Wikimania 2008/Bids/Atlanta/Georgia Tech

Klaus Advanced Computing BuildingEdit

We are currently in negotiations to get hacking days held at the Klaus Advanced Computing Building, adjacent to the Georgia Tech Student Center. We felt that one hacking day was unacceptable, so we have since expanded to two days, both of which will be held at Klaus (the other events will still be in the pre-arranged venues). In terms of green innovation, the Klaus Building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified. Georgia also tops the list of states in the Southern U.S. in terms of the number of LEED Certified buildings built; 41 LEED Certified buildings have been built in Georgia to date.


Georgia Tech Student CenterEdit

Georgia Tech's Student Center and the Kessler Campanile, as seen from the northeast.

The Georgia Tech Student Center has two wings—the Student Center proper and the Student Center Commons. The division of these wings can make it somewhat difficult for newcomers to navigate as there are two second floors which do not connect. (See building map.) The wing and floor of each relevant room in the facility is carefully denoted with both the wing and floor number so as to reduce confusion.

Conference roomsEdit

Front of Student Center ball room.
Back of Student Center ball room.
See the Georgia Tech Reservation Policy Manual for other configuration capacities and reservation details.
Room name/number Floor Maximum capacity Recommended configuration
#301 Student Center 3 60 Lecture
#319 Student Center 3 60 Lecture
#320 Student Center 3 60 Lecture
#321 Student Center 3 60 Lecture
#332 Student Center 3 ?? Storage/Auxilliary
#333 Student Center 3 ?? Storage/Auxilliary
#343 Student Center 3 50 Lecture
#359 Student Center 3 20 Conference
Theater Student Center 1 196 Lecture (fixed seating)
Ballroom, combined Student Center 3 500 Lecture
Ballroom, Partition 1 (Blue) Student Center 3 250 Lecture
Ballroom, Partition 2 (Gold) Student Center 3 350 Lecture
Greenhouse Student Center 2 250 Banquet (Food must be served to use)
Ferst Place Student Center 3 150 Banquet (Food must be served to use)
Piedmont/#1106 Commons 1 ?? Lecture
Juniper/#1128 Commons 1 ?? Lecture
Crescent/#2206 Commons 2 ?? Lecture
Cypress/#2207 Commons 2 ?? Lecture
Spring/#2208 Commons 2 ?? Lecture
Pine/#2209 Commons 2 ?? Lecture
Kessler Campanile Outdoors N/A Fixed amphitheatre
Ferst Center for the Arts Next to student center 1,200 Auditorium (fixed seating)

Other roomsEdit

(Organisation, staff, speakers, interviews/press, storage)

The rooms on the third floor of the Student Center wing are probably best suited for these purposes.

Socializing areas, lounges and eateriesEdit

(Garden, lounge etc., their capacity and the hours at which they are opened/closed)

Lounge areas are located throughout the Student Center as well as in most dormitory buildings. Several restaurants and a food court are also in the building (see this list of retail space and their hours of operation). There is a large amount of green space adjacent to the Student Center and a large outdoor meeting area at the Kessler Campanile, which can serve as a high-capacity auditorium. There is a recreation facility, Tech Rec, on the first floor of the Student Center that offers Bowling, Billiards, and Video Gaming. (See the Tech Rec website.) The restaurants in Technology Square as well as other green spaces on campus are are accessible by walking or by using Tech's free bus and trolley system.

