Travel & Venue


The June 2015 ComSciCon national workshop will be held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, MA June 18-20th, 2015. 

The Center is located at: 

One Memorial Drive 
Suite 100 
Cambridge, MA 02142 

For detailed directions for car and public transportation, please visit the Center's website

Please bring a photo ID to ensure admittance into the NERD Center.

When you arrive at 1 Memorial Dr., you will need to check in at the ground floor security desk.  They will ask to see a photo ID.  Please tell them you are there for a NERD Center event and they will send you up to the first floor, where ComSciCon is taking place.

The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) is a research and software innovation campus located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The NERD vertical campus spans two buildings with its primary presence and conference center located at One Memorial Drive and a recently renovated and expanded space located at One Cambridge Center. NERD is home to some of Microsoft’s most strategic teams including Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), SharePoint Workspace, Microsoft Technical Computing, Microsoft Advertising, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office 365 and more. NERD has become a hub of activity for the local tech community and has hosted more than 900 events and welcomed more than 80,000 visitors during the past three years.

This view shows the entrance to the Microsoft NERD center, from Memorial Drive, in Google Street View:

Getting to Cambridge

By Plane

Cambridge is served by Boston Logan International Airport. The trip from Logan to Cambridge is roughly 20 minutes by taxi or 40 minutes by public transportation (the T). To travel by T, take the Silver Line bus from the airport to South Station and then transfer to the Red Line subway. Take the Red Line "inbound" towards Alewife.  See directions below for accessing the workshop accomodations and venue from the subway.

By Train

Trains into Boston stop at South Station, Back Bay, and North Station.  To travel by subway (the T) from South Station, take the Red Line "inbound" towards Alewife and get off at the Harvard Square Station. From Back Bay or North Station, first take the Green Line "inbound" toward Park Street and then transfer to the Red Line (see above).  See directions below for accessing the workshop accomodations and venue from the subway.

Boston & Cambridge Public Transportation

Please check the MBTA website for bus and subway schedules.

Upon arrival at the Harvard dormitories, all non-local attendees will be provided with a week-long pass on the Boston-area subway system (the T) to facilitate their travel between the housing and workshop venue and elsewhere in the area.


For non-local attendees, a single occupancy room will be provided free of charge in the Harvard graduate dormitories the nights of June 17-21. Rooms will be in or near Perkins Hall (tentative - to be confirmed), located at 35 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. Upon your arrival in Cambridge, please check in at the dormitory (after noon on Wednesday, June 17th), where members of our organizing committee will be ready to check you in.   

Travel from Boston Logan Airport: 

Get on the Silver Line bus (SL-2) at your terminal. The bus only goes in one direction and is free of charge. At South Station, you will transfer to the subway (you don't need to leave the station or pay). Follow the signs to the Red Line subway, and take the inbound train, towards Alewife. Disembark at Harvard Square station.  

To walk to Perkins Hall, see the map above (to be added) and follow these walking directions.  Cross Harvard Yard to reach the intersection of Oxford and Kirkland streets, which meet at a right angle between the Science Center and Memorial Hall. Walk down Oxford until you reach the first light; Perkins is on the left.
Travel from South Station: Most long-distance trains and buses arrive at South Station. The train station separate is separate from the subway, so you will need to pay ($2.50) to enter.  Follow the signs to the T and get on the Red Line towards Alewife.  Follow the walking directions from Harvard Square station described above.
Travel to the Workshop Venue
Transport to and from Richards and the Microsoft NERD Center will be by subway. Non-local attendees will be provided with a one-week MBTA subway pass to cover these rides.  From Richards, walk to Harvard Square and get on the Red Line, inbound (towards Ashmont or Braintree, both work). Disembark at Kendall/MIT.

From the Kendall station, the NERD center is a five minute walk East on Main St.  See the map below.