The Open for Change event takes place in the Van Nelle Factory, a historic industrial building in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, built between 1925 and 1931. During the 20th century, it was used as a factory, processing coffee, tea and tobacco and later on additional chewing gum, cigarettes, instant pudding and rice. The factory was a new concept in its kind. When the project was commissioned in 1923, the building was to have all sorts of special facilities for employees, such as showers. Furthermore, the whole building was built above ground, so that it would be full of light, air and space. Currently it houses a wide variety of new media and design companies and is known as the Van Nelle Design Factory (“Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek”). The Van Nelle Factory is a Dutch national monument and is on the list of sites under consideration for the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. More information: (website partly in English): http://www.ontwerpfabriek.nl/en-us/home.aspx
Foreign participants of Open for Change will be accommodated in the Savoy Hampshire Hotel, Hoogstraat 81, Rotterdam.
You can book your hotel room through the registration form.
You can reach Rotterdam by flying either to Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) or Rotterdam/The Hague Airport. From both airports it is easy to travel to your hotel – either by train or bus. Travel information can be obtained at http://9292.nl/en# .
For those staying in the Savoy Hampshire Hotel, on all three days, there will be a shuttle from the hotel to the event venue.
Those arriving by train, can take bus 38 at Rotterdam Central Station (direction Station Schiedam Centrum). Get out at stop Beukelsbrug. From there it is a two minute walk to the Van Nelle Factory.
If you have any questions on logistical matters or the content of our event, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The event has taken place last October 2013.
Route from Station Blaak to Hampshire Hotel – Savoy Rotterdam
A = Station Blaak*
B = Hampshire Hotel – Savoy Rotterdam
Walk in northerly direction towards Kolk
Go to the left, into the Mariniersweg
Go to the right to stay at the Mariniersweg
Go to the left to stay at the Mariniersweg
Go to the right to the Hoogstraat
You will find your hotel at your right
*You can catch a train from Rotterdam Central Station as well as Schiphol Station tot Station Blaak.
You can reach Rotterdam by flying either to Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) or Rotterdam/The Hague Airport. From both airports it is easy to travel to your hotel or the venue – either by train or bus. Travel information can be obtained at http://9292.nl/en# .