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This page has some early planning information on a potential Inkscape hackfest in 2016.
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This page details the planning of Inkscape's 2016 hackfest.
  
==Venue==
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Other pages: [[Hackfest2016 Topics]], [[Hackfest2016 Attendees]]. Old: [[Hackfest2016 Location]], [[Hackfest2015]].
  
LGM 2016 will be held in London. This means it would be the most convenient to have the hackfest in the UK or at least in Europe, to avoid long travels for developers who want to attend both the hackfest and the LGM.
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==Description==
  
The hackfest requires the following things:
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A hackfest! We will work on Inkscape bugs, new features, and packaging as well as website issues; in fact anything that can benefit from developers and users being physically in the same space.  
* Quiet meeting space with several power outlets and reasonably fast internet access.
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* WiFi is preferable, but can be provided via our own router.
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* Whiteboard / blackboard for quick notes.
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* Overhead projector or a big screen for demonstrations would be useful, but probably not essential.
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* Accommodation which is easily reachable from the meeting space.
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* Several food options near the meeting space.
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* It should be possible to survive using only English.
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===London===
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==Date==
Natural proposal due to LGM location.
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====Pros====
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April 11<sup>th</sup> through 13<sup>th</sup> just before the [http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2016/ Libre Graphics meeting] (April 15<sup>th</sup>-18<sup>th</sup>).
* Same place as LGM
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* English speaking country
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* Lots of things to do after coding
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* Good public transport
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====Cons====
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==Venue==
* Accommodation and food is very expensive
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====Further information====
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Public transport in London is one of the best in the world. Single fares are $4.47 peak / $3.54 off-peak to anywhere in Zone 1 if you have an Oyster card, available with a refundable $7.70 deposit, or $7.40 in cash. Cash fares cannot be used on buses. Transfer to/from Heathrow by tube (Piccadilly line) is $7.85 peak / $4.77 off-peak with an Oyster card or $9.24 with cash fare. Peak hours are 6:30 to 9:30 and 16:00 to 19:00.
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London is a major international airline hub, and its five airports have connections to almost everywhere on Earth.
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All prices after conversion to USD, using the exchange rate 1 GBP = 1.54 USD.
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===Leeds===
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Proposed by Alex Valavanis.
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====Pros====
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* Cheaper than London
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* English speaking country
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* Alex can arrange free meeting space
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* London can be reached quickly by train (total 2-3 hours)
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====Cons====
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The Hackfest venue will be in the Evans Room at [http://www.meetinleeds.co.uk/devonshire-hall Devonshire Hall], University of Leeds.  It is located in the Hyde Park area of Leeds.  Address as follows:
* Not a major airport
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====Further information====
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Devonshire Hall<br />
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Cumberland Road<br />
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Leeds<br />
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LS6 2EQ
  
Transport from Manchester: Manchester Airport with a train to Leeds for £6 (50 mins)
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A map of the venue is [http://www.meetinleeds.co.uk/map-of-venues available online].
Transport from London: Flight to Heathrow in London means the Piccadilly line (£8/45 mins) to Kings Cross and a 2 hour train ride for £22 to Leeds.
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===Warsaw===
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It is a traditional "Oxbridge style" stone-built hall and our meeting room will accommodate 10 delegates.  We will have access to the meeting room from 0900–1700 each day.
Proposed by Krzysztof Kosiński.
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====Pros====
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=== Catering ===
* At least 50% cheaper than London
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A buffet lunch will be provided each day.  There will also be an unlimited supply of tea, coffee and biscuits.
* Good public transport
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Sugar, milk and soy milk will be provided.
* Krzysztof can probably arrange free meeting space
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====Cons====
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=== Facilities ===
* Not an English speaking country, level of English proficiency is somewhere between Germany and France
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* Wireless networking
* Requires a flight to get to London for LGM (total 4-5 hours)
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* UK mains power (remember to bring your own UK power adapters if you're coming from outside the UK!!)
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* Data projector & screen
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* Flipchart and pens
  
====Further information====
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=== Nearby amenities ===
A three-night midweek stay booked a month in advance at an aparthotel or a budget hotel will cost around $160-$200 (prices from booking.com for start of June, which is already during the tourist season; prices in April are typically lower). An equivalent five-star hotel stay will cost between $400 and $800.
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There are a few pubs, bars, cafes and coffee shops 5 minutes walk away
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from the venue if we want a change of scenery. There is also a small
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convenience store.
  
