Q: Where is the gala located?
A: The Awards gala will be held on November 16th, 2023 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa in Coronado, California (about 10 minutes from San Diego, CA).
Q: What hotel should I stay at and when do I need to book rooms by?
A: We will have a block of rooms available at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa (where the event will be held). This special rate for attendees will be available closer to the event.
Q: How much is it to attend the awards gala?
A: The price for an individual to attend the gala is $895. The price for a table of 10 people is $8000. Early bird pricing and special pricing for Government and Academia groups are available. Please see full pricing information here.
Q: What is the refund policy if I need to cancel my reservation?
A: Partial refunds will be available to those that need to cancel their reservation. Refunds outlined below:
$400 returned if cancelled by 9/1
$300 returned if cancelled by 10/1
$200 returned if cancelled by 11/1
Q: Is there special pricing for my spouse or guest?
A: There is no special pricing for a spouse or guest.
Q: Are there any arrangements for the winners to receive the plaque on stage?
A: Yes, the winners walk to the front and receive their award and have their photos taken in front of an R&D 100 Awards backdrop by a professional photographer. There are no speeches given by winners.
Q: Is there any quota for each winner to join the Gala?
A: There is no required quota to attend, but you may send as many representatives/guests as you wish.
Q: Is there an early bird discount?
A: Yes, there is early bird pricing available until September 23rd. Please see full pricing info here.
Q: What is the dress code for the awards gala?
A: The R&D 100 Awards Banquet is a black-tie event. Come dressed in your best!
Q: What is the schedule of events for the evening?
A: We’ll begin the evening with a cocktail reception from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Your plated dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and the awards presentation will begin at 7:45 p.m. and will go until 10:00 p.m.
Q: How many people can sit at a table?
A: Tables are seated for 10 guests.
Q: What is the last day to register?
A: If you plan on attending the event, you must RSVP by November 4th.
Q: What airport should I fly into?
A: The nearest airport is San Diego, airport code SAN, which is about a 10-15 minute drive to the hotel. Alternatively, Los Angeles (LAX) airport is a 2-3 hour drive away (128 miles/206 km).
Q: What if someone from our team cannot attend the event? Will we still receive the award plaque?
A: All winners do receive one free award plaque. If someone from your team cannot attend the event to accept the award, it will be mailed to you after the event. If you want to order additional ones, personalized awards or more, orders can be placed here.
Q: Can I order additional or personalized plaques for my team?
A: Yes! If you want additional or personalized award plaques, you can place an order at any time using this form.