Jon M. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School
3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Welcome to Philadelphia, the city of siblingly love!
DjangoCon will be situated on University of Pennsylvania’s campus in the heart of The Wharton School, Huntsman Hall. Huntsman Hall boasts a number of updated classrooms including a state-of-the-art Cisco telepresence connected classroom as well as a unique view of the city from the 8th floor. Huntsman Hall is also home to Wharton’s Business Radio which is hosted live from the Sirius XM studios that are right in the building.
The forum level is spacious and perfect for networking between sessions and meeting up with people for activities. Want to stretch your legs and give your brain a break? Step right out onto Locust walk and follow the brick road for a self-driven tour of our breath-taking campus, or visit Koo Plaza, a beautiful second floor outdoor cafe space, right in Huntsman Hall.
Venue Specific Accessibility
- Huntsman Hall is entirely accessible by way of ramps, including presentation areas. This includes the parking area and main auditorium. Automatic doors are at all building entrances.
- Bathrooms include grab bars, lowered sinks, and lowered urinals.
- Three sets of unlocked elevators available during open building hours.
- Service animals welcome, with a grassy outdoor plaza off the second floor (Koo Plaza).
- Accessibility map and details for Huntsman Hall
Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
3549 Chestnut Street. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Book your room now! The beautiful Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel is located a 5-minute walk away from the conference venue, and just steps away from Amtrak’s 30th Street Station. All rooms come with complimentary high-speed internet and are smoke-free.
Our group rate of $199/night expires on June 15, 2016, so don't wait to book your room!
On a Budget? Something Other Than a Hotel?
As of this writing, AirBnB lists rooms nearby starting at $20 per night. A good address to search is 4200 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, four short blocks from the venue, a 5 - 10 minute walk. If you're looking for something in a fancy area, Rittenhouse Square is about a 15 minute walk (or 5 minute bus ride on Route 21, which runs every 6 minutes during rush hour). Search AirBnB near 1900 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia is amazing!
Philly has fantastic food, from the classic cheesesteak to Chinese food that Anthony Bourdain called "the best Sichuan style Chinese food outside of China." It's chock full of American history, but also the history of computing. Its museums are vibrant and world-class, and the whole city is wonderfully walkable. To plan the non-conference parts of your trip, check out our guide to Philadelphia!
Public transportation in Philadelphia is through SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and all of their buses are all accessible. More information about accessibility and SEPTA is available on their website.
SEPTA sells a weekly TransPass which will give you unlimited use of buses, trolleys, and subways, which will get you anywhere you need to go in the city proper for $24 per week. The TransPass week runs Monday at 12:01am through Sunday at 11:59pm.
Weekly TransPasses, Daily Passes, and single trip tokens are available at 30th Street Station and the 34th Street Subway. Tokens are available at the UPenn Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) located one block from Huntsman Hall. Details are available here.
Unfortunately, there is no free parking at the venue itself. There is a parking garage across the street. The maximum daily fee is $29; on this page it is tagged as the "Walnut 38 Garage". There is free on-street parking available a few blocks from the venue.
We're proud to offer complimentary child care through Saint Mary’s Church Nursery School (3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104) for kids 18 months through 6 years old! Child care sign-ups are now closed.
We are only offering child care during the 3 days of the conference and the sprint days, Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22. Drop-off starts at 7:30 am, and children should be picked up no later than 6:00 pm. Their location is just a couple blocks away from Huntsman Hall, where the conference will take place. They will be able to care for children at their nursery during the conference, at no cost to you!
We aim to meet all dietary requirements. You will be able to specify these when purchasing your ticket.
We will have a clearly marked quiet room (F-36 on Monday-Friday; F-55 on Sunday afternoon) available from Sunday afternoon through Friday evening. This room is intended to be a calm and quiet place for anyone who needs to have a break from the bustle of the conference, and will not be used for socializing.
There's a quiet, window-free room in the data center, but it's only accessible with a Wharton badge. Please see the registration desk if you'd like access to this room.
The Wharton School does not currently have gender-neutral restrooms. Please use the restroom for the gender with which you identify.
There are several meetings near Wharton that are welcoming to newcomers.
- Sunrise Semester: 7:15am Mon - Fri, and many others. 1904 Walnut Street. A 20-minute walk from the venue, or 5-10 minute bus ride on SEPTA Bus #21. This meeting is the farthest from the venue, but it is the most diverse meeting. There are a fair amount of people in the tech industry who attend. All meetings listed here are welcoming to out-of-town guests, but Sunrise goes above and beyond to welcome out-of-towners with breakfast invites and such.
- Salerno Beachhead: 12:15pm Mon - Fri. 3637 Chestnut Street. One block from venue.
- University City AA Clubhouse: Many meetings, various times. 4021 Walnut Street. Two blocks from venue.
Assisted Listening Devices
The Wharton School provides assisted listening device headsets. They are wired into the room's full audio facilities: computer audio and microphones. The wireless headsets have independent volume control for each ear, so they can be tuned. If possible, please let us know in advance if you will need use of a headset by filling out this form.
Did we miss something?
Have we neglected something you need, or is there something not mentioned that would make your attendance possible or improve your experience? Please contact us, and we'll do what we can to provide it.