[hackerspaces] HAR2009 = Pre-sale closing in one week, family village, fun and recruitment
aldert at rotz.org
Tue Jul 14 12:16:26 CEST 2009
Pre-sale closing in one week, family village, fun and recruitment
In this announcement:
- Pre-sale closing in one week
- The family village
- Relax at the lounge and HARcade
- Wanted: verkeersregelaars
- Just in: shred your harddisk at HAR2009
Pre-sale closing in one week
This is your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to get a discount on your
ticket. Just one week left to get a EUR 20,- discount on the ticket
price: a pre-sale ticket sells for EUR 185,- (tickets at the event
entrance will sell for EUR 205,-). Readers of this website list get
extra EUR 5,- discount by entering the coupon code ‘WBPPRCH’. After
termination of the pre-sales on July 20th, 23:59 CET, direct
will be processed for two more weeks. iDeal (dutch electronic
and credit card orders will be processed up until August 1st. At that
date, the ticket shop will close.
We realize that for some, EUR 205,- is quite a large amount.
if you come from far, the cost of entrance and travel might be
insurmountable. Economic factors should not be a limiting factor to
attend, but the financial reality of organizing HAR2009 leaves little
room for discounts or other compensations. However, together with
HAR2009 has made room in the budget for a number of free entrance
tickets. If you want to apply, please consult the social fund page
and send in your request. Sadly, only a limited number of these free
passes is available. Applications must be in before August 1st.
The family village
Situated around a large central tent on the edge of the event
the family village invites families with children to set up camp and
participate in fun and educational activities. A virtually unlimited
supply of lemonade, crayons, paint and drawing paper brings endless
for the younger kids. A sandbox (with actual sand, not a virtual
a water slide and more are featured as well. Kids can enjoy
and an instant group of playmates.
For the older kids, there will be workshops on robotics with LEGO
Mindstorms, soldering and hardware tinkering, wikipedia and wiki
technology in general, lock picking, building water rockets, a
drone flight show and more. On one of the days, there will be a
baking session, after which said pancakes will be eaten by the kids.
The family village is not a baby dump or daycare center though!
are asked to participate in the activities, and are always
for their own kids. If you think your kid is not old or responsible
enough to walk around the campgrounds alone, you should not leave her
or him at the family village without staying yourself.
The family village has a wiki page, with all the details, and
requirements for the workshops (such as ‘bring your own laptop’ for
Relax at the lounge and HARcade
There is ample opportunity to take a break from the lectures and
workshops. To name just two, both the HAR lounge and the HARcade
are located right in the centre of the camp. The lounge is the
place to contemplate and reflect on the days program, leisurely
a cocktail or any of the other refreshments available from the bar.
Soothing music will complete the experience.
If that’s not intense enough, you might take the stairs that lead
the lounge into the HARcade: a serious game room packed with a number
of great pinball games (such as the top 3 games from the internet
pinball database, well at least 3 weeks ago before Cirqus Voltaire
ST:TNG switched places). Courtesy of pinball-loving visitors and
members of the Dutch Pinball Association. A classic asteroids game
flanked by the metacade and one hand-made game complete the arcade
And last but not least, a 3 meter high blinkenlights project, the
troicade, will be the canvas for a movie contest. So all in
all, HAR2009 is not all work, but a lot of play as well!
Vierhouten is a small village, with narrow roads and only so much
capacity for cars. Local authorities have asked us to come up with a
traffic plan, and asked us to manage traffic. What we need is at
Verkeersregelaars (literally translates to ‘traffic managers’)
an essential role in the Traffic Plan. Their job: guiding arriving
through the little village onto the Parking Field, preventing an epic
traffic jam from forming. Basically, several verkeersregelaars will
stand at strategic road junctions, to direct traffic in the right
direction and report on possible problems.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to randomly volunteer for this task
on the event, since the local authorities have stipulated some
constraints: the verkeersregelaars need to be at least 16 years of
have the Dutch nationality and take a short introductory course. We
have managed to arrange for this course to be given on the evening of
We are looking for around 25 volunteers to man the shifts throughout
the 12th and 13th of august. You will get to learn a new skill, and
everyone arrive (expect to observe some interesting vehicles). On
moments, there will be at most 6 verkeersregelaars on duty
simultaneously, normally less than 6. This will not be a full-time
if you can do 1 or 2 shifts that’s probably enough.
We are on a deadline though: the local authorities have asked us to
send in the list of names ASAP! So if you are planning to arrive on
10th of august (or can change your plans to arrive on the 10th), and
don’t mind a few hours of verkeer regelen (managing traffic), follow
the instructions on the wiki page.
Just in: shred your harddisk at HAR2009
Ok, this announcement is already crammed with items but this is too
much fun. On friday the 14th, a harddisk shredder will be on the
terrain and at your service. Sign up for a timeslot, show up with
your harddisk and go home with the shrapnel that once was your
harddisk. Fun for the whole family! And don’t worry, this is the new,
silent version of the shredder so you can leave your ear-protection
your tent. A great way to randomize your data!
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