RightsCon Costa Rica is postponed until 2021

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What’s included in the ticket


An opening plenary with high level speakers
Leading experts on technology and human rights
3 days of RightsCon programming
18+ issue-specific programmatic tracks
Interactive workshops
Strategic roundtables
Private meeting space
Skill-building opportunities
Networking meetups


3 days of lunch and coffee
Wellness and wellbeing activities
Access Now Digital Security Clinic
Special deals and rates on hotels in San José
Community Village exhibition space
Socials and After Dark activities
Free swag
Event shuttles off site programming
A celebratory closing plenary

Program Schedule

We are thrilled to share with you the official RightsCon Costa Rica schedule. Built by our global community, this is the most diverse program in RightsCon history, with around 400 sessions.

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Access Now is committed to making RightsCon Costa Rica accessible and open to all, which means we are doing our best to make the conference inclusive for participants and speakers from all over the world. Regardless of where you are located, our policy is that the price of tickets should never prohibit attendance at RightsCon.

More Ways to Attend

Every year, we provide complimentary passes for both volunteers and media from around the world. Fill out the appropriate form below to join us.

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Do you need a visa for Costa Rica?

Costa Rica divides international visitors into 4 different groups. Check the table below to see if you require a visa and if you qualify for any exceptions. Visa process time is approximately one month and we encourage everyone who requires a visa to begin the process as soon as possible.




We know that securing a visa is an important part of planning for your attendance at RightsCon and has a significant impact on your participation. For this reason, we want to provide a few updates on where we stand with our efforts to support our community on this front.


Governments often require applicants to follow the consular path for applying for a visa; which entails applicants to apply directly through local consulates or embassies, or, in some cases, in embassies or consulates in neighboring states. We recognize that this could create several barriers to participants that reside in locations without Costa Rican diplomatic representation – including financial and transportation barriers or additional visa requirements to travel to the country in which the applicant intends to apply.


In an effort to support our community, we have been working with relevant ministries in Costa Rica to put together a process that would facilitate and streamline visa applications by providing visas on arrival for nationals of the Third and Fourth Groups – and accordingly, the Costa Rican government is currently reviewing this process.


In the meantime, we do not recommend booking airline tickets until your visa eligibility has been verified, or the prospect of visas on arrival has been confirmed. We strive to be fully transparent with our community about our efforts, and we will continue to keep everyone updated with any developments. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with us at [email protected].


Book your trip

We’ve arranged for special pricing at hotels located within walking distance from the venue. Whether you plan to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb, we recommend staying close to the airport and conference center to avoid early morning traffic on your way to RightsCon.


Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Book a room at the special RightsCon rate by emailing [email protected] and [email protected] with the reservation code RightsCon 2020.

CityExpress Hotel

Book a room at the special RightsCon rate by emailing [email protected] with the reservation code RightsCon 2020.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Book a room at the special RightsCon rate through the Hilton portal at this link.

Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel

Book at room at the special RightsCon rate through the Wyndham portal at this link using the reservation code RightsCon 2020.

Frequently asked questions

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The RightsCon program is the guiding pillar of our annual summit. Hosting a session at RightsCon is one of the best ways to showcase your work, connect with like-minded leaders, hone strategies, ask for advice, learn new skills, consult users, and build the momentum that fuels our work. Every year, we receive hundreds of session proposals from around the world, and we work hard to curate a program that reflects the complexity of the issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.

The Call for Proposals for RightsCon Costa Rica was open from October 2019 to January 2020. It is now closed. You can view the Guide to a Successful Proposal for an overview of the program process. If you proposed a session for RightsCon Costa Rica, we will notify you about the final status of your proposal in March 2020.

We will notify you in March 2020 if your session has been accepted, rejected, or merged with another, similar proposal. Please note we are unable to provide updates on your proposal status while the review process is underway.

Each year, Access Now and the RightsCon team work with leading experts who form our Program Committee. Once the Call for Proposals period ends in January 2020, the Program Committee will review and evaluate proposals session based on specific criteria. Co-chairs will look for proposals that are relevant, actionable, original, and diverse. After the Program Committee review, the RightsCon team will conduct a final, holistic review of all session proposals in order to curate a strategic, high-quality program. We will notify you if your session has been accepted, rejected, or merged with another, similar proposal in March 2020. Note that the program categories will not necessarily translate into the final program tracks. Learn more about our evaluation criteria and process in our Guide to a Successful Proposal.

