Announcement: conference date 2014

Blender Conference 2014 will be in Amsterdam, most certainly in the same 'De Balie' venue again. We've made a reservation for October 24-25-26 there. Mark it in your calendar! The venue will allow maximum 275 visitors to subscribe. In case the conference gets sold out early, we'll check on moving to a bigger place - but that's totally uncertain if we can afford that.


General Information

Blender Conference again has been a totally awesome and inspiring event! We will be updating videos, links to talks, links to the Suzanne awards, photo galleries, etc here the next few weeks.

Call for participation

We now accept proposals for presentations, papers, courses or case studies. As usual we'll schedule shorter talks (max 25 minutes) in the big theater (seats 180), and have longer sessions (up to 85 minutes) in the Salon (seats 90). Deadline for proposals: August 20, 2014.

Over 50 Conference Presentations

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. This year the conference was visited by 270 people, which is also the maximum we can accept for this venue.

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.

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.
Call for submission will be coming soon.

Parallel sessions

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

Saturday evening dinner

As usual we’ll try to find a place that fits 150 people for food and drinking fun together. This is Vietnamese restaurant "Saigon Cafe", in Leidsestraat, just 250 meters walking distance. Dinner is sold out as well.

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 program and maps

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).

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. See info at right side.

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/

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
www.stayokay.com

Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Kloveniersburgwal 97
1011 KB Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 624 68 32
http://www.stayokay.com

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
Amsterdam
T: +31-20-694 44 30
www.campingzeeburg.nl

Other hotels

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.