Public transport has a [http://warszawa.jakdojade.pl/ very good navigation website] and a mobile application. Single tickets valid for 60 minutes and any number of transfers are $1.25, 24 hour passes are $4.20, 30-day passes are $31 - they are contactless cards and require a photo. The fares are good for all of Zone 1, which covers the whole city limits of Warsaw.
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The venue is located on the [http://www.woodhouseridge.org.uk/ Woodhouse Ridge nature trail] if you want
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to step out for some fresh air.
  
There are flights several times daily between Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) and major airline hubs London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Brussels. The only direct U.S. destinations are Chicago O'Hare and New York JFK. There is a second low-cost airport in Modlin (WMI), served by Ryanair. WAW is close to the city and connected by buses and trains, while WMI is accessible by a shuttle bus from a nearby train station. There is also a train you can take from Berlin Hauptbahnhof every 3 hours, it takes about 6 hours to reach the main railway station Warszawa Centralna.
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== Local transport ==
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=== Buses ===
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''First Bus'' services 1, 6, 28 and 97 all run between the city centre and Hyde Park (15 minute journey).  Buses depart every ten minutes during the day, and every half hour or so during the evening. Please see the [http://www.firstgroup.com/leeds/ First Bus] website for full timetables and ticketing information. Note that you can simply buy tickets from the driver.
  
Food is cheap by European standards. The most popular foreign cuisine is Italian. Two XXL pizzas, enough to feed four people, are around $16. Footlong Sub combo is $6, McMenu is $5, restaurant meals are anywhere between $8 and $20. Possible after-coding activities are as varied as in any major European city. There are several good multi-tap beer parlors, where a craft beer will cost around $3.
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=== Taxis ===
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Leeds has numerous local taxi services, which are generally reliable and cheap. These include:
  
All prices after conversion to USD, using the exchange rate 1 PLN = 0.28 USD.
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* '''Uber''': Book via the phone app.  If you don't have an Uber account yet, you can use discount code '''enqzf''' to get a free first journey.
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* '''Ace cars''': Phone +44 113 230 4499
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* '''Amber cars''': Book via phone or app. See the [http://www.taxileeds.co.uk/ Amber website for details]
  
===Phnom Penh===
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== Local contact ==
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Alex Valavanis is the local coordinator for the event, and lives within walking distance of the venue.  Send him a message on the developers' list if you
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get stuck!  He will also be free on the Sunday evening before the Hackfest if anyone would like to meet for food/drink in Leeds City Centre.
  
Proposed by Sirko Kemter for an event in November 2015.
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== Hackfest dinner ==
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An informal dinner will be held at [http://www.the-crosskeys.com/about/ The Cross Keys pub] in Holbeck, Leeds on the final day of the Hackfest: Wednesday 13th April at 7pm.  The food will be fairly traditional Yorkshire cuisine.  There are a couple of options for vegetarians, but please get in touch with Alex if you have any special dietary requirements.
  
====Pros====
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==Attendance==
* Very cheap accommodation and food
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* Friendly people
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====Cons====
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Anybody interested in Inkscape is welcome to attend. Funding is available for travel expenses based on past contributions to Inkscape. See the [[Hackfest2016 Attendees]] page for more details.
* Not an English speaking country
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* Far away for US-based developers
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====Further information====
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==Schedule==
  
Information from Sirko's e-mail:
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A schedule will be developed based on input from attendees and the Inkscape community. See the [[Hackfest2016 Topics]] page for further details.
  