Once your proposal is accepted into the program, we will launch the session excellence process. “Session excellence” entails providing resources, moderator training, and opportunities for networking to session organizers, all in the service of producing a first-class program. On a technical level, the process may require merging a session with similar proposals, adjusting the format, refining the goal or outcome, and recommending additional speakers. We will also conduct an audit of all sessions to ensure that the panel of speakers meets our diversity and inclusion requirements.

You can. The speaker application form is open until April 1, 2020. Please note that if you are already listed as a speaker in an accepted session, there is no need to fill out this form. From March to May 2020, our team will work with session organizers to place speakers in sessions where their perspective and expertise will be most impactful. While we do our best to place interested individuals as speakers, completing the form does not guarantee a spot in the RightsCon program.

Absolutely! A critical part of the session excellence process involves connecting speakers with session organizers to improve the overall quality and impact of the RightsCon program. Once your proposal is accepted, we will provide you with a list of individuals who have applied to speak at RightsCon and consented to share their contact information. You can use this list to reach out to interested individuals and invite them to speak in your session. If you need specialized recommendations, contact us at [email protected] to explain what sort of perspective or issue area expertise your session requires. Please reach out to us as soon as possible, as our capacity to match speakers and sessions decreases as preparation for the summit ramps up. Even if you do not request our assistance, we may approach you with speaker recommendations. We place speakers based on a variety of factors, including both the needs of the session and the needs of the individual. If you would like to invite a high-level speaker, visit our website to see who will be joining us in San José. We will update this information on a regular basis, and our team will facilitate introductions, if appropriate.

All RightsCon participants are required to register and secure a ticket prior to arrival in San José, Costa Rica on June 9, 2020. If your proposal is accepted into the program, we will provide you with a menu of ticket discount codes that you can share with the speakers associated with your session. These codes can be applied upon checkout through our ticketing portal on Eventbrite. We firmly believe the price of a ticket should never prohibit participation in RightsCon. That’s our official policy, and it applies regardless of where you’re located. However, for those who have the means, we ask that you pay what you can, in order to balance out the costs for participants who are unable to meet the true ticket price.

Every year we fund and support travel for a small number of participants. We do our best to reserve this support for participants who face financial and other barriers to travel, and particularly participants from the Global South and representatives from communities at risk. The form to apply for travel support will be available on our Program Platform until March 31, 2020 11:59pm PST. You can consult our website to see if you require a visa to enter Costa Rica and if you qualify for any exceptions. Visa process time is approximately one month. We encourage everyone who requires a visa to begin the process as soon as possible. If required, you can request a visa invitation letter on our Program Platform.

If your proposal is accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to update information about the session and make a note of any security or sensitivity concerns that our team should be aware of. We will send out notifications about the final status of your proposal in March 2020, and open the update form soon after. For urgent matters, please contact our team directly at [email protected]. If you prefer to send an encrypted email, please use [email protected] (key available here).

There are two phases to building the final program once we have sent out proposal status notifications. If your proposal is accepted, you will have the opportunity to inform us which days of the summit, if any, you are unable to host the session. Afterwards, in April, we will share a draft schedule with organizers before publishing the final program schedule in May. While we do our best to accommodate the schedules of our speakers and session organizers, and we will work with you to smooth out any issues in the lead-up to the summit, we typically can’t guarantee the availability of specific time slots or rooms. Once we have finalized the schedule, we will share an official Session Organizer’s Guide, which includes information about room layouts, set-up, and more.

Unfortunately, we can only provide translation services for our Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and other plenary sessions. If you are a session organizer and require translation services for your session, you will need to notify us in your session update form and secure those services from an external provider.

It depends. Some rooms will have A/V capabilities, while others will not. A technical team and room monitors will be on hand at the venue to assist. Internet access is not always reliable on site, and we recommend that session organizers download and save materials offline prior to arrival in the summit space. We will provide session organizers with a guide that contains an overview of the venue and room layouts, tips on how to run a successful session, and information about tickets and registration.

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