A useful guide for your stay in Lisbon.
Dress code throughout the conference is business casual* except for the Awards Dinner on Friday night. Please dress accordingly for this slightly more formal event (business attire, ties not required).
*Clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression. No sportswear, sneakers or shorts please.
Mid October in Lisbon sees mild afternoons and chilly mornings and evenings. The weather is still pleasant for visiting the city, but you should not forge to bring a jacket with you just in case. Temperatures remain in the twenties with some drops of rain.
The language spoken in Lisbon and Portugal is obviously Portuguese. However, English is widely used by a lot of people, especially those working in the tourist industry. There’s a high chance you may also hear Spanish and French around.
A tip is always appreciated in Portugal. In bars and restaurants, the usual tip is between 5-10% of the bill. For taxis, common practice is to round up the bill or leave an extra Euro or two. Hotel concierges and reception don’t tend to receive tips.
The metro offers the fastest way to move around in Lisbon, connecting the city to the airport as well. The two famous tram lines in the city can sometimes be very crowded, however they are worth the scenic ride. Uber and Taxify are an alternative and headache-free way to travel from one corner of the city to the other.
Last but not least, the four furnicular elevators are the most interesting way to "vertically" travel when in Lisbon.