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Hitchhike to Paris on 888, August 8th, 2008...08/08/2008...888

On the 8th of August over a hundred people (and counting) will join up to hitchhike to Paris from different places around Europe and further. Join this amazing event with fellow hitchhikers. We invite you to join this event and have an amazing adventure and a great weekend in Paris. Please sign up for this event and help organising it.


Help out!

The 888 Project seeks to ask you to hitchhike from all corners of Europea and beyond (whether from Belfast, Istanbul, Helsinki or Lisbon) to arrive at the Eiffel Tower - this world-renowned French lighthouse - in Paris on 888, August 8th, 2008.

  • Participate to make the first European Hitchhiking Week a succes!
  • Get hitchhiking recognized as a real means of transportation!
  • Inspire other people to hitchhike!
  • Have drivers pick up hitchhikers!

Help organising! Things to do:

  • Organise a local Project 888/Meeting in your country or city to team up with hitchhikers. Use an invitation, and adapt it to your local context, organise a location (your home, your host's home, a local bar, etc), invite other people through Couchsurfing, BeWelcome, etc, and add your meeting.
  • Translate the press-release and spread it.
  • Help organising events in Paris:
    • Finding a bar or restaurant or room large enough so that it can have the potential to welcome close to 100 people (speeches, welcome...). The bar/restaurant or room should not be too far from the Eiffel Tower, which means working out a special deal with the owners to get us cheap drinks.
    • Find a nice open spot for the Saturday where we can meet and exchange workshops
    • Think of what you would like to learn and share on Saturday during the Open Space day

Check the Project 888/Volunteer pages for coordination and to see how you can help making 888 a success !

The Program

888 Project logo by Laris(s)a," (with inspiration from Luis Pacheco)

We Need Help To Organise The Actual888 Weekend

Here's the program so far:


  • Meeting at the Eiffel Tower
  • Finding a bar or restaurant or room large enough so that it can have the potential to welcome close to 100 people (speeches, welcome...)
    • The bar/restaurant or room should not be too far from the Eiffel Tower
    • It means working out a special deal with the owners to get us cheap drinks.


  • Open morning for everybody
  • Find a nice place for WORKSHOPS in the afternoon (the workshops will be closely related to hitchhiking of course)
  • Need to find a bar where we could spend the evening.


  • Brunch starting at 1pm at Parc des Buttes de Chaumond?


  • The Organizers

Once the European hitchhikers will have arrived, the organizers will address the hitchhikers.

Ludovic Hubler
  • Hitchhiking

This address will be followed by the speech of Ludovic Hubler (a Frenchman who has just come back from a five-year hitchhiking journey around the world. During his trip, Ludovic organized conferences in more than 200 schools, met a large number of NGOs and organized some international events to create a network between them.

  • The Sustainable Side of the Project

A French association called Nature Propre supports the project The association aims at promoting sustainable development through a certain number of programs and the 888 project is one of the key projects of Nature Propre. Guillaume Mouton and Thomas Chretiennot will deliver a speech about the substainable side attached to the project.

The checkpoint cities

Participants are hitchhing from different locations. To make an overview of who is hitchhing from where, and to make coordination a bit easier, there is an overview of the Project 888/Cities. The cities are categorised according to distance from Paris. In some of the cities there are also Project 888/Meetings that are held in the week towards the 8th of August.

You are asked to sign up in the cities you are departing from, or crossing. You can use either the event-pages on Couchsurfing, or the Project 888/Cities.

The Documentary Project

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The 888 project community has decided to get together and unite to make a documentary about hitchhiking. Different cameramen will be joining different hitchhikers across their journey:

  • Pascal Dumont will be filmed by Fabrice Renucci and they will hitch from Yerevan,Armenia to Paris, France.
  • Martin Boserup will be filmed by Misha Fournial and they will hitch from Saint Peterburg, Russia to Paris, France

Documentary Project instructions for cameramen

We are also inviting all the people wishing to meet up with hitchhikers from all over the world on August 8th, to participate in this documentary project through any way they would feel like: You can either:

  • Keep a journal
  • Take photos
  • Record with an audio recorder
  • Draw
  • Film

The film project will be a sort of patchwork using all the material that the hitchhikers will bring with them on August 8th.

Help from Paris on 888


We need to contact the Paris community in order to host all the Europeans who are coming to Paris on 888

If you cannot find a host through Couchsurfing, Hospitality Club or BeWelcome then:

Please register on the I Need A Place To Stay Sign Up Page if you are looking for a place to stay

Please register on the I Can Host Hitchhikers Sign Up Page if you live in Paris and you are willing to host people.

Call Center

This subgroup was designed to find 2 teams who can work on D-Day- 888- to answer hitchhikers' phonecalls. What these two teams will need to do to help the 8 8 8 project:

  • Have a landline phone number -Be at home on the 8.8.8 throughout the whole day and evening
  • Know the hitchhiking spots on a circumference of 200 ks around Paris
  • Know the Paris transportation system so that the hitchhikers who are lost can easily reach the Palais de Tokyo
  • Have a list of people who can host (they do not necessarily need to be on C.S. on H.C.
  • we will establish this list and send it to the two teams)

Please register on the

I Want To Volunteer For The Call Center Team 1 Sign Up Page or the

I Want To Volunteer For The Call Center Team 2 Sign Up Page if you would like to volunteer in one of our teams.

How to hitchhike out of Paris?

Check the page about Paris to find spots to leave the city.

Alternative resources:

Sign Up Now

Sign Up Page

Contact Us Now

Please feel free to contact us if you wish to bring your help to the project:

Fabrice Renucci- fabrice.renucci [at] +(33)612871824