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March 22-27 2020

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Prague, Czech Republic

GitLab Contribute

Contribute is our annual GitLabber community event. We get together to get face-time with one another, build community, and get some work done! Since our team is scattered all over the globe, we try to plan a different location for each GitLab Contribute.

Lodging

We'll be staying at both the Hilton Prague (Pobřežní 1, Prague, Czech Republic, 186 00) and Hilton Prague Old Town (V Celnici 7, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00). Rooming assignments will be rolled out after registration closes, around mid-February. We're also trying to provide as many single rooms as possible throughout the process to people who go above and beyond, but as always, you'll have the option to guarantee a private room with an out-of-pocket $500 fee. We've negotiated rates at each of the hotels for up to five days before and after the event for those wanting to extend their trip and for groups wanting to host team meetings. You'll be able to express these preferences during registration.

Timelines

You'll have 30 days from the time you receive the registration email to register for Contribute and book flights. On the last day of every month, we'll send out a newsletter to the team with updates on the event and tips on how to prep. Questions? Please feel free to reach out to contribute@gitlab.com.

Sample agenda

Details subject to change slightly

Sunday Mar 22
  • Arrivals Day
Monday Mar 23
  • Keynotes
  • Workshops
  • Traditional Czech Team Dinner
Tuesday Mar 24
  • Workshops
  • Excursions
  • Evening activity offsite
Wednesday Mar 25
  • Team day
Thursday Mar 26
  • Excursions
  • Final party
Friday Mar 27
  • Departures day

Excursions

We’re finalizing the excursions and would love your input to help guide our decisions. When you register for the event you will be able to select your top two excursion choices. Based on the number of signups, we’ll determine which excursions to book.

  • Good morning, Prague! - Take an early morning stroll through Prague. Enjoy the history and architecture of the City of a Hundred Spires without the hustle and bustle of crowds. This 60-minute walk lets you explore the sites you wouldn’t be able to see during during busier times.
  • Photography tour - Led by a professional art photographer, you’ll capture the most beautiful views with the best lighting. Your guide will provide short lessons to help you to capture the best photos and provide you with pictures the next day. You’ll head out at 7am to see the city center without the crowds.
  • Prague Castle - Built in the 9th century, Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This sightseeing tour takes you through the castle and its gardens.
  • Lobkowicz Palace - This 16th century palace provides a panoramic view of the city and an amazing museum filled with art and hand-annotated manuscripts by some of the greatest composers of the 17th – 19th centuries, including Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.
  • Josefov Jewish Quarter - This walking tour focuses on synagogues and cemeteries and includes the story of Prague’s Jewish community. You’ll follow in Franz Kafka’s footsteps and discover the places that influenced his writing.
  • Old Town - Take a walking tour to see the beautiful Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. Every hour on the hour, clockwork figures on the tower's facade enact a timely story. You’ll end the tour with a boat cruise, enjoying views of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
  • Hidden gems Discover the places that most tourists don’t see. You’ll visit hidden streets and houses near the Prague Castle and Lesser Town. You’ll round out the day by hopping into a vintage car to do some sightseeing
  • Home cooking - Visit a Czech family and spend the day shopping at the local market, cooking a traditional Czech dish, and dining with the family. You’ll learn about life in Czech Republic and enjoy drinks and conversation with your welcoming hosts.
  • Marionette making class - Visit Prague’s leading marionette maker to learn about the tradition and various types of marionettes and make your own marionette.
  • Shopping tour - Walk through Old Town to find local products, such as traditional Bohemian crystal, Garnet jewelry, and natural cosmetic products.
  • Design tour - Prague is home to a flourishing design scene. You’ll discover vibrant and affordable alternatives to mainstream shopping, with boutiques, ateliers, and workshops in the city center and surrounding suburbs.
  • Melnik Castle - Trek outside the city to visit a richly decorated castle that has become the residence of the queen widows of Bohemia. You’ll also enjoy wine tasting and a delicious lunch.
  • Kutna Hora - The town of Kutna Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a medieval mining town about 80km east of Prague. You’ll visit a cathedral, court, and ossuary.
  • Winery tour - Enjoy wine tasting in the beautiful town of Třebívlice, where you’re experience the thousand-year old tradition of wine from Northern Bohemia.
  • Bohemian crystal - Visit a glassmaker who combines mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal with unique designs. You’ll view the traditional techniques of glassworks and see each stage in crystal production.
  • Brewery tour - Tour a well-known brewery and its storage cellars to learn about traditional methods for producing beer. You’ll have lunch at the brewery restaurant and enjoy a pint.
  • Hiking tour - Hike through Bohemian Paradise to see dramatic rock formations, deep shady valleys, meandering rivers, and quiet ponds surrounded by forests. You’ll walk from Valdstejn castle through the Bohemian Paradise to end at Hruba Skala Castle.
  • Car museum - You’ll learn more about ŠKODA, one of the oldest automotive brands, and see the original production halls in which the company manufactured cars until 1928.
  • Offroading - Discover magnificent landscapes in a 4×4 and visit forgotten castles and local craftsmen. You’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and a day of adventure.
  • Karlstejn Castle - After a short drive outside the city, you’ll arrive in Karlstejn village where you’ll take horse-drawn carriages to the Castle. After the tour, you’ll have free time for souvenir shopping and lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Note: there will be more flexibility in booking this year and we will keep spaces open to new hires. We will ask your top choices when you register to gauge interest in each of the options but you will not be locked in at this point.

Workshops

Do you have an idea for a Contribute workshop, or do you have a topic you want to present? Create an issue here.

Ambassadors and volunteers

Contribute Ambassadors assist the Contribute event team with a plethora of tasks while the rest of the company can focus on building bonds, having a good time, and contributing to the GitLab community. Volunteers assist Ambassadors in executing tasks, such as Team Day planning, excursions, and workshops. To volunteer at Contribute, please complete this form.

About

Why Contribute?

The name and concept of Contribute stems from our GitLab Values of Collaboration, Results, Effectiveness, Diversity, Iteration, and Transparency. We believe "everyone can contribute" and this motto is ingrained in everything we do and integral to our success as a team and company. We're better together and because of each other, so we ask that everyone contributes at this event.

What to expect?

This is not your average conference where you passively listen to content and are forced to attend specific sessions. You're signing up to contribute to building and sharing with this community.

Goals

The goal of Contribute is to get to know the people in the GitLab community. The better you know people, the easier it is to collaborate. We want to build trust and rapport between groups.

FAQ

See the FAQ page that is updated regularly by the Contribute Ambassadors.

2019 recap

As you surely know, we are an all-remote company with over 900 team members in more than 55 countries. Since we don’t have watercooler talk or an office, we do a lot of fun stuff when we are all get together! We'd love for you to get to know us and each other, without a focus on your job or title. This way you'll see the people that contribute to GitLab instead of just a name on your screen. We have a whole list of fun activities planned for 2020 and are excited to spend time with you.