XDS 2008

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The X Developers' Summit for 2008 was held at Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, UK, from the 3rd-5th September.

Attendance is free, but you must register beforehand, by putting your name on the Attendees page; attendance is currently limited to 60 people.


Unlike XDS 2007, on-venue accommodation has not been arranged. We will, however, arrange a group booking rate with an affordable and accessible hotel: hold tight.


Edinburgh has its own airport (EDI), 10 miles west of the city. Edinburgh is not an enormous international hub, but there are very frequent services from all London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, City, Luton) with all alliances, decent European connectivity, plus Continental and Delta flights to JFK/Newark. A full list of destinations is available from the airport site. From the airport, the 100 and 35 buses connect you to the city.

Edinburgh Waverley train station is very close to the city centre, and has good connections to the rest of the UK, including a 4h30m fast east coast service to London, and a ~7h overnight sleeper service. For more details, as well as booking, please check the Scotrail site. For those under the age of 25, buying a 16-25 Railcard (£20, valid for a year, can halve ticket prices) will likely save you a great deal on a long train journey: more information is available from nationalrail.co.uk.

Edinburgh Zoo is easily accessible from the centre of the city, with the 12, 26, 31 and 100 (Airlink) Lothian buses all departing from Princes St; the trip is roughly 15 minutes.


As usual, we will be running a travel sponsorship program. If you are unable to afford travel/accommodation on your own, please investigate the cheapest reasonable way for you to get to Edinburgh, and let us know a ballpark price. Full details are in the list post (note that the deadline is Wed 6th Aug).

Registration, talks

If you are coming, or just interested, please subscribe to a low-volume mailing list for updates; note that as a general-purpose mailing list, this will be reused for future events, so please remember to unsubscribe afterwards if you don't plan on attending future events. Also, please add your name to the Attendees and if you are thinking about giving a talk, add your ideas to the bottom of the Program page.

Misc, other

Scotland uses UK plugs. There will no doubt be all kinds of foreign power boards and adaptors floating around, but please do remember to bring your own. The currency is the British Pound (GBP), and the language mostly resembles English.

Google Maps: Edinburgh Zoo.


If you have any problems or questions, please contact Daniel Stone -- daniel@fooishbar.org.