Some information on another possible venue below from a friend of mine in Edinburgh. Wonder if we could also work a deal for reduced accommodation for attendees?
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I had a look at that 5-star hostel on Leith Walk. It's quite fresh as
it's in a new build. The wireless is for a 300 room hostel and is not
used much by guests during the daytime as they are not then in the
building. The manager was a bit nervous though about promising that 80
people could be using the internet at the same time and get full
speed. Will people be coding locally on their machines or on a distant
It's not free. You never mentioned what kind of budget you have for
this...will the hackathon delegates be prepared to cough up a £10 -
£20 to participate? I'm also wondering if a sponsor can be found.
You always have to negotiate with venue people so it's hard to assess
the real cost until you know exactly what you want/need.
An 8 hour day costs £150, but they are willing to make deals around
that price depending on how you want to arrange the food. He'll also
want to charge something per head for broadband usage, by the hour.
There is barrista coffee available on site and full catering, and if
anyone needs a bed for the night it is quite reasonably priced. April
14th is still available for the venue room.
I'll check out a few other places for you today, but it would help a
lot if you could let me know the budget.