F2F/Sydney 2015

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This page provides information about the SVG Working Group face-to-face meeting that will be hosted by Google in 2015.


We will be meeting for four days:

Monday 9 - Tuesday 10 February, 2015.
Wednesday 11 February, 2015.
Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 February, 2015.


Google Sydney: Level 5, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont (WP6) and Level 2, 1 Darling Island Road, Pyrmont (ODI). The two buildings are directly across the park from each other.

This map might help.

Meeting Rooms

  • Wednesday: Barangaroo, on Level 4 of WP6.
  • Thursday - Saturday: Hazmat, on Level 1 of ODI. **note change of building from Thursday**.


If you think you'd like to drive to the meeting, please let Shane know and he will try and book parking for you at Google. **Parking is limited**. There are also parking stations nearby, particularly Harbourside.


Please fill out the registration form.


Please add agenda proposals for topics you would like to be discussed.

Shortly before the meeting, the chairs will put together an agenda.

Hosted dinner


Hotel information

Please note that I don't have any direct experience of these hotels! If you've stayed in one before (looking at you, Tab), chime in and recommend.

There are some close but expensive hotels:

  • 1888 has a reputation as being a great boutique hotel. Rooms seem to be ~$240 per night for stays of 2 nights or more.
  • Novotel is a reasonable international hotel. Rooms are ~$280 per night.
  • Ibis is also close by.

There are also a number of decent cheaper hotels in China town. These are further away (~20 minute walk from the office) - note that there is a light rail line from this area to the office. Services depart every 10 minutes during peak and a return ticket (which can be purchased on the train) is $6.40.

I had a reasonable amount of success looking for cheaper rates (in many cases at these same hotels) on booking.com.


The closest airport to the meeting venue is Sydney Airport.

Ground Transportation

A taxi from the airport to the meeting venue or any of the listed hotels will cost between $30 and $50, depending on traffic. There's generally only a short wait to get a taxi, and a fairly orderly queue. This is probably the most convenient, and also the cheapest if you share with others...

If staying in Chinatown, the airport train line is reasonably convenient. A one-way ticket is $16.40. If you're staying in Pyrmont, you can still take the train, then jump on the light rail from 'Central' to 'the Star'. You'll need to pay $4.60 (in cash) after boarding the train.

Some hotels offer complimentary bus transfers to/from the airport - check with your hotel when booking.

Offsite Amenities



The local currency is the Australian dollar (AUD). See currency converter for current conversion rates.


Australian socket, 240V.


Please direct any queries about this F2F to Shane Stephens at Google.