DebConf18/Bids/Hsinchu

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The location of our venue on a map of Taiwan

Hsinchu City originated in 1692. After hundreds of years, the city has a fusion of modern and traditional Chinese culture, and is a land of high technology. Many IT companies are located in HsinChu, such as MediaTek, RealTek, TMSC, DLink, etc. Thus, there are many local engineers and developers of software and hardware. It is a great opportunity to introduce Debian, free software and open source philosophy to the local developers and engineers if DebConf18 happens at HsinChu.

If you are a Chinese culture fan, there are famous temples in this city, such as the Chenghuang and Bamboo lotus temples. There are also many historical buildings such as city hall, the railway station, and the traditional castle gate. You can also enjoy local tasty traditional food here. The location at HsinChu is convenient for going to other Taiwan cities like Taipei or Taichung.

In this wiki, we use NTD:USD = 1:0.032 exchange rate for any price in NTD.

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[edit] Why HsinChu

[edit] Rich and Diverse Open Source Communities

There are many free and open source communities in Taiwan. This is a good chance to introduce them to the global community of Debian.

Some of the free and open source communities in Taiwan are listed below:

  • debian.org.tw
    • Debian Taiwan is a community formed by Taiwan Debian users. The goal of this community is to provide a better environment to contribute to Debian.
  • g0v.tw
    • The g0v.tw (or [1]) community focuses on developing information platforms and tools for public-information transparency. All of the platforms and tools developed by g0v.tw are open source in GitHub.
  • LXDE / LXQt
  • Mozilla Taiwan Community
    • Mozilla Taiwan Community (Chinese web page) is an open source community founded in Sep., 2004. The goals of this community are to promote open culture, preserve people's right to choose, and to make a better internet.
  • ocf.tw
    • Open Culture Foundation or ocf.tw (Chinese web page) is a organization founded in June, 2014. The goal of this organization is to promote any kind of open culture, including open source, open standard, open hardware, open data, and open system. Since ocf.tw is registered as a non-profit organization, many other communities can use ocf.tw as a proxy to receive donations.
  • SLAT
    • Software Liberty Association Taiwan or SLAT.org (Chinese web page) is an NGO/NPO founded Apr. 8, 2001. The target of SLAT is to promote FLOSS, to serve free software communities, and finally to build a healthy FLOSS ecosystem.
    • Since 2001 SLAT has been collecting and promoting good public domain resources for education. Since late 2014, SLAT has helped the NDC (National Development Council) in Taiwan to promote the national standard CNS15251 (based on ODF 1.2 draft) and has gained huge progress. Since 2015, SLAT has advocated for the "Software Liberty Movement". Their goal is to introduce the culture and spirit of free and open source software. Explaining how free and open source helps governments, enterprises and people liberate from the bonds of commercial software.

[edit] Regular, Local, and Large Open Source Conference Experience

In Taiwan, there are at least three large scale (around 1000 attendees) open source events taking place every year. That means some communities are experienced at managing large scale events. We have three large conferences annually, and large hackathons (over 500 attendees) every month.

The following are some of the events held by open source communities.

  • COSCUP
    • COSCUP(Photos) is the largest annual FOSS conference in Taiwan, starting in 2006. It is currently the nexus of the FOSS communities in Taiwan, with more than 1000 attendees every year.

[edit] CJKV Localization

  • Due to the complexity of CJKV character input (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), localizations are challenging tasks (input method modules). Unfortunately, developers from outside east Asia do not know about the difficulty, and the large demands from local users to improve CJKV localization. Thus, DebConf will be a good chance for non-CJKV people to understand CJKV environments and challenges. We hope we can gather more developers to improve the CJKV environment in Debian.

[edit] Visas, Customs and Entering the Country

There is a visa waiver program for many countries. Please see the table below.

  • Citizens of the following countries can stay for 90 days without a visa:
Andorra Austria Belgium Bulgaria Canada
Chile Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France Germany Greece
Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy
Japan Republic of Korea Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania
Luxembourg Malta Monaco Netherlands New Zealand
Norway Poland Portugal Romania San Marino
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland
UK USA Vatican City State
  • Citizens of the following countries can stay for 30 days without a visa:
Australia Brunei Malaysia Singapore Thailand

Source: http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1443&ctNode=779&mp=2

  • Citizens of the following countries can apply for a landing visa at the airport. (This is the kind of visa that you apply for and pay for after you arrive at the destination.)
Macedonia Turkey

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Landing Visas: Visa-Exempt Entry and Landing Visas

[edit] Policy for Carry-on Articles

The following link lists instructions for declaration, duty exemption, forbidden goods, etc.

