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Logistics for the Jitter Hackathon

The Jitter Hackathon is just around the corner so it’s high time to give you the info about the logistics of the event.

Ticket and registration

Similarly as described in the conference post - you do not need any printed form of the ticket but you will need a photo ID with you to get in the venue. You will get your own personal code before the conference to be used throughout the event (hint! there will be a cool networking game during the event) so keep that future email handy on your phone.

Things you should bring with you

Please remember that its BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) event. We will follow up with a detailed email regarding any required software. Also, we would appreciate it if you could bring your own power strip. Additionally, there will be some extra hardware that you will be able to use during freestyle hackathon - details of this will be given closer to the date.

Code of Conduct

Because of a few, bad experiences we’ve had at other conferences, we do expect you all to follow the conference’s and jitter’s Code of Conduct. We are not bureaucrats, so it’s not long or overly complicated. In short, please be mindful about others at the event. Our staff is prepared to help and react in the event of any problems connected with violations of the code of conduct.

Time

The Jitter Hackathon is on Friday, January 10th. We start the day with registration at 9:00 a.m. and plan to stay in the Copernicus Science Centre till around 22:00 p.m. The sessions start at 10:00 am.

Venue

The venue is the Copernicus Science Centre at 20 Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street - one of the most advanced interactive science centres in Europe, housed in a stunning building on the banks of the Vistula River. The Centre is well equipped with all the amenities needed and fully accessible. We will spend the whole day there including lunch. As everyone who attends the hackathon is also registered for the conference, the official after-party is planned for Saturday night in the Cinema. You can read more about it here. The Hackathon will take place in a space that will be arranged to accommodate the workshop and freestyle hackathon in a way that will allow each part to function individually while still keeping every part of the same event.

Hotels

There are a number of choices for hotels. We can hardly recommend something without knowing what your personal preferences are, but feel free to explore this list.

How to get to Copernicus Science Centre

The best way to get to the Centre is by public transportation or taxi.

Public transportation: You can find the fastest route to the cinema from anywhere in the city easily by using the Jak Dojade service (they also have great mobile apps). Apart from kiosks and small shops, you can buy tickets at automated ticket machines or sometimes in buses or trams. Regular public transport runs till around 11:30 p.m., but there is also a network of night buses afterwards.

Taxi: Taxis are quite affordable during the day - you should be able to get to Kino for less than 50 PLN from pretty much anywhere in Warsaw. After 10:00 p.m. they become more expensive. There are two services - iTaxi and myTaxi which have mobile apps and are very good. You do not need to speak Polish to order taxis using those apps.

Cars: Similarly as in case of the conference - we discourage getting to the venue by car, though it’s a bit more car-friendly than Kino Praha the next day. However, the hackathon is on a working day and so the parking spaces next to the Copernicus Science Centre will all be metered. More information can be found at the Centre’s “how to get there” page.

Warsaw

You can read some more info in an earlier post - follow from there to find out more about the city and attractions.

The Main Event

Registration starts at 9.00 a.m with the official opening of the hackathon at 10:00 a.m., the closing will be at 10:00 p.m.

Here you can find the detailed agenda for the hackathon. Details such as the summaries of the different hackathon workshops can be found here. Be sure to give the pages a look, there is a lot of info there.

There will be six workshops covering six specific topics. The six workshops will be repeated 3 times each in order to give everyone a chance to hit the one they want. The only exception is Estimote which will have two workshops - one iOS and one Android. The third time will be “freestyle” so you will be able to ask your questions and get help - pretty similar to the general freestyle part.

In order to make sure everyone has a chance to get a spot at the workshops we prepared a registration web application. On Wednesday, we will email you a link to the workshop registration page. You are strongly advised to build your schedule there because during registration you will receive 3 stickers that will give you priority access to the workshops which you have registered. Those who do not pre-register for spaces will be able to attend the workshops when there are free spots left. There is enough room at all the workshops but we hope this will eliminate specific sessions becoming overwhelmed individually. Help us out with this by signing up on Wednesday.

The seventh area is the space for the freestyle hackathon. It will be open the entire time so if you came to build your own idea and you already have your team, you can spend the whole day building your stuff. There will be some extra toys available that you will be able to use for your hacking, you are also free to bring your own favourite tools and hardware to play with.

Food and Drinks

Lunch will be provided for you in the cafeteria from 1:30 p.m. till 2:30 p.m. Free snacks, water, tea, and coffee will be available, but if you want something more substantial we will have access to the cafeteria where you can buy extra food. There will also be food and drinks provided in the eventing.

Hashtags

Last, but not least - please use #mceconf (conference) and #mcejitter (the hackathon) from now on to share anything in social media.

See you all at the Copernicus Science Centre at 9:00 a.m. Friday the 10th.