Seattle, the Emerald city, sits on the shores of Puget Sound surrounded by mountains to the east and west. The downtown area is a 20-minute ride from Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

About the Hotel

Student Housing

Student Travel Awards

Regarding Travel Visas

About the Hotel

Renaissance Seattle Hotel

515 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
United States of America
Phone: 1-206-583-0300 or 1-800-546-9184

Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle at Sixth and Madison, the Renaissance Seattle is within a short walk to all major attractions, shopping and commerce areas, including the Waterfront, Pike Place Market, Pacific Place, Westlake Center, Pioneer Square and Safeco Field.

The Renaissance Seattle is located 11 miles from Sea-Tac International Airport, 20 minutes by town car or airport shuttle.

There are two restaurants, a lobby bar, club lounge, pool, and fitness center. The hotel provides free wireless Internet access in the public areas and free high-speed Internet access in guest rooms for GECCO attendees.

Rates and Reservations

A block of rooms at discounted cost has been made available for GECCO 2006 attendees at the conference hotel.


The conference rate is $159 for a deluxe room (1 king or 2 double beds), workstation, 2 phones, complimentary coffee with wake up call, maximum 4 people. Guest rooms have wired high-speed Internet access, which is usually a charge of 9.95 USD daily, but included FREE for GECCO attendees.

Reservation Deadline

Reservations must be made on or before Tuesday, June 6, 2006 in order to receive the discounted rate.

Make a reservation:

Online Reservations: Online Reservations are now closed. The hotel will continue to book rooms, based on availability, at the group rate BY PHONE.

Phone: 1-800-546-9184 (USA and Canada) or +1-206-583-0300 (outside USA)
You MUST identify yourself with Association for Computing Machinery GECCO in order to receive the special group rate.



Student Housing

Hostelling International-Seattle
84 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Only a few blocks away from the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, in the heart of downtown Seattle, Hostelling International-Seattle is located in a four-story historic structure, offering 200 beds at peak capacity. Guests enjoy safe, clean accommodations for only a fraction of the cost of hotels in the downtown area.

Hostelling International Seattle offers the following:

  • Shared accommodations in separate male/female dormitory-style rooms with 4 or more beds, bunk-bed style
  • Free Continental Breakfast (7:00 am - 9:00 am)
  • Towels, linens and pillows provided
  • Single sex showers and restroom facilities
  • Self-service kitchen
  • 24-hour access and 24-hour security
  • Lockers in each room (guests provides own lock)
  • On-Site Internet Access & Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Membership not necessary
Rates and Reservations

A block of rooms at discounted cost has been made available for GECCO 2006 attendees. Only individuals registered for the GECCO-2006 conference are eligible to reserve these rooms.


The rate is $25 per night per person includes tax and breakfast in the common area.

Reservation Deadline:

Reservations must be made on or before Tuesday, June 6, 2006 in order to receive the discounted rate.

Make a reservation:

June 12, 2006: The GECCO room block at Hostelling International-Seattle is now full.

For reservations:

You MUST identify yourself with Association for Computing Machinery GECCO in order to receive the special group rate. (indicate that you are a participant of the GECCO conference):

Phone: +1-206-622-5443
Toll Free: 888-622-5443
Fax: 206-682-2179

Payment is due upon arrival. Hostelling International-Seattle accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard.


Unless you specify a roommate, Hostelling International-Seattle will assign one to you. No single rooms are available.

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Student Travel Awards

Submit an Application

Application Deadline: March 31, 2006.

To apply for a student travel award:

  • Submit the application by the deadline: March 31, 2006
  • Provide proof of full-time student status (a clear, readable photocopy of valid student ID is sufficient)
  • Provide a budget of estimated expenses

Submit your completed application and proof of student status by mail or fax to:

GECCO-2006 Student Travel Awards
PMB 418
11410 NE 124th ST
Kirkland, WA 98034-4399

Fax: +1-425-821-6987

Award Decisions

Applications will be reviewed by the GECCO-2006 Travel Awards Committee. Decisions about travel awards will be made in April.

As a condition of acceptance, travel award recipients are required to

  • Provide their social security or taxpayer identification number
  • Submt an expense report, with original receipts, to SIGEVO by Friday August 11, 2006.


Important USA Travel Advice Regarding Visas

General Visa Information

The sites and have information about obtaining a visa for those traveling to the United States. Both sites have links to websites for U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. The embassy and consulate websites have very helpful information about procedures, time lines, communities served, required documentation, and fees.

Letters from ACM

International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements, and should plan travel well in advance. All visa inquiries must be handled by ACM headquarters..

Please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to Stephanie Smith at ACM headquarters

Your request must include:

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Fax number
  • Name of the conference you are attending
  • Authors of papers/posters should also include the title of the paper or poster

Please note that ACM does not issue formal "letters of invitation" to any of its conferences.



One Conference: Many "Mini-Conferences"
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2006)
GECCO is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). ACM SIG Services: 1515 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036, USA, 1-800-342-6626 (USA and Canada) or +212-626-0500 (Global)