Akademy 2008 to be Held in Belgium

The annual KDE World Summit, Akademy, has found a home for 2008 in the heart of Europe, Belgium. The event is the most important conference for the contributors of the KDE project and will be held from Saturday August 9th to Saturday 16th at the De Nayer Institute, an associated campus of the University of Leuven. There are three sub-events: a contributors conference, the KDE e.V. annual general assembly and a week long hacking session. Akademy offers a great opportunity to the community to discuss all issues face-to-face. We also look forward to the chance to mingle with all KDE enthusiasts who want to drop by.

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The conference will be organised by a local team assembled by Bart Cerneels and Wendy Van Craen, whose proposal to host Akademy at Sint-Katelijne-Waver's De Nayer Institute was chosen by the KDE e.V. membership. Sint-Katelijne-Waver is located near the city of Mechelen, and is close to both Brussels and Antwerp.

The Institute is itself a user of KDE. Patrick Pelgrims, coordinator of the Bachelor in Electronics/ICT curriculum said "We will be happy to receive the KDE community at our campus. They are the creators of the amazing software platform we use to educate many young people in the world of Electronics, Computer Engineering and Embedded Linux."

KDE e.V. would like to thank those who submitted the other proposals for hosting Akademy 2008 and we hope they will have a chance to host another KDE meeting soon.

The preliminary schedule for Akademy 2008 is as follows:


Friday 8 August 2008


Saturday 9

KDE Contributors Conference

Sunday 10
Monday 11

KDE e.V. General Assembly

Coding Marathon

Tuesday 12

BoF Sessions, Tutorials, Workshops

Wednesday 13

Thursday 14

Friday 15

Saturday 16

You will be pleased to know that this year we have corrected the capitalisation of the name "Akademy".

A formal call for papers will be put up in due time, but you may wish to start thinking of talk subjects to write up for the contributors conference part of Akademy. For the hacking and BoF sessions, try to figure out who you need some quality face-to-face time with and convince them to come too!

We are looking out for people to help with organising Akademy, if you live in the local area or if you have good business relations and conference hosting skills please do get in touch with [email protected].

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by Odysseus (not verified)

Mmmmmmmm, waffles....

by Andreas (not verified)

No, no, no! It's
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmh beeeeeer!
Belgium is well known for its many varieties, and quality, of beer.
I bet that there is a waffle-flavored beer, though. Cheers!

by Menne (not verified)

I am sorry, please no overpriced Belgium beer. Kriek, Oval,... sorry, no. Nothing for a beer gourmet. Leuven - Louvaine, the problem is that there are actually two universities or cities... Don't forget to make an appointment with your MEPs for next year Akademy, Brussels is close.

by Ian Monroe (not verified)

But their beer is sooo yummy.

by Kevin Colyer (not verified)

Avoid Kriek but sample Westmalle, Duval, Chimay, Grisette, St Feuillen, Karmelite... the list goes on.

Just remember Belgian beers are strong 5% - 12% (e.g. 1 beer ~ 1/2 bottle of wine) Try not to pay more than 3 euros!

But you must sample some!

by anonymous (not verified)

Grimbergen rules! B-)

by JanC (not verified)

A "kriek"/"oude kriek" from e.g. Boon, Hanssen, Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen is actually quite good.

And Belgian beers aren't necessarily strong, e.g. Leroy's "Prima" & "Ridder" are only 2.x% or 3.x%, but taste _a lot_ better than most well-known Belgian (& foreign) pilsner beers (Jupiler, Stella, Maes, Heineken & other crap).

by Geuze (not verified)

if you look around , you'll find REAL "kriek" , and not the
commercial stuff (BV). At least, we have a choice
choosing our beer's and software (love kde & geuze),
you just need to look a little bit further.

We just have the best beer ;-)


by anonymous (not verified)

"I am sorry, please no overpriced Belgium beer."

It's much cheaper if you buy it in Belgium than outside Belgium...

by Joergen Ramskov (not verified)


They make loads of great beers in Belgium, how can you say no to them?! Here in Denmark they don't cost more than other imported or special beers.

Westvleteren 12...yum!

by Eimai (not verified)

Mmmmm chocolate!

by Bad Boy (not verified)

Ummmmmm delicious girls :-P

by gandy (not verified)

...do you want (Belgian) fries with that? :-)

by Wade (not verified)

I always like how the coding marathon overlaps the General Assembly meeting. When you see all the laptops open during the discussion, you know it's just not the people in the labs cranking away.

by jospoortvliet (not verified)

yes, and you further have the BoF sessions, very inspiring as well...

by Cypher (not verified)

Let's hope that Flanders will still be part of Belgium next year... I really doubt it... as I'm belgian myself. You should have chosen Brussels...

by Bad Boy (not verified)

Could you explain it, please. ?:-(

by Stecchino (not verified)

