Freshly squeezed from the brightest minds on the web

Refresh LX is an affordable conference
for busy Web Designers.

4 optional Workshops on September 20 and 10 Talks on September 21, of sound, practical advice from all the greatest minds in the field.

So come along and meet hundreds of your fellow peeps for 2 days of serious brain refreshment.

Lovely, warm, sunny Lisbon is waiting for you.

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Featuring

  • Jeffrey Zeldman

  • Josh Clark

  • Sarah Parmenter

  • Mark Boulton

  • Ben Callahan

  • The Standardistas

  • Scott Jehl

  • Tantek Çelik

  • Jina Bolton

  • Simon Collison

Speakers

  • Jeffrey Zeldman

    Creative Director at Happy Cog™

    Dubbed "King of Web Standards" by Business Week, Jeffrey Zeldman publishes A List Apart since 1998, and founded and is executive creative director of Happy Cog™. In 2012 he was the first designer inducted in the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame. Jeffrey co-founded An Event Apart with Eric Meyer, and co-founded and publishes A Book Apart with Mandy Brown and Jason Santa Maria. He co-hosts The Big Web Show with Dan Benjamin, and is a faculty member on the MFA, Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts.

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  • Josh Clark

    Global Moxie

    Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and author specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's author of the O'Reilly books "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps" and "Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders." Josh's outfit Global Moxie offers workshops and consulting services to help creative companies build tapworthy iPhone apps and effective websites.

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  • Sarah Parmenter

    You Know Who

    Sarah Parmenter owns You Know Who, a small design studio now in its eighth year. She specialises in iOS User Interface design; regularly contributes to various online and printed media; and speaks at related conferences all over the world. Sarah's straight-talking nature and no-fuss approach to projects have landed her many great contracts over the years, with various well known brands in the UK and abroad.

  • Scott Jehl

    Filament Group

    Scott Jehl of Boston is a web designer and developer who works with the bright folks at Filament Group. They create websites and applications for a range of clients (including the recent responsive resign of the Boston Globe) and contribute their ideas and code to the open source community. Scott enjoys writing and speaking about web design, and recently co-authored the book Designing with Progressive Enhancement. He has written for A List Apart and is a jQuery team member, most recently leading the development of the jQuery Mobile project.

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  • Jina Bolton

    Do

    Jina Bolton enjoys creating beautiful user experiences. She currently works as a product designer at Do, an awesome company that helps you get work done. Previously, Jina has worked at rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely. She also coauthored 2 books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. She is currently helping lead Team Sass Design (a task force redesigning the Sass website), and does occasional maintenance work for 320 and Up (after she volunteered to port the LESS files over to Sass). She also has a side project, Art in My Coffee, a curated gallery of coffee art."

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  • Mark Boulton

    Five Simple Steps

    Mark Boulton is a graphic designer living in South Wales, UK with his wife and two daughters. He runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, working with clients such as ESPN, CERN, Al Jazeera and Drupal. In the past, he worked for the BBC and Agency.com, designing experiences for all manner of clients and people across the world. He also runs a small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, and a tool for making grids for the web: Gridset.

    Author of

  • Ben Callahan

    Sparkbox

    President of Sparkbox and co-founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

  • The Standardistas

    Christopher Murphy & Nicklas Persson

    In addition to their role as The Standardistas, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson teach interactive design at the University of Ulster at Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum. As tweed-clad duo The Standardistas, they write regularly on standards-based web design and the importance of improving web design education. Their first book, which extols the virtues of A Web Standardistas' Approach, has received widespread praise for its practical and hands-on modus operandi.

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  • Tantek Çelik

    Mozilla

    Tantek created microformats in 2004, subsequently co-founding the microformats.org & barcamp.org communities in 2005, and indiewebcamp.com in 2011. As Mozilla's Web Standards Lead, he develops open standards at IETF, OWF, W3C and other standards communities. He is the author of "HTML5 Now: A Step-By-Step Tutorial for Getting Started Today" (New Riders). Tantek is dedicated to advancing open standards and simpler data formats for the Web and shares his thoughts at tantek.com.

