Blender Conference 2016: 28-29-30 October, De Balie, Amsterdam

Call for participation: submit your proposal until August 1st.

We invite everyone to submit their proposals for the 2016 conference. Early submitters can get approval per 21st of June - to allow enough time for planning the trip and housing.

Order the conference ticket with discount.

New prices for 2016

Blender Conferences are great events, a real highlight of the year for many people. This is because the conference attracts wonderful visitors and presenters from all over the world, but also because of the quality of the conference venue and the organization.

The Foundation and Institute have always sponsored the conference substantially in the past. The past few years this was getting a bit out of control... it is time to adjust the prices to reflect the economic reality. We will also invest more in streams and recordings this year.

We also welcome conference sponsors. For the 2016 edition we will make a sponsor prospectus in mid May. Ticket sales started 23 June.

Contact: foundation (at)


The presentations and program!

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.

Video and photo impressions

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 run Friday evening. 

Check this year's winners here!

Streams & recordings

As for last year, all presentations have been streamed live and recorded to YouTube, on the Blender Foundation channel.

Blender Conference 2016 pricing

Ticket for 3 days, including lunch and coffee/tea and cookies, and the monday-after in Blender Institute:

Discount: EUR 119*

  • Contributors (active as developer/documenter in past 3 years).
  • Accepted speakers.

Standard: EUR 179*

  • People who use Blender personally.
  • Freelancers or part-timers.

Saturday Dinner: EUR 40

  • An all-evening event in a restaurant, includes (at least) 3 drinks.

Single Day: EUR 89*

  • An all-evening event in a restaurant, includes (at least) 3 drinks.

(*Orders before August 1st get 20 euro extra discount)


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 and by checking on the menu on the top of this page.

Code of Conduct

Blender Conferences are inclusive and welcoming events, cherishing the diversity of our community.

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 are 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.