Blender Conference 2014 will be October 24-25-26 in Amsterdam, at 'De Balie' venue again. Mark it in your calendar! The venue allows a maximum 275 visitors to subscribe. In case the conference gets sold out early, we'll check on moving to a bigger place - but there is no guarantee that we can afford that.
Every year we have a great mix of technical talks, scientific presentations, case studies from studios and workshops by artists and developers from all over the world.
The Blender Conference is really for everyone who’s interested in Blender in general. Last year the conference was visited by 270 people, which is also the maximum we can accept for this venue.
The schedule will be available by the end of September. Check the list of talks here.
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.
“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. Call for submission will be coming soon here.
This year the kitchen staff of De Balie will make us dinner in the grand cafe - reserved entirely for us! We'll start with a variation of smaller snacks, main course is their signature platter with a hamburger and fries - or a vegetarian dish, as desert we'll get fruit pie. Dinner includes three drinks (beer, wine or sodas).
If you organize an event parallel to the Blender Conference, let us know!
The day after everyone’s invited to drop by at the Blender Institute to inspect the premises! Opening hours: 11-18h.
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).
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. http://www.amsterdam.info/parking/park-ride/
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.
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
phone: +31 (0)20 551 31 90
Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
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
You can find hotels via common sites such as booking.com 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.