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  • Simon Collison

    Fictive Kin

    Simon is a designer who has been thinking and designing at the sharp end for well over a decade, regularly presenting his thoughts at conferences and in publications. He’s worked in a variety of situations for bands, governments, banks, explorers and most other things. He’s a proud partner at Fictive Kin, and organizes the annual New Adventures events. Simon is based in Nottingham UK and travels a little too much.

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Workshops

20 September



  • Tapworthy: Designing Great Mobile Experiences

    Auditorium II - 09:00

    Josh Clark

    From first concept to polished pixel, learn to create mobile websites and apps that delight. Josh explains how to "think mobile" by planning and creating app interfaces in tune with the psychology, culture, ergonomics, and context of an audience on the go. Attendees will learn to conceive and refine an app's interface and user experience in tune with the needs of a mobile audience—and their fingers and thumbs.

    Who is this workshop for?

    This is a workshop aimed at designers, developers, and information architects making the transition from desktop to touchscreen websites and apps for mobile and tablet devices.

    What will you learn?

    - The expectations of a mobile audience
    - The ergonomic demands of designing for touch
    - The best design patterns for web navigation and more
    - How to work with gestures and make them discoverable
    - Unique considerations for designing for the iPad

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  • Responsive Web Apps with jQuery Mobile

    Auditorium III - 09:00

    Scott Jehl

    Scott's workshop will be a deep dive into the jQuery Mobile framework: a web standards toolkit aimed at creating web sites and applications that meet users wherever they are—and will be—be it on small mobile devices, desktop computers, touch-screen tablets, or otherwise!

    The workshop will begin by introducing jQuery Mobile's philosophy of universal accessibility, the challenges and benefits of cross-browser/device development, and the patterns, tools, and workflows provided by jQuery Mobile to help you build rich web apps that elegantly address your users' needs. In the process, participants will get a candid, from-the-trenches look at some of the problems encountered—and lessons learned—while designing for the rapidly-changing multi-device web.

    You'll learn about:

    - The goals and philosophy of the jQuery Mobile Framework, and the widgets and patterns it provides
    - Integrating jQuery Mobile into a responsive front-end codebase
    - Configuring jQuery Mobile, both through declarative HTML5 attributes and its JavaScript API
    - Working with CSS theming to create visual consistency across an application interface
    - Behaviour and event handling across different interaction modes such as touch, mouse, and keyboard
    - Targeting enhancements based on browser and device capabilities
    - Tips and gotchas for cross-device testing and debugging
    - Accessibility tips for creating apps that are both meaningful and convenient to users with disabilities
    - Patterns for designing web apps that responsively adapt to the features and constraints of different devices

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  • Crafting Typography for a Future Friendly Web

    Auditorium II - 14:00

    The Standardistas

    Creating typographically rich and inspiring designs has never been easier and offers significant benefits and opportunities for a Retina ready future. In this short workshop we'll outline the benefits of writing future friendly markup using HTML5's semantically rich elements, before introducing some solid CSS3 fundamentals.

    With a particular focus on web typography – and the advantages it can offer designers in the trenches – we'll take a typical content rich web page and mark it up, paying particular emphasis to HTML5 semantics, before sprinkling it with some CSS3 goodness, all building on a solid typographic foundation.

    Over three hours we'll cover the advantages HTML5 and CSS3 have to offer when coupled with the emerging opportunities native web type promises.

    What will you learn?

    - The importance of building on a solid, semantic foundation when embarking on any design, thinking of HTML5 as a design element;
    - Writing 'future friendly' markup that embraces the enhanced semantics HTML5 offers;
    - Streamlining designs with CSS3 to reduce your roundtrips to Photoshop;
    - What tools are available to ease your workflow when dealing with rich web typography;
    - The fundamentals of typography we can inherit, and embrace, from the past;
    - How native web typography can be used to create Retina ready designs;
    - How an understanding of macro-typography and micro-typography enable you to create thoughtful, exquisitely crafted pages.

    Who is this workshop for?

    This workshop is aimed at designers and developers making the transition towards HTML5 and CSS3 who want to learn the benefits that rich web typography offers.

