CalConnect XLVI - October 7-11, 2019

CalConnect XLVI in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosted by FastMail
Monday, October 07, 2019 to Friday, October 11, 2019

CalConnect XLVI will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosted by FastMail,  In addition to our regular conference Monday-Thursday we will have an open format working day on Friday.

The location is 1500 Walnut Street, a shared conference facility. . This event will be organized in our new conference format and brings together, as a single event and with a single fee, our traditional conference and technical sessions.  CalConnect XLVI is open to members, and to non-members as observers.  You must register in advance and pay the registration fee for the conference. Please register for the conference at

Testing Interests:  We will contact all those who register for CalConnect XLVI as to their testing interests.  There will be time scheduled Monday morning to initiate testing plans and agree on partners, and opportujnities through the week for ongoing work.

Tutorials on Calendaring and Scheduling Standaards and specifications:  We will offer tutorials Monday morning on the core C&S standards and specifications for newcomers and those interested.  If you are please let us know what specific tutorial subjects would be most useful:

International Visitors 

International visitors who are not U.S. Citizens or hold a valid U.S. passport or "green card" should acquaint themselves with any changes in U.S. travel and visitor policy since their last visit to the U.S. at Attendees who require a Letter of Invitation to obtain a visa should contact Dave Thewlis, CalConnect Executive Director, at Please be aware that you must have registered for the event before a Letter of Invitation can be issued.

Conference Details 

We will begin each day at 0830  with coffee and tea..  The first session will be at 0900. The default end for each day is 1730.

Morning coffee and tea will be accompanied by fruit or rolls; however, you should plan to have your real breakfast earlier if you wish a more substantial repast.

All CalConnect activites are business casual to casual attire. 

Registration Information 

Registration is now open for CalConnect XLVI; please see to register.  There is only one registration and one payment per person for the entire event.


CalConnect XLVI will be held Monday-Friday October 7-11 at a shared conference facility at 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please see Local Map for a map of area including locations of the venue, hotels, etc.

Enter the building from 15th Street.  There is a bank of elevators.  You’ll be going to the 2nd floor.  You will need to talk to reception.  There will be signs on the 2nd floor directing you to the meeting room.


Air Travel: Philadelphia is served by Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

The easiest way to reach the venue and hotels is via train from the airport.   The Airport Line runs from every terminal of the airport to center city every half hour.  It costs less than $10, and you should be prepared to pay cash or buy your ticket at the station.  (No cards on the train.)   Take the Airport Line to Suburban Station, which is the closest stop to the venue and to the conference hotel. 

Taxi service is also available at the airport for about $30 to the area of the venue and conference hotel. 

Train: Philadelphia is on the high-speed Amtrak Acela express train service serving Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.




We are planning to use the Club Quarters hotel as our confernce hotel due to proximity and recommendations.  There is no special or corporate rate available for our host, so book directly whatever lodging you choose.

Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 (at 17th Street)

The conference hotel is within 2-3 blocks walking from the venue, and also from the Suburban Station on the Airport train line.

Here are some other possibilities. Please see the local map link for hotel and venue locations.

Windsor Suites


Conwell Inn - further afield but a straight shot on the BSL Subway

Stay Alfred Rentals has a variety of places around the city.

Philadelphia has a variety of hotels, hostels, etc. at different price points, and an excellent public transportation system for those who are interested in other options.

Conference Schedule 

The full conference will be Monday-Thursday October 7-10 2019.  Friday October 11 will be informal working sessions and testing for anyone interested, ending around 1300-1330. 

The conference schedule and details on sessions will be provided nearer to the event.  We encourage potential participants to request sessions on topics of interest to them whether or not they are currently scheduled; please contact

Among highlighted sessions will be:

 Introduction to Calendaring and Scheduling Standards and Specifications, for those who are not familiar with the existing specs and ongoing work (Monday morning).  This session is optional and targeted to new participants and people new to this technilogy area.

Joint remote working session between CalConnect and the IETF CALEXT working group.

Joint remote working session between CalConnect and ISO/TC 154/WG 5 - Representation of dates and times.