The Third WINIR Conference was held in the New England city of Boston, Massachusetts, situated on the East Coast of the United States.
Founded by Puritan settlers in 1630 Boston was first incorporated as a city in 1822, making it one of America’s oldest cities. During the American Revolution many key events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Siege of Boston, Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and the battles of Lexington and Concord, took place in or around the city. In the years following American independence from Great Britain the city continued to flourish as an important international port. Boston also has a long history as a manufacturing hub, and is the home of the country’s first subway system. Today the Greater Boston area is the sixth-largest economy in the United States.
Boston is an intellectual capital of the United States. The country’s first public school was founded in Boston in 1635, and in 1848 the Boston Public Library became the first free library in the United States. In the 19th century Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne all wrote in Boston. Today, the city’s numerous world-class colleges and universities, that include among many others Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Berklee College of Music, attract over 350,000 students from around the world.
The conference was held at the Seaport World Trade Center located on the waterfront in the city’s bustling Seaport District. The hotel has convenient pedestrian or public transport access to major points of interest in Boston, including the Financial District, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Fan Pier and the North End.