    Attendees should have an intermediate understanding of HTML and CSS and be willing to work with those around them to explore the full range of opportunities native web type has to offer. Please bring a laptop, a sense of humour, and a willingness to learn.

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  • Responsive Web Design

    Auditorium III - 14:00

    Ben Callahan

    The number of mobile devices entering the market is staggering. Combine this with the fact that desktop resolutions are getting tremendously large and many other web-enabled products will be flooding the market soon and you have a perfect storm for web designers and developers.

    One approach to addressing "resolution fragmentation" is responsive web design. This technique allows you to build a single website that responds to the width and height (and many other characteristics) of the browser.

    This will be a hands-on workshop where attendees will be asked to participate in key steps in the process of creating a responsive site. Attendees will leave with the confidence they need to apply these techniques on their own projects.

    We'll cover:

    - taking responsive beyond the front-end developer role
    - how to manage the design and development process in mobile first responsive web design
    - fluid grids
    - flexible media
    - device-independent CSS3 media queries
    - effective testing
    - helpful JavaScript libraries
    - overview of significant challenges facing responsive web design (images, ads, complex navigation, tables, etc.)

    What can you take away from this workshop?

    A working knowledge of the three core techniques used in responsive web design.
    An understanding of the impact responsive web design has on the web design and development process.
    An understanding of when responsive web design is the right decision.
    An appreciation for the "Responsive Mindset" as opposed to just these techniques.

    Note: Attendees should have an intermediate understanding of HTML and CSS and be willing to work with those around them to solve responsive web design challenges. Please bring a laptop, a power cord, and an opinion!

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Conference

21 September



  • 08:00   Registration

  • 09:00   Welcome

    Bruno Figueiredo
  • 09:05   A Richer Canvas

    Mark Boulton

    In the real world, responsive design is nothing new. Products adapt to our needs. Technology monitors local environments to adjust lighting, temperature and even physical spaces. But what about web? In designing with words, the desire to bind content to a device has been around as long as there have been books. Mark will take you from desire to implementation – from theory to practice – on how we can use layout theory to create meaningful responsive designs in an increasingly fractured online space.

  • 09:40   Responsive Retrofitting

    Ben Callahan

    The techniques of responsive web design are well established, but how do you put them to use in the real world? We'll look at ways to use these techniques on legacy sites giving attendees knowledge they can put to use immediately. Topics covered:

    • creative ways to link retrofit styles
    • additive and subtractive CSS
    • responsive with minimal HTML changes
    • fun real-world examples

  • 10:15   Coffee Break

  • 10:45   Embracing Constraint

    Simon Collison

    For many designers total freedom is far from ideal. We need an idea or a brief, but with that come inevitable constraints. Understanding and embracing these constraints is key to finding a simpler way to manage complexity in the websites we build. With less freedom and fewer resources, we have to make smarter decisions. In this practical talk, Simon will look at why we should impose limits, with a focus on making sense of the constraints we're given, why we should apply constraints ourselves, and how constraints can be a core feature in our work.

  • 11:20   Creating UI Pattern Libraries

    Sarah Parmenter

    We’re now in a world where our designs need to adapt—and fast! A static 960 Photoshop template no longer best represents how our visitors use the web. So what’s the best way to get sign-off on our designs, in a world that is no longer one-size-fits-all? Sarah will deliver a large dose of practical advice on how to develop user interface pattern libraries within your projects to create clear, cohesive designs across a range of screens and devices.

  • 11:55   Typographic Pasts and Presents

    The Standardistas

    Our keynote explores the wonderful world of typography and everything it has to offer designers, as we embark on a rich web typography adventure. Services like Typekit, Fontdeck, and others, allow us to avail of exciting, new typographic approaches in the context of the web, promising inspirational design opportunities that can - and will - change the way we approach design for the wealth of platforms we design for. Whilst its tempting to think of the rich typographic landscape we now find ourselves occupying as a new and undiscovered land, it is - in fact - a land of opportunities that has been comprehensively mapped before. We journey through the past, cross-referencing to the present, discovering design patterns and approaches that - thanks to the possibilities rich web type offers - allow us, as designers, to once again rediscover timeless design qualities, creating works which sit outside of time.