Source: Taiwan Customs Administration: Travelers (broken url, try eweb.customs.gov.tw travelors: inbound passengers)

[edit] Airline Transportation Information

Air travel is recommended as Taiwan is an island. The international airport (TPE) is located in Taoyuan city. There are direct flights from at least the major international airports of Frankfurt (FRA), Amsterdam (AMS), Los Angeles (LAX) and London (LHR), as well as the bigger airports in Asia, including Japan. Connections from other parts of the world go via Beijing (PEK), Hong Kong (HKG), Shanghai (PVG), etc.

[edit] Local Team

Please add yourself in alphabet order if you are part of the team!

Name/nick Location (town) Debian affiliation DebConf experience Other experience/affiliation
Andrew Lee (ajqlee) Hualien (花蓮) Debian Developer since 2009
Bob Chao COSCUP coordinator
ChangZhuo Chen (czchen) Taipei (台北) Debian Developer since 2015 chewing maintainer
Denny Huang SITCON coordinator
Jesse Sung Taoyuan (桃園)
Kaidi Shu (愷諦舒, Delib) USA Debian user since 2003 DebConf14 local, DebConf17 invited speaker copy editing for Taiwan local team, native English speaker
Kanru Chen (koster) Debian Developer since 2010
Ming-ting Yao Wei (魏銘廷) Keelung (基隆) At DebConf17 presenting invitation to Taiwan, DebConf15 participant
MouseMs Kuo SITCON coordinator
Paul Liu (paulliu) Taoyuan (桃園) Debian Developer since 2009 MiniDebConf13 coordinator
Peter Dave Hello (Peter Hsu) Taiwan MiniDebConf13 speaker Venue coordinator
Rex Tsai Taipei (台北)
SZ Lin (szlin) Taipei Debian Developer since 2017
Takeshi(Yi Tseng) HsinChu (新竹) Venue coordinator
Wen Liao Taipei (台北) Venue coordinator
Yao-Po Wang
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[edit] Contact Details

  • IRC Channel: #debconf18-taiwan on OFTC
  • IRC Contact: paulliu on oftc

[edit] Venue: National Chiao Tung University (國立交通大學)

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NCTU Campus Panoramic View
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NCTU Campus

[edit] Location

[edit] Transport

See Transportation to NCTU for detailed information.

Note that we may use the budgets saved from the cost of the venue to provide transports for foreign attendees.

[edit] Public Transit

Method 1a (~360 NTD, 11.52 USD)

  1. Take shuttle bus to THSR Taoyuan Station (30 NTD, 0.96 USD).
  2. Take THSR to Hsinchu Station (130 NTD, 4.16 USD).
  3. Take taxi to National Chiao Tung University, Kuang-Fu campus (交通大學光復校區) (~200 NTD, 6.4 USD for 4 persons).

Method 1b (190 NTD, 6.08 USD)

  1. Take shuttle bus to THSR Taoyuan Station (30 NTD, 0.96 USD).
  2. Take THSR to Hsinchu Station (130 NTD, 4.16 USD).
  3. Take train from Liujia Station(Just beside THSR Hsinchu Station) to Zhuzhong Station (15 NTD, 0.48 USD)
  4. Take Bus #1 (From Zhuzhong to Hsinchu Train Station), get off at Guogou (過溝) stop. (15 NTD, 0.48 USD)
  5. Walk in the reverse direction of the bus about 3 mins, turn right at the corner of Daxue Rd. (大學路) and Guangfu Rd. (光復路)
  6. Go along Daxue Rd. about 5~10 mins, you'll arrive the North gate of NCTU.

Method 2 (or if you are going to Hsinchu from Taipei) (245 NTD, 7.84 USD)

  1. Take a bus from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei (125 NTD, 4 USD, ETA 40 minutes), and get a chance to have fun in Taipei.
  2. Take a bus from Taipei to Hsinchu (120 NTD, 3.84 USD , ETA 60 minutes), and get off at Guogou (過溝) or NCTU (交通大學) stop. Note that it may be the first stop after exiting the highway.
  3. Walk in the reverse direction of the bus about 3 mins, turn right at the corner of Daxue Rd. (大學路) and Guangfu Rd. (光復路)
  4. Go along Daxue Rd. about 5~10 mins, you'll arrive the North gate of NCTU.

Taxi directly from Taoyuan Airport to NCTU

  • ~1600 NTD (~51.2 USD) for 4 persons. ETA 45 minutes.

[edit] Advantages

  • NCTU is in proximity to National Tsing Hua University and Hsinchu Science Park.
    • There are many computer science, software, engineering related students and engineers in NCTU and NCHU.
  • Close to the electronic shops / computer markets for hardware hacking needs.
  • Internet Hub for Academic Network in Taiwan: Fast and stable connection can be anticipated.

