Desktop Summit: Deadlines & Announcements Galore

So the Desktop Summit is quickly approaching. In only 5.5 weeks you’ll all be arriving in Berlin getting ready for some great talks and good fun. In order to make your time in Berlin as productive and enjoyable as possible we try to keep you abreast on what’s happening here. As a public service I’ll summarize some of the more recent and pressing items.


Some of the deadlines have passed to get the conference rate at selected hotels. However, some still offer this rate till tomorrow (June 30th). So head over to the accommodation page and book your room. Berlin is very popular in the summer, so get your room booked early… meaning now.


If you’ve not registered yet, please do. For us, as organizers, it helps a lot if you register as early as possible. For you, though, it’s even more important. Pre-registering will help you get through the conference check-in faster, get you into the parties (beer!), and will be needed for a few other things we’ll be announcing soon.

Workshops and BoFs

The last four days of the conference will be all about getting stuff done. We’ve got lots of space for ad-hoc workshops and BoFs but are offering to let projects and groups who know they want to get together a chance to get there sessions onto the official schedule. The deadline for this is this Sunday (July 3rd). So go propose a session now. Btw, there seem to be a lot more KDE sessions proposed so far than GNOME ones. So, please propose your sessions GNOME folks! :)


The local organizing team will not be able to make this a great conference without help from the community. We’re looking for volunteers to help us with many aspects of the conference. If you’re able to help in any capacity please head over to our volunteer wiki page and sign up.

Even if you can’t make it to the conference but are familiar with Berlin you can help by going to the wiki and simply creating and filling pages with information about Berlin that’ll help attendees enjoy their stay.


Our sponsor page has gotten a little more colorful recently. Thanks to all our sponsors for making the conference possible.


Last but not least, we’ve announced the keynotes for this year. Check out interviews with Thomas Thwaite (designer and technologist), Claire Rowland (user experience guru), and Dirk Hondel (Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel). In addition, there will be one community keynote from both KDE and GNOME each; details coming soon.

As always more info to come so keep an eye on the news. Hope to see you in Berlin.

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