GUADEC + Akademy in Gran Canaria…thanks

Thanks for choosing Gran Canaria to host GUADEC + Akademy 2009. You have made us really happy.

We have a lot of work to do now. Since it is the first time both events takes place at the same time and place, we will face many issues for the very first time. It is going to be tough sometimes but we have the determination for solving them with the help from both, GNOME and KDE, staffs. All I can say is that we will try to integrate efforts and people following the spirit that have made possible this adventure (GUADEC+KDE). It is an example that should guide us during the following year.

I want to make a call to every KDE and GNOME community member for thinking about how can we use this conference to spread free software in Africa and to support african developers. Maybe it is not a major goal for most of us, but a little effort can have a huge impact in the area close to the Canary Islands, and even in other African countries. The Canaries are a piece of Europe in Africa. We have a chance to do something special, not just for ourselves and our communities, but for those countries who have in their people, its first and only valuable resource. Free software change things everywhere, but specially in those places.

Once again, thank you.

7 thoughts on “GUADEC + Akademy in Gran Canaria…thanks

  1. Organizing and/or executing an event is in fact a lot of stress and *tremendous* fun at the same time. I have made the same experience as Bart at a conference of my previous university. akademy will be so much bigger and with more excited guests 🙂


  2. Yes, your happy at first, amazed your proposal got accepted and excited about the wonderful event you’ll organize. But then the hard work starts.You’ll spend a lot of time dealing with unfriendly people, getting frustrated, demotivated, overworked and feeling stressed out. But then you’ll get a nice thank you email from a participant, or a pad on the back over irc and you’ll feel super motivated again.I can only imagine they high you’ll be feeling during the event itself, I’ll know soon enough.Have fun.Bart CerneelsAkademy 2008 lead organizer.


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