The main Crowd Computing meeting venue will be the premises of the Stichting IDGF in Almere. Almere is part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan region. See the travel section at the bottom of the page for directions.
Amsterdam/Almere offers the combination of a New Town done right (Almere) and a well known old town (Amsterdam).
We have organised some international events before in the town. Here are some testimonials of students and tutors we had from our successful Cloud computing Summerschool in Almere. Watch them working and enjoying a good time on the Weerwater lake and eating the famous Dutch herring (well known to Germans as "Matjes").
Almere is 30 minutes from Schiphol Amsterdam airport. Amsterdam airport is a major European hub with connections to many destinations worldwide.
You can buy tickets for the national trains (for instance from Schiphol to Almere) already in advance: https://www.ns.nl/eticket/ticket?language=en
You can buy tickets for the bus with the driver.
Depending from when you travel, by fast train you need to get off at Almere Centrum station and take bus 4. If you travel buy slow train ("sprinter") you get off at Almere Poort station and take bus 2. Get off at "Bus stop Gooisekant West, Almere "
Please use http://9292.nl/en/ to plan your trip. The hotel http://www.bastionhotels.com/en/hotels/hotel-almere is within walking distance of the venue.
Almere's central railway station is well connected into the Dutch railway system. Several major Amsterdam railway stations can be reached in about 20 minutes. The Hague, Groningen, Rotterdam, Utrecht and many other places have a direct train connection to Almere.
There is a direct train connection from Almere to where the EGI meeting is (20 minutes). And there is a direct train connection to train station Amsterdam Lelylaan, which is the closest station to where the RDA meeting and a number of other sattelite meetings are. Trains go frequently (every 15 minutes). The Amsterdam central train station has highspeed train connections to Brussels/Paris and to Frankfurt.
The area of Almere offers sailing, hiking and biking opportunities along the coast of the largest sweet water lake of Western Europe, IJselmeer/Markermeer, several forested areas and along the Oostvaardersplassen: the largest wetlands of Western Europe.