Cambodia sounds far but flight costs are not more expensive as an flight from US to Europe, visa is not a problem there are only few countries excluded from the arrival one, so its pay get in. The hotels in Phnom Penh are extremly cheap, you get for 40$ an 5star hotel room but prices start with just 1$ a day (including breakfast and a bottle water a day). Same is for food, you get for 3-5$ a nice all you can eat khmer bbq.
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== Welcome drinks ==
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We will be meeting from 2000 onwards at [http://www.thechemictavern.co.uk/ The Chemic Tavern in Woodhouse] on Sunday 10 April for a couple of drinks.  It's a traditional pub with a good selection of real ales, and other alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks. There is a good [https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186411-d5209092-Reviews-Arkwrights_Fish_And_Chip_Parlour-Leeds_West_Yorkshire_England.html fish and chip shop] next door, and plenty of other takeaway food options nearby, which will deliver to the pub.
  
Cambodias people are extremly welcoming and open, especially the youth who really likes to learn and work to change their lifes. Inkscape has already a lot of friends now there, I was last year twice in Phnom Penh and gave a lot of workshops how to use it.
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[[Category:Hackfest]]

Latest revision as of 14:56, 15 June 2016

This page details the planning of Inkscape's 2016 hackfest.

Other pages: Hackfest2016 Topics, Hackfest2016 Attendees. Old: Hackfest2016 Location, Hackfest2015.

Description

A hackfest! We will work on Inkscape bugs, new features, and packaging as well as website issues; in fact anything that can benefit from developers and users being physically in the same space.

Date

April 11th through 13th just before the Libre Graphics meeting (April 15th-18th).

Venue

The Hackfest venue will be in the Evans Room at Devonshire Hall, University of Leeds. It is located in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. Address as follows:

Devonshire Hall
Cumberland Road
Leeds
LS6 2EQ

A map of the venue is available online.

It is a traditional "Oxbridge style" stone-built hall and our meeting room will accommodate 10 delegates. We will have access to the meeting room from 0900–1700 each day.

Catering

A buffet lunch will be provided each day. There will also be an unlimited supply of tea, coffee and biscuits. Sugar, milk and soy milk will be provided.

Facilities

  • Wireless networking
  • UK mains power (remember to bring your own UK power adapters if you're coming from outside the UK!!)
  • Data projector & screen
  • Flipchart and pens

Nearby amenities

There are a few pubs, bars, cafes and coffee shops 5 minutes walk away from the venue if we want a change of scenery. There is also a small convenience store.

The venue is located on the Woodhouse Ridge nature trail if you want to step out for some fresh air.

Local transport

Buses

First Bus services 1, 6, 28 and 97 all run between the city centre and Hyde Park (15 minute journey). Buses depart every ten minutes during the day, and every half hour or so during the evening. Please see the First Bus website for full timetables and ticketing information. Note that you can simply buy tickets from the driver.

Taxis

Leeds has numerous local taxi services, which are generally reliable and cheap. These include:

  • Uber: Book via the phone app. If you don't have an Uber account yet, you can use discount code enqzf to get a free first journey.
  • Ace cars: Phone +44 113 230 4499
  • Amber cars: Book via phone or app. See the Amber website for details

Local contact

Alex Valavanis is the local coordinator for the event, and lives within walking distance of the venue. Send him a message on the developers' list if you get stuck! He will also be free on the Sunday evening before the Hackfest if anyone would like to meet for food/drink in Leeds City Centre.

Hackfest dinner

An informal dinner will be held at The Cross Keys pub in Holbeck, Leeds on the final day of the Hackfest: Wednesday 13th April at 7pm. The food will be fairly traditional Yorkshire cuisine. There are a couple of options for vegetarians, but please get in touch with Alex if you have any special dietary requirements.

Attendance

Anybody interested in Inkscape is welcome to attend. Funding is available for travel expenses based on past contributions to Inkscape. See the Hackfest2016 Attendees page for more details.

Schedule

A schedule will be developed based on input from attendees and the Inkscape community. See the Hackfest2016 Topics page for further details.

Welcome drinks

We will be meeting from 2000 onwards at The Chemic Tavern in Woodhouse on Sunday 10 April for a couple of drinks. It's a traditional pub with a good selection of real ales, and other alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks. There is a good fish and chip shop next door, and plenty of other takeaway food options nearby, which will deliver to the pub.