XDS2010: Toulouse, France, September 16-18

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The last X Developers' Summit was held at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole, in France, during September 16th-18th.

  • Attendees
  • Program
  • Notes We ran the 3-day summit as a normal conference, with presentations and also birds-of-a-feather group sessions, as well as informal 'corridor sessions', and plenty of time for after-hours social activities.


The conference has been held in the "Colloque - Guy Isaac" Amphiteather at the old Tobacco Factory (manufacture des tabacs in french) a few hundred meters from the initially planned location.

See the map below for details.

The Guy Isaac amphitheater is in the building I on this map of the Manufacture des Tabacs.


On-venue accommodation will not be arranged. However we provide a list of hotels where you should be able to find rooms at reasonable rates. Use the wiki or the mailing list if you'd like to share rooms and need to find roomates.


Toulouse can be reached:

  • By plane to the Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS) airport. From there you can take the flybus bus shuttle or a taxi to downtown.
    The airport of Carcassonne (CCF) hosts a low cost company. It's 90km away from Toulouse, but has good train connections.
  • By train to the Toulouse-Matabiau station, TGVs run from Paris in 5-6 hours, depending on the schedule. Tickets can be purchased on-line; as of 2010-08-12, it was possible to get a Paris<->Toulouse round trip in first class for €104, from tgv-europe.com or the much more reliable voyages-sncf.com. Note that the iDTGV is a special 'youth' train, so expect lots of hair gel and bad house music if you book that.
  • Avoid the car if possible. It's difficult and expensive to park in the city center and driving in Toulouse may be a nightmare for those who are only used to large and straight avenues.


As usual, we will be running a travel sponsorship program. If you are unable to afford travel/accommodation on your own, please investigate the cheapest reasonable way for you to get to Toulouse, and let us know a ballpark price.

Registration, talks

If you are coming, or just interested, please subscribe to a low-volume mailing list for updates; note that as a general-purpose mailing list, this will be reused for future events, so please remember to unsubscribe afterwards if you don't plan on attending future events. Also, please add your name to the Attendees and if you are thinking about giving a talk, add your ideas to the bottom of the Program page.

Misc, other

Toulouse uses Type E/F hybrid plugs (CEE7/7) and Euro plugs at 230V/50Hz. There will no doubt be all kinds of foreign power boards and adaptors floating around, but please do remember to bring your own. The currency is the Euro (EUR), and the language is french. Many shops, bars and restaurant speak some level of English.

A Map of Toulouse with the University and a few hotels nearby

Touristic informations to visit Toulouse and the area after/before the summit.


The X.Org foundation thanks the following sponsors who made the event possible:


If you have any problems or questions, please contact Matthieu Herrb -- matthieu DOT herrb AT laas DOT fr


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