Brno University of Technology
Lecture complex E
Getting to Conference Venue (Faculty of Information Technology, BUT)
Map of Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology
Aerial view of Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology
The underground parking of FIT BUT is available to Odyssey participants for free. The parking is located under the steel and glass building ‘Bozetechova 1’, and can be entered from the bottom of ‘Metodejova’ street. Ring the bell ‘VRATNICE’, say that you go to Odyssey conference and the guard will open the gate. The way from the parking to the conference venue will be marked, in case you can’t find the way, just exit the parking on foot (press the white button in case the gate is closed) and cross ‘Bozetechova’ street. To get back to the parking, ask the guard or any local participant of Odyssey. To exit the parking, simply press the white button at the exit. Remember, that ‘Metodejova’ is a one-way street, turn to the left when leaving the parking.
If you stay at the Hotel Continental, here you can find some useful information.
The registration desk will be opened on Monday from 09:00 until 09:30, and then every day half an hour before the technical program starts. Do not hesitate to ask local BUT people in case you need anything from the registration desk in the mean-time – they will be happy to call our administrative staff.
The registration desk accepts payments in EUR, CZK and major credit cards.
All presentations at Odyssey 2010 are oral. The time allocated for one presentation is 30 minutes. Your talk should fit in 20-25 minutes to allow for a discussion. The computer presentations can be prepared in the following two ways:
The presentations must be available in the pause preceding your session: please contact the session chair and technician.
The presentation preview room is E105 – you can use this room to check if your presentation is properly displayed.
Wifi is available for free to all Odyssey 2010 participants. Log on to the ‘VUTBRNO’ wireless network and run a browser. You will be asked for login and password, use:
Badges should be worn by all participants AT ALL TIMES during the event. Badges should also be worn when attending the events of the social programme. Only participants or accompanying persons wearing their badges will be admitted to the scientific sessions, and the social events. Please make sure your name on the badge is visible at all times, so that you could be identified by the colleagues that might want to speak to you.
The lunches are provided by BUT’s Administration of Dining and Dorms (SKM) on FIT BUT campus in the “Starý Pivovar” (old brewery) building. Arrows will mark the way from the conference venue to the dining hall. The meal includes soup, main dish, and one soft drink.
The Czech Republic is reputed for its excellent lagers and in case the weather is good, there is nothing better than taking ‘one’ (the joke says, that ‘going for one beer’ is the most frequent lie in the Czech Republic) and a dinner in one of the open-air beer gardens. The following are easily accessible from the conference venue:
Czech is a Slavic language with rich morphology, so remember, that you ask for
Desítka (10°) – light beer with 3-4% of alcohol. Good for lunch if you don’t want to be sleepy in the afternoon.
In the Czech Republic, beer is served in 0.5L glasses. Ask for “malé pivo“ (small beer) if you want a 0.3L glass. If you are however a healthy looking male that obviously does not have to drive, you will be regarded with a bit of despect while asking for a small beer.
Brno is a safe city and it is safe to walk its streets even late in the night. Take basic precautions concerning your personal belongings as in any other European city – i.e. do not left them unattended and have an eye and hand contact with them especially when in a busy street or boarding a crowded tramway.
Unlike Prague, Brno taxi-drivers have quite a good reputation and should take you where you want to go for a fair price. Contact the registration desk or local BUT people in case you need to call a cab.
Communicating with the locals
Czech people are generally helpful, so don’t hesitate to ask help in the streets of Brno. Young people will probably speak some degree of English, while with older generation, the probability is lower (you might find excellent German speakers though). In case you are looking for a place, make sure you have it written or printed – English pronunciation of Czech words can lead to confusion.
Foreign currency is generally not accepted in the Czech Republic, get some cash at the airport (there are change machines and ATMs in the arrival hall). Credit cards are accepted except for small shops.
In need of emergency assistance, whether it's fire, police or medical services, the number to call is 112.