The conference venue is located at the Neápolis building. Neápolis is a startups incubator also hosting the CRAAX lab. It serves as an innovation agency for technology, design, and entrepreneurship. For detailed information on how to arrive from Barcelona’s main airport (El Prat) to Vilanova i la Geltrú and Neápolis click here.
The city: Vilanova i la Geltrú is the capital of El Garraf, a region which lies half-way between the main metropolitan areas of Barcelona (40 kms to the North), and Tarragona (45 kms to the South), and covers a total area of 33.5 km2. Its population is 61,427 inhabitants according to the official census in 2005. Its rich history dates back many centuries; in 1274 it was awarded the Carta Pobla (City Charter) by King Jaume I. As a city, it has polarized the attention of a great area even beyond its own boundaries, and has always boasted a dynamic economy, originally based on its agriculture and wine shipping commerce (in the 18th and 19th centuries), and later on, its textile industry. In recent years industry has diversified, with the presence of large metal, chemical and textile factories (since the first half of the 20th century). The city still maintains a certain amount of agricultural commerce and one of the most important fishing fleets in Catalonia. There has also been an important development in the sector of tourism and leisure facilities.
Leisure: Vilanova i la Geltrú has a complex for water sports within the port, beaches, seafront promenade, and golf course. There are a wide number of cultural activities, including nationally important museums such as The Victor Balaguer (romantic Catalan art), the Railway Museum, as well as an annual programme of theatre, music and cinema, music festivals such as the FIMPT (International Popular and Traditional Music Festival). Vilanova i la Geltrú has one of the most intense calendars of traditional celebrations in Catalonia, especially Els Tres Tombs, Carnival and Festa Major. In a city with such a tradition of agriculture and fishing, its cooking, based on fresh produce, is very important and widely acknowledged. Please, find more information clicking here.