[edit] Venue Information

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Microelectronics and Information Systems Research Center
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MIRC International Conference Hall
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MIRC Hallway
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One of the food courts
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Messy dormitory in use (we cannot find an empty dorm for a picture)
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The Wheelchair Accessible in Dormitory 12 Front Door
  • Accommodation
    • Dormitory: 600 people, NCTU will cover all the cost including air conditioner and the cost of bed renting.
  • Food
    • 3 Campus dining halls
      1. Including a vegetarian restaurant
      2. Including McDonald's
      3. 4 convenient stores (24HRs)
    • Some other individual restaurants
    • 44 restaurants in total
    • NTHU night market
    • NTHU's dining 4 halls and its restaurants
  • Capacity
    • Microelectronics and Information Systems Research Center(電資大樓)
    • International Conference Hall:
      • Guest Room
      • VIP Room: 10 seats
      • Conference room: 230 Seats (up to 260 with additional chairs)
    • Room 101 (Conference room 1): 96 seats
    • Room 106 (Conference room 4): 150 seats
    • Room 203 (Lan Chen Meeting Room): 33 seats
    • Room 201: 60 seats(up to 70 seats with additional chairs)
    • Room 510: 12 seats
    • Room 815: 18 seats with table
    • Room 705: 15 seats with table
    • Room 604 (BML): 8 seats
    • 4 Large space (1F: 350 m^2, 300m^2, 300m^2; 2F: 750m^2)(estimate)
    • Hao-Ran International Conference Hall
      • 300 seats

[edit] Accessibility

[edit] Wheelchair
[edit] Blind
  • The conference rooms and auditorium have guide bricks.
  • The dormitory room, however, does not provide guide bricks for blind.


[edit] Backup Venues

Criteria Yuan Ze University (元智大學)
Location No. 135, Yuandong Rd, Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, 320
Transport Transportation to Yuan Ze University (元智大學)
Accomodation
  • Dormitory: 400 people, 100 NTD person/day (~3.2 USD person/day) + air conditioner fee
Food There are restaurants in the same buildings of dormitory
Capacity
  • Building 7, 70304: 289 people
  • Building 1, 1F classroom x 4: 100 x 3 people
  • Building 1, Meeting room x 2: 40 x 2 people
  • Building 1, Meeting room for video room
  • Building 1, Meeting room for front disk
  • Building 5, Open Space : 150 people
Cost
  • Dormitory: 460800 NTD (~ 14745.6 USD) total
    • First Week: 120,000 NTD (~3840 USD) + 33600 NTD (~1075.2 USD) = 153600 NTD (~4915.2 USD) (160 people, 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) + 120 NTD(~3.84 USD, Air conditioning) per people)
    • Second Week: 240,000 NTD (~7680 USD) + 67200 NTD (~2150.4 USD) = 307200 NTD (~9830.4 USD) (160 people, 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) + 120 NTD(~3.84 USD, Air conditioning) per people)
  • Venue: To be modified
Advantages
  • Nearest Distance to Airport
  • Least transfer time to school (only one transfer)
  • Location in the middle of Taipei and HsinChu, which are the clusters of IT students and engineers. Thus, it has average distance from both Taipei and HsinChu.
  • Very active, and quick response time
Downsides
  • Less food choices
  • Lack of place for sightseeing such as night markets, landscapes, or historical buildings nearby with compared to others
  • Long distance from self-paid hotel to school
Accessibility

Yes

Other
Criteria National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學)
Location No. 1, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 10617
Transport
Accomodation
Food Restaurant inside the venue (TBD)
Capacity 999 (rooms 368/145/48/150/54/75/48/85/18/8) info
Advantages
  • rooms are big and enough
  • city center 10 to 15 minutes via public transport
Downsides
  • Very high venue price per day, can possibly be negotiated via government
  • Not enough on-site accomodation, but hotels at comparable prices across the street
Accessibility yes (wheelchair) TODO
Other


[edit] Estimated budget

We estimate there will be 150 participates in DebCamp, and 350 participates in DebConf.

[edit] Venues and dormitory

  • 0: NCTU will sponsor and cover all of them

[edit] Foods and catering

Considering if are relying on catering service (which may provide gluten-free and vegan foods):

Event Price
DebCamp 29415 NTD (per meal) * 3 (meals) * 7 (days) = 617,715 NTD (~ 20,000 USD)
DebConf 57700 NTD (per meal) * 3 (meals) * 7 (days) = 1,211,700 NTD (~ 39,000 USD)
Total 1,829,415 TWD (~ 59,000 USD)

Also, if catering is considered too expensive, we can also purchase foods from local restaurant, which may be roughly 80 NTD (~ 2.56 USD) per meal per person. However, meals for food allergic people might be a problem.

