Following last year's very successful Conference in Rhode Island USA, we will be hosting the 2019 AWARE IM Developers International Conference in Espinho - Portugal.
The Fourth International Conference will feature the mastermind behind AwareIM, Vladimir, covering version 8.2, version 8.3 and the version 9.0 roadmap. Additionally, a host of topics presented by some of the best AwareIM developers in the world. See the programme below for more details.
The Zero to Hero Beginners Workshop is entirely optional but is highly recommended for those new to AWARE IM. Join us on April 27th and April 28th.
The conference proper starts Sunday night April 28th with welcome drinks and registration, followed by three days of AWARE IM intensity. April 29th, 30th and the 1st of May.
Mix and mingle with AWARE IM developers from all over the world. Build your AWARE IM network. Engage with other developers for your new project or to assist with your current project.
This conference is the best AWARE IM smorgasbord you will ever get crammed into 3 days.
Everyone who registers for the 2019 Aware IM Developers International Conference BEFORE midnight GMT on 31st December will go into a draw for a free Developer License kindly donated by Awaresoft.
The winner will be drawn at the conference by Vladimir.
Note: Programme may be subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond our control
Originally a small fishing village boasting little more than a minor canning industry, the beach resort of Espinho now draws crowds to its golden beach and varied attractions, although the odd colourful narrow fishing boat can still be seen on the sands. Just over 10 miles south of Portugal’s second city, the majority of its visitors hail from the interior regions of the north. However its well-conceived amenities (note the numbered streets), comprising various superior hotels, decent restaurants aplenty (often serving the local, tasty fish stew – caldeirada) and a healthy smattering of lively bars, make it appealing to all. Its exposure to Atlantic breezes and its northern location on the Costa Verde mean that it is most popular in the high summer season when the water temperature is favourable, though other activities, such as surfing, make this an attractive place to visit at all times of the year not least because it is a stones throw away from the busy and beautiful city of Porto.
Besides an attractive church, Igreja de Matriz, built in a neo-8th century style in the 1900s, the town itself offers seasonal bullfighting and year-round gambling. The Casino Solverde caters for people wanting to play, dance and eat, as well as offering a nightly slice of cabaret at a decent price. The summer months witness cheery gatherings of revellers inside and outside of the bars in the seafront area of the town, each bar with a distinctive character of its own. A mile or so out of the town, the Oporto Golf Club has been operating for longer than most clubs in the world. Established at the end of the 19th century, it is a breezy course but its proximity to the ocean makes the views outstanding.
On a more traditional note, The Feira de Espinho is easily one of the most impressive outdoor markets in the area. Taking place all day on a Monday, and occupying the whole of streets 22, 23 and 24, expect to find local produce, clothes, crafts and bric-a-brac. For a fuller range of locally produced handicrafts head for the smaller (and often seasonal) shops in the centre, where vividly painted models of boats and dolls sporting the traditional regional attire feature among the most popular purchases. In November there is also an annual international film animation festival, the Cinanima festival.
Not far away, the remains of a character one of Portugal’s many royal tales lie buried in the 16th century Augustine monastery of São Salvador. Rodrigues Sancho was one of the many unofficial children born of King Sancho, born to his lover the striking girl known as the Ribeirinha. Just to the south of the town is the village of Paramo which is still a typical example of the areas small fishing communities. It also has an interesting archaeological site showing the remains of an Iron Age village, Castro d’Ovil.
During April through May, Portugal is in its prime tourism season, due to this, booking a free room might become an issue, so we advise for you to book a room as soon as possible if you are planning on spending the conference in this venue.Please click here to book a room
Note: If you are having any issues booking a room or if there are no more rooms available, we also recommend this hotel as it is very close (almost next door) from where the conference will be held.
The conference will be held at the Praiagolfe hotel and on top of that, we specifically chose this hotel because of its beautiful view, comfortable amenities, and of course, the beach, and it's only a 20 minutes drive away from Porto's Old Town.
Situated on Espinho’s Baia Beach, Praiagolfe Hotel offers panoramic ocean views, and extensive spa facilities. It is 180 m from Espinho Station and next to the Espinho Casino.
Praiagolfe Hotel provides rooms with wide ocean or city views from private balconies. Some rooms include spa and tour packages. For in-room dining, the hotel offers room service.
Praiagolfe’s luxurious facilities include an indoor pool and a range of massage treatments. The hotel also offers a 24-hour reception desk and free parking on site.
Guests can sample the breakfast buffet and international cuisine served at the hotel's Terraco Atlantico, while taking in the picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. International and regional drinks are offered at the bar.
Praiagolfe is just a 20-minute drive away from Oporto’s historical centre. Guests can enjoy boat cruises on the Douro River and visit the area’s well-known Porto Wine Cellar.
