Venue

The European Wireless 2015 will be held at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Building Q.

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Address: Magyar Tudósok körútja 2. (Building Q), 1117 Budapest, Hungary.
Rooms: Building Q, B Wing, room numbers: QBF14, QBF15. (detailed room schedule comes later)

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The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), which hosts EW2015 has a rich history streching back to the 18th century. At present, it has 74 departments and institutes operate within the structure of eight faculties. About 3000 lecturers, researchers and other degree holders and numerous invited lecturers and practising expert specialists participate in education and research at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Approximately 800 of the university’s 20.600 students are from 50 countries abroad. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics issues about 70% of Hungary’s engineering degrees.

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It is an important research center, with globally significant projects:

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Getting to the university

The nearest public transport stop to the university is “Petõfi híd, budai hídfõ” at the Petõfi bridge, where the major tram lines Nr. 4 and 6 stop (and bus lines 203 and 212 also, across the street). From the tram stop, take the underpass and turn left (south), then head along the foot-path going parallel to the river Danube. On the first corner turn to the right, and start to go around on that semicircle street (Magyar tudósok körútja). Out of the two buildings in the inner side of the semicircle, AGTIVE will take place in the closer (northern) one, Building Q; look for the huge ‘Q’ sign on its front wall. It is also worth checking out a satellite image beforehand as well as the photo of the newly constructed Building Q, to avoid confusion with nearby Building I.

Hungary

Hungary is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Border Treaty. The official language is Hungarian, and do not expect everybody to speak English, but you can easily get by with English or with German in places frequented by international tourism.

Currency

The official currency in Hungary is the Forint (shortly, Ft or HUF), and not the Euro. Of course, there are many places where they accept Euros as well, but you should not depend on it, and exchange rates are typically biased against the customer. You can exchange currency in banks and at dedicated exchange offices, or withdraw HUF from ATMs. The exchange mid rate today (2015-02-28) is 303,55 HUF for 1 EUR. Please note that according to a recent regulation in Hungary, 1 Ft and 2 Ft coins are withdrawn, and prices are rounded up (or down) to the next number divisible by 5. Ft. So, shopkeepers are not cheating if they do not give you back a change of 1Ft or 2 Fts.

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Cellular network providers

In Hungary there are 3 cellphone providers:

  • Telenor – a member of the Telenor group, formerly Pannon, Pannon GSM
  • T-Mobile – a member of the Deutsche Telekom group, formerly Westel, Westel900
  • Vodafone

Further sources of information

Budapest

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, the largest in East-Central Europe and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. In 2011, according to the census, Budapest had 1.74 million inhabitants, down from its 1989 peak of 2.1 million due to suburbanization. The Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3.3 million people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbuda with east-bank Pest.

The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241–42. The re-established town became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after the 1873 unification. It also became the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Republic of Councils of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.

Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts about 4.3 million tourists a year, making it the 25th most popular city in the world (and the 6th in Europe) according to Euromonitor.

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