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Three years of collaboration with Toulouse University

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Kevin Ottens

Three years of collaboration with Toulouse University Don't look back, we're building the future here

KDE 4.0 came and it was nice. KDE 4.1 came and it was even better. Then we all know and love KDE 4.2 for its greatness. We all know our History, and the official events which led to the KDE4 serie. But in the shadows created by the KDE project some people were working on creating together their own history.

Attend this talk and you will know everything about what happened in the County of Toulouse. Here lies people who are not afraid to collaborate deeply with a Free Software project like KDE while working for the university.

In this talk, we will cover the past three years of collaboration between the IUP ISI in Toulouse and KDE. We will relate those events for you, and try to prove that organization such university/project collaboration can bring a lot: to the project, to the university, but also to your LUG.

This talk will cover the following topics:

- A recap of the context and history of the iup isi projects before the collaboration started. It'll be roughly the same than what was presented in our talk from 2007.

- Then we'll cover the story of the past three years, what we adjusted by collecting each year experience, how we improved and what it brought to KDE (good and bad -- yes, students can screw up sometimes). ;-) 

- In parallel to the technical side of the story, we'll make sure to provide to the audience the required share of laugh and tears with the comedy of the post-students life. We'll also explain what are the current limitations of our model, how to scale it. 

- Finally, we'll cover the very latest development of what's going on in Toulouse or abroad regarding university collaboration, and why you want to take some time of your hacking to do the same in your town.

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Kevin Ottens is a long term hacker on the KDE project. He contributed to the KDE software stack at large, with a strong emphasis on API design and frameworks architecture. Graduating in 2008, he owns a PhD in computer science which led him to particularly work on ontologies engineering and multi-agent systems. Kevin's job at KDAB includes developing research projects around KDE and contributing to Akonadi. He still lives in Toulouse where he serves as part time teacher in his former university.