From the 29th of April to the 1st of May 2019
70 € / Night - Standard Front City View Single Room
85 € / Night - Standard Front City View Double Room
80 € / Night - Superior Side Sea View Single Room
95 € / Night - Superior with Sea Front View Double Room
90 € / Night - Premium Sea Front View Single Room
105 € / Night - Premium Sea Front View Double Room
You can book a room by emailing to this email address: email@example.com
Alternatively, you can call them at: +351 - 22733 - 1000
For further information, you can visit their website: www.praiagolfe.com
If you are unable to secure an accommodation at the Praiagolfe Hotel, the Apartamento Solverde is only two doors away from the Hotel Praiagolfe which also has great rooms at a reasonable price and is right on the beach.
Bookings should be done through one of the booking websites such as www.booking.com.
General advice: Most younger (under 35) Portuguese speak English pretty well (much better than other Europeans). If you have a question or need to know where something is, almost any young person would be happy to help. Just be kind and they will be also :)
Most everything is accessible by train, though some interesting spots you might have to take a bus/uber/car.
I know some countries in Europe it is common to pay for everything with a debit or credit card. While this is becoming more common in Portugal, most mom-and-pop shops do not like people who use cards (they must pay a fee). Most locations do not accept cards for purchases under €5.
Avoid taxis - you can take the same ride 10 times, and you'll take 10 different routes and you'll pay 10 different prices. They have uber, and you can use it safely, just not near taxi stands (taxi drivers do not like uber in Portugal). This is more of an issue in Lisbon, but is very common practice all over.
Each region is known for some speciality foods, desserts, wines, liquors, etc. Though Portugal is a very small country, there are vast differences in culture just between Lisbon and Porto. Do a little research to find the "local" items, and enjoy them! For example, porto is famous for Port wine (obviously), but also known for Francesinha (best sandwich ever) and tripas (pig intestine stew - its actually delicious). Areas near Aveiro are famous for Leitão (roast suckling pig) and Frango Churrasco. Do some research and you won't be disappointed.
Also, people will come up to you and offer you drugs, especially if you look like a tourist/are hanging out in tourist spots. Some of these guys are very weird, so use common sense. POSSESSION of drugs (any kind) in Portugal is illegal, but drugs have been decriminalized and there is no penalty for possession and if you and your friends are interested in that scene, you won't get in any trouble. Do not try and sell drugs - this is still illegal. The guys coming and asking you to buy are taking a big risk which is why they target tourists - you're much less likely to report them to police.
MUST see: I consider these highlights of Portugal. Locations you shouldn't miss.
Lisbon area: - torre de Belem (and surrounding area) -Pasteis de Belem - delicious desert originally comes from this cafe in Lisbon. Worth the visit. They are called "pasteis de nata" in other areas of Portugal. Google it. - Castelo de S. Jorge. Cool old castle, great city views. - Praça do comercio
Coimbra area: University (one of the oldest in the world founded in 1290) Quinta das lágrimas Figueira da Foz (beach) Fátima (if you are religious/interested in religious history) Portugal dos pequenitos - literally a tiny replica of Portugal for kids but still fun to see. Google it.
Porto área: Aveiro (Venice of Portugal) Espinho (beach right by the train station) Vila nova da Gaia (this is Porto, but on the other side of the river) Mosteiro da serra do pilar (great view of ponte dom Luis, and coincidentally my exact favorite spot on the whole planet)
Porto itself has tons to see. If you want more details, PM.
AVOID: I don't think you need to pay any particular attention to any dangers. Portugal is generally safe. I feel safer in Lisbon or porto at night than I do in NYC during the day. Have common sense. Pickpockets are very common so mind your belongings. Gypsies will come ask for money but if you blow them off, they won't harass you. Just generally be smart and do the same things you would advise someone to do in the biggest cities of your country.
The nicest beaches are south of Lisbon. Depending on how much time you have, there is a short bus ride from Lisbon just south to Setúbal. From there you can take a ferry to Tróia, which is a really nice spot for beach activities and usually not terribly crowded.
Otherwise Figueira da Foz has a nice beach, but I've only been there once.
They call Aveiro the Venice of Portugal. This is because there are many canals (although nothing like in Venice). You can take a tour on a traditional boat (moliceiro) for a reasonable price, plus you learn some history of the area. Aveiro is a much less frequented tourist destination, but still worth taking a half day or so to see IMO. Plus in Aveiro, Costa Nova is a very interesting beach area. Nice beach, plus all the homes are painted with stripes. It can be difficult to get here without a car (no train stop), but I believe there is a bus you can take.
There are a few stops on the train from Aveiro to Portugal (the regional train, not the Alfa pendular or intercidades) with beaches literally steps from the station. Espinho is the best example of this I can think of.
Best places to stay: Bigger cities= more night time activities. Lisbon and Porto are obviously good choices. You could also stay in Coimbra. Try to stay in locations where there is a lot to see without traveling very far. In the big cities, they have many award winning hostels.
Weather: bring a light jacket. Sometimes there is rain but generally good weather this time of year. August/September is when Portuguese tend to take their holidays, so expect to be around many vacationing locals.
I have spent most of my time in the north (Aveiro/Porto) so I'm much more familiar with these areas. If you have any desire to travel north of porto, the oldest parts of Portugal (and Europe) are there. There is a also a train from porto to Vigo (Spain) which is very different than other areas of Spain if that interests you.
Hope this helps!