IBM STG Technical Enablement Conference 14-17 May Arrival - When to arrive
Registration for the event is open as of Monday afternoon 2pm, followed by a Poster Session from 5 – 7 pm.
The conference starts on Tuesday May 14th at 09:00 0am with the keynote session.
The sessions end on Friday May 17th at 2:15 pm.
Due to the easy access to Shanghai from airports, no arrival transfers will be organized.
Arrival by air
You can fly to Pudong International Airport (PVG) or Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) from many international airports.
Pudong National Airport is about 30 km from downtown Shanghai, Hongqiao International Airport is about 13 km from downtown Shanghai.
More information can be found on the Travel Information site.
You will be able to collect your badge at the conference registration desk located in the Hotel (exact location will be indicated in the hotel) upon your arrival on Monday morning. Badges should be worn at all times for security reasons. Your access to the conference area and other events will be restricted in case you do not wear your badge.
Conference desk opening hours:
Throughout the event, the conference desk opens 30min prior to the first session in the morning and closes 30min after the last session.
All conference sessions will be presented in English.
The currency used in China is the Chinese Yuan. Most leading credit cards are accepted.
If you would like to know the exact exchange rate to your local currency, please go to:
Or download the free iphone app for updated instantaneous exchange:
Shanghai - Notes and Coins
Departure Transfers to Airport
Airport shuttles will be organised on Friday afternoon after the last sessions have ended.
Please book your seat on the shuttle at the Registration Desk.
Business casual throughout the event.
The voltage in China is 220V and you'll find a mixture of American-style two-pronged sockets and Chinese-style three-pronged ones (the same type as in New Zealand). Step-down voltage converters are easy to buy if you're bringing things over that require 110V. Look on Xiangyang Rd near Fuxing Rd.
Check the power on your computer, printer and monitor (and scanner, speakers, external modems... anything that has a plug). If it is fairly current and a good brand, chances are it can take 220V power just by using an adapter. If it doesn't, sell it and buy one that can handle 220V before you leave. Don't wait until you come to China, computers are surprisingly expensive here. Leave, sell or give away any small appliances that can't handle 220V or which don't have an external adapter.
Emergency telephone numbers
China’s country code: +86
The most important institutions have three-digit telephone numbers that you can reach even without a SIM card inserted in your mobile phone. The service is free.
The most important emergency numbers:
- Emergency call 110 (English spoken)
- Ambulance service phone 120
- Police phone 110 (English spoken)
- Fire emergency phone 119
- Traffic police phone 122
- Directory inquiries (Shanghai ) phone 114
- Directory inquiries (international) - both telephone and fax numbers, call services and prices phone 114
Evaluations will be collected through IBMTechU, and you will be given a link to the tool prior to the event. Your feedback is important to us, and we will thank you for your feedback by giving you a gift at the end of the conference.
Le Royal Méridien Shanghai
789 Nanjing Road East
Shanghai, Shanghai 200001
For more information regarding Shanghai, please visit:
Shanghai does not require any immunizations, but Hepatits A & B, Japanese encephalitis and rabies are recommended. Ideally, these should be done before you arrive in the country, but if not, the clinics below can usually do them for you. Check before you arrive, as some immunizations may not be available.
Similarly, all the medication you might need over the counter and prescription should be brought with you, as not all medication can be found in Shanghai. The law requires import certificates with any medication that you send into the country (via a shipment, for example), although local health professionals say that it is rare for a customs officer to ask to see one. Medication that you carry with you does not fall into this category, but should have a prescription.
In case of a medical emergency, it is best to telephone the International SOS, with their team of Western and Western-trained doctors, or one of the Western medical clinics like Parkway Health, for advice.
International SOS (China) Ltd. Shanghai Branch
Unit 2907-2910, 2 Grand Gateway
3 Honggiao Road
Xu Hui District
Shanghai, P.R China 200030 China
Admin Tel: +86 (0)21 5298 9538
Admin Fax: +86 (0)21 5298 9539
The U.S. and Australian Consulates also have nurses on staff, and they can assist in suggesting an appropriate course of action also. The Public Security Bureau's Division for Aliens can also help direct foreigners seeking emergency medical care.
Knowledgeable health care personnel suggest that in the event of an emergency, patients are transported to the hospital by private car or taxi. Ambulances are not adequately equipped, either with medical equipment or staff, who usually have little or no medical training.
If you contact SOS or one of the clinics, however, their staff may be able to accompany you. Once you are at a local hospital, the care is competent; expatriates report that their cases are diagnosed accurately and treated appropriately.
Note: Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics, an established Beijing-based Western managed and staffed hospital has a 24-hour full service Emergency Room staffed by expatriate physicians and ambulance service.
It is advised to get a Health Insurance Card (EHIC) form, which will cover you for emergency health care. Travel insurance is always recommended. Pharmacies are open weekdays from 9am to 6pm. At night and weekends at least one local chemist will be open.
