Archive:FUDCon:Blacksburg 2012

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Event Details

Location

Virginia Tech Blacksburg Virginia

Virginia Tech is a Land Grant University in Southwestern Virginia with lots of bandwidth to be able to handle Fudcon without a problem Also a Fedora Mirror.


Hackfests = Friday, Sunday (2nd Floor McBryde Hall (tentative)) [/ Room Survey]


BarCamp = Saturday (100 and Second Floor McBryde Hall (Tentative) [/ Room Survey]


FudPub = [Breakzone] Squires Student Center (Tentative) [Reservation Form]

[catering] corkage fees and license fees

Dates

January 13-15, 2012

Pre-registration

Instructions
Please add your name to the list if you will attend. Also, please indicate the following:
  • Put an X in the $$$ column if you need funding to attend, and visit the FUDCon ticket tracker to make a funding request. We have a limited budget and will work hard to fund as many people as possible. We'll use these answers to help figure out budgeting for the event. We are making arrangements for attendees from other geographic regions to encourage specific initiatives such as future FUDCon events, but preference may otherwise be given to people in North America.
  • Put a V in the Veg column if you would like vegetarian fare for any meals that we provide during the event. If you prefer vegan fare, please mark that column VV. We will do our best to make sure everyone is accommodated!
  • Put your T-shirt size in the Size column, so we can have an idea about what sizes to have available. (Use a W to note a women's size if needed.)
  • Roomsharing:
    1. If you want or need to share a room, mark yes in the "Roomshare?" column.
    2. Once you have a roommate, both of you should mark your roommate's name in the block as well.
    3. If you need a roommate, look for someone with just a yes in the column, and contact them via email. If you encounter any problems, let the organizers know.
Use the Comments section for anything else you think organizers need to know, or to offer or ask for space or rides.
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# Name $$$ Veg Size Roomshare? Hotel booked Comments (extra line for badge)
000 Test
001 Kenny Armstrong XL
002 Ricky Elrod yes no 2X Ricky Zhou Not yet CodeBlock
003 Ricky Zhou yes (scholarship) no XL Ricky Elrod no Hi, I'm Ricky!
# Name $$$ Veg Size Roomshare? Hotel booked Comments (extra line for badge)

Travel

Closest Airport is about 35 Miles away Roanoke VA Planefare at time of checking (2/22/11)

Boston Roanoke ~$299 LAX to Roanoke ~$441

Roanooke Regional Airport (Airport Code: ROA) is the major airport servicing the Roanoke Valley area. The following airlines have flights going in / coming out of Roanoke:

Allegiant Air/ Delta/ United Airlines/ US Airways/

Driving Distance for Raliegh NC 200-233 Miles (depending on route)


Smartway Bus to/from Airport http://www.smartwaybus.com/schedule.htm

Local Mass Transit Blacksburg Transit http://www.blacksburg.gov/index.aspx?page=791

Travel planning

Lodging

(Still getting Bids so the following is very Tentative)

[/ Hotels near Location]

Primary Hotel

[Hilton Garden Inn]

$89 per night tentative (conference room use for evenings neg)


Proximity
The hotel is located within 2 Mile walking distance of the classroom space where the technical sessions will be held on Friday Saturday and Sunday. Highly suggested to use Blacksburg Transit Bus ($.50 charge each directions)(working on transit passes)

Secondary Hotel

[Hawthorn Suites]

priceing is based on rooms per night use of (conference room that holds 40 for free in the evenings game nights)

50 rooms at $69 a night

40 rooms at $72 a night

25-30 rooms $77 a night

Transportation

Airport shuttle

Smartway Bus to/from Airport http://www.smartwaybus.com/schedule.htm

consult Bus Schedule before booking flights (no Bux service on Sunday)

(OPTION: rent a Van from University for $40/day for shuttle service to/from Airport)

Parking

At the hotel

The has a significant amount of parking and has told us that they don't believe there will be a problem accommodating some out of town drivers there.

Virginia Tech

Should be Plenty of Parking on Campus (though parking Permits will be required)


Network access

Virginia Tech is a Major college with 30K+ Students and Staff so bandwidth should not be an issue but if you have portable wifi devices may be handy

There is also wireless available at the primary and secondary hotels. Refer to the information provided by your hotel for details.

Packing List

  • Laptop with 802.11b/g wireless
    • Extension cord (and North American power adapter, if from outside NA)
    • Ethernet cable (for hotel and/or hackfest)
    • Optional: Bring a Fedora Friend Finder (power strip)
  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or small amount of cash (ATMs are nearby the hotel and both ASU locations for the event)
  • Your presentation slides or anything needed for the hackfest
  • International visitors:
    • Passport/visa and any other official documentation needed
    • Converters for power (reference link[1])

If staying at the hotel:

  • Optional: swimsuit, gym clothes.[2]

  1. Most consumer plugs in the USA are Type B.
  2. This doesn't mean clothing is optional if you swim or exercise!

Pros and Cons

  • Pro: excellent location
  • Pro: Driving Distance for Raleigh
  • Pro: Better Weather than the NorthEast
  • Pro: Organized by a community member
  • Con: Distance from Airport
  • Con: organized by a community member