Frequently Asked Questions: PCI SSC Berlin Community Meeting

Location and Accommodation | Registration – In-Advance and On-Site | While On-Site

Who should attend the PCI Security Standards Council Community Meeting 2014?
Participating Organizations, Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) group members, Internal Security Assessors (ISA), Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) and Payment Application QSAs (PA QSAs)

Why should I attend?
You’ll learn firsthand about making the transition to the new 3.0 standard, as well as gain insight into Council programs and initiatives. Each session will provide extensive opportunities for questions and answers with representatives from each of the payment brands.

Where is the 2014 Community Meeting going to be located?
The conference will be held at the following venue:

Maritim Hotel Berlin
Stauffenbergstrasse 26
10785 Berlin
+49 030 20 65 1428

Are there hotel discounted rates for conference attendees?
Please click here for the accommodations section of the website.

 What is the registration fee to attend the Community Meeting?

Member Type Complimentary Registration(s) Cost Per Additional Registrant
ASV One $795 USD
ISA One $795 USD
Participating Organization Two $495 USD
PCIP None $1295 USD
PTS Labs One $795 USD
QIR One $795 USD
QSA One $795 USD
If your company is both a QSA and an ASV Two (one for each program) $795 USD
If your company is both a PO and an ISA Three (Two for PO program membership and one for ISA) $495 USD
If your company is exhibiting in the Vendor Showcase Two (in addition to the above stated allocation)

What does my registration fee include?
Your registration includes admission to the conference sessions, access to speaker presentations and papers, an attendee list, access to the Vendor Showcase, daily breakfast and lunch, and admittance to the Welcome Reception and Networking Reception. 

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
Confirmation of registration will be immediately sent via email.  Payment is accepted by credit card or check. Please allow three business days for processing. If you do not receive your confirmation after 30 days, please email or call +1 (781) 876-8855.

Will I receive a receipt for my registration?
Your email confirmation will also serve as your meeting registration receipt. If you need something more detailed, please email or call +1 (781) 876-8855.

May I register onsite for the meeting?
Yes, you may register onsite at the meeting. However, only credit cards will be accepted for onsite registrations; checks and cash will not be accepted. Payment must be made in full for entry to the conference. We strongly encourage you to register in advance so that you will have a speedier check-in when you arrive at the meeting.

Where do I go when I get to the Maritim Hotel Berlin? Where is the event held?
The Community Meeting rooms are located on the ground level and level two of the hotel.  Signs will be clearly posted in the lobby area of the hotel. Please refer to your Program Guide once onsite for the complete agenda with room assignments.  Click here to access the meeting rooms floor plan.

Will I receive a refund if I have to cancel my registration?
Refunds are available based on when you cancel. See chart below for details:

Cancellation date: Fee refund
Before 26 August 100% of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee to cover the processing cost
Between 27 August to 17 September 50% of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee
Made on or after 18 September No refunds available
No-shows No refunds available

You may substitute another person from your organization if you are unable to attend. Requests for refunds in accordance with this policy or substitutions may be submitted via email to  or call +1 (781) 876-8855.

I have registered for the meeting but would like to make changes to my name on my badge. How do I do this?
Your meeting badge will be created using the name and affiliation information submitted in your registration. If you would like to change the information on your badge, please email or call +1 (781) 876-8855 with your requested change prior to the conference.  You may also request the change onsite at the meeting registration area, but please note that you may have to wait, due to the high volume of activity expected at the registration area.

What is the “official” language of the meeting?
The Community Meeting presentations and handouts will be in English.

What is the dress code for the Community Meeting?
Business casual attire is encouraged for all meetings and events at the 2014 PCI SSC Community Meetings.

Will I have Internet Access while at the meeting?
Yes, there will be wireless Internet access in the conference area.  The access code for this secured wireless network will be included in your registration materials.  Attendees staying at the hotel and confirmed within the PCI SSC Room Block will receive a separate access code that will work in their guestroom.

