KDE Community World Summit 2004

aKademy/DevConf: Call For Papers and Talks

(event module 1, weekend 21st/22nd of August)

Please send all paper submissions to: cfp2004@kde.org. Please note the different sub-events happening 21st to 29th of August.

Event Overview

Event-Module 1 (DevConf):
Conference of KDE Developers and Contributors -- Date: August 21st/22nd (weekend)
Event-Module 2 (CodeJam):
Coding Marathon for KDE Developers and Contributors (--> more...)
Event-Module 3 (Tutorials):
Ten Tutorials for KDE and Linux Users and Admins (--> more...)
Event-Module 4 (UserConf):
KDE User and Administrator Conference (--> more...)
Event-Module 5 (Festival):
Festival at "International Software FreedomDay" (--> more...)

This is a Call for Papers and Talks at our KDE Contributors' and Developers' Conference. We encourage you to submit proposals which deal with current and future KDE-related development. We like to lay a special emphasize to make KDE an even more Integrative Desktop Environment than it is now, so that it stays a supreme hosting platform also for "foreign" applications which can make good use of KDE's powerful and advanced technologies.

 Date of full aKademy: August 21st to 29th
             Location: Filmakademie Ludwigsburg (Stuttgart Region, Germany)

More info at http://conference2004.kde.org/ (Bookmark this -- there will be more announcements and infos forthcoming!). See also separate Call for UserConf Presentations and outline of different sub-events.

Participants of the "KDE Contributors' and Developers' Conference"

All KDE developers, documentation writers, translators, promoters, other contributors as well as KDE power users, friends and supporters should consider their active participation at all, or at least part of this grand "2004 KDE Community World Summit".

Like last year at the "Kastle" event, we will also invite some well-known GNOME hackers to come over and participate. The conference fee is reduced to Zero for all of you!

However, we are also inviting participants and delegates from companies and third parties who are interested to learn about KDE technology and its power as a development platform. The conference fee for them is 650 EUR (Early Bird special price until 31st of May is 500 EUR).

The part specially geared towards developers and contributors is shortly dubbed "DevConf". This will be the first weekend, a conference with mainly technical content. There are 200 seats available here.

Topics of interest for the Contributors' Conference presentations

Think about this:

  • Do you have a particular expertise related to KDE development or a special KDE or external program that could be useful for your fellow KDE contributors?
  • Do you want to present a particularly cool KDE technology, a tool, a program or anything else that helps KDE development platform users to become more productive?
  • Do you have an exciting new idea to share with your fellow developers regarding KDE development?
  • Have you encountered an interesting development taking place outside of KDE's usual radar which you want to make known inside the KDE developer community?
  • Do you desire to debate a new idea for the advance of Linux desktop development in general, or Freedesktop.org related topic, or any other stuff?
Then consider to talk about it or hold a mini-tutorial at the KDE Contributors' and Developers' Conference (21/22 August) or during the following week (23-27 August) of the Coding Marathon.

We solicit submissions for presentations and tutorials from, but not restricted to the following fields. Everything KDE-related will be considered.

  • - Integration of non-KDE programs into the KDE desktop
  • - KDE and Qt programming tricks
  • - DCOP, KParts, KIO Slaves, KOffice, multimedia etc. development
  • - Freedesktop.org topics
  • - Programming tools
  • - Programming patterns and development strategies
  • - Project management issues
  • - Internationalization
  • - Documentation
  • - Quality assurance
  • - Usability, accessibility, interoperability
Time slots will likely be scheduled for a 45 minutes talk and 15 minutes Q&A. In some cases, it may be possible to occupy two slots for a total talk time of 90 minutes or offer short presentations of 15 minutes each. Please note the estimated talking time in your application.

Finally, "Birds of a Feather" (BoF) sessions can be announced in advance or planned on the spot. A limited number of group rooms will be available for BoFs. More of these may also happen during the following week. The following week, used for the KDE Coding Marathon is especially recommended for BoFs, Forums and Special Interest Group sessions.

Submission Guidelines

Those proposing to present papers should take note of the following guidelines:

  • You must submit an approx. 150-300 words long abstract including the name and e-mail address of the author(s) to cfp2004@kde.org by Sunday, May 30th.
  • The conference language is English.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee based on content, presentation and suitability for the event.
  • By submitting an abstract you give permission to publish it on the conference web site, and probably in a printed conference booklet.
  • We expect you to have a digital version of your fully worked out talk ready by the time of the conference at the latest.

Speaker Incentives and Financial Compensation

We only have a limited budget for this conference, and cannot generally pay travel expenses or any other reimbursement or gratification to speakers. We can provide accommodation and boarding at a very low price (expect about 20 Euros per day for bed and breakfeast, but don't expect luxury accommodation).

Please note that even if we can grant you a bursary, you will still be expected to pay a part of the trip yourself, as well as your boarding and lodging.


Important Dates

Please submit your contributions no later than the indicated dates:

Abstract submission deadline:
Sunday, May 30, 2004, 23:59 h (UTC)
Acceptance notification:
Tuesday, June 30, 2004 (e-Mail)


For the KDE Contributors' and Developers' Conference Program Committee

Matthias Ettrich, Chairman
Initiator of the KDE Project
Kalle Matthias Dalheimer
CEO of Klaeralvdalens Datakonsult AB, Sweden
Eva Brucherseifer
Vice President of KDE e.V., Germany
Scott Wheeler
KDE Developer, USA

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