mdevcon 2012

Mobile Developers Conference

Practical Info For Attendees

  • March 7, 2012
  • written by Ivo Jansch

In three days 250 mobile developers will gather in Amsterdam Tuschinski for a day of learning and meeting new friends. In this post we’ll share some practical information regarding the conference.

Travel

The conference is in Pathé Tuschinski. (Google Maps Link)

If you come by car, the nearest parking is ‘Stadhuis/Muziektheater’. The Tuschinski Theater is about a 5 minute walk from there. Since parking in Amsterdam is expensive, we recommend using public transport instead. There are 4 direct tram lines from Amsterdam Central Station, each one takes just 6 minutes to get to ‘Muntplein’, from where it’s a 2 minute walk to Tuschinski.

  • Tram 4 (towards Station RAI)
  • Tram 9 (towards Diemen Sniep)
  • Tram 16 (towards VU Medisch Centrum)
  • Tram 24 (towards VU Medisch Centrum)

If you come from elsewhere or for other general public transport advice, 9292.nl is a helpful site in Dutch and English.

Registration

We’ll open the doors somewhere between 8.00am and 8.30am, at which point we have 30 minutes to get everyone inside and registered. Here’s a heads-up so we can make the process as smooth as possible.

When you enter Tuschinski, there are 2 registration desks on the left and on the right.

  • On the left we have badges for everybody with a ticket and a first name that starts with A-M.
  • On the right we have badges for:
    1. Everybody with a ticket and a first name that starts with N-Z
    2. People without a printable ticket (speakers, contest winners, sponsors, >5 group reservations).

Tip: if you’re part of a group, send one person ahead to collect the badges for your entire team.

You’ll also receive a goodie bag with some info from our sponsors and after party tickets. After registration there’s coffee and tea; it’s early on a Saturday after all.

The conference

We start at 9.00am sharp. The schedule is published online but all goodie bags have the schedule printed on them for convenience. Talks are in the main theatre (can’t miss that one) and in cinema 3 (next to the main theater). Break-out talks are 50 minutes with a 10 minute break in between to switch rooms.

Catering

Coffee, tea, water and juice are available throughout the conference (no charge). During lunch break and in the afternoon break, we also have a selection of soft drinks (no charge either). Lunch will be provided as well.

Lounge area

You can hang out anywhere in the lounge or in the alleys surrounding the conference rooms. There are comfy couches to relax, and power outlets to charge your devices. WiFi is available throughout the venue.

The GitHub After Party

When the conference ends, we will head over to The 3 Sisters Pub (Google Maps Link) at rembrandt square (1 minute walk from the conference). In your goodie bag you’ll find 2 free drink tickets courtesy of GitHub. Beer, wine and soft drinks go for one ticket; stronger spirits go for two. We’ll probably also serve a round of famous dutch bitterballen and other snacks. If you don’t plan to go to the after party, donate your tickets to other attendees or leave them with the Egeniq staff, it would be a shame to let fine GitHub drinks go to waste :) .

You can stay at the pub until it closes if you want to; There’s a nice steakhouse next door and the Rembrandt square in general is a nice place on saturday nights with pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Feedback and help

Throughout the day, if you need any help, find any of the Egeniq people (we wear recognizable shirts); we’ll be monitoring Twitter as well (follow @mdevcon on twitter for up to the minute information).

We’ll be collecting feedback on the conference and talks on Joind.in, it would be great to receive some comments there.

That’s all!

We hope this post gives you a heads-up of what to expect on Saturday. We hope you all have at least as much fun as we had organizing the conference!

See you on Saturday,
Felix, Ivo and the rest of the Egeniq team!

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