Welcome Jakarta TechCamp visitors! We are very excited to have your participation in TechCamp on May 19th and 20th. Below you will find all of the basic information you may need.
The beautiful, centrally-located Kempinski Hotel (http://www.kempinski.com/en/jakarta/Pages/Welcome.aspx) is the hotel we're working with for Tech Camp. They are offering a corporate rate of $121 net per night, inclusive of breakfast for one person and internet use each day. If you haven't already done so, please let Raina know by Tuesday, May 10, if you would like us to make a booking at the hotel for you.
The TechCamp staff can book an airport transfer for you, via the hotel, which has a relationship with the Blue Bird taxi service group. Their service costs IDR 253,000 each way, plus tax and service of about 21%. If you'd like us to book your airport pickup and you haven't already done so, please send us your flight arrival information by Tuesday, May 10.
To enter Indonesia you will need a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. You can find out more from the website below.
It is relatively painless though the lines may be a bit long depending on how many flights have come in at the same time. I believe they are still $25.
TechCamp Jakarta Event Location & Details
Please arrive by 9am on May 19th to the @america center.
Pacific Place Mall 3rd floor #325 Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav.52-53 Kebayoran Baru, Central Jakarta, 12190
RSO's Tips for Personal Security in Taxis
Robberies and other incidents are not unheard of in Jakarta. Most of the incidents have involved taxi companies with poor safety/track records. Due to these incidents, the RSO office offers the following safety tips:
- Try to spot a taxi from credible companies such as Blue Bird and Silver Bird. Many taxi companies use blue colored cars; be sure the car is a Blue Bird. Look carefully for the company name on the side of the vehicle, the upper portion of the windshield or on the crown light.
- Before you get into the taxi, make sure the driver knows the way to your destination and agrees to take you there. Drivers often try to avoid congested areas or routes notorious for traffic jams. When you get into the taxi, always make a note of the taxi number, which should be displayed on the dashboard and the doors. Also, check the driver’s name and photograph on the dashboard. Reputable taxi companies will have well-mannered drivers who wear a uniform and are well groomed. In addition, the taxi itself should be clean on the inside and outside.
- If the driver tries to bargain the price instead of using the meter or claims the meter is broken, get out of the taxi.
- Be especially cautious when taking a taxi at transportation hubs. Taxis in a queue at train or bus stations may attempt to bargain or refuse to go short distances. Always insist on using the meter and if the driver refuses, choose another taxi. Also, do not give tips to people who act as “brokers” for taxi drivers. At the airport, never take transportation from “brokers” who approach you offering you transportation. Use the companies licensed to operate transportation services at the airport. These companies usually have counters/booths inside the arrival terminals. Their representatives wear uniforms and display ID. If you decide to take a taxi from the taxi queue at the airport, you are supposed to take the first taxi in the queue. Thus, it may not be a taxi of your choice. Again, beware: many taxis will refuse to use the meter or invent other charges. If you are apprehensive, choose another taxi in the queue or go to one of the counter/booths inside of the arrival terminals.