on Sched to see who else is attending – then share your experiences using #SDSW18 !

Note: You must have registered on Eventbrite to build your itinerary and RSVP for sessions in Sched. When you register, you’ll automatically receive an invite to register for Sched.

Spread the Love

In a riveting discussion? Heard some good points or helpful advice? Keep an eye on #SDSW18 and share your thoughts or favorite quotes from the talks. Follow us on Twitter at @SDStartupWeek for the latest updates on activities!

If you’ve got more love to give, consider volunteering!

Onsite Food Vendors

Celebrating local flavors with the following food and beverages for sale at the San Diego Civic Center Concourse area from Monday – Thursday. Vegetarian/Vegan & Gluten-free options are available:

KIND Snacks
The San Diego Team Of KIND Snacks will be distributing kindness through their healthy and tasty snacks.

James Coffee Co.
Coffee and Tea Drinks and wood-fired croissants and pastries.

BIGA San Diego
Handcrafted from locally sourced ingredients: Farmers Salads and Sandwiches.

World Curry
Unique curries from all over the world.

Casanova Fish Tacos
The best fish tacos this side of the border.

Bambucha Kombucha
They don’t mess around when it comes to Kombucha. Organic & Chef Crafted.

Dessert Shop that specializes in Shaved snow, Halo-Halo, and Boba Tea.

Local Recommendations

Where to Stay

A hotel block is available at The Sofia Hotel (150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101) from June 25-29, 2018. Call 619-234-9200 or 800-826-0009 to make reservations under Startup San Diego (Group# 471853). Group rates are available until Monday, June 4. Deluxe rooms with one queen bed are available at the group rate of $135 plus hotel taxes and fees. Note a credit card is needed for booking.


Balboa Park – Walk down a lane lined with Spanish style architecture. Explore the Museum of Man or the Botanic Gardens, along with a host of other museums!
Cabrillo National Monument – Check out the the trademark lighthouses, play in the tidepools, or enjoy a view of San Diego  Bay.
Downtown La Jolla/La Jolla Cove – Sea lions, beautiful views, and beautiful people. If you want to get active, try out kayaking or paddleboarding here.
Old Town San Diego – Experience the feel of a real baja Mexican town. The founding place of San Diego!

World Famous San Diego Zoo – Check out the pandas!

USS Midway – Explore a real-live formerly functioning ship from the WWII era.

Spruce Street Suspension Footbridge – Check out this gem in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood! Built in 1912, it connects two sides of a canyon and is still used by local today.


Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial – Get a 360 degree view of San Diego!
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park –  Admire the pristine Pacific Coast from this scenic spot, but be careful, the rocks can be slippery!

For the Foodies Downtown

Currant Brasserie – For when you get that craving for French food.
Grabbagreen – Salads and juices for when you’re feeling healthy (or not healthy).
Tender Greens – Salad, meat, you name it!
The Local – All around solid American food, some fusion.
The Taco Stand – Solid Mexican. Get the tacos. Or the burritos.
WestBean Coffee Roasters – Not food, but some pretty solid coffee can be found here.

For the Foodies Around Town

Cucina Urbana – Modern Italian.
Extraordinary Desserts – A San Diego favorite in two locations.
Pappalecco – A gelato and pastry favorite, with several locations around town.
Sushi Ota – Best sushi in San Diego.
Tacos El Gordo – Don’t miss out on the most delicious tacos.
The Noble Experiment – Snuggled inside The Neighborhood bar is a speakeasy with strong drinks.


If you are part of a Startup Team and might have more than 10 teammates coming, please visit the teams page.

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