Following the success of last years' event, the Spanish KDE community again held its national Akademy event, Akademy-es 2011, between the 20th and the 22nd of May 2011 in Barcelona. The event was sponsored by Google and Qt/Nokia and was supported by the Linux and Todo-Linux magazines. KDE enthusiasts from all over the country gathered to discuss free software and KDE.
This year the event had two different hosts: the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) made its Master Classroom available for Friday's presentations, whereas the School of Sant Marc-Sarrià hosted us on Saturday and Sunday.
As usual in these events, there was a classic mixture of presentations, coffee, hallway conversations, social meals and, most importantly, a wide exchange of ideas to recharge batteries for future work in the KDE community.
Friday began in the UPC with the event's opening address by the president of KDE España, Albert Astals Cid.
After this brief introduction, several talks followed, including:
The event then gravitated toward its more social side with a supper at Restaurant Tascaivins, where we enjoyed typical Catalan food, followed by good beer at a nearby pub. Before going to bed, most of us got to see the large camp of protesters in Catalonia Square.
Saturday started early in the morning with several interesting presentations such as:
When the talks finished, almost all the attendees shared a nice lunch at Sant Marc's.
The social event that evening took place in a restaurant near Catalonia Square, just in the center of Barcelona, called El Mussol. During dinner we shared stories about KDE, Free Software and life in general, which enriched dinner more than any seasoning.
The last day of Akademy-es 2011 started with some enlightening talks:
After a brief break, Baltasar Ortega gave a talk focused on KDE Edu in which he presented the twenty KDE Edu applications, and finally, Albert and Aleix explained what KDE España is doing and where its associates think it should go.
After dinner, we had the last talk titled Introduction to the PyGame and PyOpenGL libraries, by Aarón Negrín, an interesting demo about how to draw and interact with your computer by using both of these technologies.
All in all it was an awesome experience, and after it we are looking forward to more KDE events!
See you at Akademy-es 2012!