In anticipation of everyone arriving next week (!!!), we’ve answered some common questions which have been coming through on Twitter and email, and should help as you prepare to land in Belfast.
So what’s happening all week?
You should consult our schedule for an overview: http://2012.buildconf.com/schedule/ (We’ll have this printed on your pass too.)
Where can I pick up my pass?
We’ll have a registration desk at every event on the schedule, just check in with us when you arrive and we’ll make sure you get your pass.
How do I get to Belfast?
From either of the Belfast airports (City or International), we recommend taking the shuttle bus or a cab, both of which are just outside the doors of the terminal. From Dublin, you can take the coach to Belfast outside of Terminal 1, or travel into Dublin City Centre then take the train. There’s more information in a previous blog post.
Where can I eat / drink?
Our pop-up café at the Black Box will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am - 5pm and serving breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (here’s the menu). We’ll have some local recommendations printed on your pass too, and our volunteers will be on standby to make some suggestions if you’re stuck.
Will there be wifi?
Yep, all our venues all week will have free wifi, just look for the “Build” network. Our wifi team also has it’s own Twitter account, so let @buildwifi know if you’re having any issues. If you have an unlocked phone, we should also have some PAYG micro and nano sim cards from O2, which you can top up to have data on your phone.
What’s the hashtag / Twitter account?
If you’re posting to Twitter or Instagram throughout the week, use #buildconf. If you need anything, just tweet @buildconf and we’ll do our best to help you out.
What else should I know?
Since it’s November in Ireland, you can expect the weather to be pretty miserable. Expect wind, rain temperatures around 10°C / 50°F, and pack accordingly. You may also need to shelter in the warmth of Belfast’s many pubs, so prepare yourself for that eventuality also.
So many people this year are travelling hundreds and thousands of miles to join us, which is incredibly humbling. After over a year of planning, it’s pretty crazy that—a week from now—it’ll all be behind us. Safe travels, and see everyone in in a few days!
Over the past 4 years, we’ve been working hard to make sponsorship an asset at Build, rather than a liability, or a necessary evil. We believe in working with companies who want to come to Build and do something a bit different, rather than distribute leaflets or present a drawn out sales pitch on-stage, and—this year more than ever—we’re very, very lucky to have an incredible group of companies who have really gotten behind this idea.
MailChimp have partnered with us to produce our Craft Beer Festival, and to commission our special edition Build Rip City Triple IPA. Back in July we approached the local Whitewater Brewery about creating a bespoke beer for this year’s Build, and over the past few months we’ve been sourcing ingredients, brewing, mashing, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering and pasteurising what has come to be a delicious, rich, hoppy 6% IPA—brewed with the finest hops sourced from America’s Pacific Northwest for a rich, complex taste.
MailChimp will also be sponsoring the bar at the Craft Beer Festival so you’ll be able to drink as much of it as you like on Tuesday evening (it’ll be available on tap and bottled), we’ll also have a hog roast laid on outside the Black Box, and a small selection of other local brews for you to taste.
Dropbox, infamous for their online scavenger hunts in which you follow clues and complete puzzles to accrue additional space, will be orchestrating their first real-life scavenger hunt for codes which will add a 1TB bonus to your account. Each event on our schedule will have a tiny blue Dropbox parcel hidden somewhere in the venue, and our @buildconf account will be tweeting clues throughout the week to help you locate the prizes.
Shopify are very generously supporting our Draft Supply Co. pop-up shop (which will be operating from our café space in the Black Box all week) by shipping your purchases home for you. Feel like buying a few issues of The Manual, the latest copy of Offscreen, or a Best Made Company sashimi knive, but don’t have any room in your suitcase? Don’t worry, we’ll ship it home to you, wherever you are in the world, free of charge.
Heroku, understanding that Belfast isn’t the most temperate of cities in November, will be operating a umbrella loan scheme at each of our venues throughout Build. About to walk from the Malmaision to the University of Ulster for one of the evening lectures, but it’s pouring out of the heavens? Not to worry, just pick up one of our sturdy branded golf umbrellas. You can pick up and drop off your umbrella at each venue—and if you’re quite partial, you’ll be able to take one home at the end of the week.
Rdio are very kindly supporting Build Music, by co-producing the Tycho show on the evening of Friday 16th November. Entry is free to anyone with a Build pass, and non-pass holders can purchase a ticket for the show through Shine.net, Ticketmaster outlets and directly from The Kitten Bar on Bankmore Square in Belfast.
Again, we couldn’t be more appreciative of each of these companies and the people within them who have worked with us to create something fun, unique or generally ridiculous. Each of these organisations will have a team of people attending Build all week, so if you cross paths, be sure to pass on our gratitude through the medium of high-five.
The Cathedral Quarter, while home to many of Belfast’s top dinner establishments, has a more limited choice of offerings for those seeking something to eat earlier in the day. In addition to the comfy seats, larges tables and reinforced wifi in our Black Box pop-up café, we’ve also partnered with the award-winning local Yellow Door Deli to cater a spread of top breakfast and lunch options, all prepared with the finest, freshest local produce.
The Black Box itself will be serving tea, coffee and soft drinks from 9am onwards. Bar service begins at 11am, with the special edition Build Rip City Triple IPA available on tap all week.
The Black Box pop-up café will be open and serving food from 9am - 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available, as well as different specials unique to each day.
Due to extensive flooding in their workshop in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mast Brothers have unfortunately had to cancel their Build Chocolatiering workshop.
From Mast Brothers:
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we have found our beautiful city and specifically, our community of Lower Manhattan and the Seaport under water and devastated. Our facility experienced substantial flooding but is now mostly dry. We have turned the large shop into a community hub to store anything in the neighborhood that needs a place to keep dry. Power will be out for some time and it will take many weeks, if not months, to rebuild.
Love and respect of community is our first crown guiding our actions, therefore, Michael and I regret to let you know that we will be unable to attend the conference.
This is equally unfortunate for us because of how much my brother and I were looking forward to coming to Ireland and sharing our craft with everyone. This was an enormously difficult decision to make as our commitment to the events remained strong until we saw the devastation of the hurricane with our own eyes.
We thank you for understanding and again apologize from the bottom of our hearts. I do hope that ticket holders can understand.
However, the brothers have very kindly arranged for the team from Taza Chocolate in Somerville, Massachusetts to host the workshop in their place. Founder Alex Whitmore will teach a full-day workshop covering the process of creating the perfect bar of craft chocolate from scratch, using materials and equipment found in your own kitchen.
We apologise for the last minute change to the workshop, but are very excited to have the team from Taza on board. Any questions about the change should be directed to email@example.com.