  • 12:30   Lunch

    (Not provided)

  • 14:15   The Seven Deadly Myths of Mobile

    Josh Clark

    A set of persistent myths are driving the development of mobile experiences that frustrate more than delight. "Info snacking." "The distracted, rushed mobile user." Those behaviors don't always, or even usually, exist, yet too often we design solely for those contexts, creating mobile apps as lite versions of their desktop counterparts. Instead, mobile apps should almost always do MORE than their desktop counterparts. Mobile designer and UX strategist Josh Clark, author of "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps," explains the difficult craft of designing simple interfaces for complex mobile apps, sharing techniques for future-friendly mobile efforts and, along the way, debunking seven stubborn mobile myths.

  • 14:50   Interacting Responsibly (and Responsively!)

    Scott Jehl

    Progressive enhancement and Responsive Design provide a flexible, reliable approach for building websites and applications for the increasingly diverse contexts and interaction modes in which people use the web. But as we use these techniques to deliver tailored experiences to each browser or device, we must be careful not to introduce unnecessary overhead, performance problems, and barriers to accessibility. In this session, Scott will cover common pitfalls in delivering high-performance responsive designs, and offer some techniques to ensure your users receive a fast, accessible, and optimized experience, regardless of their browser or device.

  • 15:25   Microformats2 – The Next Evolutionary Step For Web Data

    Tantek Çelik

    Microformats are published on millions of sites, providing a simple API for the data on those pages with no additional URLs, file formats, callbacks etc. Other standard and proprietary approaches have subsequently emerged as well (e.g. RDFa, microdata, OGP, schema). We'll discuss which standard microformats to simultaneously use for search engines and for providing a website API to work with various other sites. Tantek will describe how the lessons we've learned over 8 years of HTML data have been incorporated into new HTML5 elements and microformats2 for better accessibility, simpler markup, improved semantics, and a direct mapping to JSON APIs for data consumers.

  • 16:00   Coffee Break

  • 16:30   Maintainable Workflow with Sass

    Jina Bolton

    Whether you're working alone or on a large team, having a solid CSS architecture is incredibly rewarding and essential for good development, design, and business. As continuous integration gains traction in today's web application development workflows, living style guides and CSS preprocessors like Sass help keep everything in check. Learn how Sass can enable you to create smarter, forward-thinking maintainable web interfaces.

  • 17:05   The End of Web Design

    Jeffrey Zeldman

    We've spent 15 years mastering the art of controlling web layouts across browsers. CSS3, web fonts, and other new technologies seem to grant us ever more power to control what every user sees, down to the pixel. But do we actually control the visual experience? And is absolute control of the visual layer really our job? Let go of consensual hallucinations about the web. Look at web design in a new way, and redefine your role as an end-user advocate in a mobile-first world.

  • 18:00   Closing Remarks

    Bruno Figueiredo

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Prices

  Conference
21 September
Workshops
20 September
Super Early Bird
50 tickets available
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Early Bird
Limited Number
Ends 1 August
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Ends 19 September
€180
+23% VAT = 221,40€
€195 each
+23% VAT = 239,85€

What's included in the ticket?

  • A comfy seat watching all your design heroes.
  • Coffee breaks with delicious Portuguese cakes and pastries.
  • Free, unlocked Wi-Fi at the venue.

Group Discounts: 10 for 9

If you're considering sending in the whole team, we have a great deal for you: buy 9 tickets and we'll throw in an extra one absolutely FREE. It's our very best deal!


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Practical Info

Accommodation    Travel  Tour Guide & City Info

Refresh LX is not only a great event to hone your skills and techniques, it's also a great opportunity to get to know Lisbon, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you're looking into the best accomodation available, look no further than our suggestions, all near the venue.

Accommodation

You may find yourself tempted to get a room in the city centre, but you'll be more comfortable around the venue. Not only you'll cut a lot of time on travel every day, but the whole area is one of the liveliest one in Lisbon at night, with great bars and hangouts. And everything is really close to the river, so you can have a walk to cool down from the heat that we'll likely have by then.

