EuroPython 2016

Tips for Attendees

We are collecting a number of attendee tips and reminders on this page. Updates will also be posted to our EuroPython blog.

Contacting fellow attendees

We have enabled a functionality on the website’s “Who’s coming” page, which lets you quickly send emails to other attendees who have opted in to receive messages from EuroPython attendees. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the “Who’s coming” page
  2. Find the attendee you’d like to contact
  3. Click on the envelope icon on the attendee’s badge
  4. Write the message and click “Send”

The message will be sent by the conference system. You don’t have to know the attendee’s email address.

The envelope icon will only appear for those attendees who have enabled receiving such messages in their privacy settings.

Please update your profile

In order to print badges and streamline the process of handing them out at the conference, we need your name for the ticket.

Please make sure you have entered all the necessary details on your profile page. This will save us a lot of work and you a lot of long queues.

Attendee wiki

We have set up a wiki page for attendees to self-organize and give other attendees helpful tips:

The wiki page is hosted on the wiki. If you want to edit the page, please see the front page for instructions (near the bottom of the page).

Mobile internet and phones

If you want to save on roaming charges, you may want to get a prepaid SIM card for the time you are in Bilbao. We cannot offer SIM cards for sale ourselves due to the local regulations, but we've put together a list of carriers and rates for your information on our SIM card page.

Note that the EU is close to getting the roaming charges down to zero, so please check with your provider whether it's necessary to get a perpaid card or not.

Planing and advertising sprints

If you are planing on running a sprint, you can enter the details on the sprints wiki page:

The editing process is the same as for the main EuroPython 2016 wiki page (see above).

More details on the EuroPython 2016 sprints are available on the sprints page.

Printing posters

If you are running a poster at the conference, you can either bring your poster with you or just take a PDF to one of the many printing shops in Bilbao to get it printed on site:

Two recommendations from the on-site team:

Speaker preparations

If you are a speaker, please read the tips for speakers, which includes a nice guide written by Harry Percival as well as more technical information for speakers:

In particular, please check your talk time. The session chairs will have to make sure that all speakers only use the assigned talk time, so that the tracks don’t run out of sync.

There are also some important technical things to prepare your talk at the conference:

  • test your notebook with the projector in the room where you will be holding your talk
  • make sure you have the right VGA adapters with you
  • make sure the projector resolution is supported by your notebook

It’s best to do all of the above a few hours or a day before your talk. In case of problems, you can then try to find alternative solutions, e.g. borrow someone’s notebook for the talk.

Great weather

You will not only benefit from excellent talks, but also receive lots of vitamin D in Bilbao. The weather forecast for the week is excellent: lots of sunshine and between 28°-30° Celsius... ok, we don't know yet, but it's going to be in that range :-)

So while the tram may be on strike again, you can walk and invest into an ice cream instead of a tram ticket: