Let’s start out with some trivialities that might convince you all that hosting GUADEC in Karlsruhe in 2016 is a brilliant idea. Karlsruhe is Germany’s sunniest city. Karlsruhe is situated in the Southern part of Germany, hence not only easily accessible from other European Countries, but also from abroad as it is close enough to Frankfurt international airport and Stuttgart airport. Karlsruhe combines a strong sense for science and technology - think KIT1, FZI2 and Frauenhofer Institute–with a penchant for creativity and design–think ZKM3. Karlsruhe is a typical “student city” with affordable accommodation and cheap meals. The city hosts 4 higher education institutes offering computer science related degrees. As we plan a particular student pre-event to tap into this student pool, the potential of growing the GNOME community is guaranteed.
At this point the most promising option that we have is the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). We are however still in investigating other options at this point.
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audimax with 300 seats, many smaller ones
end of July or later
The DHBW (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg) offers exactly what we are looking for. They have a large room for keynotes and some smaller rooms for talks and also for BoFs in a single building. In addition to this the venue has plenty of space in the lobby that we intend to transform into a lounge for casual gatherings.
The venue is located further to the north west of the city, meaning that it is unlikely to be within comfortable walking distance to the accommodation. However, there is a tram station right next to the building and we are planning to provide all attendees with tram tickets for the duration of the conference. Furthermore if this location is chosen we are going to organize lunch on-site as there are only limited options for lunch in the vicinity.
The venue is available from the end of July on.
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