Welcome to Warsaw

Warsaw is the political, economic and cultural centre of Poland. The city has the strongest concentration of start-ups and co-working spaces in the country. It has attracted several global media firms, including Facebook and Google who have offices there. The overall aspiration is that the city will evolve into a leader in emerging technologies for the post-communist European region.

New media and technologies are widely expanding in post-industrial regeneration areas of the city, demonstrating new ways for making media production and the daily running of media firms. One example is the ‘Open Ząbkowska’ festival in the Praga district as well as the creation of a Center for Advanced Materials and Technologies in the district of Ursynów. Praga also houses the SOHO Factory, a site of small offices, restaurants and galleries. This blend is attractive to the SME’s who have moved to work there. Looking forward, legacy media (press, radio, and TV) have recently been challenged by polarisation of the journalism community. An additional issue is the shrinking of the free press, as a result of political and economic pressure. Many traditional media firms have found it difficult to adapt to new technologies and distribution via computer networks.

Having the emma conference in a post-communist country will offer the possibility to obtain an holistic view on the opportunities offered and barriers to adoption of smart techniques, such as artificial intelligence and the use of Big Data that characterised media mediated by machine. The geographical location of Warsaw is a suitable ‘cultural buffer’ state that has often in the past served as a ‘bridge’ between ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ European media traditions.

Poland is in the Central European Time (CET) zone. The local currency is the Polish Złoty (PLN). You may exchange currency at banks, airport and in hotels. Most of the sellers and service providers also accept credit and debit payment cards.

For information about Poland: please check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: and Poland’s official travel website.

Please also check the official website of Warsaw; practical information, as well as city attractions and mobile applications might be found there. The City Contact Centre Warsaw is 19115; on its website you can get more information about free WiFi, public transportation and so on. Warsaw’s hot spots are available mostly in all area of the Old Town, city centre and in other public places. The network is called “UM-Warszawa”. There is also free WiFi (“freewifi.waw.pl”) connection  in some public buses.

Travel and transportation

Airports

Please visit websites of Warsaw Chopin Airport and Warsaw Modlin Airport.

Polish Railways

Please visit Polskie Koleje Państwowe (PKP)

Public transportation

Warsaw offers a diversified combination of public transportation: metro, tram, bus and urban rapid rail lines. Please check the website of the Public Transport Authority (Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego, ZTM) for all the practical information.

  • Tram: one or two digits (e.g. 9, 24)
  • Bus:
    • standard, fast and zone lines: three digits (e.g. 127, 175, 503)
    • express lines: the letter “E” along with a number (e.g. E-2)
    • night lines: the letter “N” followed by a number (e.g. N21).
  • Metro: M1, M2
  • SKM (Urban Rapid Rail) – city’s train: S1, S2, S3

The conurbation area served by public transport lines is divided into two tariff zones. The first zone (1) encompasses the territory within the borders of Warsaw and occasionally goes slightly beyond the boundaries of Warsaw (to the border stop), and the second one (2) – locations outside the borders of Warsaw.

Tickets may be bought in the Passenger Service Centres, post offices, authorised points of sale and ticket machines, available also in vehicles. Please be advised that it is not possible to buy tickets from bus or tram drivers. Single fare tickets, time-limit tickets and short-term tickets are sold on a carrier in a form of a paper card with a magnetic strip. Long-term tickets are coded on Warszawska Karta Miejska (Warsaw City Card).

The standard price for one single-fare transfer ticket (highly recommended) is 4,40 PLN (approx. 1 EUR).

There is a yellow validating machine to be found by the door on all buses, trams, and urban rapid rail. Tickets which have not been validated earlier, i.e. each single fare ticket or unused seasonal or time-limit ticket, should be validated immediately after boarding the vehicle. There are entrance gates (with validating mechanisms) installed before the very entrances to the underground platforms.

Taxi

There are several taxi companies available in Warsaw. They can be found at taxi ranks or ordered by phone or mobile apps. While getting into the taxi it is worth to pay attention to correct labelling of taxis, as well as special identifiers (inside the vehicle) and stickers (in the upper right corner of the windshield of the car) with holograms.

Taxi fee from Chopin’s Airport to City Centre is approx. 40 PLN (approx. 10 EUR) and may vary, depending on the traffic.

There are also several peer-to-peer ridesharing companies available in Warsaw (such as Uber or Taxify).

Accommodation

For those Guests who are interested: we have made preliminary reservation in four hotels located in the city Center of Warsaw with the special price rates for emma delegates. Reservation and special rates are guaranteed by May 7, 2018 (Novotel Warszawa Centrum, Polonia Palace Hotel), May 18, 2018 (Hotel Logos) and May 22, 2017 (Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum). Conference participants are asked to book a room by contacting the hotel directly. Information about the room rates and discount codes have been distributed via e-mail. Information about accommodation might also be accessed upon request: emma2018@uw.edu.pl.

Novotel Warszawa Centrum

The hotel is located in the city center of Warsaw, just a few steps from the Palace of Culture and Science and other business and cultural attractions.

Website: Novotel Warszawa Centrum

E-mail:H3383-RE5@accor.com

Address: Marszalkowska 94, 00-510 Warsaw

 

Polonia Palace Hotel 

It is located in the city center of Warsaw, next to the Palace of Culture and Science, in proximity to other business and cultural attractions.

Website: Polonia Palace Hotel

E-mail:poloniapalace@syrena.com.pl

Address: Aleje Jerozolimskie 45, 00-692 Warsaw

 

Hotel Logos

The hotel is located only 250 metres from Centrum Nauki Kopernik Metro Station, and 350 metres from Copernicus Science Centre and 650 meters from the University of Warsaw Library – our venue for emma Warsaw 2018.

Website: Hotel Logos

E-mail:rezerwacja@hotellogos.pl

Address: Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 31/33, 00-379 Warsaw

Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum

The hotel is located in the heart of the city, in a walking distance from the Old Town and main campus of the University of Warsaw.

Website: Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum

E-mail:warszawahotel.centrum@gromada.pl

Address: Plac Powstańców Warszawy 2, 00-030 Warsaw