KDE 4.0 Release Event Contest Winners Announced

On October 4, 2007 we announced a contest regarding the KDE 4.0 Release Event at Mountain View, California on January 17-19, 2008. Participants were asked to answer the question: "Why should you be at the KDE 4.0 Release Event?" with the winner being flown out to the Release Event itself.

We received many great submissions from community members with very different backgrounds from around the globe. Everyone captured the spirit of the contest with enthusiastic responses; some humorous and some serious, some brief and some reaching the submission limit on length. In the end, with generous approval from KDE e.V. Vice President and Treasurer Cornelius Schumacher, we have decided to fly out two contestants:

Aron Stansvik: Aron is a small business owner that runs a book café in the town of Örebro, Sweden. As with any new business, he found himself spread thin and scrambling to accomplish everything required of him. A KDE user from the 2.0 days, what began as a useful tool for him became a passion of its own. Aron represents entrepreneurial people that take chances and have free software spirit intertwined with other aspects of their lives. He understands the reasons for and the efforts behind KDE 4.0, as well as the potential tipping point of KDE's momentum. We'll get to discuss this further with Aron in just two months.

Kyle Cunningham: Kyle is a Computer Science and Computer Engineering student at the University of Minnesota. Even though students have busy schedules, he manages to both contribute to Drupal (SoC student) and stay current with KDE development progress. By working with multiple communities and showing his passion for software libre, Kyle embodies the spirit of community members and enthusiasts. He understands all of the elements that comprise the KDE community and our motivations. Kyle is hoping to meet some KDE community members for the first time and it looks like he's going to get that chance.

We would like to thank everyone for their entries and feel that we have chosen two individuals that capture the spirit of KDE and free software. Their entries were clear, concise and creative. More importantly, they spoke from their hearts about their interests in KDE's future and how to become more involved. Their responses are not published here, because we don't want to spoil the surprise: Both will be speaking briefly at the Release Event and we'll have coverage for everyone.


Congratulations, Aron and Kyle! Looking forward to meet you guys in Mountain View!

By Sebastian Kügler at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

Looking forward to meeting you too! Thanks!

By Aron Stansvik at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

I'm also looking forward to it!

By Kyle Cunningham at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

Excellent... and surely there are some KDE apps waiting to be named:





By Peter Lewis at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

I will neither confirm nor deny that we threw out any entries from contestants that didn't have K's in their name. Or that Kyle had favoritism for having the name of one of the Gearheads. Or that they offered the best bribes.

In all seriousness, thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the winners.

By Wade Olson at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

Next time I'll call myself Klaudio. :)

By Taupter (Cláudi... at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

Or, as the re-normified naming scheme goes, Cyle and Stansivik

By J Klassen at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

There is a "kile" application, close enough for some.

By David Johnson at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

Yeah, it's the KDE Yntegrated Latex Environment.

A prety good app, I have to say.

Congrats to the winers, enjoy the meeting for all of the KDE comunity ( you'll need more than courage to drink the beer for all of the contest participants, but you may find new liver and stomach on the internet for cheap... KDE, the Komposited-Developer made Environement )

By David at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

The thanks for being able to get the winners of our contest to California of course have to go to all the donors and supporting members who financially support the KDE e.V. You make the difference :-).

By Cornelius Schumacher at Tue, 2007/11/13 - 6:00am

If I were in charge of the contest, I'd pick two entrants from California, and saved me some dough.

Congrats to both winners!

By T. J. Brumfield at Wed, 2007/11/14 - 6:00am

It isn't your money, and you don't get to keep anything you save, so what would you have done with it?

By Hank Miller at Wed, 2007/11/14 - 6:00am

Hi Kyle! Hope you get your private/public file patch into Drupal 7 :D

It's really neat to see people somewhere where you hadn't expected them to be. Right? (Yeah, that goes out to you, MaxAuthority.)

By Jakob Petsovits at Wed, 2007/11/14 - 6:00am

Doh, what kind of humorous submissions?

By Tuju at Sat, 2007/11/17 - 6:00am