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Frequently asked questions

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General information

Red Hat Summit is an annual IT industry event hosted by Red Hat—the world's leading provider of open source, enterprise IT solutions.

Red Hat Summit 2019 begins on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and ends on Thursday, May 9, 2019. This year’s event is at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), located at 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210.

All kinds of people come to Red Hat Summit, from the career IT pro to the open source contributor―and our attendees represent nearly every industry from all over the world.

The dress code is business casual for all events, day and night.

Red Hat expects attendees to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully. If you need assistance relating to conduct by an attendee, please contact the Red Hat events team at

Yes―because your participation will make Red Hat Summit even better. Try this email template to help convince your boss or supervisor.

Send an email stating that you need to obtain a visa invitation letter to

Presenters will upload their presentations to the agenda builder once Red Hat Summit is over.

Check out the options below or view BCEC’s parking map to find a garage.

BCEC South Parking Lot:
To self-park in the BCEC South Lot, from Summer St, turn on to East Side Dr, drive past the valet area, and continue straight along the side of the building. At the end of the building, make a right and go down the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and you will see the entrance to the South Parking lot in front of you. Parking rates are $18 for regular-sized vehicles and $36 for oversized vehicles.

Please note: Parking is limited at the BCEC and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the South Lot is full, attendees may be directed to an offsite parking lot.

Registration and pricing

A link to the registration website will be published on in December with further instructions. If you have any questions please email

The earlier you register, the more you save. Full conference passes start at $1,300, but the price will increase as the event gets closer. Check out our rates and location page for the complete list of available prices and discounts. Contact your sales repContact your Red Hat sales rep to see if you qualify for additional discounts.

A full conference pass provides access to all keynotes, breakout sessions, and hands-on labs. You'll be able to access the Ecosystem Expo during all open hours and attend all evening events and receptions. A full conference pass also includes all conference meals and many ancillary events.

Discounted rates are available for attendees who previously attended Red Hat Summit; government, academic, and nonprofit employees; as well as Red Hat certified professionals. Undergraduate and graduate students can also receive a discounted rate with proper credentials. We’ll give you a code, certification number, or validate the discount through email during registration. Check out our rates and location page for the complete list of available discounts.

A keynote + Expo pass provides access to all general sessions and the Ecosystem Expo only. A full conference pass is required to attend breakout sessions and labs.

No. You may purchase Power Training for $1,200 in addition to the full conference pass. You may add certification exams for $400—also in addition to a full conference pass.

Yes―you will need to purchase a guest pass during the registration process. The guest pass grants access only to the onsite welcome reception after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 and the offsite Red Hat Summit party event held the evening of Thursday, May 9, 2019.

You can pay your registration fees with a credit card. You can also purchase passes using a purchase order through your Red Hat sales contact.

No. The registration fee covers only the cost of your conference pass. You can book your hotel during the Red Hat Summit registration process to take advantage of our negotiated group rates. You must make your own transportation arrangements. To find more information on shuttles between the hotels and the BCEC, please see the hotel FAQ section below.

You may cancel your participation via the registration website prior to April 1, 2019 by 5 p.m. PT to receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations after April 1, 2019, 5 p.m. PT. You will be responsible for canceling any travel and hotel reservations. If you’d like to substitute another employee from your company instead of cancelling the registration, please email to start the process.

Yes. If you have registered for Red Hat Summit but are unable to attend, you may substitute another employee from your company at no additional charge. Please email to start the process.

Hotel information

We've partnered with hotels near the BCEC to reserve blocks of rooms for Red Hat Summit attendees at discounted rates. On the hotel booking page of your Red Hat Summit registration, there’s an option to select from these participating hotels including various group rates and dates. If these reserved rooms and the Red Hat Summit discounts are no longer available, please call the hotels directly to inquire about vacancies and nightly rates.

If you’re unable to secure a partnering hotel during your Red Hat Summit registration, that means it’s currently sold out of rooms at our group rate. You can either select a different partnering hotel from the available options, or contact us to inquire about the group rate availabilities.

A credit card is required at time of booking to guarantee your hotel room reservation, but will not be automatically applied when you check in. When checking in, please present a credit card and photo ID to the hotel receptionist.

Each hotel has different policies on placing holds on credit cards. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire about their credit card policies. If someone else needs to supply a credit card ahead of time, please contact the hotel directly for an authorization form that you can fill out and present to the hotel by fax or during check-in.

To view, edit, or cancel your hotel reservation, follow the instructions below:

  • Login to the registration portal using your custom username and password.
  • At the bottom of the registration summary page, click the edit link below hotel reservation.

If you make changes to your reservation and would like an updated confirmation, visit “returning services” using the instructions above and select the option to “view a printer-friendly hotel confirmation”. You may also contact our housing team for assistance at

Yes. You may call the hotel directly and ask for the Red Hat Summit rate. However, it’s at the hotel’s discretion to honor the group rate by phone, so we suggest booking through the Red Hat Summit registration website.

April 15, 2019 is the last day you can receive the discounted hotel group rate. After April 15, honoring the Red Hat Summit discount hotel rates is at the hotel’s discretion. If you have any more questions regarding the rate, please contact our housing team at

You must book your hotel room(s) by April 15, 2019 in order to guarantee the group rate. All hotel rooms must be cancelled by April 30, 2019 in order to avoid penalty. All hotel room cancellations made on May 1, 2019 or later may incur a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room and tax from the hotel. Please contact the housing team at so we can ensure your room is cancelled properly and can be utilized by another attendee that may be looking for a hotel room at the group rate.

Red Hat Summit shuttles will be available to the BCEC from the following hotels:

  • Boston Park Plaza
  • Boston Marriott Copley Place
  • Hyatt Regency Downtown Boston
  • Omni Parker House
  • Boston Marriott Long Wharf
  • Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
  • Courtyard Boston Downtown
  • AC Hotel Boston Downtown

Additional hotels:

  • Revere Hotel Boston Common: please utilize hotel shuttle from Park Plaza, 77 Columbus Ave.
  • The Godfrey Hotel Boston: please utilize hotel shuttle from Hyatt Downtown, 1 Ave de Lafayette.
  • The Double Tree by Hilton Boston-Downtown: please utilize hotel shuttle from Courtyard Marriott, 275 Tremont St, Boston.

Shuttle schedule:

Tuesday, May 7

  • 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. departing every half hour from hotel(s)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. departing every half hour from (BCEC)
  • 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. departing every half hour from (BCEC) Last coach departing BCEC at 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 8

  • 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. departing every half hour from hotels, last coach departing hotel(s) at 10:00am
  • 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. departing every half hour from BCEC last coach departing BCEC at 8:00pm

Thursday May 9

  • 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. departing every half hour from hotels last coach departing hotel(s) at 10:00 am
  • 3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.* departing every half hour from BCEC last coach departing Rockland Trust Pavilion at 10:30 p.m.

    *Hotels to Rockland Trust Pavilion will start at 5:45 p.m.
    *BCEC to Rockland Trust Pavilion will start at 6:00 p.m.

Sponsorship information

Check out the sponsorship page for more information or fill out the sponsorship interest form.

Yes, please contact for more information.

Send your contract requests to The event sponsorship team will reach out to you within 48 hours.

The floor plan will be released in January, which is when booth selection requests can be processed. A signed contract is required to secure your position in the booth selection queue.