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{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
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Frequently Asked Questions about the conference
== By air ==
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: <small>''See also:'' [[Arrivals Departures]]</small>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auckland_Airport Auckland] is New Zealand's biggest airport, and the fourth biggest in Australasia, meaning you can fly directly from any airport in the Pacific.
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* The conference is taking place near the summer holiday peak so you will need to book your flights and accommodation as early as possible to get the cheapest rates.
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* Flying from the US? Remember that you're flying into the future! Don't forget to take this into account and check what day and local time you arrive.
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=== Immigration requirements ===
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* [http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/australiancitizensandresidents.htm Australian] citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand.
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* If you are from a visa-waiver country (including USA, most of the EU, Japan) and intending to visit for no more three months, then you do not need a visa.
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* Check the [http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/ Immigration New Zealand website] for details
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* [http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/Pages/default.aspx Customs] advice for visiting New Zealand. Note that New Zealand has stronger restrictions on bringing in food and other products that may host agricultural pests than most countries.
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=== Airport to venue transfers ===
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Auckland airport has buses, shuttles and taxis available.  Note that the Auckland domestic and international airports are about 1 km apart, so ensure you order a taxi to the correct location.
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12 Grafton Rd, Auckland, 1010~[[Location|Owen G Glen Building (OGGB)]]~This will be the main venue for the conference.;
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Auckland Airport, Ray Emery Drive, Auckland, 2022~Auckland Airport
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* http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/ToAndFromTheAirport/PublicTransport/TaxisAndShuttles.aspx
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* Uber has a fixed price $70 fare to or from Auckland Airport to an area which includes the University of Auckland (where the conference is held) and our accommodation.
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* http://taxi.co.nz is a facility run by Air NZ. It is a price comparison facility that includes airbus, taxi, shuttles and even helicopter. Note there's a slight surcharge for its use. In order to secure those prices, you need to book + pay for it via the website. I haven't used it before but I can see how it is useful.
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==== Airbus ====
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* Cost $16 one way
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* http://www.airbus.co.nz/
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* airport to the city - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-1-horizontal.png
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* city to the airport - http://www.airbus.co.nz/pictures/map-2-horizontal.png
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==== Shuttles ====
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* Cost $33 per person, one way.
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* Shuttles are door to door.
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* Some other shuttle services may not be at the airport and you may need to book them for pickup.
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* Not all shuttle services have the same fee. So ask before you hop on.
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* Super shuttle https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx
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=General Questions about the conference=
** The best known in Auckland for Airport shuttle service.
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==Is there a Code of Conduct?==
** Cost for airport - cbd (based on search on the [https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/Default.aspx supershuttle's website] : 4ppl $59; 5ppl $67; 6ppl $75; 7ppl $84; 8ppl $91; 9ppl $99; 10 $107  11ppl $113
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Yes, the short version is "Be Awesome". Refer [https://linux.conf.au/cor/code_of_conduct Code of Conduct on the Conference Website]. All attendees are expected to adhere to the code of conduct, with the goal being that all attendees will enjoy themselves.
** This means for 5 ppl it works out cheaper than the airbus and you have a door to door service.
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* Other shuttle services below were found via google + searched the prices below. I think you need to book with them in order for them to come pick you up.  Note - never used them.
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==Can I get a one day ticket?==
* Shuttlebus http://www.shuttlebus.co.nz/
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No. Tickets are only sold for the entire five days of conference. We strongly encourage people to attend all days to not miss out of talks, social events and the "hallway track".
** From Airport to CBD:  4 pax 65; 5 pax $70 ;  6 - 11ppl  $85
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** From CBD to airport: 6 - 11ppl $75
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* Express shuttle http://www.expressshuttle.co.nz/
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==What are Miniconfs?==
** Auckland CBD - Airport one way: 3-4 $60; 5-6 $70; 7- 11ppl $85
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The first 2 days of the conference (Monday and Tuesday) are devoted to Miniconfs. They are each devoted to a specific topic and run by organisers (rather than the main conference) for a whole day in one of the lecture theaters. Except for those that require special equipment you can attended and of them as part of your registration and switch between them during the days. Schedules and more details of each Miniconf is published on the website.
  
* Air Shuttle  http://www.airshuttle.biz/
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==I'm not a programmer, should I attend?==
** Airport to CBD 3 - 9 ppl $80
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Yes. The majority of the attendees are not fulltime programmers. Each session at the conference has 5-6 talks and these are arranged so that there should be something for everyone in each session. If you are unsure what to attend the talks that are predicted to be the most popular will be sceduled towards the left of the programme in the largest rooms.
** CBD to Airport 3 - 9  ppl $65
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* Quick shuttle http://www.quickshuttle.co.nz/airport-terminal/
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== Can I get assistance with my VISA application ==
** 1 to 2 people - $60 total price
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As a volunteer run conference linux.conf.au in unable to offer a letter of invitation to our speakers. Under NZ immigration rules as speakers are not being paid to attend a professional conference you should be able to attend under a visitors visa.
** 3 to 4 people - $65 total price
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** 5 to 6 people - $75 total price
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** 7 to 11 people - $90 total price
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* Kathy's shuttle http://kathysshuttle.co.nz/
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=The Schedule=
** 2 ppl from airport to central auckland $45 Source: http://kathysshuttle.co.nz/gettingplaces/
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==Is the schedule final==
** Her booking page has choices for up to 6 or more. So it is probably a bigger vehicle than the car on the web page.
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With LCA the schedule is always somewhat fluid so bookmark the on-line schedule on your smart phone or tablet.
  
