* Depending on your definition of reality
For ages, we took for granted that there would be a final demo party between Christmas and New Year's eve. We've had the TUM party, followed by Under Construction, which we hoped would take place again this year. But it won't, for obvious reasons.
Wanting to make such an event happen during a pandemic sounds crazy. But this summer, Underground Conference had proven that a party can be done safely when done outdoors. But would there be any way to do that during winter, indoors? Sounds impossible to do. But we believe it isn't, that there is a chance to make it happen.
The party is taking place in Bingen am Rhein, Germany. It will formally be run as corporate company conference, with invitation letters provided to all participants.
One of the most important things for potential visitors to understand is that a negative Covid-19 test is absolutely required to enter the party. You may choose to get your own test before arriving, which may not be older than 48 hours. If you are flying, these tests are available at Frankfurt Airport easily. For everyone else, we'll have a doctor doing rapid tests that will be done in a dedicated hall before you are allowed to enter the actual party grounds. Again, this is mandatory - if you don't wish to be tested, you may not participate.
As you may imagine having a doctor on-site for doing the tests is pretty expensive. This is why our entrance fees are much higher than at a "normal" demo party. We believe the chance to quite safely party with your friends is well worth it.
Hotels will likely be closed. A regular sleeping hall obviously is a no-no. So we are bringing a new invention, that might sound crazy at first glance, but actually is pretty logical: Indoor camping. There will be a huge sleeping hall, but you may not just put up your mattress there. The hall will have constantly air flow and therefore will be frigging cold. You need to bring a tent to put up, and sleep in. This will result in the aerosols you are exhaling being trapped in your tent, and whatever escapes out of it to be taken out by the air flow. Weird but effective.
The hall will be overly spacious. Instead of regular table rows, there will be a block of tables per group travelling together. Masks will be required in front of the big screen, when walking around and while dancing. As there will be a constant airflow we recommend to bring warm cloths.
In addition to that, the party will have everything you'd expect from a great demo party.
No local presence. You may vote and remotely participate in competitions, and will receive any prize by mail.
You must bring a negative Covid-19 test certificate (e.g. from Frankfurt Airport) not older than 48 hours.
A doctor will do a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival. Refund and support if tested positive.
No local presence. You may vote and remotely participate in competitions, and will receive any prize by mail. Even if you can't come yourself, you are helping us fund the event. We'll sing your name on the stream for that.
On request we are able to provide a written commercial invoice with VAT.
You must bring a negative Covid-19 test certificate (e.g. from Frankfurt Airport) not older than 48 hours. This applies if you really can not afford paying the full entrance fee.
A doctor will do a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival. Refund and support if tested positive. This applies if you really can not afford paying the full entrance fee. We are making a loss on this ticket type.