Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is The Things Conference?

      The Things Conference takes great pride in announcing itself as the largest LoRaWAN conference in the world, only second to our own conference’s on tour. The conference aims to bring people a wealth of knowledge concerning LoRaWAN through engaging keynotes, interactive workshops and live demonstrations showcasing the latest and the greatest in LoRaWAN.

    • Where is The Things Conference?

      The Things Conference annually takes place every January in Amsterdam. The conference will take place at De Kromhouthal located at Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, 1021 KP Amsterdam. The conference hall is located in the Northern part of Amsterdam which is separated from the rest of Amsterdam by the river The IJ.

    • How can I get to The Things Conference?

      Tram – Almost every single tram will take you to Amsterdam Central Station except for Tram 5. From Amsterdam Central Station, you can take a ferry across the river or go underground and take a metro to cross the river. There are no trams that can take you directly to the North part of Amsterdam. 

      Bus – There is a bus line which can bring you to the conference hall, which is bus 38 and will stop at the stop “Hamerstraat”. However the bus only runs within Amsterdam-Noord. You can find more information about bus 38 by clicking on this link.

      Metro – The metro is one of the two means of transport that can be used to cross the river The Ij. The closest metro station to the conference hall is “Noorderpark”. The only metro going to “Noorderpark” is Line 52. From “Noorderpark” you can find directions to the conference hall by clicking on this link

      Ferry – The ferry is the other mean of transport that can be used to cross the river. Regarding the previous part about how to cross from Central Station, it is more recommendable to take the ferry as we will have a private ferry carrying conference visitors directly to the conference hall departing from Central Station. There will also be flags clearly delineating which platform conference visitors can take the ferry from. It is also possible to take one of the city’s standard ferries but these will not take you to the conference hall. More information on reaching the conference hall from these other two stops can be found beneath. 

      Walking – If you are walking from the Central Station Side of Amsterdam, more information on how to cross the river can be found above. If you are aiming to walk from one of the other ferry stops, you can find more information regarding the ferry stop IjPlein and Buiksloterweg by clicking on each link respectively. If you are aiming to walk from the bus stop Hamerstraat you can find more information by clicking on the link. If you are aiming to walk from Noorderpark you can find more information by clicking on the link.

      Car – Naturally, the conference hall is accessible for vehicles such as cars. If you are attending planning to come by car, you would have to navigate to the conference hall independently. To simplify this, the address you would need is: Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, 1021 KP Amsterdam. There is parking space available for conference visitors should you need to park your car.

    • When is The Things Conference?

      The Things Conference will take place on January 30th and 31st 2020.We recommend visitors to arrive on January 29th to prevent missing important content on the first conference day! We recommend partners to arrive on January 28th as partners can already start setting up their booths on Wednesday, 29th of January.

    • How should I prepare for The Things Conference?

      There is no direct way to prepare for The Things Conference but since the content at the conference will be fairly advanced and in-depth, it might be recommendable for you to have a background in LoRaWAN. There is no way to measure this background in LoRaWAN, so a good place to start would be to complete LoRaWAN Academy.

    • What is a Things Conference On Tour?

      A Things Conference On Tour is a conference being organized by one of our partners in another country which aims to bring the local LoRaWAN community together. You can have a look at the existing conferences on tour here.

    • What can I expect at The Things Conference?

      The conference aims to provide thought-provoking keynotes, interactive workshops and valuable demonstrations. Furthermore, the conference can provide an unrivalled networking experience for LoRaWAN professionals as the conference brings the significant players in the ecosystem together.

    • I am a vegan. Can I expect food at the conference or should I make my own arrangements?

      Of course you are not expected to make your own arrangements. We will have vegan options available at the conference.

    • Are there any recommendable hotels nearby?

      Of course, there are many, many hotels that one can choose from. You can make use of this portal provided by our partners in accommodation to get discounted rates for your hotel bookings. All hotels have been selected as they are in proximity to the conference hall.

    • Are there any recommended flights?

      Similarly to our hotel booking portal, you can make use of this portal to access discounted rates for flights provided to us by our partners in travel.

    • Why do I have to pay VAT for my conference ticket?

      According to Dutch laws, VAT has to be charged on conference tickets. The VAT is only deductible for companies, registered in The Netherlands.

    • Is it possible to upgrade my ticket?

      Yes, it is possible to upgrade your ticket should you wish to. The most effective way to do so would be to get in touch with the conference organization team. You can reach them at this email address: conference@thethingsnetwork.org

    • Is it possible to change the registration of my ticket?

      Yes, it is possible to change the registration of your ticket should you need to. The most effective way to do so would be to get in touch with the conference organization team. You can reach them at this email address: conference@thethingsnetwork.org

    • Are there discounts available for students?

      There are discounts available for academic individuals. However, students can attend the conference for free as part of our volunteer program. You can find more information on our volunteer program on our conference website, under the section titled “Become a volunteer”.
      Furthermore, academics can receive a discount if they can verify their academic association.If you are an academic and want to make use of this discount, reach out to: conference@thethingsnetwork.org

    • Where do I pick up my badge at the conference?

      When you reach the conference hall, you will be guided to enter through the main entrance. As soon as you enter, there will be a desk that can help you with the final procedure of the registration of your conference ticket and you will receive your badge once you have completed the procedure.

    • Where can I find the official Code of Conduct for The Things Conference 2020?

      You can find our official code of conduct by clicking on  this link.