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MCE is proud to announce the main, diamond sponsor - uTest!

The support from uTest is truly outstanding - it’s a great company with strong focus on Mobile and very much developer-focused. Some of us worked with uTest for a long time already and it’s a great sponsor to have for event like that!

You can read more about uTest here.

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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.

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The start of Mobile Central Europe is getting closer. We are nearly sold out as of this post so it’s high time to give you a bit more info about the logistics of the event.

Please note, this post is about the conference only. Further information about the Jitter Hackathon will be posted separately to those, who register to both Conference and Hackathon.

Tickets and registration

You do not need any printed form of the ticket but you will need your ID with photo 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. Those of you who come to the hackathon will get registered the day before and do not need to register again - in your case your conference badge will become your pass to the event.

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 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 conference is on Saturday, January 11th. You can add it to your calendar. Reserve the whole day because it will be packed with lots to see and do. We start the day with registration at 9:00 a.m. and plan to stay in the Cinema till around 11:00 p.m. The Conference officially starts at 9:45 a.m. but we strongly advise you come at 9:00 - there will be breakfast and coffee available in the morning so feel free to eat here rather than at your hotel.

Venue

The venue is the stylish and recently rebuilt Kino Praha at Jagiellońska 26 - it’s a modern building with all the amenities needed and fully accessible. We will spend the whole day there including lunch and the after-party (see below), so you should get familiar with the place - it will become your mini mobile microverse for the entire event. If you are only at the conference - everything is happening there. Of course, there will more than likely be an after-after party somewhere else, but this is something that will be decided on the spot for the few still standing following the after-party. The cinema’s lobby will also feature some tech-displays you can interact with. For example, you’ll be able to play with Leia’s Display System XL or check out a showcase of NAO robots. Above all, we will try to make the space networking-friendly so you can get to know the other attendees.

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 Kino Praha

The best way to get to the conference location at Kino Praha 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: We strongly discourage getting to the venue by car - there aren’t usually many parking places around Kino Praha, and now there are even fewer due to the Underground construction nearby. Also because of the construction, there are many temporary changes to traffic and it’s very easy to get a fine if you are not careful. Most of the parking places to be found are along the street near Katedra Praska but there are just a handful - if there are none left you will have to find a free place on a nearby street. Of course, a usual warning: do not leave any valuables in your car as they might attract criminals. Additionally - there will be beer at the after-party and the limits for blood/alcohol content in Poland are extremely low so it’d just be best leave your care at your home/hotel.

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 conference at 9.45 a.m. Immediately after the opening, at 10.00 a.m. the talks begin. Each talk starts on the hour sharp and lasts 45 minutes with a 15 minute break for networking, coffee, snack, etc. at the end. Soon we will release the mobile application for the event that you will be able to use to plan your day and check details of the sessions using your mobile device. There will also be a networking game going on during the event, which we’ll tell you more about next week.

Snacks, water, tea and coffee will be available and you will also be able to buy some extra stuff from the cinema’s bar. Oh and we should mention the popcorn. You know, we are in cinema after all. There will be fresh popcorn available for free throughout the entire event.

Lunch Break and Flash Talks

There will be a lunch break from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. and instead of everyone spreading out all over the city to find food, we’ve had the food brought to us. Lunch, including hot soup, will be delivered to the cinema leaving you free to network with other participants, check out some of the attractions, or sit in on the Flash Talks. We’ve invited a group of speaker to give a series of short, 15 minute talks during lunch. These quick flashes will be on all things mobile and will feature mainly local speakers. We’ll have the details out soon, but this is certainly worth checking out!

Afterparty

Of course, the end of the conference is just the beginning of the after-party. Unfortunately, our profession has some pretty skewed numbers relating to gender so a dance party is a bit tough to do. But as we are in a cinema, we decided to take advantage of our surroundings. The after-party with revolve around interactivity and gaming, so expect a totally different setup of the cinema.

Aside from the usual food, drinks and beer, we will hook you up with some interactivity. We’ll have some of the toys from the hackathon, the NAO robots, and the results of the hackathon. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the freestyle hackathon and the networking game at the after-party as well.

But wait, there’s more…

We will have the chance to do some truly special stuff (and imho - totally awesome). There will be some serious interactivity on the ‘big screens.’ First, there will be games on the XL steam screen from Leia Display System, but what we’re most excited about are the cinema screens. If you are a gamer, we know you have always dreamed of playing a game on a cinema screen with a thundering sound system at your disposal. Well, now your dream becomes a reality- we’ll have gaming sessions going on with a crowd to cheer on every frag, no-scope snipe, wipe out and wreck you make.

