EuroPython 2015

Tips for Attendees

We are collecting a number of attendee tips and reminders on this page. Updates will also be posted to our EuroPython blog.

Contacting fellow attendees

We have enabled a functionality on the website’s “Who’s coming” page, which lets you quickly send emails to other attendees who have opted in to receive messages from EuroPython attendees. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the “Who’s coming” page
  2. Find the attendee you’d like to contact
  3. Click on the envelope icon on the attendee’s badge
  4. Write the message and click “Send”

The message will be sent by the conference system. You don’t have to know the attendee’s email address.

The envelope icon will only appear for those attendees who have enabled receiving such messages in their privacy settings.

Please update your profile

In order to print badges and streamline the process of handing them out at the conference, we need your name for the ticket.

Please make sure you have entered all the necessary details on your profile page. This will save us a lot of work and you a lot of long queues.

Attendee wiki

We have set up a wiki page for attendees to self-organize and give other attendees helpful tips:

The wiki page is hosted on the wiki. If you want to edit the page, please see the front page for instructions (near the bottom of the page).

Planing and advertising sprints

If you are planing on running a sprint, you can enter the details on the sprints wiki page:

The editing process is the same as for the main EuroPython 2015 wiki page (see above).

More details on the EuroPython 2015 sprints are available on the sprints page.

Printing posters

If you are running a poster at the conference, you can either bring your poster with you or just take a PDF to one of the many printing shops in Bilbao to get it printed on site:

Two recommendations from the on-site team:

Bilbao tram service on strike

Just like in Berlin last year, there will be some inconvenience due to strikes in Bilbao. The Bilbao tram service has been on strike since July 15th and it may well last until the end of Summer.

The tram services will stop from 11:55 - 14.00 and 17:55 - 20.00 CEST each day and only maintain minimum service at other times.

See “Paralizado el servicio de tranvía en Bilbao por huelga de sus trabajadores” for more details (in Spanish).

We had originally wanted to provide free public transport for attendees, but given the strikes during conference rush hours, we decided to drop this.

Note that buses and the metro will still operate as usual.

Great weather

You will not only benefit from excellent talks, but also receive lots of vitamin D in Bilbao. The weather forecast for the week is excellent: lots of sunshine and between 28°-30° Celsius.

So while the tram is on strike, you can walk and get an ice cream instead of a tram ticket.

Speaker preparations

If you are a speaker, please read the nice guide written by Harry Percival:

In particular, please check your talk time. The session chairs will have to make sure that all speakers only use the assigned talk time, so that the tracks don’t run out of sync.

There are also some important technical things to prepare your talk at the conference:

  • test your notebook with the projector in the room where you will be holding your talk
  • make sure you have the right VGA adapters with you
  • make sure the projector resolution is supported by your notebook

It’s best to do all of the above a few hours or a day before your talk. In case of problems, you can then try to find alternative solutions, e.g. borrow someone’s notebook for the talk.