XDS 2007

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The X Developers' Summit for 2007 was held at Clare College, Cambridge, UK (not the one near Boston), from the 10th-12th September.

  • Attendees
  • Program
  • Notes from the talks We will run the 3-day summit as a normal conference, with presentations and also birds-of-a-feather group sessions, as well as informal 'corridor sessions', and plenty of time for after-hours social activities.

Attendance is free, but you must register beforehand, by putting your name on the Attendees page.


Accommodation has been arranged through Clare College for around £70 per night, please take advantage of this if possible to help defray the costs of the meeting. The rooms are single rooms with a private ensuite (i.e. own bathroom and toilet). Currently, everyone who has listed themselves on the attendees page without 'non-college accommodation' next to their name is assumed to be staying in the college. We'll have a system set up for you to provide your details and payment shortly. The rooms will have wireless internet access.

The rooms are available for checkin on Sunday afternoon (the 9th, at 2pm), and checkout on Thursday morning (the 13th, at 9:30pm). Luggage storage will be available.


Cambridge is located closest to London Stansted airport (STN), a major hub for low-cost carriers, but is also reachable from London Heathrow (LHR) via train (approximate travel time: two, to two and a half, hours). More travel information is available from Wikitravel. Clare College itself is accessible from Cambridge railway station.

  • From Stansted, there's an hourly train service from underneath the airport, to Cambridge, and a bus during the night/early morning.
  • From Heathrow, you have a few choices:
    • Take the tube (Underground, any Picadilly line train) direct to Kings Cross (~75m, ~£6), or the Heathrow Express to Paddington (~15m, £13) and then the tube (Underground, Hammersmith & City or Circle line) to Kings Cross (~20m, ~£2). Once at Kings Cross:
      • Saturday & Sunday: Take a mainline train service from Kings Cross to Peterborough, changing at Stevenage for a bus service to Cambridge (~2h, ~£15); the train is unavailable due to engineering works.
      • Monday-Friday: Take a mainline train service from Kings Cross to Cambridge (~45m, ~£15).
    • Take a National Express bus directly from Heathrow to Cambridge (~2-3h, ~£25.50).
  • From Gatwick, take the Gatwick Express (~30m, £15) to Victoria, then the tube (Victoria line, going north, ~20m, ~£4) to Kings Cross. See above for how to get from Kings Cross to Cambridge.
  • From Luton, a bus runs straight from Luton airport (~90m, £14) to Cambridge bus station.
  • From Paris/Belgium/Netherlands/Köln: Eurostar (~2h15/2h30) to Waterloo, then the tube (Northern line going north, changing to either Picadilly or Victoria lines, ~30m, ~£4) to Kings Cross, and see above for how to get from Kings Cross to Cambridge. You get power sockets, GSM reception, and less hassle than the plane. For train times, please see nationalrail.co.uk, and nationalexpress.com for bus times. Nationalrail has a Printable Pocket Timetable that seems quite useful.

You should probably plan to arrive on Sunday night, and leave late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, as there is a (free for attendees) four-course dinner at the college on Wednesday night. The conference itself will run from roughly 9am to 6pm during the three days. We're also planning some optional social activities for the nights: Cambridge, however, has a stupendous number of pubs, and a great many restaurants, cafés, and other places to hang out (all non-smoking now).

Registration, talks

If you are coming, or just interested, please subscribe to a low-volume mailing list for updates. Also, please add your name to the Attendees and if you are thinking about giving a talk, add your ideas to the bottom of the Program pagee.