The following eateries are located in or near the Student Center

Restaurant Type of food Hours Cost Recommendations
Einstein's Bagels, breakfast M-F: 7:30am to 3:00pm $$ ??
Starbucks (next to Einstein's) Coffee M-TH: 7:00am to 4:00pm, F: 7:00am to 3:00pm $$ ??
Pizza Hut Express Fast Food Pizza M-TH: 10:30am-6:00pm, F: 10:30am-4:00pm $ ??
Chick-fil-A Fast Food Chicken ?? $ A fast food eating institution of the South. If you've never tried their chicken sandwich, do.
Rosita's Cantina Mexican ?? $ ??
Dining services @ the food court Various ?? $ ??
Far East Fusion Sushi, pan-Asian ?? $ ??
Burger King Fast food ?? $ ??
Chilly Beans/Freshens Coffee, smoothies, bakery goods M-F: 7:30am-3:00pm $ The smoothies are ideal for hot summer days
Pandini's Italian M-T: 11:00am to 8:00pm, F: 11:00am-3:00pm $ ??
Jacket's Irish pub (alcohol-free) M-TH: 11:00am to 10:00pm, F: 11:00am-3:00pm $$ ??
Junior's Grill American ?? $ Junior's is THE restaurant at Tech. The chicken finger basket is legendary.
Fat Louie's Burgers, hot dogs, sausages ?? $ ??
WingNuts Wings (bone-in and boneless) by the pound ?? $$ Combos are a particularly good deal.
Quiznos Subs ?? $ The chicken carbonara
City Cafe Diner/American 24/7 $$ Desserts are made daily on-site

try the beef gyro

Lucky Buddha Chinese M-Th 11:00am-2:00am

Sun 12:00pm-2:00am, Fri 11:00am-2:00am Sat 12:00pm-4:00am

$$ Panang beef good thai option
Chinese Buddha Chinese Open 24 hours except Mondays $$ All-hours delivery

The following eateries are located in or near Technology Square.

Restaurant Type of food Hours Cost Recommendations
Tin Drum Pan-Asian M-F 11:00–21:30, Sa-Su 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-21:00 $$ Singapore Fry Noodle, Pad Thai, Crab & Cheese Spring Roll
Fifth Street Ribs and Blues Barbeque M-Sa 11:00–21:00, Su 12:00–20:00 $$ Try the ribs. If a half-rack is too much, the "Rib Sandwich" is a quarter-rack between two slices of bread.
Ray's Pizza/Cedar's Mediterranean Italian, Mediterranean Su-W 11:00-23:00, Th-Sa 11:00-0:00 $$ The hummus platter is delicious and is enough to reasonably feed two people
St. Charles Deli Deli sandwiches M-F 7:00-16:00, Sa 9:00-14:00 $$ ??
The GLOBE Bistro/Bar M-W 11:00-22:00, F-Sa 11:00-23:00, Su 12:00-21:00 (Bar: M-W 11:00-23:00, F- Sa 11:00-0:00, Su 12:00-21:00) $$$ ??
Moe's Mexican ?? $ ??
Marble Slab Creamery Ice cream & Frozen yogurt ?? $ Birthday cake-flavor ice cream, anything with "fold-ins"
Arby's Fast food ?? $ Roast beef sandwiches
Mid-City cafe Bistro/Bar ?? $$$ ??
Starbucks (next to B&N) Specialty coffee ?? $$ Frappucinos are refreshing during the hot Atlanta summer
The Varsity American/fast food ?? $ Frosted orange, onion rings
J.R. Crickets Pub ?? $$ ??
Chick-fil-A Fast food chicken ?? $ A fast food eating institution of the South. If you've never tried their chicken sandwich, do.
The Vortex Bar/grill ?? $$ Quite possibly the best hamburgers to be had in town. Must show ID to be seated, only 18 and over admitted. Located in Midtown near the Midtown MARTA station.


There is an adjacent parking deck and guest lots within short walking distance.

Contacts with conference venueEdit

(Emails, price quotes etc.)

Official website Jessica Gibson has contacted the Event Coordinator. +1 (404) 894-2804. Price quotes and the e-mail can be provided upon request, and will be discussed in the August 27 chat meeting, which is logged.

Technical facilitiesEdit

  • Existing technical installations
    • Some rooms have AV resources, but these aren't as integrated or elaborate as those available in the Conference Center.
  • Wireless Network implementation
    • Wireless connectivity is available throughout the facility, although whether we could get access for free is unknown. We currently have a contact with the person in charge of wi-fi connectivity, putting more weight in our favor.