References:

  • 飛士蘭外燴家, 100–200 NTD (~3.2-6.4 USD) per meal per person
  • 妙善坊 (for vegan lunchboxes) (+886-3-571-1259), 80 NTD (~ 2.56 USD) per meal per person
  • TODO: List more candidates.

[edit] Prospective local sponsors & support

[edit] Local Companies

[edit] Institutional / Government

  • NCHC - Contacted. It shall sponsor but cannot know how much because it is still too early.

[edit] Community

[edit] Power

  • Most of the electrical sockets are NEMA 1-15 ungrounded (Type A). You can bring/purchase a conversion socket if you have a NEMA 5-15 plug, or a "travel plug converter" if you have anything else.
  • Some (and almost all in the venue) of the electrical sockets are NEMA 5-15 grounded (Type B). This plug is compatible to NEMA 1-15 plug, with a ground pin to prevent you from being electrified.

[edit] Potential dates

The potential dates are within July 1–Aug 31. Since the location is in the university, the summer vacation is the only time for us to use the university facilities without struggling with students and faculties.

[edit] Tours and Sightseeings

[edit] Mobile Internet

All three major telecoms (Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Telecom, FarEasTone) has counter in TPE airport. Anyone who needs mobile internet can purchase there. However, you need to bring passport and another government-issued identification card (driver license, ...). The following is price for your reference (from here(chinese)), please know that the price might be different when you arrive.

[edit] Chunghwa Telecom

Network Type Duration Data Air-Time Quote Total Price
4G LTE 3 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 300 NTD (~9.6 USD)
4G LTE 5 days unlimited 300 NTD (~9.6 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 10 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 15 days unlimited 250 NTD (~8 USD) 800 NTD (~25.6 USD)
4G LTE 5 days unlimited 50 NTD (~1.6 USD) 300 NTD (~9.6 USD)
4G LTE 7 days unlimited 150 NTD (~4.8 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 15 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 700 NTD (~22.4 USD)
4G LTE 30 days unlimited 1000 NTD (~32 USD)

[edit] Taiwan Mobile

Network Type Duration Data Air-Time Quote Total Price
4G LTE 3 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 300 NTD (~9.6 USD)
4G LTE 5 days unlimited 50 NTD (~1.6 USD) 300 NTD (~9.6 USD)
4G LTE 7 days unlimited 150 NTD (~4.8 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 10 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 5 days unlimited 300 NTD (~9.6 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 7 days unlimited 350 NTD (~11.2 USD) 700 NTD (~22.4 USD)
4G LTE 10 days unlimited 400 NTD (~12.8 USD) 800 NTD (~25.6 USD)
4G LTE 15 days unlimited 400 NTD (~12.8 USD) 1000 NTD (~32 USD)
3G 15 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 700 NTD (~22.4 USD)
3G 30 days unlimited 450 NTD (~14.4 USD) 1000 NTD (~32 USD)

[edit] FarEasTone

Network Type Duration Data Air-Time Quote Total Price
4G LTE 3 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 300 NTD (~9.6 USD)
4G LTE 5 days unlimited 300 NTD (~9.6 USD) 450 NTD (~14.4 USD)
4G LTE 8 days unlimited 50 NTD (~1.6 USD) 450 NTD (~14.4 USD)
4G LTE 15 days unlimited 150 NTD (~4.8 USD) 800 NTD (~25.6 USD)
4G LTE 5 days unlimited 50 NTD (~1.6 USD) 300 NTD (~9.6 USD)
4G LTE 7 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 450 NTD (~14.4 USD)
4G LTE 10 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 500 NTD (~16 USD)
4G LTE 30 days unlimited 300 NTD (~9.6 USD) 1500 NTD (~48.0 USD)
3G 15 days unlimited 100 NTD (~3.2 USD) 700 NTD (~22.4 USD)
3G 30 days unlimited 550 NTD (~17.6 USD) 800 NTD (~25.6 USD)

[edit] Foods

[edit] Dietary Considerations

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Religious requirements
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gluten-sensitivity
  • Raw food

[edit] Local Food

Here are some typical HsinChu and Taiwan foods.

  • Ba Wan: Pork and other ingredients wrapped with starch slurry
  • Braised pork on rice
  • Stirred Fried Rice Noodles

[edit] Beers

  • There are some local beers in Taiwan, from mass production beers to craft beers. Welcome to Taiwan and enjoy it.

[edit] See Also

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