Tour Guide & City Info

If you managed to get a couple extra days off to tour the beautiful city of Lisbon, you can start off by reading some of our pointers. We also cover the basics of safety, travelling around and the best deals you can get.

Accommodation

Travel  Tour Guide & City Info

There are a few Hotels near the venue, all of them great, but your best deal would be with our partner Tryp Oriente Hotel. If you can't get one of their rooms, please look into the other choices available below. There's also a very cheap Youth Hostel nearby and if you're travelling with a group, why not rent an apartment for all of you?

Tryp Oriente Hotel

We signed up an exclusive deal with Tryp Oriente Hotel (4 stars) entitling you to a very special rate during your stay in Lisbon for Refresh Lx:

Single: €99 per night (Breakfast included)
Double: €116 per night (Breakfast included)

All taxes are included.
Internet access costs €1 per hour or €5 per day.

How to claim the rate

Book your room by e-mail or phone.
Don't forget to mention that you're an attendee of Refresh Lx 2012 in order to get the rate.
E-mail: gr.tor@solmeliaportugal.com
Phone: (+351) 218930017

How to get there

Leaving from the Oriente Station near the Shopping Centre entrance, turn left, take the sidewalk, walk along the main avenue a couple of meters and you're there.

Location

Av. D. João II   Parque das Nações

Other Hotels Nearby

There's only a total of four 4 Star Hotels and a Youth Hostel within walking distance from the Venue. The closest hotels after these are several miles away. You can opt for Hotels in the center of Lisbon, but bear in mind that they are at least 30min away when travelling in subway, so your best option is to stay close by.

Four Star Hotels

If you can't get a room at the Tryp Oriente Hotel (our best deal and the closest to the Venue), there are several other Four Star Hotels nearby:

Youth Hostel

The Youth Hostel nearby is the cheapest choice available. There are several 4 bed rooms with bunk beds for €15 (per person) and a few double bedrooms with a private bathroom for €36 (per room). However, you will need a Hostelling International Membership Card to be able to book them. These cards are cheap but you'll have to get them in your country beforehand. You can't get a card in Portugal unless you're a Portuguese citizen or a legal resident in the country.

Apartments

If you're travelling with a lot of friends or your family, an Apartment might be a good choice. There are several available nearby and they go for roughly €130 a night for a two-bedroom one, suitable for up to 6 persons.

Just email us with your needs and we'll put you in contact with one of our providers.

Travel

Accommodation    Tour Guide & City Info

There are a few Hotels near the venue, all of them great, but your best deal would be with our partner Tryp Oriente Hotel. If you can't get one of their rooms, please look into the other choices available below. There's also a very cheap Youth Hostel nearby and if you're travelling with a group, why not rent an apartment for all of you?

TAP Portugal Deal

We signed up an exclusive deal with TAP Portugal that generously offered 20% Off Business Class and 10% Off Economy when flying into Lisbon for Refresh Lx. You just have to follow the instructions to the right.

Conditions

  • The discount applicable to this event is only valid for online bookings made through TAP Portugal's website www.flytap.com and with payment by credit card. The ticket will always be an electronic ticket.
  • Bookings made previously by travel agencies or at our desks are not eligible for this discount.
  • The final price shown at the end of the booking is the final fare, including the discount and all related taxes. The discount is applicable only over the fare, excluding all taxes related to the voyage.
  • The discount only applies to TAP operated flights. Bookings on code-share flights operated by other airlines or on other airlines do not benefit from the discount. Code-share flights are identified on online bookings with the message "OAL" or a 5 point star.
  • The discount is not accumulative with fares for resident / student / child / infant /senior, etc.
  • The discount applies only for travel to the event. It is valid for round trip journeys from any TAP destination to Lisbon.
  • The booking can be made at any time. The travel dates must be comprehended in the period of 10 days before / 10 days after the event dates ( from September 10th to October 1st 2012 ). The dates of the event must be comprehended in the period of travel.
  • The discount is also extended to persons accompanying the participants.
  • The conditions and restrictions regarding changes and refunds are those of the applicable fare. Please check the fare details before ending your booking.

