Below is some useful information concerning ICFP’19 and Berlin.
The proceedings of ICFP’19 and co-located events have already been made available electronically via the following link (there is an “archive of all papers” link that makes it easy to download everything):
You are strongly encouraged to download the proceedings now, prior to attending the conference.
The conference will have a dedicated wifi network.
Wifi SSID: ICFP2019
At the main conference and at any of the workshops, we will conduct Q&A using a mixture of live questions and online questions via sli.do. You can ask questions online by following this link:
or by going to https://www.sli.do/ and using the event code “ICFP2019”.
There will not be a banquet this year. Instead, there will be evening receptions on Sunday through Thursday of ICFP week. All receptions will take place in the restaurant/lounge area of the conference hotel (where we have lunch), and the one on Monday will coincide with the SRC poster session. The exact start time of the reception varies from day to day (it starts after all sessions are over – around 6 or 6:30 PM).
We will be giving everyone tickets for two free drinks per reception (for the days on which you are registered). You can use these tickets in exchange for any of the pre-approved drinks on offer, which include a selection of soft drinks, beer, wine, and even a few whiskies. If you want any drinks that have not been pre-approved, you can also pay in cash at the bar in the lounge area.
There are plenty of restaurants and other cultural attractions in the Mitte area, within a half-hour walking radius from the conference hotel. However, if you are willing to take public transportation, which works great in Berlin, the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, or buses will take you to a large swath of Berlin pretty quickly and will dramatically expand your options. The closest stations are Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park and Potsdamer Platz. For navigating public transportation, Google Maps works pretty well, but there is also a dedicated “BVG” app for mobile devices that I recommend installing.
Berlin is a great food city. First and foremost, I recommend checking out this great foodie blog:
Berlin Food Stories: https://berlinfoodstories.com/
It offers insightful recommendations of great restaurants at all levels of the price spectrum (from Michelin-starred restaurants to best kebab shop or ice cream parlor), and I check it out every time I visit Berlin. There’s even an article there about the 50 best Berlin restaurants of 2018 – this may give you some good ideas: https://berlinfoodstories.com/2018/09/06/berlins-top-50-eateries-2018/
Here are a few restaurants I’ve been to and can recommend. The first two are expensive, the rest decreasingly so. Horváth is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Europe.
Horváth (2 Michelin stars, neo-Austrian): https://www.restaurant-horvath.de/en
Rutz (2 Michelin stars, very “Michelin”): https://www.rutz-restaurant.de/inspirationsmenue-marco-mueller/
Cookies Cream (vegetarian, 1 Michelin star, very “Berlin”, entrance is hidden behind a dumpster in the back of a hotel): https://cookiescream.com/
(For more Michelin-starred restaurants, check out https://berlinfoodstories.com/2019/02/26/berlin-michelin-stars-2019/)
Katz Orange (nice food, nice atmosphere, nestled in beautiful courtyard): https://www.katzorange.com/
Lokal (modern German bistro): http://lokal-berlin.blogspot.com/
Union Jack Pub (great whisky bar): https://www.unionjack-berlin.de/
I asked Mike Sperber for some more recommendations of somewhat cheaper places, and he sent me the following leads:
Best wishes for an enjoyable ICFP week,
Derek Dreyer (ICFP’19 General Chair)