The website is a little low on logistics. Any hotels you have made deals with? Recommendations on how to get there (fly to Frankfurt and rent a car, train directly to Darmstadt and walk, can we park at the venue, ??)
We have a few points regarding logistics that’ll make their way onto the website soon.
if you come by plane: FRA, there is a ~30min bus ride (no swaps) that drops you off ~100m from the venue, details to follow
if you come by train: Take a train to Darmstadt, we’ve a rather big train station. If you have night trains / long distance trains you are most likely ending up in Frankfurt instead, there are multiple frequent connections from there
if you come by car: You probably know how to operate your navigation software There are some parking lots within the city center. I can’t recommend any particular (yet) as neither of us here owns a car.
We’ve tried that in the past but they want you to commit to some fixed amount of rooms (like 10-50). We aren’t in a position to pay that upfront without knowing that people will find it acceptable. It’ll likely be best if everyone checks on a mapping software of their choosing regarding distance & prices.
In about a month or so. The initial CfP deadline is set to 2023-08-10 but we are likely going to have a look earlier. The problem with the talks is that usually they only come in very briefly before CfP or after an extension. If everyone submits their talks earlier we can respond back earlier
For me its less being able to spare the money, but more being unable to justify yet another expense and weekend away from home.
For me, getting a few days away from family is part of the draw. 3 nights in a bed all alone with nobody stealing the duvet and no kids coming in at an ungodly hour is like going on vacation. Oh, and the nix stuff is pretty good too….
I apologise in advance if this is OT for this thread, but I booked a hotel called “Felix Hotel Darmstadt” which is close by the venue (15m walk), close to the train station (5m walk), super cheap (EUR45/night) and at least looks perfectly fine for a few nights. It’s small, but I’m only going to sleep there so that’s fine. It’s obviously not a recommendation as I haven’t stayed there yet, but I just wanted to throw it out there in case people were wondering about options.
Usually I would agree, though during September there is already a company event, a meeting with a customer, and an in person meeting with my future employer… I will be away already for more than 7 nights.
So justifying yet another 3 nights/4 days, which would cost another 150 EUR for the hotel, 100+ for the train (I wouldn’t use Deutschlandticket for that trip), 100+ for after-talk-beers and lunch… 75+ for the ticket…
Just do a conference in Hamburg, and I will be there No awaytime to be scheduled