Onsite Conference Details

### Things to Consider on-site at PyCon * Critical information * Who to ask for directions at the Convention Center * Hotel Locations in relation to the Convention Center * Registration Hours and Location * Swag Bag Pick Up Hours and Location * Plenary Session Location * Lunch Access & Breaks during the Tutorials * Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks during the Conference * Lost & Found Information * PyCon Wi-Fi & Power * Transportation ### Critical Information The convention center is a large building, and PyCon will only be occupying a portion of it. * Ushers will be available on-site to provide directions * Registration will take place in ["Viger Hall" on the 200-level](https://www.dropbox.com/s/o4hvbfoyvhnpzon/reg_location_2nd_floor.pdf). The escalators at the north end of the building provide the most direct access. * The PyCon 2014 Points of Interest map shows all the important locations (mobile friendly links: main venue: [Palais des congrès](https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Montreal+Convention+Centre/@45.504948,-73.5602556,17z/data=!3m2!4b1!5s0x4cc91a509cddd7ef:0xdae92296a0cf1a5d!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cc91a50a2fb2dcf:0x17d4bd31b9103f97); tutorials, summits, childcare, hotel: [Le Westin Montréal](https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Le+Westin+Montreal/@45.5036901,-73.5598286,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cc91a5a40bcfbc7:0x77fa25c76e8e71ac); hotel: [Hyatt Regency Montréal](https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Hyatt+Regency+Montreal/@45.5070351,-73.5654904,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cc91a4fba9dd1c5:0xf77d3e62fbe10c91)). ###Who to ask for directions at the Convention Center The Palais des congrès (the convention center where PyCon is held) has ushers who walk around the property and assist people with directions. The ushers are easily recognizable; positioned at strategic locations (at bottom and top of main escalators in particular). They do wear black attire with a Palais touch (little scarf, tie, armband). You can also go up to PyCon Registration in Viger Hall (level 2) and ask how to get to a certain session. ###Hotel Locations in relation to the Convention Center The hotels are listed on the the PyCon 2014 Points of Interest map. Additionally, mobile friendly links directly the convention center and hotels: * [Palais des congrès](https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Montreal+Convention+Centre/@45.504948,-73.5602556,17z/data=!3m2!4b1!5s0x4cc91a509cddd7ef:0xdae92296a0cf1a5d!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cc91a50a2fb2dcf:0x17d4bd31b9103f97): main venue * [Le Westin Montréal](https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Le+Westin+Montreal/@45.5036901,-73.5598286,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cc91a5a40bcfbc7:0x77fa25c76e8e71ac): tutorials, summits, childcare, hotel * [Hyatt Regency Montréal](https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Hyatt+Regency+Montreal/@45.5070351,-73.5654904,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4cc91a4fba9dd1c5:0xf77d3e62fbe10c91): hotel ####You can access the convention center (Palais des congrès) from the Westin and the Hyatt through underground tunnels: **Hyatt:** From the lobby, take the elevator closest to the lobby bar to Level 2. From there so right until you reach a beverage depot on your right. At that point you should see escalators to a lower level tunnel, which will take you to the Palais des congrès. **Westin**: From the 3rd level, take the elevator down to the underground level and just follow the indications for the "Palais des congrès" and take your right ###Registration Hours and Location Badge pick up will take place onsite at registration in the Palais des congrès / Convention Center in the Viger Hall, which is located on the 2nd floor. Please see [the annotated floor plan](https://www.dropbox.com/s/o4hvbfoyvhnpzon/reg_location_2nd_floor.pdf). At registration you will be able to pick up your conference badge, change/add tutorial registrations, and/or update the information that prints on your badge. Onsite rates will apply. ####Registration Hours * Tuesday, April 8th: 12:00pm to 6:00pm * Wednesday, April 9th: 7:00am to 5:00pm * Thursday, April 10th: 7:00am to 5:00pm * Friday, April 11th: 7:00am to 5:00pm * Saturday, April 12th: 7:00am to 5:00pm * Sunday, April 13th: 8:00am to 1:00pm ###Swag Bag Pick Up Swag bag pick up will occur in Viger Hall Friday 7-3 and Sat 7-12. ###Plenary Session Location The opening of PyCon will be Friday April 11th in the plenary session room: 517AB at 9:00am: [5th floor annotated floor plan](https://www.dropbox.com/s/5fu13c9pg5octww/plenary_session_5th_floor.pdf). All plenary sessions and lightning talks will take place in 517AB. See also: [the complete conference schedule](https://us.pycon.org/2014/schedule/talks/). ###Lunch Access & Breaks during the Tutorials There are two 20 minute breaks during Tutorials, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning break is at 10:15 a.m. and the afternoon break at 3:00 p.m. The breaks (which are only coffee and drinks) will be served outside of each room, not in a central location. For those attending a tutorial in the Viger Room at the Westin, breaks will be served by the Viger Room at the same times listed above. - Attendees who have an AM tutorial at the Westin should attend lunch at the Westin in the Palais Room at 12:20pm. The Palais Room is located on the 8th floor at the Westin, directly next to the Viger Meeting Room. - Attendees who have an AM tutorial at the convention center should attend lunch at the convention center in room 710 at 12:20pm. Room 710 is located on the 7th floor at the Palais des congrès / Convention Center right by the escalators. ###Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks during the Conference The main conference breakfast (April 11-13) will be served in room 220BC (directly next to the Exhibition Hall). Breakfast will start at 7:30am daily and will go on for about an hour and a half. The main conference lunch (April 11 - 13) will be served in room 220BC (directly next to the Exhibition Hall). Those who have lunch tickets (which will be printed on your badge onsite) will only be able to access the lunch room. The staff will be collecting lunch tickets at the entrance of the lunch room daily. ###Lost & Found Information If you lose something onsite at the convention center, please address inquires to a security officer at the Security Operations Center on the main floor or dial 5508 on the house phone. From outside of the Palais, you can reach the Security Operations Cenrer by dialing (514) 871-3141. If that does not work, check at the PyCon registration desk in Viger Hall, sometimes items get returned there. ###PyCon Wi-Fi - SSID: PyCon 2014 - Password: pycon2014 We have placed down power bars in the breakout rooms but not in every row to save costs. Please see the breakout room floor plans [here](https://www.dropbox.com/s/eof45jzxhvgiqly/Power_distribution.pdf), which show the locations of where the power bars will be (in the red rectangles). ###Transportation If you are planning to take the bus or the metro you should probably have a look at the [STM website](http://www.stm.info/en) and have a look at the different [fares](http://www.stm.info/en/info/fares/transit-fares) - 3 days and weekly passes could be a great option. Make sure also have a look at the underground map of the city: ![map of the underground](http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/docs/page/arrond_vma_fr/media/images/public/ph_carte_reso_tgl.jpg)