KDE and Gnome together again - the Desktop Summit this year will take place in Berlin, Germany, from August 6 to 12, 2011. It will be one of the biggest and most interesting Free Software conferences in 2011, and Berlin is also always worth a visit. You have seen the announcement, and the web site at http://desktopsummit.org, but you might be asking yourself how you can register, where to submit your talk, and how you can help with the preparations. Read on.
How to attend
How to present
Keep in mind that a large part of the Desktop Summit visitors will be new to the projects. At last year's Akademy in Tampere (Finland), about half of the attendees joined the conference for the first time. So while presentations about the latest and greatest developments of applications or frameworks are of course interesting, it is just as informative for the audience to present introductions to already established APIs of the Free Software desktop, or even to Free Software development tools.
The Desktop Summit paper committee is also actively soliciting submissions about Free Software in education and in governmental use. Non-technical talks are also welcome, since the projects consist of more than code. Visual design, interoperability, promotion or community related topics - the more variety, the better.
The conference is split into two parts. Saturday, Sunday and Monday (August 6 to 8) will be filled with presentations in multiple tracks (the exact number depends on the number of great talks submitted, so here is your challenge). Tuesday to Friday are called the Open Days, which are made up of work shops or BoFs, and hack time (yay). During the Open Days, about 20 different rooms seating 20 to 200 people are available. A call to register activities for the Open Days will be published later, and the remaining rooms will be made available on an ad-hoc basis. Planning ahead pays here as well.
How to help
Coding, fun, meet the community - what are you waiting for?