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2023 PwC Mark Paich Hackathon

More Details and Registration

Get ready for two exciting and intense days of collaboration and competition as teams come together for the hybrid PwC Mark Paich Hackathon. Starting on Friday, July 21 before the start of the ISDC2023, teams will compete to solve complex problems using System Dynamics and data science, with judging taking place on Sunday, July 23.

Don’t miss the chance to be recognized for your innovative solutions and join us at the conference banquet to celebrate the winners!

The Challenges: Artificial Intelligence or Health

The hackathon will require thoughtful consideration of new technologies and their potential. Participants will choose one of two challenges relating to Artificial Intelligence or Health.

Teams will have the opportunity to address questions regarding the use of new technologies that have the potential to bring about positive change and also carry significant risks if not thoughtfully considered.

Further details about the challenge will be revealed at the July 21 kickoff meeting.


Teams will compete for recognition and a cash price of:
First $3,000
Second $1,500
Third $500

Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 International System Dynamics Conference in Chicago.

The Conference Team has negotiated a special discount for a 90-minute Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour. This tour is a must-see for anyone interested in exploring the stunning architecture and history of the city. You’ll get the chance to spot some of the most iconic buildings in Chicago while cruising along the scenic Chicago River.


To get access to the discount, register with a LIVE ticket for the conference. You’ll receive the code in your inbox upon registration.  The special discount code is valid for all tours on Monday, July 24, however, we want to encourage all attendees to book the 8:15 pm slot. We believe that this could be a great opportunity for us to enjoy the tour together and bond as a group. Feel free to invite your family if they’re coming to Chicago with you.

Book Boat Tour


Wendellas’ main dock is located at 400 N Michigan Avenue at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (now called the DuSable Bridge), at the base of the Wrigley Building on the Chicago River. For detailed information about other docks and parking, visit:

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From the Centennial Fountain to the Amtrak Rail Bridge, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city skyline while learning about the history and design of its most iconic buildings.

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Student-Organized Colloquium 2023

The Student-Organized Colloquium is a free, two-day online (Wed, July 19th) and hybrid event (Sun, July 23rd) organized by the Student Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held before and on the first day of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC). The Student-Organized Colloquium promotes dialogue among system dynamicists of varying fields, levels of training and backgrounds and creates spaces to have meaningful conversations about the topics that we all care about so that everyone can share and receive feedback to improve their work.

The format of the event consists mainly of breakout sessions in which doctoral, masters and undergraduate students, as well as practitioners, professionals and academics in any field who are new to System Dynamics (less experienced, mentees, juniors) can discuss their ideas and concerns, and get mentored by more experienced system dynamicists (mentors, seniors).

For more information, please visit the Student-Organized Colloquium Webpage.

Starting January 24th, you will be able to submit your papers.

Please join us when (and where) you are able!

*Participants who require a visa to enter the United States need to register for an in-person ticket to ISDC 2023.*

2023 International System Dynamics Conference

The International System Dynamics Conference is an annual event where people from all over the world interested in the practice of System Dynamics and systems thinking gather. Now in its 41st year, the Conference appeals to audiences across industry and academia. These conferences introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current developments, and provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Participants come from businesses, universities, K-12 education, not-for-profits, government, consulting, the healthcare sector, and beyond. The ISDC2023 will be a hybrid event, with virtual access for all attendees and opportunities for authors to present work virtually or in Chicago.

LIVE tickets include:

  • Access to the full program in Chicago, including all workshops;
  • Light refreshments;
  • Banquet;
  • Access to all recordings until September 30, 2023.

ONLINE tickets include:

  • Access to the full program, including plenaries, parallel sessions, virtual workshops, and roundtables.
  • Access to all recordings until September 30, 2023.

If you’re bringing one or more guests to the ISDC2023 banquet on July 24 in Chicago, please register them by purchasing the ticket “BRING A GUEST” above.


The 2023 Conference theme is “Adapting in the Face of Change”. The disruptions caused by the global pandemic, climate change, social and racial inequities, nationalist politics, and a rapidly urbanizing population leave us facing a future that calls for adaptation and intervention in complex systems.


The 2023 Conference It will take place at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, a beautiful and historical venue at the heart of downtown Chicago.



Frequently Asked questions (faq’s)

What is your refund policy?

Registration may be changed from in-person to online without penalty until May 30, 2023. A partial refund will be given for the difference between the price paid and the price of the online conference. After May 30, 2023, no refund will be given.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. Scholarships are available for waiving conference registration fees. We do not provide financial support for travel or accommodation. They are given based on a statement of financial need and a review of written work and are not limited to students. Learn More

Can I buy a ticket for one day only?

No. Single-day tickets are not available. The registration includes access to the full program of the conference.

Where is my member discount?

If you’re logged in, you should see the discounted prices for members. If you’re not seeing the member price, contact us using the chat function in the bottom right of the screen.  Please be sure to include your name and login email address so we can better assist you.

Does the LIVE ticket include food?

It includes a banquet with a buffet-style setup that includes gluten-free options. However, it’s important to note that only drinks will be served during breaks.

Do you offer bulk ticket purchase discounts?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer bulk discounts at the moment.

Can I upgrade my registration?

Yes. You can upgrade your virtual ticket to a live ticket at any time by paying the difference. Upgrade here.

Do I need to bring a printed ticket to the venue?

No. We will be able to check you in with your full name. 

Do you offer discounts for presenters?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer discounts for presenters.

Where should I stay?

We recommend the conference venue, the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Attendees receive a special discount. Book Now.  Save even more and enjoy the historic hotel venue by requesting a roommate.

2023 Conference Invitation Letter Requests

2023 Conference Invitation Letter Requests

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago for the 2023 International System Dynamics Conference. Due to long United States visa appointment waiting times at American embassies and consulates worldwide, the Society has started issuing Invitation Letters to 2023 Conference attendees.

Note that you do NOT need a visa to enter the United States if you’re a citizen of the European Union or countries in the Visa Waiver Program. You can check the estimated wait time for a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate here.

To request your Invitation Letter you must be a current member of the Society and provide us with an abstract. This statement of no more than 250 words should describe your participation in the 2023 Conference. Please mention any work you plan to submit to the conference program and/or how System Dynamics is related to your current study program or work.

Each person requesting an Invitation Letter must fill out a separate form. All letters will be sent in PDF format to the email address provided. Please include in the notes if a paper letter is required. Allow 7-10 business days for your Invitation Letter to be processed. If you do not receive your letter within this time period contact us for assistance.

We regard the right to deny any request we believe to be fake and to ask for more information regarding the company or affiliation of the attendee to ensure the validity of requests. Please reach out to with any issues.


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