HybridConf 2015

Location

If you’re travelling to HybridConf (and we love you if you are), we know it can be a bit overwhelming trying to work out where to stay, how to get here, and what to do, so we’ve put together this guide to help you plan your trip and get the most from your visit.

Our Venues

The main venue for HybridConf this year is The Helix, at Dublin City University. All our talks are in The Theatre there which has a big stage, big screen, and big comfy seats, and our breaks are in the gorgeous foyer.

On Thursday night we’ll be in Leisureplex Coolock for our annual bowling tournament. We have all the lanes to ourselves for some healthy competition with lots of trophies and prizes.

For the final event on Friday night, we'll be taking over the top two floors of awesome bar Bad Bobs for our epic after party featuring free drinks (alcoholic and not), games, and entertainment.

Getting Here

By far the easiest way to get to Dublin (from outside Ireland) is to fly. It’s the cheapest option (We’ve seen tickets from the UK for under £50), and there are lots of direct flights from all over the UK, Western Europe, and the US.

The airport is only 6 miles out of the city centre, and there are cheap bus transfers (from €6) available to a variety of locations in the city, as well as taxis.

If you’re looking to bring your car so you can travel around Ireland, (or you just really like the sea,) Irish Ferries and Stena Line both make daily crossings from several locations in the UK to Dublin and Rosslare.

Where to Stay

Once you’ve made it here, you’ll probably need a place to sleep and to keep your stuff. As a general rule, we recommend staying close to the centre of town. You’ll have a short journey to the conference venue, but you’ll be closeby to the pre-party and after-party venues, you’ll be near to public transport, and you’ll get to experience everything the city centre has to offer.

As it is almost everywhere now, Airbnb is popular here, so there are loads of options of apartments and rooms available for a really wide range of budgets.

If you prefer the comforts of a hotel, there are plenty to choose from including B&Bs, big chains, and luxury independents.

If budget is your main concern, there are lots of super cheap hostels available too where you can get a bed from only £10 a night.

Travelling Around

The primary type of public transport in Dublin is buses. You’ll either need to have correct change for your fare, or you can pick up a travelcard from tourist centres and most newsagents (available in 1, 3, 5 day, or week varieties). There are also night buses, but these have a separate charge of €6.

To get to the venue, bus 44 will take you right to the door but only goes once an hour. Buses 4, 9, 11, and 13 all go from the city centre to just a few minutes walk from The Helix (bus stop Ballymun Rd DCU), and each go every 10-15 minutes. Bus 17A will take you from near The Helix to Leisureplex for Thursday night’s bowling.

There is also the Luas and the DART which are both light railway lines with stops in the city. You can rent a bike here too. A 3 day pass is €5, and the first 30 minutes of any ride is free. If you prefer a taxi, you can use the Hailo app to book and track your cab. There is also lots of parking available at the conference venue for those of you who'd like to drive.

Eating & Drinking

Dublin is full of pubs and restaurants where you can sample classic Irish cuisine. Fill up on Irish stew, fried breakfast, cottage pie, or seafood chowder.

Coffee fans should head to 3fe where they serve coffee they roast themselves alongside gourmet breakfasts and brunches. You can sample their coffee at local cafes Brother Hubbard and VICE too.

For less traditional options, our after party venue Bad Bobs is renowned for its fantastic burger menu, and barbecue joint Pitt Bros is high on our personal list of restaurants to visit while we’re in town.