IDA World Congress FAQ

What should I wear?

Unlike previous IDA conferences, attendees will be on the move, a lot. So, it’s important to dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes. For that reason we suggest attendees dress between casual and business casual for the World Congress.

What if there is inclement weather?

All conference events and sessions are being offered rain or shine. We suggest packing a raincoat and umbrella to be prepared for inclement weather.

When does the Congress begin and end?

The first official event of the World Congress is the Opening Reception on Sunday, October 6th at 5:30PM. However, there is a full day of pre-conference options beginning at 9AM on Sunday, October 6th. The World Congress will come to a close on Wednesday, October 9th at 11am, following the final series of Master Talk presentations.

Where and when can I register?

Registration will open at different locations to best accommodate where most conference activity will be taking place. Please see the registration schedule below:

  • Sunday, October 6th from 7:30AM-5:30PM at Times Square Museum & Visitor Center (1560 Broadway, New York, NY 10036)
  • Monday, October 7th from 7:30AM-5:30PM at Times Square Museum & Visitor Center (1560 Broadway, New York, NY 10036)
  • Tuesday, October 8th from 8:30AM-Noon at Pratt Institute (200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205)
  • Tuesday, October 8th from 12:30PM-4:00PM at Brooklyn Law (250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
  • Tuesday, October 8th from 4:30PM-6:30PM at DUMBO Reception (Pearl Street Triangle, intersection of Pearl Street and Water Street)
  • Wedenesday, October 9th from 8:30AM-11:0AM at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019)

Where are the morning plenaries being held?

Each day will begin with a collection of six to eight thought leaders providing their newest and best idea for creating great urban places in a 10-15 minute presentation. Collectively, these Master Talks will deliver an inspiring two hour plenary session each morning of the Congress. In an effort to experience the most of what New York City has to offer, each morning will start in a different location, followed by breakout sessions in nearby locations. See the schedule of plenary sessions below:

  • Monday, October 7th: The Majestic Theatre (245 West 44th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036)
  • Tuesday, October 8th: Pratt Institute, Memorial Hall (200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205)
  • Wednesday, October 9th: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (524 W. 59th Street, New York, NY 10019)

Where do I meet for a walkshop or remote breakout session?

The starting point for any walkshop or remote breakout session is the location listed in the program. Please arrive on time, as the time listed is the departure time from that location. A detailed map will be provided to help attendees reach any destination.

When do I need my conference badge?

Please wear your conference badge at all times. Because of the unique nature of this conference format, attendees will be required to show their badge to access the conference venues and some restaurants are providing specials for attendees.

How are lunches being provided?

Attendees will receive a prepaid debit card at the time of registration that they can use virtually anywhere in NYC. For each neighborhood we’re in, the local business improvement district has created a curated list of dining hot spots to help make your decision easier (see below). With breakout sessions spanning different neighborhoods, we suggest arriving to your session destination and having lunch nearby.

What about Dinner?

Dinner is on your own each night of the conference. If you would like to have dinner with other attendees, visit Registration to add your name to a list of reservations at various restaurants that evening. Reservations are filled first-come, first-served.

How will attendees get around the city?

Everyone knows there is no better way to get around New York City than the subway. So, each attendee will be provided with a prepaid subway card they can use to travel between destinations. Full conference registrants will receive a seven-day unlimited pass while spouses and one-day registrants will receive a five ride card. Please note: once a card is swiped, it cannot be swiped again for another 20 minutes, so the sharing of cards will not be possible.

What if I’m unfamiliar with the subway?

No worries. Registrants will receive detailed maps (see below) to help get to, from, and between events. We will also have plenty of volunteers on hand to make sure you can easily make it to any of your destinations. Plus, at the beginning of each day, hundreds of downtown practitioners will all be traveling at the same time to the same morning plenary. From there, many breakout sessions are just a short walk away. We recommend being on the train to Brooklyn an hour prior to the Plenary session on Tuesday morning.

How do I register for Poken?

One of the benefits of any IDA event is the access todowntown leaders and practitioners. To make building those connections easier, we're happy to introduce the use of Poken at the World Congress. To get the most of Poken, it's important to populate your online profile. To do so:

  • Log onto
  • Enter your username (e-mail address) and password ("poken" unitl you change it)
  • Click the blue "Edit" button and begin updating your profile
  • Click "Save Profile"

What if I get lost / need help?

In the event that you need program or directional information we will have a hotline setup during registraiton hours. Simply call 212-452-5287 for help. For directions, you can also diall 511.