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- 1 Welcome to Video Dev Days 2019
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Practical information
- 4 Contact
Welcome to Video Dev Days 2019
The VideoLAN non-profit organization is happy to invite you to the multimedia open-source event of the fall!
For its eleventh edition, people from the VideoLAN and open source multimedia communities will meet in Tokyo to discuss and work on the future of the open-source multimedia community.
This is a very technical conference, focused on low-level multimedia.
Who can come?
Literally every one is invited to VDD, we just need registration for legal reason (to enter the building).
This is a technical conference, focused on low-level multimedia, like codecs and their implementations like x264 or dav1d, frameworks like FFmpeg or Gstreamer or playback libraries like libVLC.
The price to enter is totally Free.
Sponsorship for Japan
Since Japan is a bit further than the usual conferences, often in Europe, going to Japan is more expensive.
Traveling to Japan
You should consider staying a bit longer to Japan, if you can afford a few extra days. Kyoto is amazing!
You should take care of your passport and, if applicable, your visa very quickly!
See the dedicated page: traveling advice for Japan.
Friday November 8th
Community bonding day!
Da Tokyo game
Address : tbd
19:30 Evening drinks at the...
Sponsored by Mozilla.
(NB: food is not provided there)
Saturday November 9th
|08:30 - 09:00||Registration & Breakfast|
|09:00 - 09:25||Welcome words by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLAN|
|11:50 - 12:15||VLC 4.0 by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLAN|
|12:30 - 14:00||Lunch break! by the Lunch committee|
Goodies distribution will start at 14:00
|14:00 - 18:00||Meetups|
|19:30 - ??:??||Community Dinner by the Dinner committee|
VideoLAN community dinner
To be defined
Sunday November 10
|09:00 - 09:30||Breakfast|
|09:30 - 12:00||Lightning talks
|12:00 - 14:00||Lunch by the Lunch Committee|
|14:00 - 18:00||Unconferences|
|20:00 - ??:??||Unofficial Dinner by the Unofficial Dinner Committee|
|06:30 - 07:00||Beyond Breakfast Coffee by VideoLAN|
- The official JNTO site has a wealth of practical information targeting first-time visitors.
- The air travel page provides more info for arrival and departure.
Location / main venue
The meeting is happening at the IIJ HQ:
Internet Initiative Japan Inc. Iidabashi Grand Bloom 2-10-2 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0071 Japan
and because not everyone understands English
株式会社インターネットイニシアティブ 〒102－0071 東京都千代田区富士見2-10-2 飯田橋グラン・ブルーム
From Tokyo Central:
- JR Chuo line to Iidabashi, or
- Tokyo metro Tozai line from Otemachi to Iidabashi.
From Tokyo Ueno:
- JR Yamanote line (clock-wise) or Keihin-Tohoku line (south-bound) to Akihabara, then
- JR Chuo-Sobu line (west-bound) to Iidabashi.
Accommodation / Hotel
If you are sponsored by the VideoLAN association, your hotel is: To Be Announced
Elsewise, please make your own arrangements for acccommodation.
Participants can share information and discuss using the dedicated VDD 2019 Telegram Group.
Be sure to get a Japanese electronic payment card to travel easily on the public transports.
- To find routes, prices and schedules:
- For airport transfers, check the air travel page.
NOTE: VideoLAN does not refund taxi, car rental and public transport.
If you have a voucher, you should save your JR Pass for before or after the conference days, as it is of limited use within central Tokyo. You can use it to freely ride on the Yamonote loop and the Chuo-Sobu east-west transverse train lines, as well as JR-operated buses, but it is not valid on the metro networks.
Means of payment
VISA and MasterCard cards are not universally accepted in Japan.
You will need to withdraw cash from an international ATM. You can find those:
- at arrivals in the airport terminal,
- in 7-11 convenience stores throughout Tokyo and other cities,
- and during office hours in Japanese Post offices.
Do not bother with to local banks ATMs, most of which do not accept overseas cards.
To be on the safe side, you could exchange a few tens of thousands of yens in advance. Compare prices and avoid the extortionate bureaux de change at airports!
For small day-to-day purchases, you should procure a FeliCa electronic payment card, a.k.a. an IC card. They can be used to enter and exit public transports (train, metro, bus, etc), to check out at convenience stores and many shops. There are two options in Tokyo area:
- tourist cards, with cutesy design, provide third-party discounts, but expire after 28 days (including any unused credit):
- regular cards, with dull design, include a deposit of ¥500 but remain valid for 10 years:
You can load the card with Japanese bank notes.
In Tokyo the electrical supply has:
- Voltage: 100 V
- Frequency: 50 Hz (but in Kyoto/Osaka, 60 Hz)
- Socket: Type A (like North America)
This is the lowest household voltage in the world, so check the specifications on your power adapters.
Outlets are not compatible with European or Commonwealth plugs, so most attendees will need passive adapters. They are easier to find at home, so BUY BEFORE DEPARTURE.
Please bring your own internet.
You can buy, or better yet pre-order, a prepaid data SIM card at international arrival at the airport. Don't postpone, as it might be difficult to find elsewhere.
Free Wi-Fi is common but may need registration - in Japanese. There is a map of known Wi-Fi access points in the JNTO app (see #Transportation).
119 is the fire and ambulance emergency number in Japan. 110 is the local police number.
Please carry your travel insurance card or certificate on you at all times. If you do not have a travel insurance yet, buy a fixed-term one before you depart. EU social security cards are not not valid in Japan. Advise your relatives, and if applicable, your government:
Personal safety risks in Japan primarily stem from natural disasters:
- JNTO safety tips
- In case of earthquake:
- Seek cover (e.g. under a table) if indoors,
- Get away from structures (especially glass windows) if outdoors.
- After the quake, get away from the shore onto high ground away from tidal waves.
- In case of typhoon, follow instructions from authorities. Typhoon are predicted several days ahead.
The VideoLAN Dev Days are organized by the board members of the VideoLAN non-profit organization:
- Jean-Baptiste Kempf,
- Denis Charmet,
- Konstantin Pavlov, and
- Hugo Beauzée-Luyssen.
You can reach us here.