The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but most people speak Wu. Approximately 30% approximately would speak a little English. In hotels and places of historical interest it is possible to make oneself understood in English.
From Monday through Friday lunch and coffee breaks are provided. A light breakfast is available in the meals areas prior to the start of each morning session.
The Poster Sessions will have light snacks and drinks on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Also included is a welcome drink on Tuesday evening and a drink in the Expo Area on Wednesday evening. Individual travel expenses, lodging, incidental expenses and additional meals are not included in the conference fee and will be paid by each attendee at the time the expense is incurred.
Please switch off your mobile phones during the sessions.
Passports & Visa
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Required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Passports must be valid for at least one month from your fixed departure date from Hong Kong for a single entry, 12 months for a double entry or six month multiple entry and 18 months for a 12 month multiple entry visa.
Only citizens of 3 countries are exempt from visa’s : Singapore; Brunei & Japan.
All citizens from other countries then mentioned above can fin the information on how to obtain a Visa letter can be found in the Visa section.
More information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For your convenience, we will have an IBM registration desk set up in the Conference Foyer (Monday through Friday). There, you will be able to receive further information on the event and tips on What to do in Shanghai. You will also be able to leave messages directly at the IBM Information desk should you need further assistance during your stay and can not find an IBM contact person to help you immediately.
A law restricting smoking is in force in the China. A smoking ban applies to public spaces (public transportation platforms – stops, railway and bus stations, means of public transport, cultural facilities, health care facilities). Smoking is limited in restaurants, although it is not strictly prohibited. Smoking and non-smoking areas are usually designated and separate.
Substitutions and Cancellations
Substitutions can be made at any time.>
Late cancellations (fourteen calendar days before the event) or no-shows will be charged the full tuition fee. For conference substitutions and/or cancellations, please use the online registration tool. IBM employees should cancel using Learning@IBM. Hotel cancellations and substitutions must be made directly to the hotel. Please refer to the Hotel Information page for the cancellation conditions.
Visiting Shanghai, China, can be a wonderful experience, up until that first moment when you get into the wrong taxi. You won't be robbed or kidnapped, but you can be taken for a ride. And no one wants to face a hostile taxi driver. So here's how to make the experience a pleasant one.
There are about 50.000 taxies in Shanghai most of which are Santana. the largest taxi companies in Shanghai are volks wagen (lake blue), Giang Sheng(yellow), Johnson(white), Bus(green)and Hai Bo(blue).
Call ahead whenever possible. Trying to hail a cab on the street works fine if it's a reasonable hour and a main street. Otherwise you could have a long wait for the next taxi to turn down your road.
Choose your cab company carefully. Not all taxi companies are created equally. In Shanghai, the companies are color-coded, which makes it easier. The light blue taxis are the best, but if you don't have one of those, opt for yellow, then green or white.
Give the cab driver your directions in Chinese. Most of them don't speak English. If you have a map from your hotel, or better yet something with the address written down in Chinese, give it to the driver.
If you get into a cab facing the wrong way, make sure the driver doesn't start the meter until you're pointed in the right direction. It helps to know where you're going for this, but the reputable taxi companies in Shanghai will do this for you.
Make sure the taxi driver stops the meter where you want to get off, and doesn't drive around half of Shanghai looking for a parking place trying to squeeze that extra coin out of you.
Get a receipt. Sometimes you can reimburse them for business expenses, but more importantly, should you leave something behind in the taxi, a receipt is the only way to get it back, especially in Shanghai.
Da Zhong(大众), color : light blue.
Phone number to call a Da Zhong Taxi: 96822.
Phone number to complain a Da Zhong Taxi: 62580780.
Qiang Sheng(强生), color: yellow.
Phone number to call a Qiang Sheng Taxi: 62580000.
Phone number to complain a Qiang Sheng Taxi: 62581234.
Ba Shi(巴士), color: green.
Phone number to call a Ba Shi Taxi: 96840.
Phone number to complain a Ba Shi Taxi: 64312788.
Jin Jiang(锦江), color: white.
Phone number to call a Jin Jiang Taxi: 62155555.
Phone number to complain a Jin Jiang Taxi: 64169292.
Hai Bo(海博), color: blue.
Phone number to call a Hai Bo Taxi: 96965.
Phone number to complain a Hai Bo Taxi: 62130011.
Standard time zone:UTC/GMT +8 hours
No daylight saving time in 2011
Time zone abbreviation: CST - China Standard
To ensure that the event runs smoothly, we would appreciate if you could respect the timings given.
The Shanghai information center provides tourist information and assistance to tourists.
Please refer to Departure Transfers.
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are very cold and temperatures often drop well below zero, though with few snowfall. In contrast, summers tend to be hot and humid. The weather in Shanghai is overall mild and moist all year round, with spring and autumn being the best time for traveling.
Current weather : http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=237