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MacTech Conference 2010 was a tremendous success.

Plans for MacTech Conference 2011 are underway. In the mean time, if you support the home or small business market, see our one-day MacTech Boot Camp event.

If you want to know more about MacTech Conference 2010, you can do a web search, or see the recap article by Rob Griffiths at Macworld.

If you’d like to be on MacTech’s list where we will announce details about MacTech Conference 2011, drop us a note at or follow us at @mactech.

As an immersive conference from morning until evening, you should plan on activities for the entire time you are at the conference. Additional details on schedule will be disseminated closer to the event.


For travel planning purposes, here are a couple of times you may want to know.

Wed, Nov 3rd:
8am: Conference Registration
10am: Keynote Begins

Fri, Nov 5th:
Approximately 1pm: Conference concludes

Hotel Accommodations

By far, the best experience will be for those who are staying at the Sheraton Universal (where the conference is) as it will give you the greatest exposure to meeting others, and talking with your peers. We have selected the Sheraton not only for the conference space, but also for the quality of its rooms and location.

Special event hotel room rates will be available soon. We’ll contact you so that you can make your hotel reservations online. In the meantime, you can just indicate your interest on the registration page. When you’re ready, register here.

The Sheraton is a quality venue with rooms that typically run $229.00 or more per night, plus tax, and with Internet for an additional fee.

Available on a first-come, first-served basis, MacTech Conference attendees get a special rate. Just $169 per night which includes Internet. Taxes and service charges are extra. Room quantity is limited.

Sheraton Universal Hotel
Part of the Starwood Group of Hotels
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 980-1212

Transformed by a recent $30 million renovation, the Sheraton Universal Hotel is ready to give you a warm, red carpet welcome. Known as the “Hotel of the Stars” the landmark hotel unveils an artistic wonder that blends four-star service with nostalgic design elements from the golden age of film: the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Guests will revel in the newly renovated rooms and amenities while they enjoy daily service rituals that will reassure them of their star status.

Newly renovated guest rooms allow you to enjoy amazing views of Universal Studios and the Hollywood hills, with all the comforts of home right at your fingertips. You can stay connected with wireless high speed Internet access in each room. Get a blissful night’s sleep in The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.

Parking is available on-site at the following rates.

Daily parking rates for those attending group functions at the hotel

  • $10.00 for self-parking – Attending event, but not staying overnight
  • $14.00 for valet parking – Attending event, but not staying overnight

Overnight parking rates (with In and Out privileges)

  • $18.00 for self-parking – Attending event, and staying overnight
  • $23.00 for valet parking – Attending event, and staying overnight

All parking rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which is currently 10% and is subject to change without notice.

Hotel Availability Update

By far, the best deal for hotel nights is our room block for the Sheraton Universal (described above). Depending on your travel plans, and nights desired, the Sheraton Universal is partially sold out. If you need a night that is sold out, you have the following options for either a single night, or multiple nights. Unless otherwise indicated below, pricing is best achieved through AAA discounts, or

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood California 90028
t: 323-491-1208
f: 323-491-1045
This hotel has a Metro stop. The Universal Metro stop is one stop away. Metro station at Universal is a less than 5 minute walk to the Sheraton front door.

Holiday Inn Express
$ (Call hotel directly for best rates and mention MacTech)
3241 W. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Hotel Front Desk: 323-845-1600
1.1 miles from universal city center.
You would need to walk, cab or drive to the conference.

Hotel Amarano Burbank – Formerly known as The Graciela
322 N Pass Ave,
Burbank, CA, 91505
United States


1.6 miles from universal city center
You would need to walk, cab or drive to the conference.

Holiday Inn Beverly Garland
4222 Vineland Ave,
North Hollywood, CA, 91602
United States
Shuttle to Universal City, and less than 5 minute walk to the Sheraton front door from drop off.

Flights and Airports

While you can fly into any of the five Los Angeles area airports, Burbank (BUR) is the closest, and Los Angeles International (LAX) is the next closest. As we get closer to the event, we’ll provide additional information on shuttle options to and from the airport, or you can take any of the commercially available transportation options.

Getting to the Sheraton from LAX or BUR

There are three primary ways that people get from the airports to the hotel: rent a car, taxi, or shuttle services. Remember that if you rent a car, there’s a charge for parking at the hotel. You won’t need a car while at the conference as we’ve taken care of transportation from the Sheraton to our other venues.

Taxi services can be expensive, but may be worthwhile to you especially if you’re able to share a cab from the airport to the hotel. (You may want to tweet at @mactechconf if you are looking to share).

The most economical method, and the one that natives of Los Angeles tend to use most, are the shuttle van services. While there are a number of these, we can tell you that we’ve found PrimeTime, SuperShuttle, and Road Runner to all be reputable and typically has service from all major LA area airports.