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March 23, 2020 – June 5, 2020

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Tampere, Finland
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Tampere Region Exchange












  • The forum hotel is Original Sokos Hotel Ilves Tampere, Hatanpään valtatie 1, 33100 Tampere, Finland:
  • Euro-IX will arrange all the room bookings at the Sokos Hotel Ilves Tampere, so that every participant can benefit from our group rate.
  • If you intend to stay at the Sokos Hotel Ilves Tampere, make sure to request a room via Euro-IX when registering for the forum. There are limited rooms at the hotel, so please book a place as soon as possible.
  • Single room = EUR 127 with VAT per night inclusive of breakfast, WIFI internet and use of the sauna. 
  • Double/twin room = EUR 147 with VAT per night inclusive of breakfast, WIFI internet and use of the sauna. 
  • Promotional prices are guaranteed until 5th June 2020.


  • There is a parking hall connected with Sokos Hotel Ilves. The parking fee is 21€ per 24 hours’ continuous parking or 2€ / hour. (Parking fees without commitment.)
    Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve parking places beforehand. The parking fee is to be settled at the meter stations in the garage.
  • Please note that changes in rates is possible.


  • Check in: starts at 15:00.
  • All guests arriving before 15:00 can leave their bags in a room which will be provided by the hotel.
  • Check out is at 12:00.
  • The hotel has 3 restaurants, a pub and a nightclub. The pub closes at 04:00. and the nighclub is open on Friday and Saturday only, from 23:00 - 04:00. 
  • The hotel also has a pool and sauna facilities.


  • We encourage all attendees to the Euro-IX Fora to give the Secretariat as much advance notice as possible if you can no longer attend. We understand that circumstances beyond your control do occur, such as illness, emergencies and last minute change of plans. However, if you know you are unable to attend the fora please where possible let us know as soon as possible, so that we can avoid hotel cancellation charges. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.



From the Tampere Pirkkala Airport

By bus

  • Number 1A drops you right outside the Hotel (takes approx. 35 minutes).

By Taxi

  • Fares range from 25€ to 40€ one way (takes approx. 15 -17 minutes).

Taksi Korhonen Oy

+358 3 2141598

Taksi Jyri Välke

+358 40 7208665


  • Follow the directions here


From Tampere Railway Station

The best way to reach Original Sokos Hotel Ilves from the railway station is on foot.

Exit the railway station following the signs for  Keskusta (city centre).

Starting from the left side of the railway station's parking area (as viewed from the railway station door), walk to the end of Verkatehtaankatu and you will come straight to Original Sokos Hotel Ilves. The distance is approximately 500 metres.


From Tampere Bus Station

The best way to reach Original Sokos Hotel Ilves from the bus station is on foot.

You can get to Original Sokos Hotel Ilves by walking towards the city centre from the bus station along Hatanpään valtatie. The distance is approximately 300 metres.

From Helsinki Airport

By Train

It take approx. 2.30 hours to get to the hotel from Helsinki Airport. Take the train from Helsinki Lentoasema to Tikkurila and change there for the train to Tampere asema. From Tampere asema, it is approx 6 minute walk to the Hotel. The train cost is from 18€ to 32€.

Check train times and tickets here:


For further information on flights and directions to Tampere: - guide here

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Arnold Nipper Frankfurt , Germany

Arnold Nipper (born 1958) holds a degree in mathematics and is one of the founding fathers of DE-CIX where in his capacity as CTO/COO he has been responsible for operations and technical development from 2000 until 2015. Since 2016 he is Chief Technology Evangelist. The DE-CIX in Frankfurt am Main is the largest Internet Exchange worldwide where traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers (peering) takes place. DE-CIX also runs IXP in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich, Palermo, Marseille, Madrid, Istanbul, Dallas and New York and operates the UAE-IX in Dubai. Arnold Nipper also served as board member at the Euro-IX, the umbrella association of Internet Exchanges for the RIPE region and was Euro-IX liasion for IX-F, the Internet Exchange Federation. Furthermore, Arnold was also a board member of PeeringDB until 04/2019 and is engaged in PeeringDB since 2008 in various roles.

Florian Hibler Krün , Germany

Florian Hibler is a Systems Engineer at Arista Networks , where he is mainly supporting companies around the German-speaking region on network solutions in datacenter and service provider networks. He has about 14 years of SP/IXP experience due to his former engagements in the IP networking industry.

Florian serves as a board member at DENOG and is part of the Product Committee of PeeringDB.

Kyle Spencer Kampala , Uganda

Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo Barcelona , Spain

Maria Isabel Gandía is the Head of the Networking Unit at CSUC, the Consortium for University Services in Catalonia. At CSUC, she manages the Catalonia internet exchange, CATNIX and the regional research and education network in Catalonia, Anella Científica.

She collaborates as part of the Benchmarking Club for the Euro-IX association. She is also an active member and an organizer of the ESNOG (Spanish Network Operators Group) and is currently a member of the RIPE Programme Committee. Regarding research and education, she participates in the GN4-3 (GÉANT) project and is a member of the SIG-NOC (Special Interest Group for Network Operation Centers).

Matt Peterson United States of America

Martin Hoffmann Amsterdam , Netherlands

Martin is a seasoned software developer with in-depth knowledge on DNS, inter-domain routing, cryptography, and open standards. He acts as the lead developer of Routinator, is involved in Krill and DNS-related projects. Before joining NLnet Labs, Martin lived further up the stack, developing and operating the server side of real-time communication and VoIP services.

John DAmbrosia

Ilves Bar & Night

Date: Friday 27 March, 2020/ Saturday 28 March, 2020

Time: 23:00 till late

For those who are arriving on Friday, we have the chance to go to the Club located in the underground of Ilves Hotel and also use of the Karaoke room!

If you would like to join us for this, please email Rebecca and include if you are joining on Friday or on Saturday.

Please note: Karaoke room is for 15 people max per hour.

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Story of Tampere

Date: Sunday 29 March, 2020

Time: 11:00

Itinerary: The full iteneray will be made available soon. 

  • Attendees will walk from the hotel to the Näsinneula Tower for lunch. The Tower gives a nice view of the city and its surroundings. 
  • There will be a stop by in a quarter of old wooden buildings of what the city used to look like, preserved from the late 1800s. Here you will also enjoy a short tour.
  • Taking a different route back, you will visit Werstas which is a Workers' Museum from the days of industrialization, emancipation and independence to about the 1960s, and also tells the story of Tampere.




Sunday Evening Welcome - Pub Ukko Nooa @ Sokos Ilves Hotel 

Date: Sunday 29 March, 2020

Location: Pub Ukko Nooa located inside the Hotel

Time: 19:30 - 22:30


Join us for an informal welcome social with food and drinks at the Pub Ukko Nooa!



Monday Dinner - Tampere City Hall

Date: Monday 30 March, 2020

Location: Keskustori 10, Tampere, Finland

Time: 18:00 - 22:30

Access: By walking approx. 8-10 minutes.

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The stunning neo-renaissance style Tampere City Hall is located on the central square. It was designed by Georg Schreck and completed in 1890. The builing is usually accessible to the general public once a year, during the birthday celebrations of the city around the 1st October.

The City Hall have invited the Euro-IX group to have it's Monday Dinner on the premises as special guests!



We welcome attendees to join us for a welcome reception and dinner at Tampere City Hall.

All attendees will have the opportunity to explore all the rooms at the City Hall at the beginning of the reception or during dessert.

Tampere is the sauna capital of the world! There are lots to do and see, from musuems to music and camping.

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