DDD North 2015 Final Information
DDD North 2015 Is This Saturday!
We hope you are looking forward to DDD North 2015 as much as we are! The final catering order has been placed and boxes are arriving left, right and centre full of everything from pens to banners!
Registration opens at 08:30 in the Prospect Building at the University of Sunderland's Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peters, Sunderland, SR6 0DD - on this map building 10 - http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/images/StPeters_map_2010.pdf. We will be holding some of the sessions in the Prospect Building so we can use the very large lecture theatres and we will be holding a couple of sessions in the David Goldman Informatics Centre (Rooms 108 and 109 on the agenda - Building 13 on the map).
Catering for the Full Day
Thanks to our sponsors,we will have a selection of breakfast rolls (bacon, sausage or vegetarian sausage) available along with tea and coffee during registration (08:30-09:15).
Catering for an event the size of DDD North is the most challenging part of the event, ensuring we have enough food and drinks for the full day. Therefore please remember to thank our sponsors - University of Sunderland, Microsoft, NDC Conferences, Nonlinear Dynamics, Black Marble, Scott Logic, Sage, Orange Bus, DevExpress, NRG, Sunderland Software City, Make It Sunderland, Microsoft Visual Studio and TechSmith for being amazing and helping us to cover the costs of our catering bill! Without them you would have nothing to eat or drink!
We have had to make some slight agenda changes, tweaks to timings etc so please make sure you review the agenda and don't miss the sessions you'd like to see - http://www.dddnorth.co.uk/schedule
Same Venue Different, Bigger Building
Thanks to the support of the University of Sunderland, we have been able to gain access to larger rooms at Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peters which has enabled us to open more places to DDD North Attendees. We are now able to use the large lecture rooms in the David Goldman Informatics Centre but also the even bigger theatres in the Prospect Building which is also where we'll be holding registration, refreshments and our exhibitors area.
Free Car Parking!!
We are also very pleased to announce that there will be free parking in the University Car Parks (Highlighted with the red parking symbols on this map - http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/images/StPeters_map_2010.pdf) at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peters for all attendees of DDD North!
Lunchtime Grok Talks
We have a selection of Lunchtime grok talks which will be hosted in the Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre in the Prospect building (where registration and lunch is held) between 13:30 and 14:35 these will cover a variety of topics, listen out for more details at the beginning of the event - yet more content in an already fantastic agenda!
Food and Drink Reception at the Sunderland Software Centre
We are delighted to invite you all to attend the food and drink reception hosted by Sunderland Software City at the Sunderland Software Centre (It's about a fifteen to twenty minute walk or a five to ten minute drive from our venue at the University of Sunderland) after DDD North. The reception will start at about 6pm. The address of the centre is as follows: - Sunderland Software Centre, Tavistock PLace, Sunderland, SR1 1PB. We will also have maps available at the registration desk.
This drinks reception is being hosted so we can all enjoy a pint/soft drink together, share some food, chat about the day and see the wonderful facilities that we have for software companies at the Sunderland Software Centre. Please join us even if you can't stay for the whole evening but would like to break up your journey and relax a little before making your way home after what we hope will be another fantastic DDD North!
Can't attend DDD North 2015? Are you on our Waitlist?
This year we have, once again, had significant demand for places at DDD North and we are overjoyed with the interest. We currently at time of writing have over 100 potential attendees registered on our waitlist. If you know you can no longer make it to DDD North this year please cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so we can release your place to someone on our waitlist.
In addition, the biggest expense of running events like DDD North is our catering bill. Therefore, we'd really like your help please :). So that we don't order too much food and have lots go to waste we'd also like to ask you again if you know you won't be attending DDD North this year but have registered please cancel your ticket which will ensure that we get our catering order correct and also that someone who can attend who is on our waitlist can take advantage of the opportunity. As a guide it costs us more than £15 per person to supply food and drink for DDD North 2015. If you're not sure how to cancel here is the guide from Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/support/articles/en_US/How_To/how-to-cancel-a-registration-for-a-free-event?lg=en_GB
If you are on our waitlist please keep an eye on the inboxes for the email address you signed up to waiting list with, we are releasing tickets daily and are hopeful or releasing more tickets in the coming days leading up to DDD North 2015. If a ticket is released to you then you will get 24 hours to accept as the link sent to you is only valid for that amount of time - don't miss out!
Directions to The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peters
There are many different ways to travel to the University and here are some guides on how to get to the campus.
Sunderland is well connected by a national rail service. Grand Central trains run direct from London Kings Cross daily. East Coast run services into Newcastle Central Rail Station, from here you can take the METRO direct to Sunderland in approximately 30 minutes.
Newcastle International Airport is the closest airport to the University. The Airport is linked to Sunderland via the METRO system and is about a one hour journey time.
From North or South follow the A19 towards Sunderland and leave the A19 onto the A1231 heading for Sunderland. For the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter’s follow the brown directional signs for the National Glass Centre which is also located within the St. Peter’s Campus.
For Satellite Navigation Directions please use the postcode SR6 0DD.
For this Saturday only – the University has given us FREE Car Parking.
Alight at the St. Peter’s station, go down the stairs, cross the main road at the Pelican crossing and follow the signs to your destination. There is a metro map and journey planner at www.nexus.org.uk
If you are staying on the Sea Front it is a short walk along the coast line and riverside to the campus.
Need somewhere to stay?
DDD North is being held in Sunderland, which is a city on the North East coast and has a stunning coastline, so why not stay on the coast with a fantastic sea view? Take it from one who lives here, this is one of the reasons I love living in the North East. So I have put together a selection of hotels and guest houses to get you started in finding great value accommodation.
All of the guest houses listed along with the Marriott are within walking distance of the Roker Hotel and the majority are within walking distance of the University Of Sunderland where DDD North is being held.
In addition there are plenty of other guest houses in the area and there are also two Travelodge in the city centre which is about 15 minutes walk from the University.
We're adding a few more options in case those above fill up!
In addition there are two Premier Inns which are 15 mins drive to the University of Sunderland where DDD North is being held
We look forward to seeing you at DDD North on Saturday. Please keep an eye on twitter.com/dddnorth for updates throughout the week.