The 9th annual SVIEF Conference kicks off in Santa Clara, C.A. this fall, and it offers plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with business-minded people from all over the world. SVIEF (which stands for Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum) takes place over Sep. 7-8 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Taking a trip to SVIEF can be just the thing to bring your business to the next level. Plus, it’s a great time to get to know the area more intimately. You’ll likely have the opportunity to explore your surroundings by doing some sightseeing, dining, and shopping in the city.

Here, you’ll learn from the hundreds of like-minded people who have made it in business and are looking to expand their brands and success by attending the event. Keynote speakers include Yaqin Zhang, President of Baidu, Ranjan Sinha, VP of Data Engineering at IBM, and Mikael Loefstrand, CTO, Vice President of SAP’s Multi-Cloud Technology Office. There are sessions and fireside chats meant to stimulate discussion and to learn about topics like working with corporate venture capital, trends for collaboration, business strategy in the era of Big Data, and more. The event is stacked, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss it.

The Best Hotels in Santa Clara for Business Travelers

Two hotels are offering discounted pricing to attendees of SVIEF: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley. Both are well-appointed and extremely close to the venue. You can’t go wrong with either, and you’re sure to have many off-hour opportunities to increase your network once the conference lets out.

If the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara or Crowne Plaza are sold out, another great option is the Hyatt House Santa Clara. This spacious hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from San Jose International Airport and companies within a 5-mile radius, which makes it easy to go wherever you want in the area. It is also close to dozens of restaurants where you can meet up with a new colleague, or relax after a long day at the forum.

What to Do in Your Downtime in the City

When you have time for yourself, how do you envision spending it? Do you want to do something quiet and relaxing, such as getting a mani-pedi at a local spa? Or are you up for something audacious, like an adrenaline-pumping parasailing trip? Whichever the case may be, you’ll find all sorts of opportunities awaiting you in Santa Clara.

You can find something low-key, like shopping Santana Row or dining on delicious food at Piatti or Straits. Or if you are looking for something a little more thrilling, check out Levi’s Stadium or stop by California’s Great America theme park. You can plan what you’ll do ahead of your trip so that you’re able to maximize every minute you’re away from home this September.

In between business meetings and conference calls, you can easily find things to do in Santa Clara. No matter what you choose to do outside of the event, your trip will be a good time and you will make plenty of connections.

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