Bilbao will host Akademy 2013 from the 13th to 19th of July next year.
In Basque (the primary language of Bilbao), the letter K is used to change verb case and also to make plurals of some words. For the hard C sound, Basque uses the letter K.
Lots of Basque words include K: Kaixo (hello), teKnologiaK (technologies), Kalitatea (quality), BerriKuntza (innovation), asKatasuna (freedom), Kultura (culture), Kidetasuna (fellowship), Komunitatea (community), esKuluze (generous), etorKizuna (future), eusKera (Basque language). The letter K is at home in Euskal Herria (Basque Country).
Akademy 2013 Bilbao ‒ an interview with the local coordinator
Following a successful conference in Tallinn, Estonia earlier this year, Akademy will move to Basque Country in the north of Spain. To introduce Bilbao, here is an interview with with Dani Gutiérrez Porset, coordinator of the local team for Akademy 2013:
Dani, please introduce yourself. Who are you, what do you do when you're not organizing Akademy, and how are you involved in KDE?
I'm a part-time teacher of IT engineering in the Public University of the Basque Country, and I also do some freelance work using FLOSS technologies. I try to spread Free Software professionally and also as a volunteer. Two years ago I worked at the Technical Office for the support of Free Software in the Basque Country Government. Now I'm a member of FSFE and of Itsas, the group that promotes FLOSS in our University. I'm vocal in KDE-España; my main contributions have been to organize Akademy-es in 2010 and a sprint for KDE Edu, both here in Bilbao. It's only natural that I would work on the big KDE event—Akademy.
How did you get the idea to organize Akademy 2013? What is your motivation?
Can you tell us a bit about Bilbao, the Akademy venues? What can attendees expect from the host city?
Akademy will start in La Alhóndiga, a modern building that hosts many cultural events and has restaurants, a gym, swimming pools and cinema. On Monday we'll move to the Engineering School of Bilbao to have lots of room for all the workshops, BoFs and hacking. In the city, it is easy to get around by public transport, bike or just walking.
How is the local Free Software scene in Bilbao and the Basque region? And are there any local Free Software groups that will support the conference?
Nowadays there are a variety of groups that continue the work started in 2001. Two of them, Itsas and e-ghost from the main universities will be organizing Akademy 2013 together with KDE e.V. Another is Librezale, which translates many Free Software projects into the Basque language. And also there are more small non-profit associations and a lot of people thinking that FLOSS is a very good way to construct a different and better technological future.
It's also important to mention here that in Euskadi (the Basque name for the area) there is an association (ESLE) of 36 companies that base their business models on Free software, ranging from software development to implementation and service delivery. They consist of more than 500 people, with a combined income of approximately €25 million. This summer the local government of the Basque Country signed an agreement formally adopting a strategy of software openness and reuse of applications. Let's see how far it reaches.
So, with different events organized in the past couple of years (Moodle moots, FLOSS summer courses, meetings for the universities, Akademy-es, and a KDE Edu sprint), it was time to take on an important and international event like Akademy. This will be the longest international IT event ever done here. We are looking forward to celebrating it with all of you, KDE folks. But not only for yet-KDEer-believers, let's open the event so more and more people can know, evaluate and adopt these cool free software technologies. Let's go and prepare for a fabulous technical and social meeting.
For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest FOSS communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, propose and consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the following year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, or looking to begin using it.
Next year will be the 11th edition of Akademy, when once again a few hundred Free Software enthusiasts will gather for 2 days of talks and 5 days of workshops and coding sessions.
For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.