Frequently asked questions

When and where is this happening?

The Watson Developer Conference will be held at the Innovation Hangar, at the Palace of Fine Arts, in San Francisco on November 9th and 10th.

How much does it cost to attend?

Online registration is closed, you may register onsite for $295.

Where should I stay?

We have some great hotels to recommend - check out the Location page

I'm not a U.S. resident or citizen, do I need a visa to attend?

Please check with your local government agency on the documents required for your travel to the US. If needed, you can request an invitation or visa letter by email. Send a request to and include "VISA LETTER" in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name, country of citizenship, country of residence, and dates of travel to the US.

What do I need to bring with me to the conference?

Please bring a government issued photo ID to verify your identity at the event. Oh - and of course, your laptop and all the necessary cords. We'll have charging stations to keep you powered up.

Will attendees be able to use Watson APIs on-site and after the event? How much does it cost?

Attendees will have standard access to Watson APIs via IBM Bluemix before, during and after the event. Attendees must register for an account on Bluemix and net-new users will have a free, 30-day trial to experiment with the APIs with unlimited API calls. For existing users, some APIs are available at a free-tier with limited use up to a certain number of API calls. Pay-go plans are available for additional API calls. Check out our getting started guide for more info.

When can I check in for the conference?

Registration will open at 8:00 am on November 9th. We'll have a light breakfast and give you the opportunity to connect with Watson experts and your peers before we kick things off at 9:30am.

My plans changed. What is your cancellation policy? Can I transfer my ticket to a friend or colleague?

By registering for the event, you accept the terms and conditions as outlined below:

You may cancel your registration, less a $50 administrative fee, anytime prior to October 28th.

You may substitute the name on your registration through October 28th, at no additional cost.

Refunds and name change requests will not be issued after October 28th.

All requests must be sent via email to and received by 11:59pm PT on the dates noted in order to be valid. Please reference your registration confirmation number on your request.