We are really excited to be able to host such an event in Warsaw and hope you will remember it as one of the best you’ve ever attended.

Hashtags

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

See you at Kino Praha at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday 11th.

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This time - it’s the real registration page. The Jitter hackathon tickets are sold out!

Sold out

What a good timing! We are right at the end of year and we just sold out all hackathon tickets! Only those people who have still valid promo codes can register for the hackathon.

Actually - thanks to the great venue we have for hackathon - we already increased number of hackathon places, otherwise they would have been sold out already before Christmas. We will tell you what the venue is very soon and with some surprise great announcement!

There are still places for the conference, but hurry up - there are just about 40 of those left, so be careful with today’s partying, otherwise others might be quicker!

All the best in the New Year 2014! It starts with Mobile Central Europe conference, so it has a good chance to be a great year.

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Sold out

No, we are not sold out yet, but we are pretty darn close to it!

We had so many registrations just before Xmas, that we had to add the “sold out” functionality! Following the true agile spirit we did not have it before we needed it….

Now it seems we might need it quickly, so we added it.

We decided that the registration for the event will close latest on Tuesday, January 7th, but if you want to make sure that you get your place, sign-up quickly, because we might have to close the registration earlier than that! This is especially important for those who also want to attend the Jitter hackathon - there is just a handful of tickets left.

So be quick about signing up - especially if you want to come to Jitter hackathon. And with a few announcements coming soon - it is very likely we will have to close the registration earlier than we thought.

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Santa’s making his list, have your team been naughty or nice?

Check it twice, ask yourself, ‘Does my team deserve a treat?’ We hope the answer is yes, and we hope that you’ll see that packing off your team to Warsaw will not only benefit them but your own interests! We promise to take good care of them and they’ll meet with the most interesting and influential figures in mobile software development. They’ll network, they exchange ideas, they’ll never forgive you if you don’t send them.

Christmas present

So come Monday, January 13th - it’s entirely up to you how it goes in your office… do you want your team to be energized, excited brimming with new ideas to bring to your project. Or do you want a bunch of sad individuals moping around the office teeming with regret and resentment that you turned down the chance to send them to the first Mobile Central Europe conference…

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We have officially closed the speaker’s list with the last confirmed speaker - Rob Rusher. Rob is our special guest - he will not only talk about and will show Google Glass. Rob has also managed to get a few Google Glasses for our hungry hackers to get their teeth into (we hope not literally).

Speaking of the Jitter hackathon we’re lining up so many cool gadgets that Bruce Wayne would be jealous (you will hear more about it soon but we have pretty exciting announcements up our sleeves!).

The Agenda is now more or less complete - we expect only some minor clarifications, but you can now explore the details of who will be speaking, what will be the subject and understand the level of the talk. There are plenty of sessions for just about anyone who does or would like to do mobile development - be it iOS, Android, UI/UX or just general mobile development subject.

We have really impressive list of speakers. When we started the call for speakers we did not know that we will host people from 9 different European countries and 6 different US states. Now we also know that the speakers are coming from 20 different cities (!).

So look, you’d be hard pressed to find a better, more diverse group of mobile experts speaking under one roof - what on earth are you waiting for - get yourself over to Warsaw for January and be a part of mobile history!

Do not hesitate and register now!.

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We have some great news for participants and speakers! The MCE Conference will have more great content for the same price! We received so many interesting submissions and so many great speakers want to come to Warsaw, that we decided to increase the number of speaking slots and make the conference 1 hour longer. So instead of 18, there will be 21 speakers, and all of them have something unique and fascinating to say!

Expect more announcements about the speakers this week as we finalize the agenda. We wanted to publish the full agenda on Friday, but we now defer it to Monday/Tuesday next week. Since we have more speakers and slots - we are putting together the agenda puzzle, in order to make the conference more interesting. Everyone - iOS, Android, Windows Phone developers, designers, generalists - will find sessions that will interest them.

Remember that we have limited number of tickets so the sooner you register - the better. As of yesterday, our payments system reached the 2000’s and we accept online payments as well as the retro 1980’s style bank transfer. Soon credit card payments will be enabled as well, but do not wait: having such great speakers at hand here in Poland is a unique opportunity and the tickets are already selling like hot cakes.