Blender Conference 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.
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
Tickets for the conference are now available in the Blender e-store.
Tickets will cost 129 euro for three days, which is including lunch and drinks. Order before September 1st to get a discount!
Blender Conferences usually start on friday at 11:00h, and end on sunday before 18:00h.
On friday evening is the Suzanne Festival screening, on saturday evening we do a dinner together in a cool place.
A new tradition is the monday-after when Blender Institute is open for everyone between 11h and 18h.
The schedule is only available around September 1st. Expect 50+ presentations on a wide range of topics, technical and creative, for scientists or artists, for game makers and filmers.
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/
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
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.