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Everything about the Mini-DebConf in Hamburg in May 2018

originally posted at http://layer-acht.org/thinking/blog/20180215-mini-debconf-hamburg/

# Everything about the Mini-DebConf in Hamburg in May 2018


With great joy we are finally offically announcing the Debian MiniDebConf [0]
which will take place in Hamburg (Germany) from May 16 to 20, with three days of
Debcamp style hacking, followed by two days of talks, workshops and more
hacking. And then, Monday the 21st is also a holiday in Germany, so you might
choose to extend your stay by a day! (Though there will not be an official
schedule for the 21st.)

;tl;dr: We're having a MiniDebConf in Hamburg on May 16-20 [0].
It's going to be awesome. You should all come! Register now! [1]

the longer version:

## Registration

Please register now, registration is free and now open until May 1st.

In order to register, add your name and details to the registration page in the
Debian wiki[1].

There's space for approximately 150 people due to limited space in the main

Please register ASAP, as we need this information for planning food and hacking
space size calculations.

## Talks wanted (CfP)

We have assembled a content team (consisting of Margarita Manterola, Michael
Banck and Lee Garrett), who soon will publish an extra post for the CfP. Though
you don't need to wait for that and can already send your proposals to


We will have talks on Saturday and Sunday, the exact slots are yet to be
determined by the content team.

We expect submissions and talks to be held in English, as this is the working
language in Debian and at this event.

## Debian Sprints

The miniDebcamp from Wednesday to Friday is a perfect opportunity to host Debian
sprints. We would welcome if teams assemble and work together on their projects.

## Location

The event will be hosted in the Victoria Kaserne (also called Fux or Frappant),
which is a collective art space [2] located in a historical monument. It is
located between S-Altona [3] and S-Holstenstraße [4], so there is a direct
subway connection to/from the Hamburg Airport (HAM) and Altona is also a long
distance train station.

There's a Gigabit-Fiber uplink connection and wireless coverage (almost)
everywhere in the venue and in the outside areas. (And then, we can also fix
locations without wireless coverage.)

Within the venue, there are three main areas we will use, plus the garden and

### Dock Europe

Dock Europe [5] is a meeting space within the venue which offers three rooms 
which can be combined into one big one. During the Mini-DebCamp from Wednesday
to Friday we will probably use the rooms in the split configuration, while on
Saturday and Sunday it will be one big room hosting presentations and such
stuff. There are also two small rooms we can use as small hacklabs for 4-6 people.

Dock Europe also provides accomodation for some us, see further below.

### CCCHH hackerspace

Just down two corridors in the same floor and building as Dock Europe there is
the CCC Hamburg Hackerspace [6] which will be open for us on all five days and 
which can be used for "regular Debian hacking" or, if you find some nice CCCHH
members to help you, you might also be able to use the lasercutter, 3d printer,
regular printer and many other tools and devices. It's definitly also suitable
for smaller ad-hoc workshops but beware, it will also somewhat be the noisy
hacklab, as it will also be open to regular CCC folks when we are there.

### fux und ganz

The Fux also has a cantina called "fux und ganz" [7] which will serve us (and 
other visitors of the venue) with lunch and dinner. Please register until May 1st
to ease their planning as well! 

## Accommodation

The Mini-DebConf will take place in the center of Hamburg, so there are many
accomodation options available. Some suggestions for housing options are given
in the wiki [8] and you might want to share your findings there too.

There is also limited on-site accomodation available, Dock Europe provides 36
beds in double-rooms in the venue. The rooms are nice, small, clean, have a
locker, wireless and are just one floor away from our main spaces. There's also
a sufficient amount of showers and toilets and breakfast is available (for those
36 people) as well.

Thankfully nattie@d.o has agreed to be in charge of distributing these 36 beds, 
so please mail her if you want a bed. The beds will be distributed from two
buckets on a first come, first serve base:

 * 24 beds for anyone, first come, first serve, costs 27e/night.  12 beds for
 * video team, frontdesk desk, talk meisters, etc, also by first come, first
 * served and nattie decides, whether you qualify indeed. Those also costs
 * 27e/night.

## Sponsors wanted

Making a Mini DebConf happen costs money, we need to rent the venue, video gear,
hopefully can pay hard working volunteers lunch and dinner and maybe also
sponsor some travel. So we really appreciate companies willing to support this

We have three sponsor categories: 

 *  >1000€ = sponsor, listed as such in all material.  >2500€ = gold sponsor,
 *  listed as such in all material, logo featured in the videos.  >5000€ =
 *  platinum sponsor, listed as such prominently in all material, logo featured
 *  prominently in the videos

Plus, there's corporate registration as an option too, where we will charge you
250€ for the registration. Please contact us if you are interested in that!

## More volunteers wanted

Some things still need more helping hands: 

So far we thankfully have Nattie volunteering for frontdesk duties. In turn,
she'd be very thankful if some people join her staffing frontdesk, because
shared work is more joyful!

The same goes for the video team. So far, we know the gear will arrive, and
probably a person knowing how to operate it, but that's it. Please consider
making sure we'll have videos released! ;) (And streams hopefully too.)

Also, please consider submitting a talk or holding a workshop!
cfp@minidebconfhamburg.debian.net is waiting for you!

Finally, we would also very much welcome a nice logo and t-shirts with it being
printed. Can you come up with a logo? Print shirts?

## Contact

If you want to help, need help, have comments or want to contact us for other
reasons, there are several ways:

 * the irc channel #debconf-hamburg on irc.debian.org
 * the mailing list debian-events-eu@lists.debian.org
 * editing the wiki page of the [0] which will notify us

Looking forward to see you in Hamburg!

  Holger, for the 2018 Mini DebConf Hamburg team

0) https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg
1) https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg/Registration
2) https://www.fux-eg.org/fux-eg/ueber-fux/
3) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahnhof_Hamburg-Altona
4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburg-Altona_station
5) https://dock-europe.net
6) https://hamburg.ccc.de
7) https://fuxundganz.de/
8) https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg#other_housing_options


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