The 2009 Gran Canaria Desktop Summit is the first event of its kind, co-locating the KDE community conference Akademy, and the GNOME Users and Developers' Conference (GUADEC) from July 3rd to July 11th 2009 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain. This year's conference marks the first time that Akademy and GUADEC will be co-located.
Akademy 2009 also represents a community landmark; it will be the first major KDE community conference since the release of KDE 4.2 -- the first KDE 4 release intended for universal adoption. As such, having released a stable and mature platform, the KDE community is now in a strong position to continue innovating.
The aim of this year's Akademy is to help KDE community refocus on the key aspects of KDE 4 development. In particular this we are asking for presentations with a particular focus on:
The Akademy program committee invites presentation submissions from all KDE contributors -- translators, artists, coders, writers, researchers and organizers. We also welcome presentations by people from projects around KDE, from industry or research partners, or from KDE-related efforts about Free Software, Free Culture and Free
We are asking for four types of submissions:
New this year, in addition to 30 minute presentations on a KDE topic, presenters will have the option of submitting a technical paper of 4 to 6 pages to be included in a digital proceedings. Evaluation and acceptance of the technical paper will be independent to the evaluation and acceptance of the related presentation.
In addition to these 30 minute presentations, the GCDS we will also be hosting shared lightning talks, 5 minute presentations (with or without slides) in a contiguous time block, and we will be accepting proposals for BOFs and workgroups which will be held from Tuesday July 7th until Saturday July 11th.
Please submit abstracts of under 500 words for 30 minute presentations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, title of your presentation, a short abstract of your presentation, intent to submit a technical paper, a short bio, and a photo suitable for the web.
We also welcome informal proposals for 5 minute lightning talks. Please send your name, topic, and a short description to email@example.com, if you are willing to hold a lightning talk in the shared program or at Akademy. All topics around the Free Software Desktop are welcome.
The deadline for 30 minute presentations, BOFs, and lightning talks is Friday April 10th, 2009; speakers will be notified about acceptance or rejection of the proposal on April 24th. The deadline for sumbission of a full-text technical paper is June 8th. The deadline for the corresponding presentation is the same as for deadlines without a full-text paper submission.
The program committee for Akademy 2009 is:
If you have questions or comments about the call for participation, the program of the conference or anything else related to the conference, you can reach the program committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.