Claiming the Discount

Instructions

Use event code IT12TPCG46 and follow these instructions:

  • Enter the website and choose Advanced Search
  • Select flights and dates
  • Insert the event code in the Congress Code Box, located in the grey area, on the right side of the webpage

Assistance

In case of questions, please contact TAP Portugal on the following email: congressos@tap.pt

Tour Guide & City Info

Accommodation    Travel 

There are a few Hotels near the venue, all of them great, but your best deal would be with our partner Tryp Oriente Hotel. If you can't get one of their rooms, please look into the other choices available below. There's also a very cheap Youth Hostel nearby and if you're travelling with a group, why not rent an apartment for all of you?

Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Lisbon was called many things over the centuries like Luxbona, Lixbuna or Ulixbone (hence the LX shorthand still used today). The city was ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the fifth century, it was captured by the Moors in the eighth century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city for the Christians and since then it has been a major political, economic, and cultural centre of Portugal. Walking is the best way to wander around in Lisbon, cross its narrow streets, enjoy the views on the top of its hills and mingle with the population. For longer distances, public transportation is fast and cheap.

Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Small restaurants, Fado houses, bars, pubs and Cafés as well as some unusual, expensive design shops and art galleries are all around the narrow streets, lanes and alleys. Bairro Alto is the heart of Lisbon's youth culture and nightlife.

Baixa and Chiado

Chiado is the cultural point of Lisbon and an el- egant shopping area with all sorts of facilities and street entertainment. Here you will find theatres, bookshops, museums, restaurants and famous Portuguese fashion houses. The Carmo area, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo, which maintain their elegance and grandeur. Carmo is connected to the Baixa Pombalina by the Elevador de Santa Justa, another of Lisbon's icons. The Baixa is the city's downtown and tradi- tional shopping district. Rua Augusta is the main artery of the Baixa Pombalina leading north from Terreiro do Paço, to the beautiful Praça do Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro V).

Alfama

Alfama is Lisbon's oldest district, spreading on the slope between the castle and the river. It has many important historical attractions, with many Fado bars and restaurants. Overlooking Alfama is the mediaeval Castle of São Jorge, offering the best views of the city. In the slopes of Alfama there several other ter- races (miradouros) from which to see the city, such as the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, near the church of the same name and the Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Among the churches of Alfama are Lisbon's Cathedral - Sé, the oldest of the city, the Convento da Graça, the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, and the baroque Church of Santa Engrácia, now the National Pantheon.

Belém

Belém is famous as the place from which many of the great Portuguese explorers set off on their voyages of discovery. In particular, it is the place from which Vasco da Gama departed for India in 1497. Belém's most impressive monuments are Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Located in the wings of the monastery are the National Archaeological Museum and the Maritime Museum. Belém's most notable modern features are the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Centro Cultural de Belém, an Arts complex, containing the Modern Art Museum Colecção Berardo. And you definitely can't miss the 1837's pastry shop, Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, where you can try the delicious custard tarts "Pasteis de Belém".

Parque das Nações

Parque das Nações is the area where our Venue is located. It was the site of the 1998 Universal Exhibition, which led to the urban development of this once industrial area. Impressive landmarks in this area are the Oriente Train Station, by San- tiago Calatrava, and the Vasco da Gama bridge, one of the longest bridges in Europe. Places to visit in this area are the Oceanarium, the Casino, the Museu do Conhecimento (Science Museum). For an overview of the area, don't miss a ride on the cable cars.

Around Lisbon

A must see in the surrounding area of Lisbon is the village of Sintra, considered one of the most beautiful villages in the world. Its 19th century Romantic architecture is a UNESCO World Heri- tage Site. The train ride takes about 40 minutes from Rossio Station in the centre of Lisbon. Sintra's main attractions include the fairytale Palacio da Pena and the Castle of the Moors, with a breathtaking view of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the National Palace and the Quinta da Rega- leira. Another beautiful sight is the former fishing village Cascais, nowadays a popular vacation spot. Cascais can be reached by train from Cais do Sodré Station. You can visit the ruins of the Castle, the Sea Museum, as well as parks and the charming cobbled streets of the historic centre. Cascais is surrounded by popular beaches too, if you want to enjoy the sun.

