.Astronomy 7

So you're coming to .Astronomy 7 -  Hooray!  We've created these pages to help with your conference planning and to help you start thinking about what you would like to get out of this years .Astronomy Hackathon.

DATES & VENUE:
.Astronomy 7 will take place from Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th of November 2015, at Sydney University (for Day 0) and the the Police and Justice Museum (main conference). The schedule and a list of confirmed participants is up at http://dotastronomy.com/seven/

There is no parking available at the Justice and Police Museum, the nearest parking stations are:
- Sir Stamford Hotel Parking - Entry from Albert Street. Open to Midnight Mon - Sat
- Intercontinental Hotel Parking - Entry from Phillip Street. Open to Midnight Mon - Sat

VISA:
Virtually all visitors are required to have a visa before they depart for Australia - if you don't, you will not be allowed to board your plane! In most (but not all) cases the visa can be arranged online, without having to visit an office or send off your passport. See the Department of Immigration page on visitor's visas for information. We recommend organising your visa as soon as possible, in case there are any unexpected delays.

ACCOMMODATION:
The conference hotel is the Sofitel Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, part of the Accor hotel chain. The Sofitel is a 5 minute walk from the .Astronomy 7 venue and close to Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. We have negotiated a special rate that includes internet and rooms can be shared in order to reduce costs for individuals. To book please use this link: http://www.accorasiapacificpartners.com/astronomy7.
An alternative (cheaper) option is the Sydney Harbour YHA, conveniently located in The Rocks historic neighbourhood of Sydney: https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/sydney-harbour/
It's also worth checking out booking.com for last minute/non-refundable deals.

GETTING AROUND:
Useful information about local transport, area map and restaurant recommendations.

TRAVEL & HOTEL COORDINATION:
Fill in your travel details here to coordinate travel with other participants. If you want to share hotel rooms at the Sofitel you can also use the travel page to coordinate with other participants.

DAY ZERO:
Day Zero will be held at the University of Sydney and will run from 9:30 - 5:30pm. A preliminary schedule and list of suggested topics (based on participant applications) can be found on the Day Zero wiki page.

HOT OFF THE PRESS - The Day Zero Guide is now available for download on the What is Day Zero? page

UNCONFERENCE SESSIONS:
Unconference sessions are relatively informal and usually organised during morning coffee on the first day. These are usually 3-4 parallel sessions depending on participant interest. You can see last years unconference sessions here: http://dotastronomy.com/events/six/. Based on this years applications, we've come up with a list of potential unconference sessions. This list is just a starting point (and it's by no means complete!) to get you thinking about what you would like to talk about .Astronomy7.

LIGHTNING TALKS:
At .Astronomy6 we introduced lightning sessions. These were really great so we'll running this again at .Astronomy7. These one-slide presentations will be 3 minutes long meaning we can have up to 10 of them. If you have something you’d like to share in this format, please make sure to email your slide to the LOC before morning coffee.

HACK DAY:
Add hack ideas here if you want to. You may never use them, but maybe you will. It's a good way to spark ideas.
List your hack day skills here to help others know who is coming and who can help with their ideas.

CONFERENCE DINNER:
The conference dinner will be on the Friday evening at the Belgian Beer Cafe in the Rocks, a short walk from the conference venue and hotel. Walking directions are shown here. The cost of the dinner (but not drinks) is included in your registration fee.

PUBLIC TALK:
Who: Dr Sarah Kendrew
What: Future Giant Telescopes: Bringing the Universe into Focus
When: Wednesday 04th November 2015 at 06:30pm
Where: Physics Lecture Theatre, Old Main Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

SLACK: 
Slack is designed to help teams improve their communication and it will be an invaluable  tool for .Astronomy7. Some of you may be familiar with Slack and may already be using it as part of your everyday research. Slack discussion channels will be set up for each unconference sessions (e.g. #outreach, #softcite) and Hack Day projects (e.g. #awesomeproject) during the conference. At .Astronomy6 we used Twitter hash tags (also great), but the beauty of Slack is that it becomes a private and permanent archive for .Astronomy7 participants (and the wider #dotastro community). Participants who want to keep developing projects long after the conference has finished can continue to use it, and it enables everyone else to how projects are progressing. What makes Slack so great for a conference like .Astronomy7?  You can upload code snippets, links, images/files, comment on code etc. We will be introducing Slack during Day Zero. 

TWITTER
We also encourage everyone to tweet the heck out of .Astronomy7 using the #dotastro hashtag. Twitter has been invaluable for building up the .Astronomy community so make sure you set up a Twitter handle before you arrive.
 

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