When you think of a host city for a developer conference, you probably don't imagine a city settled almost 3000 years ago. But Zadar isn't like any other city, just like Shift isn't like any other tech event.
Situated on the Adriatic coast, Zadar is one of the most beautiful jewels of the Mediterranean. Its narrow cobbled streets, rich history, and beautiful beaches make it a perfect city to explore and enjoy before or after Shift.
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What is Zadar known for
Here are some fun facts about Zadar
It's the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city; much of its long past can be seen on its streets and squares.
Zadar is known as the City of Basketball in Croatia, because of its long and successful history in that sport. Zadar is also home to Krešimir Ćosić, one of the best Europeans to ever play in the NBA.
Zadar boasts one of the most beautiful sunset in the world, and Alfred Hitchock agrees; the famous director made that same claim during his stay in the city, and we all know he had an eye for a beautiful shot.
Maraschino is an authentic liqueur from Zadar, made from a type of marasca cherry. It has been produced for more than five centuries but had a huge success in the 1700s when it made its way to the cups of rulers of France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Come for the Conference, Stay for the City
Here are just some of the sights you shouldn't miss while in Zadar
... an architectural sound art object
This unique instrument plays the song of the sea. More than 30 underwater pipes create an architectural and musical masterpiece, which produces sounds in the rhythm of the waves and wind. Tourists from all over the world come to hear its mesmerizing melody and enjoy the magic of the sea.
Greetings to the Sun
... a multi-layered glass monument
If you want to check out Zadar's world-famous sunset, this is the spot. 300 multi-layered glass solar panels in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle soak up the sun during the day, gathering the electricity to light up during the night. Greetings to the Sun overlooks the Zadar channel, which makes it a beloved selfie-taking point and a recognizable landmark.
... a Roman forum built in the first century B.C.
Zadar is a treasure chest for all history buffs and amateur archaeologists who will not miss The Forum. Built on the order of Julius Ceaser, this central square gathered the citizens of the ancient Zadar. Take a walk through the past and see remains from the days of glorious ancient Rome.
Museum of Ancient Glass
... with unique collection of over 5000 various glass objects
Zadar has been inhabited for thousands of years, and its citizens during the millennia left behind something unique and beautiful – glass. Museum of Ancient Glass has a display of more than 5,000 pieces of glass that tells the story of the ancient city in a way you will never forget.
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Accommodation and Transport
It is not too early to plan your stay! If you are wondering where to stay and how to get here, find sites below that you can use to plan your trip.
Visnjik sports center is one of the biggest venues in Croatia, an imposing facility whose dome shape makes it a recognizable Zadar landmark. More than 15,000 m2 of Visnjik will host six stages and five halls of Shift, and our spectacular event production will transform the venue into a futuristic experience to remember.
Shift is a developer conference, the largest in SE Europe. For more than a decade, Shift has gathered a global developer community, establishing itself as one of the most relevant events for developers, software engineers, product owners, startup founders, and IT experts and enthusiasts of all kinds.
When and where will Shift 2023 be held?
Shift will be held in Zadar, Croatia on the 18th and 19th of September
How can I connect with other attendees at the conference?
All Shift attendees will be able to download and use the event app which is easy to use and will feature an option of contacting all attendees and speakers.
Will there be a place to send an email or have a business call on Shift?
Yes, there will be two different business areas with desks and chairs where attendees will have time to do some work or have an in-person or online meeting.
Will it is possible to set up meetings/chat with attendees?
Yes, all attendees that have downloaded the app will be able to contact other attendees, set up a meeting, or simply have a chat.
Are the refreshments free of charge?
Yes, refreshments in the Garden area will be provided by our vendors and will be free of charge for all attendees. Refreshments include both meat and vegan dishes, and different types of beverages.
Who can attend the afterparties, and how?
All attendees can attend afterparties on both days of the event. More details will be provided soon via email, social media, and event app.
Can I bring my kid?
Shift is a kids friendly event, but no child care service will be provided. Kids can attend, but with parents' supervision.