Blender Conference 2015: 23-24-25 October, De Balie, Amsterdam.

The presentations!

Almost all speakers updated their talk info in our backend. You can see the presentations list and schedule here. The schedule is a great mix of case studies, science talks, coding presentations, art demos, animation workshops and a lot of fun!

Or check the diagram of all talks at-a-glance.

Streams & recordings

As for last year, all presentations will be streamed live and recorded to YouTube. Speakers will have to make sure they don't show material or play music which they can't share.

Conference Program 2014

Blender Conference 2014 took place October 24-25-26 in Amsterdam, at 'De Balie' venue. With over 275 visitors, it was a total success!

Click on the link above for the list of presentations with videos. The original slides of the talks can be downloaded here.

A full schedule is available here.

Previous Conferences

To get an impression of how previous Blender Conferences went, you can check on the reports and schedule of conferences since 2004 on the old Blender website.

Ticket ordering - started now.

The Blender Conference is held in a popular conference venue and theater, right in the middle of the city. De Balie is a great place with a grand cafe to hangout. Conference tickets are including drinks and lunches. Ticket costs are 149 euro. Click the link above to order.

29 September note: Conference will get sold out this year again. Book now!

Suzanne Award / Animation Festival

“De Balie” has a real cinema with excellent projection facilities. We will collect submissions this year to assemble a great 90 minute Short Film festival, which will run Friday evening. Submit your entry here!

Saturday evening dinner: Belgian! (sold out)

We always try to find places where people can celebrate an evening together, enjoying food and drinks. This year we will have a great saturday evening dinner in Belgian restaurant "Lieve" on Herengracht 88. Tickets for dinners get sold separately (see above).

Parallel sessions

If you organize an event parallel to the Blender Conference, let us know!

Monday, Blender Institute open house

The day after everyone’s invited to drop by at the Blender Institute to inspect the premises! Opening hours: 11-18h.

Conference Venue

The conference venue is 20-25 minutes walk from the central railway station. Alternatively you can take Tram lines 1 2 or 5 too (exit Leidseplein).

Code of Conduct

Blender Conferences are inclusive and welcoming events, cherishing the diversity of our community.  To underline that we accepted a Code of Conduct.

Travel and Accommodation

Directions upon arrival

Arrival via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Walk to the main exit hall, there’s a railway station underneath. Take train to to Amsterdam Centraal Station (15-20 minutes). You can get tickets in vending machines or at desks.

Arrival at Amsterdam Centraal railway station
Get out at “Centrum”, walk to De Balie is about 20 minutes. You can also take tram lines.

Arrival by car
Parking in Amsterdam is impossible or expensive! Best is to park outside the center; like in “ArenA Transferium”. Cheap parking rates include metro/tram tickets.

In general
Avoid taxis! Especially taxis at the railway station will rip you off. Taxi ride from Airport to De Balie can easily cost you 45 euro. If you really need a taxi in Amsterdam, ask the hotel to phone you one, or phone the “Taxi Centrale Amsterdam”: 020 7777777, they’re reliable.

Hostels and other options

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
(Walking distance)
phone: +31 (0)20 551 31 90

Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Kloveniersburgwal 97
1011 KB Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 624 68 32

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg
(Is 30-40 minutes walk, but easy tram connection)

Camping Zeeburg Amsterdam
(they have cabins)
It’s not very close, has tram connection though.
Zuider IJdijk 20
T: +31-20-694 44 30

Other hotels

You can find hotels via common sites such as easily. Unless you have a good budget (100 euro per night or more), it's advised to not choose a hotel within the canal area - and certainly not in the old city heart or close to the Railway Station. The cheap hostels there are known to be among the worst of Europe!

Find a hotel outside the canal area, on bicycling distance or one that has a good tram connection to Leidseplein, where De Balie is. On 10-20 minutes tram/bicycle distance are usually decent and affordable hotels. Bicycle rentals are everywhere.