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OpenSQL Camp Boston 2010 in Cambridge, MA

The event is confirmed, sign up and make your travel reservations today!

Much like previous opensqlcamps, this will be an un-conference style get together for people interested in open source databases, including non-relational databases, database alternatives like NoSQL stores, and database tools such as Gearman. We are not focusing on any one project, and hope to see representatives from a variety of open source database projects attend.

OpenSQL Camp is free and its format is designed to blend spontaneity with the quality and depth that comes only with pre-planning. We borrow a little from many different styles of conferences to achieve this. Our target audience are users and developers, but others are encouraged to attend too. There will be both presentations and hackathons, so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn, contribute, and collaborate!

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Date, Times, Location

Cambridge, MA, USA

Do not forget to register, it's free! If you do not want to make a free login account, you can use the username "guest" and the password "thankyou".

Friday, October 15 6 pm - 10 pm (ish) - social event at WorkBar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA - right across the street from South Station. Parking is very limited, we recommend taking the subway. There will be dinner-type food (including vegetarian and vegan options) and drinks (soft and alcoholic).

Saturday, October 16 MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA)

Sunday, October 17 Activities will end at 5 pm. MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA)

Travel

The venue is conveniently located in East Cambridge near the subway (Red Line, Kendall Square stop) and near hotels and restaurants.

Places To Work - Places around Boston to find coffee, food and wifi

Airport - Boston Logan International - BOS

There are direct flights from many cities on the west coast, and from larger cities across the US.

Providence Airport (PVD) and Manchester Airport (MHT) are smaller airports about an hour's bus (or car) ride away from Boston.

Weather

Current wunderground.com forecast for Cambridge, MA

In the past 10 years mid-October has had everything from a light dusting of snow (less than 0.25 in / 1 cm) to 90 degree Farenheit / 32.2 Celsius temperatures. It may rain, hail, snow, or be very warm.

The weather motto of Boston is "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes, it will change." The best thing to do is to dress in layers -- a T-shirt is probably adequate while you're inside, but for venturing outside bring a sweater/jumper/pullover AND a jacket or coat, just in case.


Transportation

There is great public transit via the MBTA, nicknamed the "T" around Boston (that website has an excellent trip planning feature that shows times and rates, we encourage its use). Boston/Cambridge is also great to walk around. If you drive you may miss something -- Cambridge's total area is square miles. Boston is bigger, but still very walkable in the parts you would want to see.

Take the Silver Line (subway fare, even thouugh it's technically a bus) from the airport to South Station (approximately 10 minutes). From there, change to the Red Line towards Alewife to get to Kendall Square.

The fare is $2.00 for a one-way subway ticket, and you can pay cash/coins on the bus or buy a fare ticket at the airport. There is no need to take a transfer to switch to the Red Line at Kendall Square.

Parking

Parking around MIT is available, but not plentiful. You are allowed to park in MIT lots after 3 pm on Friday and all day during weekends, and there is some on-street meter parking and garage parking available. However, we recommend going car-free, as a car is not necessary at all.

(Needed: map of free parking lots with relation to the Stata Center) (Needed: map of garages/parking meters with relation to the Stata Center)

Hotels

Hotels in Boston can be pricey, with average rates $175 and up per night on the weekends.

I expect rooms will sell out quickly, so book as soon as possible. This rate is good through September 23rd, so the deadline has passed at this point.

We have a group rate of $149 per night for the Club Hotel Boston-Bayside hotel for Friday, Oct 15th and Saturday, Oct 16th.

  • online -- Group code: OPS
  • 240 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States 02125
  • Central reservations: 1-800-222-8733
  • Direct hotel telephone: 1-617-822-3600 Fax: 1-617-822-2865
  • website

Pros:

  • At $149 per night for a 3-star hotel, the price can't be beat.
  • Free shuttle to and from the airport. math homework hotline A taxi to Cambridge costs $30 (with tip).
  • Free wireless (with our group rate; don't be confused that the website says guest access is $9.95)
  • Steps to the JFK/UMass Red Line subway stop, which goes directly to MIT.

Con:

  • It's about a 15-20 minute subway ride to the actual venue at MIT. There was not much we could do about this; that weekend also has MIT family weekend, and the hotels near MIT did not have any prices less than $189 per night. (The weekend before that is Columbus Day, where many folks come to Boston to see the leaves change color; the weekend after is a large boat race, so that was actually the best weekend possible.)

If you are looking on your own, any hotel that is close to the Red Line subway will do -- though check the trip planner at http://www.mbta.com to see how long the subway ride will be.

Please send a message out to the mailing list if you are looking to share a room!

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