May I tweet, blog or use other social media before, during and after the meeting to discuss topics announced at the meeting?

Use of social media tools at Community Meetings to discuss and share non-confidential information is welcome, as the Community Meeting is a unique annual opportunity to meet face-to-face with your PO peers. It is a chance to share views, give feedback, network and discuss new developments in person.

However, in order to keep these valuable face-to-face discussions moving along, we request that if you wish to use social media, you kindly do so in a manner that does not distract from the goals of the meetings. Additionally, if you choose to use social media to report on your experience at Community Meetings, please do not publish confidential details of specific discussions or disclose any information about any company’s security position or compliance status.

The Council will be sharing updates via Twitter @PCISSC and the #PCICM hashtag and encourages the use of #PCICM for related posts.

Tell me more about the Welcome Reception and Networking Reception.
The Council invites all attendees to participate at both the Welcome and Networking Receptions. The Welcome Reception will provide attendees with networking opportunities across global regions and industry markets. The Welcome Reception will take place on Tuesday, 7 October 2014, from 18:00 to 19:30.  On Wednesday, the Council invites you to relax after an informative day during an evening Networking Reception with refreshments.  The Networking Reception will take place on Wednesday, 8 October 2014, from 17:00 to 18:30.

Will there be vegetarian or other special dietary meal options at the Community Meeting?
Yes. Vegetarian and other special dietary needs (such as kosher, gluten-free, etc.) can be addressed upon request; please contact in advance with your request.

What if I need special assistance?
If you require auxiliary aids or services, please email or call +1 (781) 876-8855.

Will I be able to store my luggage at the PCI SSC Community Meeting Registration Desk after I check out of the hotel?
The PCI SSC is unable to store luggage for you.  If you are checking out of the hotel prior to your departure from the conference, please store your luggage with the hotel bell staff.

What is the weather like in Berlin for the month of October?
The temperature during the Community Meeting is expected to be about 59° F/16° C for a high during the day and about 35° F/2° C in the evenings.

Where may I obtain information about the Berlin Tegal Airport and transportation options to the Maritim Hotel Berlin?
Please click here  to visit the Ground Transportation section of the Community Meeting Web site.

What are the driving directions to the hotel?
Please click here to visit the Ground Transportation section of the Community Meeting Web site.

What is the tipping custom in Berlin?
It is customary for restaurant bills to include a service charge, however most people still add a tip.

  • You may add 5-10% to the total when handing over payment (most restaurants accept only cash). Do not leave the tip on the table.
  • For hotel staff, the customary tipping is as follows:
    • bellhops, €1-3 per bag
    • housekeepers, 3-5€ per night
    • concierge, 10-20€ for good service
    • bartenders, 5%.
  • If you take a tour, it is common to give 10% to tour guides.
  • Tipping taxi drivers isn’t necessary, but most round up to the nearest Euro – don’t tip more than 10%.

What is the currency/exchange rate in Berlin?
The currency for Germany is the euro, and the symbol is €.  The exchange rate (as of January 2013) is $1USD = €0.731977, $1 = £0.602458 or £1 = €1.21498. For the most up-to-date exchange rates, please visit .

I am traveling from overseas; do I require a passport/visa to travel to Berlin?
>> Passport/visa requirements for entry into Germany

Should you need to apply for a visa, please send an email request to, and we will send you a letter of invitation to support your application. However, you must contact us as soon as possible with your request.

What is the voltage for Berlin?
Berlin runs on 220-240 Volts and uses a C & E/F plug.

Will instructor-led training classes be held in conjunction with the Community Meeting?
Yes.  Please refer to the list below for the classes that will available in Berlin immediately preceding the Community Meeting.

Point-to-Point Encryption Assessor (P2PE) 2-4 October
Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) 3-4 October
Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) 5-6 October
Internal Security Assessor (ISA) 5-6 October