Tips & Tricks

On Arrival

If you flew to Lisbon, you'll need to get to the city from the airport. It's not something that makes us proud, but you can get ripped off by Taxi Drivers if you take one at Arrivals. You can either take a Taxi from Departures instead, one floor above, or catch one of the Aero buses, which are fast and cheap. If your Hotel is in the City Centre catch the AeroBus 91. If it's near the Venue, catch the AeroShuttle 96. They both run about every 30min and will cost you €3,50. You can use this ticket on all the Carris network for the remainder of the day. If you came by train, then stop at Estação Oriente and you're already a stone's throw from the Venue.

Getting Around

The best way to roam about the city is to get a Lisboa Card which you can use in every kind of transport around the city and that will get you free admission to more than 80 museums and attractions. They cost €17 for 24h, €27 for 48h and €33.50 for 72h. Or you can get the 7 Colinas Card for 50 cents and charge a day fare onto it that will get you around in the Carris and Metro networks for €3.50. A single ticket is 90 cents on the subway and €1.40 in buses. Taxis are fairly cheap and will get you around the city for around €5 to €10 a ride. Be aware that they can charge you extra for carrying big luggage of if you called them on the phone (+351 218119000).

Mobile Cards and Data

You can get a SIM card from a lot of shops in Lisbon. The main networks are Vodafone, Optimus and TMN. A card will cost you about €10 but will include the same amount in calls, texts and data. Data charges on this are usually €1 per day per 10MB. There is free unlocked Wi-Fi at the Venue (Hotspot: UXLX). Other than that, there are two main networks of Wi-Fi, the PT Wi-Fi which has many roaming agreements with other providers, so you can probably use it, and Fon which covers pretty much the entire city. There are several restaurants and coffee shops near the Venue offering free Wi-Fi. Just look for the sign near the window.

Fast Tours

Don't have much time to get to know the city? Then the best way is to use the Sightseeing buses and trams. They run through all the sights in Lisbon and one of them even goes to Sintra for a half day. There's also a tram circuit which will drive you to the main hills of Lisbon and departs from Terreiro do Paço. There are also cruises in the river Tagus running in the afternoon. They depart from Cais do Sodré boat station (next to the subway station).

Nightlife

If you're into dancing, you should go to the Docas near Alcantara, a cluster of Bars and Dance Clubs near the river. From Cais do Sodré subway station just grab a bus, tram or train. The hottest dance club in town is the Lux Frágil, near Santa Apolónia subway station. If you're more into bars and roaming in the streets of old town, thengo to Bairro Alto. It can get a little messy particularly on the weekend but it's a lot of fun. If you want to experience genuine Fado, the city's traditional folk music, then go to Alfama. You'll find a lot of Fado houses near the top of the hill. Near the Venue you'll also find some great bars and dance clubs. Or if you're into it, why not visit the nearby Casino?

Safety and Healtcare

Lisbon is one of the safest cities in Europe, but we do have pick-pockets. As in any city, just be careful carrying your stuff in public transportation. Public healthcare is free if you come from within the EU, but you'll have to have your EU Health Card. If you run into any kind of trouble, the emergency number is 112.

Venue

We booked the FIL Meeting Centre, a great venue overlooking the beautiful river Tagus (one of the largest in Europe). The Venue is located in the newly renovated Lisbon Eastern Business District, surrounded by great bars, restaurants and coffee shops by the river. Location is ideal and transportation is abundant. There's a large Shopping Centre nearby as well as a Casino.


latitude: 38.769083, longitude: -9.093976

FIL Meeting Center

Rua do Bojador

How to Get There

Subway

Just take the "Metro" red line until its end at "Oriente".
Subway Map

Bus

You can take any of the 5, 21 and 25 buses towards "Oriente".
Timetables

Train

You can take both the "Azambuja" and "Sintra" lines towards "Oriente" station.
Timetables

Parking

There is ample parking right underneath the "Oriente" station or the "Vasco da Gama" Shopping Centre.

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