San Francisco Regional Mensa Presents Brilliance by the Bay 2021

Join us on November 19-21 2021 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) for our annual Regional Gathering where we’ll be bringing you 3 days of programs, games, tournaments, crafts and hospitality at the Holiday Inn in San Jose.

Volunteering will help you to meet new people and get the most out of the RG experience. You will have an opportunity to indicate which area(s) you are interested in helping with (Hospitality, Registration, Speaker Aide) as you complete the registration form. For more information on volunteering, contact Rosemary Greenlaw at .

1350 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Group rate is $99 per night before tax and fees, with an October 29 deadline. The group rate is available 3 days before and after the RG. Overnight parking is free for hotel guests in our room block and event parking is free for day trippers. Attendees can book hotel rooms online or by calling 888-465-4329 and mentioning code SFM.

Paul Saffo, Saturday Keynote Speaker

Paul Saffo, Saturday Keynote Speaker

How the Mythic Origins of Silicon Valley can save the Bay Area’s Future

Why does Silicon Valley produce one revolution after another? Conventional wisdom credits big visions, great management, and a history of success. Conventional wisdom is wrong. Silicon Valley’s unique edge is built on the rubble of failure, poor management, and a crucial third ingredient – myth. Myth is the hidden force behind the success of Silicon Valley. Moreover, myth is the single most important factor in ensuring the continued success of our region. And it turns out that the mother myth that matters most is far older than you would ever guess…

About Paul Saffo
Paul is a Silicon Valley-based forecaster who helps corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He teaches at Stanford where he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering and is Chair of Future Studies at Singularity University. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University

Dan Schnur, Sunday Keynote Speaker

Dan Schnur, Sunday Keynote Speaker

Why America Needs More Than Two Political Parties

In the 21st century, we no longer rely on three television networks or five buttons on the car radio. So why are we stuck with only two major political parties, both of which are increasingly inadequate to meet the needs of a changing economy and society? Join Dan Schnur, senior advisor to the California Common Sense Party, for a discussion on why our state and nation would benefit from alternatives to the Democrats and Republicans

About Dan Schnur

Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan has also taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

 He is the founder of the USC/LA Times statewide political poll and currently hosts a weekly webinar for the LA World Affairs Council Town Hall called “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” ( And Dan is an advisor to the Common Sense Party, a new political party in California that is dedicated to fiscal responsibility and social inclusion. 


We have a wonderful lineup of events for you in San Jose with speakers covering various topics from ballroom dancing to quantum blockchains.  We’ll also have a game room stocked with many board games, jigsaw puzzles and a debate room.

Online registration is now CLOSED.  
Those still wishing to register can do so at the door.

Online registration is now CLOSED.  Those still wishing to register can do so at the door.

3 Day Registration (Adult)

All registrations include a lunch on Saturday. There will be a hosted reception on Friday evening for registrations that include Friday.

$120 until 8/6/2021
$130 from 8/7/2021-9/24/2021
$140 from 9/25/2021-11/12/2021

$150 at the door

Saturday Only Registration (Adult)

All registrations include a lunch on Saturday.

$110 until 9/24/2021
$120 from 9/25/2021-11/12/2021

$130 at the door

Child Registration

$60 Child rate (flat rate)

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