==== Taxi ====
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==Can I get an iCAL or similar of the schedule?==
* $75-$90
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There is an experimental ical feed at http://linux.conf.au/programme/schedule/ical
* http://taxi.co.nz (pre-paid taxi)
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* Taxi is a metered srevice and so fare above is an approximation.  The meter still ticks when it is stuck in traffic unless you managed to negotiate a flat fee for the journey.
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* IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are at the airport and need to go somewhere, within the airport area, be aware that it could be very expensive despite the short distance.
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=Social Events=
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==Can I get a ticket for the Speakers Dinner==
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Speakers Dinner tickets are reserved for main conference program speakers, mini-conf organisers and our keynote speakers. We are unable to extend speaker privileges to the mini-conf speakers.
  
== By bus ==
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==Can I get a ticket for the Professional Delegates Networking Session==
* [http://www.intercity.co.nz Intercity]
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All Professional Delegates, Speakers and Mini-Conf organisers get free entry to the PDNS event.
* [https://nakedbus.com NakedBus]
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* [http://www.manabus.com ManaBus]
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* [http://www.kiwiexperience.com KiwiExperience]
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* [http://www.straytravel.com Stray Travel]
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== By train ==
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==Can I by extra or late tickets for the Penguin Dinner==
* [http://www.kiwirail.co.nz KiwiRail]
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Yes. Please contact Rego Desk or send an email to contact@lca2015.linux.org.au
** [http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/northern-explorer/?servicename=Northern%20Explorer Northern Explorer]
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== By car ==
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=The Venue=
* [http://www.newzealand.com/int/travel-times-and-distances-calculator Travel time and distance calculator]
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==What parking options are there at the Venue?==
* [http://www.aatravel.co.nz/transport-and-rentals-newzealand/rentals.php Vehicle rentals] (nationwide)
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The building we are using at the University of Auckland (OGGB) has a 5 level 1000 park carpark in the basement. General [https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/the-university/how-university-works/campuses-locations-transport/campus-parking-options.html parking rates] apply.
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=Stuff at the conference=
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== What do the Symbols on my Badge mean? ==
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Talk to other people to find out - it's exciting to learn and socialize!
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TODO: We should copy this page - http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/BadgeDefinitions

Revision as of 13:20, 6 January 2015

Frequently Asked Questions about the conference

General Questions about the conference

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes, the short version is "Be Awesome". Refer Code of Conduct on the Conference Website. All attendees are expected to adhere to the code of conduct, with the goal being that all attendees will enjoy themselves.

Can I get a one day ticket?

No. Tickets are only sold for the entire five days of conference. We strongly encourage people to attend all days to not miss out of talks, social events and the "hallway track".

What are Miniconfs?

The first 2 days of the conference (Monday and Tuesday) are devoted to Miniconfs. They are each devoted to a specific topic and run by organisers (rather than the main conference) for a whole day in one of the lecture theaters. Except for those that require special equipment you can attended and of them as part of your registration and switch between them during the days. Schedules and more details of each Miniconf is published on the website.

I'm not a programmer, should I attend?

Yes. The majority of the attendees are not fulltime programmers. Each session at the conference has 5-6 talks and these are arranged so that there should be something for everyone in each session. If you are unsure what to attend the talks that are predicted to be the most popular will be sceduled towards the left of the programme in the largest rooms.

Can I get assistance with my VISA application

As a volunteer run conference linux.conf.au in unable to offer a letter of invitation to our speakers. Under NZ immigration rules as speakers are not being paid to attend a professional conference you should be able to attend under a visitors visa.

The Schedule

Is the schedule final

With LCA the schedule is always somewhat fluid so bookmark the on-line schedule on your smart phone or tablet.

Can I get an iCAL or similar of the schedule?

There is an experimental ical feed at http://linux.conf.au/programme/schedule/ical

Social Events

Can I get a ticket for the Speakers Dinner

Speakers Dinner tickets are reserved for main conference program speakers, mini-conf organisers and our keynote speakers. We are unable to extend speaker privileges to the mini-conf speakers.

Can I get a ticket for the Professional Delegates Networking Session

All Professional Delegates, Speakers and Mini-Conf organisers get free entry to the PDNS event.

Can I by extra or late tickets for the Penguin Dinner

Yes. Please contact Rego Desk or send an email to contact@lca2015.linux.org.au

The Venue

What parking options are there at the Venue?

The building we are using at the University of Auckland (OGGB) has a 5 level 1000 park carpark in the basement. General parking rates apply.

Stuff at the conference

What do the Symbols on my Badge mean?

Talk to other people to find out - it's exciting to learn and socialize!

TODO: We should copy this page - http://www.lca2010.org.nz/wiki/BadgeDefinitions