On Friday 16 April 2010 23:20:57 Strainu wrote:
On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM, Michael Loeffler firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
For the venue we're aiming for the same venue we had last year - Berufsförderungswerk Nürnberg  - which is perfect from a conference perspective and has 75 hotel rooms on-site with a reasonable price. Downside was internet connectivity (2Mbit) but they meanwhile can offer 4Mbit and work on getting 10Mbit till mid of this year. So, with some luck this downside should be solved till the conference takes place.
As a participant at last year's conference I have several issues to report regarding Berufsförderungswerk:
- it was excessively far for people coming from downtown - over 1
hour 15 in commuting. The main problem was the bus, which was only coming each half hour, and if I remember correctly had a different ticket price. I think a location that one can reach by tram would be more appropriate for that city.
Good point - the bus was the bottle neck here. I can't guarantee a solution right now but I think a possible solution might a cab/rented car which swings between tram and venue.
- in 2010 lack of Internet sucks (especially for geeks). There are no
good points here; we're not monks ore slaves that should concentrate only on the matter at hand, we're mature people that can focus during the presentations and do whatever they like in the rest of the time
As written the capacity already has doubled (which is not enough - I know) and we have a fair hope to get a 10Mbit line which should solve this.
- the place outside the conference rooms was pretty small. The
solution was to talk outside the building, but the later the conference is in the year, the more chances there are of rain. The organizers should take this into account too.
In German October is called "the golden October" as its known for nice late summer weather. But yes, there might be exception and we should offer enough room that people can gather when they like to.