That’s right, tomorrow I will take the train down to Karlsruhe to attend GUADEC 2016 after a 3-year absence (time flies!).
I am looking forward to meeting old friends and attending some nice talks and BOF events. At Endless we have been very busy working on our next release of the Endless OS and some of my colleagues are giving very interesting talks related to our work so be sure to check them out! I have been working on the applications story which will be using Flatpak and GNOME Software so if you are interested in knowing more about that we can have a chat too.
For the first time since I first started attending GUADEC in 2009, this year I am not going.
Strasbourg is very close to where I live (about four hours driving) but some factors just make it very difficult to attend the conference this year. We have a guest over and I didn’t want to go by myself because, even though Olivia is a very relaxed baby, I still notice how I am more tired than usual and it would be risky to drive all alone (besides, it’d leave all the responsibility of taking care of the baby to Helena). Taking everybody there could be an option but I could only go for the weekend anyway and, since we’re going for vacation a week after the event, logistics and timing are just not convenient.
I will surely miss having a beer with old friends.
That’s right, this year GUADEC is taking place in the city I moved to more than 3 years ago in order to become an Igalian: A Coruña. It’s fun to see this event happening just 20 minutes walking from my place when in the previous editions I had to catch several planes in order to attend it 🙂
In this year’s GUADEC, I am presenting two projects I have created:
OCRFeeder, the most complete OCR Free Software solution;
Skeltrack, the first Free Software library to perform human skeleton tracking from depth buffers such as the ones given by the Kinect.
If this sounds interesting, be sure to attend the talks or have a chat about the projects when you see me.
Since I feel pretty much like a local, I can tell you that you must not leave the town without trying “pulpo á feira” (octopus + olive oil + paprika) or, in case you’re not into cephalopods, just go to some traditional Galician bar, have a beer and enjoy the folk music of Celtic origins.
GUADEC 2012 will be hosted in A Coruña, Spain, from July 26 – August 1st. BoF, Hackfests and other events will be scheduled between July 30th and August 1st.
This call for Participation for GUADEC 2012 will follow these dates:
June 18: Deadline for submission of Lightning Talks and BoF proposals. June 26: Notification to Lightning Talks contributors. July 26 – 29: GUADEC 2012 in A Coruña, Spain July 30 – August 1: hackfests and meetings
The rest of the activities BoFs, Hackfest, etc. will be accepted with a FIFO approach whenever there are available slots and rooms in the conference program.
We would like to remind you that registration for GUADEC is already open and you can reserve your accomodation with the registration system until July 1st.
You might have heard/seen that there are quite a few Igalians in this year’s Desktop Summit.
What you might have not noticed is that we also have a booth in here. The booth is only set during breaks since we all are attending or giving talks and the reason you might wanna pass by is to try some of the cool things we work on in Igalia or to get some free FOSS stickers (WebKit, Epiphany, MeeGo, Grilo, Orca, …).
You can see some of the stickers in this crappy photo: