Attending The Conference

Everything you need to know about attending the conference.

Buying Guide

If you'd like to attend ML4ALL, we have a variety of ticket types available. Have a look below and pick the ticket that looks right for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to apply for a free ticket, please email us at and we'll be glad to help you out!

You could also become a volunteer and receive a complementary ticket, or get a discount code when you submit a proposal to be one of our speakers!

Independent Ticket

If you are paying for yourself, work at a non-profit, or at a company with less than 10 employees, enjoy this discounted ticket rate.

Corporate Ticket

Purchase a corporate ticket if a company is paying for your attendance. Need help convincing your boss? Email us at for some info on why ML4ALL is worth the expense.

Community Support Ticket

Show your support of the ML4ALL community by purchasing a community support ticket. Your purchase will be considered a sponsorship, and you'll be listed as a community supporter on our website.

You'll also enjoy some special experiences just for community supporters during the event (details to follow).

Financial Assistance

We have a few opportunities for folks that can't afford the independent tickets, but still want to attend.

Student or Unemployed

If you are enrolled as a student, or don't currently have a source of income, please email us at and we'll give you a discount code to make it more affordable.


Becoming a volunteer for ML4ALL entitles you to a free ticket. We have a ton of stuff to do during the conference, and before. If you'd like to be involved, email us at, and we'll get you signed up!

Apply For a Free Ticket

We understand that not everyone can afford a ticket, or is able to volunteer. That's ok! We've got a few tickets set aside for situations like this.

We handle this on a case-by-case basis, so please send us an email to explaining your situation and we'll do our best to help out.

Schedule Overview

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SUN 4/28


Bossanova Ballroom
Doors @ 9:00am

Workshop: TensorFlow Docs Sprint

Workshop: How to Have Curious Conversations

Workshop: Getting Started w/ Keras/OpenCV

Bike Ride

2:00pm @ Bossanova Ballroom

Join your fellow attendees for a leisurely ride around Portland.

Welcome Reception

7:00pm @ Bossanova Ballroom

Get your badge and mingle. Open bar, special guest speakers, live entertainment, and more!

MON 4/29

Conf Day 1

Bossanova Ballroom
Doors @ 8:00am

Talks from 9:00am-5:00pm

Model Building: Refreshing Yoga Session @ 10:15am

Lunch @ Noon

Lightning Talks @ 1:00pm

Hiring Speed Networking @ 3:00pm

Family Photo @ 5:00pm

Official Party

7:00pm-11:00pm @ Pips & Bounce

NOTE: Minors are welcome, but only until 9pm!

TUE 4/30

Conf Day 2

Bossanova Ballroom
Doors @ 8:00am

Talks from 9:00am-5:00pm

Model Building: Refreshing Yoga Session @ 10:15am

Lunch @ Noon

Lightning Talks @ 1:00pm

Hiring Speed Networking @ 3:00pm

Dinner and Mingle

The conference has ended, but we're all still here. Find some friendly faces and invite them to dinner or #relaxml brunch before you leave the venue!

Find your tribe on Slack, or on Twitter using the hashtag #ml4all.

WED 4/30


Self-organize brunch, hacks, and chill-outs with other attendees using the hashtag #relaxml or the #relaxml Slack channel.


Bossanova Ballroom, on Portland's East Side!

The Bossanova Ballroom is ADA accessible, with some restrictions.

For more info, contact the venue at (503) 206-7630


Wondering where to stay and how to get around once you get into Portland? The conference will be held at the Bossanova Ballroom, in Portland's Central Eastside Industrial district, and most conference events will be held within just a few blocks of the main venue.

Where to stay

We are not working with any of the hotels for attendee accommodations, but there are many hotels available within walking distance of the venue:

How to get around

Portland is a very accessible city and there are many transportation options available, public and otherwise.

Flying Into Portland

Portland International Airport (PDX) is a great airport, with direct flights from many destinations.

If you are traveling from outside the US, please contact us at to obtain an offer letter from the conference to help with your border entry.


The MAX is Portland’s major light-rail system. The MAX primarily connects Portland with the surrounding cities, such as Gresham, Beaverton, Clackamas, and Hillsboro.

If you’re flying into Portland Airport (PDX), we recommend taking the MAX into downtown Portland. There is a MAX station for the red line in the airport itself.

The venue is along East Burnside Street at 7th Ave, just east of the river and Burnside Bridge. The closest Red Line stop to the Bossanova Ballroom is at NE 7th Ave.

Streetcars and Buses

Portland also has a separate streetcar network which criss-crosses the MAX lines. These, along with Portland’s extensive bus network, ought to suffice.

The streetcars run along SE Grand and MLK Blvd. The closest stops to the venue are at Burnside Street.

Taxi Companies

While Portland does have Lyft and Uber, they may not always be available. There are several reliable local taxi companies:

Please note that it is not common to hail taxis in Portland, and that your best bet is to call in advance.

Bike Rentals

There are two bike rental companies in downtown Portland that may be good options if you want to experience Portland by bike (which we very much recommend!):

Portland also has bike share sponsored by Nike called BIKETOWN which is very easy to use and available widely throughout the Eastside and Downtown.


Portland is an amazing food city. Here are some resources that will help you find something good to eat:


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