[hackerspaces] HAR2009 -=- Ticket shop now accepting credit cards
aldert at rotz.org
Thu Jan 22 13:42:03 CET 2009
ExecSum : credit cards now accepted, head over to the
ticket shop and order your tickets while they
are still cheap. (150 Euro till end of March)
Ticket shop now accepting credit cards
After some hard work, careful deliberations and serious wheeling and
dealing (as a result of which some of the more closely involved
volunteers will have to make do without their kidneys from now on),
think we have arrived at a workable situation regarding the
of credit cards for payment of your HAR2009 tickets.
As you might know, credit cards and the associated companies are
evil. You´ll be surprised when you see what turned out to be the
evil solution for us.
However, rest assured, your transactions are quite safe, and we’ve
taken additional precautions to safeguard the arrival of your money
prevent the credit card companies from stealing too big a cut of it.
Still, if you can, you should use iDeal (Dutch people) or direct
transfer (EU-zone people, yes that specifically excludes you Brits!).
The credit card company insists on getting their hands on a
amount of the ticket price, while the regular banks are a bit more
reluctant in that (only a bit though). In other words: credit card
transactions do cost us a bundle, whereas iDeal and direct (intra-EU)
transaction fees are within more manageable regions.
To make a long story short: credit cards now accepted, head over to
ticket shop and order tickets, liberally.
Early-bird period extended
Because it took a while to get credit-cards accepted, the early-bird
rate will apply for an extra month: if you order before march 31st,
will only pay EUR 155,- per ticket. And if you enter the special
code ‘SEAGULL’ you will get an extra EUR 5,- discount on top of that!
Remember, after march, prices will increase gradually to reach a
at the event itself, where the door-price will be EUR 250,-. Now,
of you have cried out vehemently that EUR 250,- is outrageously high,
and you are absolutely right.
However, you can help lower that target! If the pre-sale ticket
is high enough, there will be no problems with advance payment of
rental companies and such. So, show your solidarity with those that
have no choice and must buy their ticket at the door by
pre-ordering your early-bird ticket *right now*!
For further information about tickets, consult the original
announcement or the FAQ.
By now, the program commissariat is up to full steam. However,
HAR2009 fosters the community spirit, and encourages so-called
‘villages’ to be part of the official program.
A village within HAR2009 is basically a group of like-minded people
some niche topic, or sometimes just a particular brand of beer, that
want to locate their tents close together to express that kinship. In
other words: a village is a herd of hackers.
If you have visited the wiki recently, you might have noticed that a
lot of activity takes place on the village pages: initiatives for
various national villages, a number of villages centering around
specific sub-fields of hacking and technology, villages for certain
software projects or other religious issues, political villages, and
yes indeed, some villages that are just about having a bit of fun!
We encourage the villages to organise workshops or perhaps even
speakers of their own. In theory, there is no limit to what you can
in your village (but keep it legal kids!). Maybe you want to
the traditional workshop and/or lecture format, maybe you want to
people how to bend circuits, have a marathon of watching that obscure
cartoon or anime, do a demo-compo or just have a few beers around the
glow of your ZX-81’s CRT.
There’s only one rule: if you want to make it in the program booklet,
make sure you have a solid program somewhere around July. By that
those who are tasked with creating this essential souvenir will be
asking the more promising villages for their plans.
A quick reminder of some important deadlines:
Still 29 weeks till HAR2009!
Still 10 weeks and 5 days to get your early-bird ticket!
Still 14 weeks and 1 day to submit a lecture!
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