Venue 2019

In its 6th year, AgileCrete is returning to Chania!

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Crete, Chania, Balos

In 2019, AgileCrete will be hosted in a unique venue, both in character, as well as location,

Some locals will claim (and others will contest! ) that Chania is the most beautiful part of Crete. We’d like to leave that up to you to decide for yourselves, so, for 2019, we’ve found a venue with a unique character to host AgileCrete.

A venue that breathes Crete.

A Retreat in a Dream Setting

Located in the small village of Kolymbari, a sea-side village, there is a conference center that almost goes out of its way to stay just a conference center and keep tourists away (please do not underestimate how hard that is to do on Crete!).

The Orthodox Academy of Crete will allow AgileCrete to transform to a format closer to that of a retreat – like several of the other SoCraTes events – while keeping everything else that made it an event you’ve all enjoyed in the previous years.

Not a bad spot for a bit of coding, don’t you think?

Turning to a retreat format has been a long-standing desire for us, as the Org Team, but trying to host a non-profit event, on a tourist destination (Crete) in the midst of the high tourist season, as we have been doing in the past, has proven… unrealistic…

This year, the OAC will allow us to get that. For the first time, all our participants will have the option to stay on the same venue, where the event will run (in previous years, securing rooms in hotels was a big! problem), allowing for more facetime with each other and a much richer knowledge exchange that we expect will happen.

Accommodation

The venue itself is literally on the other side of the road from a quiet, secluded beach that only some locals use (read: no sunbeds), overlooking the gulf of Kolymbari. You wake up early enough and you can get to see the sun rise from the sea. Inspiration, guaranteed.

If you book early (read: now!) you can secure one of the rooms that come with this view. Yes, seriously.

It will also be simpler: accommodation will be offered as part of the packages this year, for those of you that choose to stay on site (there are other options in Kolymbari as well), so there’s less fuss all around about what to book, how to get to the venue (and back) etc.

Full Packages including Accommodation

The packages below are all made available by the OAC themselves. You do not pay us (the Org Team), you pay the venue directly (and we do not take any share of this money). AgileCrete is a not for profit event that is funded by its participants. We all pay (including the Org Team), to cover the venue + catering costs for the event.

The packages below include accommodation, breakfast (and some, optionally, lunch at the venue), with arrival on Wednesday 4th September and departure on Saturday, 7th September. AgileCrete itself runs from 5-7 September. You are welcome to discuss extra days of stay directly with the OAC.

1. Conference with accommodation at OAC sharing a double room, without lunch: 186€

2. Conference with accommodation at OAC single room, without lunch: 261€

3. Conference with accommodation at OAC sharing a double room, with lunch: 231€

4. Conference with accommodation at OAC single room, with lunch: 306€

5. Accompanying person, sharing a double room at OAC, without lunch: 120€

6. Accompanying person, sharing a double room at OAC, with lunch:  165€

NOTE: Please note that these are currently approximate prices – there might be a small variation as we are expecting some confirmations from the OAC with regards to costs of coffee breaks, etc. You should not expect any significant price changes, but it might go up a little bit as we’ve requested some fresh fruit, juices, etc. to be added to the menu.

Ticket without Accommodation (conference venue + catering only)

Finally, the below package is for anyone who chooses to book their own accommodation (does not choose to stay at the OAC) and is payable to the OAC, to cover for venue + catering costs:

7. Conference facilities + coffee breaks (no lunch, no accommodation): 66€

How to Book

All it takes to book your place, is an email! Contact the OAC directly, by sending an email to [email protected] , quoting “AgileCrete unconference”, copy-pasting the package you would like to book. One of the staff at the OAC will then reply to your email to confirm your booking and settle any additional questions regarding the venue, the accommodation, and so on. If you would like some more direct communication, you can also ask us on slack!

Alternatives

Apart from the OAC, Kolympari also offers some 5-star resorts, and some rooms you can find on platforms like AirBnB or Booking.com, etc.

Walking to the OAC from the town of Kolympari is certainly an option, but you’ll want to avoid the 15 min walk on a hot day under the midday sun (we do NOT recommend you try that, especially if you’re not used to hot weather). Temperatures in September are usually not as high as they get in mid-July, or August, but we’d still recommend hiring / sharing a car instead!

 

By the way: #AgileCrete participants traditionally share cars, enjoy giving others a ride to the venue and are a lovely bunch of helpful individuals! Drop us an email, or join us on Slack!