Flock2014-Prague-proposal

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Information on this page was presented as proposal and nothing here is 100 % accurate for real Flock.

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People who are helping us collect information and contact people for our proposal

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Prague

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Transportation

  • Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) offers direct flights to/from 110 destinations in 42 countries including most of the European capital cities and numerous destinations in Asia. Direct flight from/to New York is available, other American locations are available trough Frankfurt, Amsterdam or other bigger European airports.
Airport Price for return tickets Duration
RDU 1000€ 20h
BOS 1000€ 11h
JFK 900€ 10 h
PRG 0€ 0h
CDG 150€ 1.5h
CGN 100€ 1h
CCS (via CUR/AMS) 2600€ 17h
BOM 650€ 17h
DEL 600€ 17h

Note that the prices and durations are not very informative. Today prices for summer are not real to get (flights are not yet scheduled) and today prices for 1-2 months ahead do not reflect summer prices, but rather Christmas prices.

  • The Prague's Public Transport bus goes directly form the airport to the venue, 23 minutes, 32 CZK ~ 1.28 €
  • Public transport in Prague is very clean, reliable and cheap.
  • Taxi is usually less than 0.80 €/km
  • Prague also offers good train connections from central Europe.
  • Train ticket from Brno is only 150 CZK ~ 6 € when bought online.

Proposed Venue

  • Czech Technical University in Prague - Faculty of Information Technology - Thákurova 9, Praha
  • Very nice and relatively new building shared with Faculty of Arts
  • The venue holds local Linux event called LinuxDays (~500 ppl) - see some pics
  • We would have those rooms available:
    • 1 lecture room for 300
    • 1 lecture room for 80
    • 4 classrooms for 24 (no computers)
    • 4 classrooms for 24 (with computers*)
    • 1 classroom for 24 where we can possibly install Fedora on computers*
    • 1 classroom for 48 (with computers*)
    • 3D printing lab with several RepRap printers available for workshops and/or hacking
    • student respirium with couches
    • compuetrs might work or might not during summer (due to maintenance)
  • Everything is located in one building
  • Free WiFi only for us + Eduroam + Faculty of Arts students' WiFi with known password
  • IPv6 working
  • 10 minutes public transport to city center, 20 minutes walk to Prague Castle
  • Price would be cca 30k CZK ~ 1200 € - this includes facilities, such as taking care for trash, toilet paper, cleaning floors, etc. for four days (if FIT CTU is a partner)

Lodging

These are proposed hotel and hostels. All except Hotel Diplomat are run by the University and you might think about them as hostels. Masarykova kolej is somewhere between being a hotel and a hostel.

Hotel Address Distance from venue Triple room Double room Single room Capacity Internets
Hotel Diplomat Evropská 15 10 minutes walk N/A varies around about 90 € varies around about 90 € no idea, a lot "High-speed internet access"
Masarykova kolej Thákurova 1 5 minutes walk N/A 1590 CZK ~ 64 € (breakfast inc.) 1220 CZK ~ 49 € (breakfast inc.) 64 ppl in hotel part, 654 in hostel (prices for hotel only) LAN on rooms in hotel part
Hostel Dejvická Zikova 19 5 minutes walk 1260 CZK ~ 50 € 900 CZK ~ 36 € 650 CZK ~ 26 € 84 ppl nope
Hostel Orlík Terronská 6 10 minutes walk N/A 1100 CZK ~ 44 € 700 CZK ~ 28 € 173 ppl nope
Hostel Sinkuleho Zikova 13 5 minutes walk 705 CZK ~ 28 € 600 CZK ~ 24 € 400 CZK ~ 16 € 373 ppl nope
Hostel Bubeneč Terronská 28 10 minutes walk 900 CZK ~ 36 € 800 CZK ~ 32 € 450 CZK ~ 18 € 534 ppl nope
Hotel Denisa TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Hostels Sinkuleho and Bubeneč don't offer showers on rooms.

Mobile internets

  • Mobil.cz provides "free" 200 MB internet FUP when buying the SIM card for 200 CZK. You can still use your 200 CZK for calls and texts.
  • Bleskmobil.cz and/or Tescomobile.cz provides 24 hours 50 MB FUP for 20 CZK, you have to buy 150 CZK prepaid. You can spend your prepaid money also for calls and texts.

Signal coverage in Prague is great.

Food

The usual university cafeterias are closed during the summer, so we cannot use them. They are not very good anyway.

There are lots of places to go eat in 15 to 30 minutes walk distance, but there is no way we can provide some money-card thing like on Flock 2013.

Social Event

The Pub

The Pub is a very good beer restaurant located near the venue - it's only 15 minutes walk. They offer 130 places to sit and some more on the bar. Each table contains a tap, so everyone can pour their own beer. Statistics are available for each table, and tables can compete not only with each other, but also with those from other "The Pub" restaurants all around the Czech Republic and even some other countries including Germany. They have Pilsner Urquell beer, and offer dinner at fair prices. They are open until midnight during the week, on Friday and Saturday till 02:00, but they might be willing to stay open longer provided we fill the entire pub.

U Fleků

U Fleků is a world-known brewery and restaurant in the city center. They have more than a thousand places to sit and also a beer garden. Great food, their own beer. Closes at 23:00.

Klub Lávka

Klub Lávka provides up to 250 places to sit and 400 to stay. They have a garden with great view over the river and can provide food (buffet) in the garden. This place looks great, but the prices are much higher.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • almost free beer
  • everything (food, accommodation, transport...) should be cheaper than in western countries
  • lots of hostels near the venue
  • venue is relatively close to the airport
  • Brno Red Hat office is close
  • good experience with the venue (LinuxDays)
  • 3D printing lab
  • Prague is very attractive from the tourist side of view
  • local hackerspace http://brmlab.cz/ in the city

Cons

  • not all Czech people speak English
  • the only direct flight to North America is to New York, no direct flights to South America
  • everyone will probably need to buy their own lunch (unless we figure it out somehow)
  • no Internets in cheap hostels (but available in first two hotels)