Accessibility for walking impaired attendees at #FOSSBack

A Lego man in a wheelchair on cobblestone

Our approach is to carry out a conference which is as accessible as possible for walking impaired attendees and to be transparent about possible obstacles. Hence we prepared answeres to some questions wheelchair users might have.

We will also make volunteers available to attendees who request assistance. Please write an email at least one week in advance to: info@foss-backstage.de

Is there accessible public transport to the conference venue?

The venue KulturBrauerei Berlin is located between U2 Eberswalder Straße and U2 Senefelderplatz. Both stations have elevators and are therefore accessible to walking impaired people.Further can Kulturbrauerei be reached by tram12, M10 and M1, stopping at Eberswalder Straße which are all accessible low-floor trams. Also, all night buses are accessible for walking impaired.

Is there accessible public transport from the airport (or other likely arrival points) to the venue? How complex is the journey?

The “Hauptbahnhof”
The building is wheelchair-accessible, equipped with systems to guide blind people and its elevators have voice announcements, a service set up in close cooperation with the General Federation of Blind and Visually Impaired People in Berlin. The other main-line train stations in Berlin, such as Südkreuz and Ostbahnhof, are likewise accessible. Questions about travel to Berlin, help with boarding and disembarking, and other details can be answered by the mobility center of Bahn AG at +49 180 551 251 2.

Berlin airports
Berlin airports are largely barrier-free. Accessible parking spaces and restrooms are available at both Tegel and Schönefeld. Those requiring special assistance or support should please inform their airline at least 48 hours in advance. Find all information on arrival to and departure from the airport as well as conditions at the airport and all service numbers in our link collection:

Tegel Airport (TXL)

Arrival at and departure from the airport
Conditions at the airport

Schönefeld Airport (SXF)

Arrival at and departure from the airport:
Conditions at the airport

The conference venue: Kulturbrauerei Berlin

The conference takes place in several locations in KulturBrauerei Berlin including: Kesselhaus, Palais and Maschinenhaus.

Conference rooms
Kesselhaus

The groundfloor as well as sanitary facilities of the Kesselhaus are accessible to walking impaired people.

Palais
The groundfloor as well as sanitary facilities of the Palais are accessible to walking impaired people. The food court will be on the ground floor of the Palais.

Palais Atelier and roof terrace

There is an elevator that takes you on all levels up to the cool roof terrace with a beautiful view on the area.

Maschinenhaus
The Maschhinenhaus is accessible with the elevator. However, walking impaired people need attendance, since they need to go through an area with obstacles.

Moon Lounge 
The Moon Lounge is situated on the first floor of Soda Club. There is an elevator that takes you up to the first floor.

Barcamp rooms
see Palais Atelier

If you have further questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in touch with us:
info@foss-backstage.de