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h1. OsmoCon 2017
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*OsmoCon (Osmocom Conference) 2017 is the first technical conference for Osmocom users, operators and developers!*
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For the first time ever, the Osmocom Conference brings together users, operators and developers of the Osmocom Open Source cellular infrastructure projects, such as OsmoBTS, OsmoBSC, OsmoSGSN, OpenGGSN and others.
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OsmoCon 2017 is your opportunity to deepen your understanding of Osmocom technology and to meet other people in and around the Osmocom Ecosystem. 
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Join us for a day of presentations and discussions with the main developers behind Open Source Mobile Communications, as well as commercial and non-profit users of the Osmocom cellular infrastructure software.
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h2. Date
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Save the Date: OsmoCon 2017 is scheduled on *April 21st, 2017*
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The event is expected to start at *9:00 am* and sessions will continue until about *6:00 pm*.  We will conclude the day with a *social event at night*, so please make sure you stay the night in Berlin and leave only on the 22nd.
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h2. Programme
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The Programme (list of talks/topics) is available at [[OsmoCon2017_Programme]] and includes
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* Running a basic circuit-switched Osmocom GSM network
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* Configuring + running GPRS/EDGE data services with OsmoPCU, OsmoSGSN and OpenGGSN
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* Interfacing with VoIP using osmo-sip-connector
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* Setting up a 3G network using osmo-iuh and a femto/small cell
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* Using the Osmocom control interface
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* Osmocom Roadmap
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* Reporting and investigating issues in Osmocom
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* Osmocom Project Infrastructure (redmine, mailman, git, gerrit, jenkins, ...)
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* Fundamental GSM radio frequency planning
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* Showcase: Running a commercial cellular network based on Osmocom for 6+ years
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All presentations will be made by Osmocom developers sharing their expertise with the audience.
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h2. Venue
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Jugendgaestehaus Hauptbahnhof
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Seydlitzstrasse 20
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10557 Berlin
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GERMANY
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The venue is in immediate vicinity of the Berlin Central Station (_Berlin Hauptbahnhof_)
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"Map":http://osm.org/go/0MbFEGqd--?m=
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h2. Tickets / Pricing
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Tickets include
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* access to all presentations
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* complimentary snacks, coffee/tea and beverages during the morning and afternoon break
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* lunch at the venue cafeteria
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* social event in the evening, including finger food and beverages
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Tickets are priced at 180 EUR (incl. 19% German VAT) and are available for purchase "here":http://shop.sysmocom.de/products/ticket-for-osmocon-2017. (This price basically covers the expenses on venue, catering and event management.)
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If you are a *community contributor* to one of the Osmocom projects (or related Open Source projects) and attending unrelated to your professional job, *you can apply for a complimentary ticket*. Please contact osmocon2017@sysmocom.de and identify your affiliation with the project.  We also expect to have travel sponsorship available, please let us know if you are a community attendee and require funding of your travel expenses.
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h2. Travel Grants
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*2017-03-27: We now have [[OsmoCon2017_TravelGrants|Travel Grants]] available for attendees who are otherwise not able to cover their travel to [[OsmoCon2017]].  Please see [[OsmoCon2017_TravelGrants|Travel Grants]] for all related details!*
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h2. Organizational Support
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Event organization and planning is provided by "sysmocom":http://sysmocom.de/
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h2. Venue / Travel Information
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h3. Getting to the venue
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h4. By Train
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The venue is within walking distance of Berlin Central Station (_Berlin Hauptbahnhof_)
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h4. By Plane
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The TXL bus takes you directly from the Berlin TXL airport to the central station (_Berlin Hauptbahnhof_).
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Coming from SXF airport, probably best take the S9 and change at _Ostkreuz_ to S5 (->_Spandau_), S7 (->_Potsdam Hbf_) or S75 (->_Westkreuz_), which takes you to directly to Berlin's _Hauptbahnhof_.
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Local train services map: "PDF from bvg.de":https://www.bvg.de/de/index.php?section=downloads&cmd=58&download=399
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h4. By Car
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Please e-mail us in advance at osmocon2017@sysmocom.de if you require parking.  We _may_ be able to arrange for parking reservation at the venue (TBC).
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h3. Hotels in the vicinity of the venue
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There are several hotels in the immediate vicinity of the OsmoCon venue.  For your convenience, we have listed some below.
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h4. Motel One Berlin Hauptbahnhof 
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Your low budget hotel Motel One Berlin-Central, very close to the conference venue.
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http://www.motel-one.com/en/hotels/berlin/hotel-berlin-hauptbahnhof/
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h4. ibis Berlin Hauptbahnhof 
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http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8601-ibis-berlin-hauptbahnhof/index.shtml
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h4. Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof 
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https://www.meininger-hotels.com/en/hotels/berlin/hauptbahnhof/
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h4. Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
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Right outside of the main train station, in sight of the Federal Chancellery, you will find the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
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https://www.steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/germany/berlin/steigenberger-hotel-am-kanzleramt
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