2012 Test-First Design for Java Beginners Workshop Logistics

Email Viera if you need information that isn't given on these pages.

When and Where to Be (and how to get there)

Campus map
General directions to Northeastern

The workshop will run from 8:30 through 5 each day with a break for lunch. The lunch is provided and we have tried to accomodate a diverse range of dietary restrictions. We still start on Monday, June 25th at 9:00 am sharp at West Village H, room 212.

We will dive right into workshop material at 9:00, so please arrive a couple of minutes early to collect nametags and paperwork. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 in West Village H, room 166. West Village H is a tall building on Huntington Ave directly across from the Boston museum of Fine Arts (number 23H on the campus map).

Workshop Schedule

Driving and Parking

If you are driving in park in the Renaissance Garage (#62 on the campus map). We will give you a parking pass at the workshop. Take a normal parking ticket at the garage and we will give you the parking pass at the workshop. Each parking ticket covers a 24 hour period of parking.

Using public transportation

The International Village residence is right next to the Ruggles station on the Orange Line. The workshop location is closer to the Northeastern University stop on the Green Line.

Getting to International Village

From the airport, we recommend taking either the metro ("the T") to campus or a taxi. The airport is on the metro Blue Line. There is a free shuttle bus to the Blue Line stop from all terminals. Take the Blue Line train inbound to State Street stop, change to the Orange Line, and go outbound to Ruggles stop. Take the South exit from the station (left when facing the directions of travel), the International Village is 22 story tall building on the right as you exit the station.

Getting from International Village to the workshop

Look at the campus map. You can either walk down the Ruggles Street, then turn left onto Greenleaf Street... or walk through the Ruggles Station, then walk down the Forsyth Street...

Checking in for Housing

You should have received email from Viera with the details about checking in.

Check in will happen at the security desk in International Village which will allow for varied check in times because the desk operates 24/7.

Our check in procedure for this conference group will go as follows: the guest will go to the security desk and say that someone is checking in and then the staff from Residential Safety will contact one of our Conference Staff members to come down and the check the conference guest in.

Contact Info (including for emergencies)

Should someone need to reach you during the workshop sessions in event of emergency, they can call Jessica Biron in Northeastern's College of Computer and Information Science main office at 617-373-2462 (during business hours). Should you have problems in transit, call Viera's mobile: 617-877-3282. I will also be reading email regularly all weekend before the workshop.

Internet Access

Internet access in the dorms is either using the wireless connection or you may bring an ethernet cable. You will also have free access to wireless internet at various spots on campus, as well as an account for accessing wireless internet in the lecture/lab building.

Please limit your internet usage to emergencies only during the labs and lectures. You will have ample access time outside of workshop activities, including during lunch.

What to Bring

Notebook and a pen or pencil, unless you are very comfortable taking notes on your laptop.

Laptop (optional): Bringing your own laptop for use during the workshop is fine, but not necessary. We have sufficient computer lab space for all participants. If you are bringing your own laptop, please install Eclipse IDE and make sure you have Java installed on your computer.

If you are not bringing a laptop, you may want to bring a memory stick to take your files from the workshop home with you.

Sweater: The university buildings can get chilly thanks to overzealous air-conditioning.

Travel Expenses Reimbursement

You will be reimbursed for all reasonable travel expenses. You must provide original receipts for all expenses. The rate for driving is $0.51 per mile. For dinners during the week we expect the cost to be no more than $25.- on the average. We cannot reimburse any purchases of alcoholic beverages.

At the beginning of the workshop we will give you the forms for filing the reimbursement requests. You need to send in your requests no longer than 14 days after the workshop (by July 15th, 2012).

Local Activities, Attractions, and Dining

Boston has lots going on during evenings and weekends. See the Boston.com events listings for ideas if you are arriving early. Note that the Museum of Fine Arts is right across the strees of the workshop venue and is open in the evenings Wednesdays through Fridays. The new American Wing that opened about two years ago is fantastic. Also, Boston Pops play in the Symphony Hall just three block down the Huntington Avenue.

Try these online restaurant listings to find your favorite cuisines around the city. There's the North End (Italian), Chinatown, lots of seafood, and just about any other cuisine you can imagine. Harvard Square is a bustling collection of restaurants and good bookstores. There are several restaurants near Northeastern or accessible from the T (subway). If you're looking for a particular cuisine, ask us and we'll try to point you to someplace appropriate.