The Board of Directors of Warpstock, Inc. is pleased
to announce that the location and dates for Warpstock 2001 have been selected. OS/2
users and developers worldwide are invited to join their kindred in Toronto, Canada
from October 6-8, 2001.
You read that correctly - this year's Warpstock
will be a three-day event. For the past four years, the Warpstock organizers have
tried to squeeze over two dozen presentations into a weekend. Unfortunately, this
tight schedule meant that an OS/2 enthusiast was often unable to attend all the
presentations he wanted. This year, some presentations will be repeated throughout
the three-day event to allow attendees to see more presentations than before.
The Toronto site was chosen this year for a variety
of excellent reasons. The Toronto team presented a well-planned bid and should do
a stellar job with all of the arrangements for the conference, partly because there
is an active OS/2 community in Toronto.
The Warpstock Committee also feels that Canada
will be a nice change of pace, and Toronto is one of the most interesting of Canadian
cities. After New York and London, Toronto has the largest concentration of live
theater in the world. With eighty ethnic nationalities, Toronto is also the most
multi-cultural city in world. There are also over 5,000 restaurants and over forty
other major visitor attractions.
Finally, the exchange rate for the Candian dollar
should remain favorable throughout the year, thereby allowing attendees and vendors
significant savings compared to previous years.
The Warpstock Committee and the Toronto Warpstock
Team are looking forward to making Warpstock 2001 the best OS/2 conference ever!
Warpstock 2001 will be held in the Holiday Inn
Select Toronto Airport hotel, which is one mile from the airport. As with all prior
conferences, the hotel contract offers significant cost reductions if enough attendees
stay at the hotel during the conference. In other words, staying at the Holiday
Inn is not only very convenient for you, but it also supports Warpstock 2001 and
makes more money available for other things, including Warpstock 2002.
The rate for single or double occupancy is $104.95
Canadian, which is approximately $70 US. This makes the hotel about half as expensive
as last year. The rate is available from October 2 to October 11, allowing you to
make Warpstock 2001 part of a week-long vacation. This rate is guaranteed if the
reservation is made before September 17, 2001, and if you use the rate code "Warpstock"
(or "Warpstock 2001"). You can make your reservation in one of three ways:
More information about the hotel can be found at http://www.toronto.com/E/V/TORON/0020/15/70/1.html,
but here are some highlights:
The Holiday Inn Select Toronto Airport is located 1.5 km (1 mile)
east of the Pearson International Airport, Toronto.
A complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel is
available. This service runs every 15 minutes.
Parking is complimentary for registered hotel guests. Registered
guests will receive a voucher for parking.
For other Warpstock attendees, parking will be $5 per day by showing
their Warpstock 2001 registration badge.
The Holiday Inn Select Toronto Airport features 11 floors with 445
guest rooms. Each guest room has two phones, voice mail, data ports, remote-controlled
cable television, in-room movies, coffee-maker, hairdryers, ironing boards and irons,
work desk with lamp.
For a map, visit the hotel's website and click on "Map".
There is an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) in the lobby for anyone
needing to access money. The front desk will also exchange currency should that
The hotel accepts payment in any of the following forms: American
Express, Cash, Debit Card, Diners Club, Discover, Gift Certificates, JCB, MasterCard,
Money Orders, Travellers Cheques, and Visa.
The in-house restaurant, the Metro Bar And Grill, is located adjacent
to the meeting rooms.
There are at least 10 restaurants within 1/2 mile of the hotel.
A list and map will be provided in the registration package.
The Warpstock Committee hopes that you will make your reservations at the Holiday
Inn Select Toronto Airport, since doing so will make your stay in Toronto much more
enjoyable and make future Warpstock conferences better.
The 5th annual Warpstock conference will be held
October 6-8, 2001, in Toronto, Canada, and is produced by Warpstock, Inc., a North
Carolina non-profit corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering
of OS/2 users and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and
advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock 2001 web site: http://www.warpstock.org
or its mirror site: http://www.ibmforum.com/warpstock/.