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

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


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.


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


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

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.


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.


  • 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


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.


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.


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.


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.