Akademy 2013, KDE‘s flagship annual meeting has started in the Basque Country of northern Spain, Bilbao from 13th July and will run till 19th July.
So let us see what’s happening in this year’s Akademy 2013:
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Akademy Day Zero: Friday July 12
On the eve of the event inauguration, KDE e.V Annual General Meeting was held followed by a party at Hika Ateno in Caco Viejo which gave the attendees opportunity to meet fellow contributors face to face who they know since a long time only through IRC or email.
Akademy Day 1: Saturday July 13
The official start day of Akademy ’13, saw Eva Galperin from Electronic Frontier Foundation; deliver the keynote speech on the impact of NSA surveillance and offences to privacy of the people.
This was followed by a talk by Kevin Krammer on declarative widgets as KDAB has developed them.
Marta Rybczynska took the stage next and spoke about her involvement with two KDE projects and the how could they increase efficiencies by recognising similarities between the two projects.
Next was Till Adam’s turn, who spoke about the Nokia N9 and about Blackberry and its platform. He asked KDE developers to get to work on Framework 5 and complete it.
Myriam Schweingruber could not attend the event and her talk on quality, quality, quality was presented by Davind Edmundson(KDE Telepathy), Vishesh Handa (epomuk) and Martin Grablin (Kwin).
David Greaved and ex-Meego Employee, now a part of Mer project and working a Jolla, spoke about Mer and Meegfo at his first Akademy.
The second keynote was delivered by Vesa-Matti Hartikainen from Jolla. The presentation included talk about Jolla phone and the Sailfish OS, which is based on the Mer Project Core OS and Qt/QML. Then Veskuh did a live demo of the Jolla phone.
Lydia Pintscher took the stage next and spoke on the topic of burnout in Free Software projects and how can it be avoided.
Akademy had representation from India: Devaja Shah and Yash Shah. They shared their experience of organising the KDE India event which was a huge success.
The afternoon session saw Martin Grablin talk about Porting Kwin to Qt5 and on changes in Kwin.
Jos Poortvliet opened with “Marketing KDE” and presented statistics from a recent study by Deloitte. He focused on explaining the significance of KDE and provided strategies to market the project in a better manner.
Akademy 2013 is not over yet, keep watching this space for further news from the event.