Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the San José State University College of Social Sciences Site Competition on March 3, 2018.

Please continue to check this page for updates.

Your Site Leader:
Frannie Edwards, MPA Director & Professor, SJSU, 

Your Technical Leader:
Matthew Record, Professor, SJSU,

Introducing your Site Judges:
Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on March 2 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

March 2nd Student Networking Event: 

Sponsored by the San Jose State MPA Student Association. There will be a social gathering at 4th Street Pizza on March 2 from 5:30-9:00 pm. Come meet the locals and your teammates! Pizza and soft drinks provided. Students will have the opportunity to experience San Jose nightlife following the social event.

Airport and Transportation: 
Fly into Mineta San Jose International Airport, accessed by all major airlines, serving many Southwest flights from all over the United States!

The airport is close to downtown, with Uber and Lyft rides averaging $25, and readily available taxis. There is also a free VTA shuttle from the airport to the light rail’s Metro Station, and the light rail is $2.50 one way all over town, with bus transfers included within 2 hours. The ride into downtown is about 20 minutes, and then an easy walk to all downtown hotels.

Downtown hotels include Sheraton Four Points, Westin Sainte Claire, Fairmont, Hilton and Marriott. AirBNB accommodations are generally available. Since San Jose is a business destination, weekends tend to be less expensive.

We strongly discourage students from staying at motels, as these tend to be very unsafe in the San Jose area.

TENTATIVE: Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
Please arrive at your host site b 8:00 am for opening remarks and breakfast. We anticipate that the competition will begin around 9:00 AM. However, this is subject to change. You will receive a detailed competition schedule early next year.