An open source digital design conference


We're pleased to announce that ORConf 2017 will be held between September 8th and September 10th in Hebden Bridge in the UK.

We are extra pleased to announce that ORConf 2017 is part of this year's Wuthering Bytes Festival of Technology, which will hold events in Hebden Bridge starting September 1st.

Register

Register to attend this year's event by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/ALKx6xPRZWhaW1sh1

Presentations

We're now accepting submissions to join us and either present a talk, a poster or host a table with a hardware exhibit. Please submit your proposal via the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/fwALSQvbyUfE83Fh1.

We ask that submissions are made no later than about a month prior to the event, and the sooner the better to help us get an idea of how to schedule things. You can optionally submit a proposal and complete it later (you will be emailed a confirmation with a link to go back and edit your submission), so to help us plan can we ask that if you're confident you'll be attending and presenting, but don't yet have the full contents of the proposal, to at least submit the title, a sentence summary, the type of submission (talk, poster, etc.) and the days you'll be attending.

About

ORConf is an open source digital design and embedded systems conference, covering areas of electronics from the transistor level up to Linux user space and beyond. Expect presentations and discussion on free and open source IP projects, implementations on FPGA and in silicon, verification, EDA tools, licensing and embedded software, to name a few.

Begun as the annual OpenRISC developers and users conference, it has become a broad open source digital design-oriented event and is supported by the Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation.

The conference is free to attend, and we invite anyone with an interest in the field to participate by presenting or just joining us for the event.

Sign up to the orconf-announce mailing list for further details as they're announced.

Previous editions: 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

Venue

The conference will take place in Hebden Bridge, in the UK.

Conference venue

The venue for the 3 days of presentations is Hebden Bridge Town Hall, on St George's St (site, map, walking directions from station).

Saturday evening venue

The dinner venue on Saturday evening is the the Birchcliffe Centre, on Birchcliffe Road, near the corner of Chapel Ave (site, map, walking directions from town hall).

Getting around

Hebden Bridge is small enough to be able to walk anywhere within the town.

From Hebden Bridge railway station, follow these Google maps directions to get to the conference venue, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Getting there

Hebden Bridge is well connected to two major airports in the North of England (MAN, LBA) and the two main north-south railway lines in England makes it easy to get to Hebden Bridge from London.

From Manchester Airport

Train from Manchester Airport can be as fast as 1h15m to Hebden Bridge station. See the National Rail Enquiries site for times and ticket prices for the rail journey.

From Leeds Bradford Airport

Train from Leeds Bradford Airport can be as fast as 1h30m to Hebden Bridge station. See the National Rail Enquiries site for times and ticket prices for the rail journey.

From London

From London and the South, the train is likely to be the best option to get to Hebden Bridge. Journey times can be as fast as 3 hours from London Euston to Hebden Bridge station. See the National Rail Enquiries site for times and ticket prices for the rail journey.

From Halifax (Yorkshire)

Train and taxi are available between Halifax and Hebden Bridge.

The commute between Halifax and Hebden Bridge is convenient enough to make it a practical alternative to staying in Hebden Bridge.

For example, trains depart on a Friday morning about every 20 minutes and the journey takes 10-15 minutes to get to Hebden Bridge. The return services run at least once an hour in the evening, until the final service just after 11PM. Things look similar on a Saturday and Sunday (last service on a Sunday back to Halifax is slightly before 11PM).

There appears to be several taxi firms operating in and around Halifax, and fares have been quoted at around £15-20 one-way.

Accommodation

There are a few accommodation options available in Hebden Bridge and the nearby minster town of Halifax, West Yorkshire, which is approximately 15 minutes from Hebden Bridge by rail.

Hebden Bridge accommodation

Hotels.com list a few properties in Hebden Bridge and around, such as:

Airbnb list a number of properties available in Hebden Bridge during the event (as of early May).

The Hebden Bridge Hostel may have availability however it's likely to have already sold out.

Halifax accommodation

Hotels.com list a few properties in Halifax and around, such as:

Airbnb list a number of properties also available in and around Halifax during the event (as of early May).

Sponsors

AB Open

The event is arranged by the conference committee of the FOSSi Foundation, and they are always looking for sponsors help to cover the costs.
Please get in touch if you'd like to be an ORConf sponsor this year.

You can also support us with small donations via Paypal:


Questions? Contact the organisers or ask in #fossi on irc.freenode.net