If it will come to that, we'll still call it Akademy in Belgium then. Anyone is invited even if we have to provide visa invitations to the Wallon and Bruxellois :)

But I'm sure Belgium will still exist by August 2008, no worries.

by Paul Mayer (not verified)

I'm surprised you're so sure. That said, I hope you're right. It does seem ridiculous how the Walone and Flemmish politicians can't get a long. But then Belgium is the home of Surréalisme. [ A Brit living in Brussels.]

by Dennis (not verified)

Let's not get silly, the borders will all remain open if something happens as the language borders have already been set in law and in practice. There may come a small riot in Brussel because of youthfull heat (located in flanders but now mostly Frenchspeaking as many shopowners refused to speak Dutch, but people working there live beyond city borders in suburbs both in French and Dutch speaking Belgium) however with so many open borders nearby people feel very European and the splitstate government is of no consequence other then itself being the umbrella or the EU being the umbrella for moving some infrastructure money around.

by Menne (not verified)

Well, the truth is that French is kindof supported by foreign nations and Dutch and German get discriminated.

by Omar (not verified)

Sure i'd prefered Brussels too but just cuz i'm living there :).
Anyway, Belgium or Belgium/2, i don't care, if it's resolved, great! if it splits, that's the way but we will finally look elsewhere and move on.

cheers and welcome.

BTW: Beers and Fries are really better in Brussels or near the coast then, in Mechelen you'll be there just for the conference. :)

by JanC (not verified)

Actually, Mechelen has "Gouden Carolus Classic" which is quite good (especially at the brewery's associated restaurant where almost all meals are cooked with beer added ;) ).

by interested observer (not verified)

You will be pleased to know that this year we have corrected the capitalisation of the name "Akademy".

no, i'm not pleased.

congratulations, you're just about to destroy a well established brandname, and start to drown it amongst the other "akademy"s that are out on the internet. and you are inviting now even more comments about the wrong spelling.

so why didn't you also correct the _*spelling*_ of the name?? after all, my english dictionary tells me it should be "academy" (maybe "Academy" if used as a title).

the 'aKademy' spelling has a "branding" effect. "Akademy" takes that away.

it's a stupid decision. for once, KDE will loose all the easy to recognize search results in Google and elsewhere (where the weird capitalization makes the result to become recognizable amongst the irrelevant ones). second, it proofs KDE can't be and behave consistent over time. third,... oh, well, i better stop ranting....

after all, the most important thing is the belgian organizers get their work done. if they get a great and big aKademy 2008 going, it will be quickly forgiven that they do not know how to give their event an easy to recognize branding. :-)

so first of all: thanks for organizing the event!

by Ljubomir (not verified)

Nah, it's far more professional, and looks better.

by reihal (not verified)

Ha! The logo says "AKademy".

by Luciano (not verified)

Hey! We are not supposed to be professionals! ;)

by KDE User (not verified)

I assume this was a vote taken by the KDE e.V. They must have had their reasons for it.

by Ian Monroe (not verified)

Yea, its just like how everyone stopped using amaroK when it was renamed Amarok.



by Anonymous (not verified)

Who what when and where was the name changed? I thought I was on every KDE list known to man and I have not seen how or when this decision was made. Please clarify.

by Andreas (not verified)

The KDE eV mailing list is not public. The KDE eV is there to handle organizational and "business" matters, well, about anything which needs a legal entity. It doesn't have much power apart from that, which is a good thing I think. Many members of the core KDE community are members of the eV.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eingetragener_Verein for an explanation of the eV acronym.

by Soap (not verified)

Thank you for that link. i've been wondering what e.V stood for for a while now.

by Olaf Schmidt (not verified)

The KDE e.V. has not been involved in this decision.

It was a decision by the KDE News team and by the aKademy organisers.

by Navindra Umanee (not verified)

Well, I can say that it wasn't a decision by the KDE News team as you put it -- at least, I didn't see anything about it on the dot list so there was no official decision involved as far as I know.

This is something for the e.V. to decide IMHO.

by Darkelve (not verified)

Great, maybe I'll visit if that's allowed (I'm not a coder) :)

Some tips:

- Belgian beer is not overpriced. And you are in luck, Leuven is a student hangout and there are lots of places where beer (even specialty beer like Trappist) is pretty cheap; at least it was last time I was there. Typical student city so always something to do (besided hacking :p)

- Do not accidentally take the train to Louvain-La-Neuve... happens to the best *cough*

- True, the girls are delicious, but they're all MINE... eh, nevermind that :s

- Since it's university, you should have a pretty fast network connection. ;)

- Don't forget to bring/buy an umbrella (yes, even though it is summer... sometimes we get unlucky)

And have fun.

by Bart Cerneels (not verified)

Everyone is invited, especially non-programmers, we have enough of those hanging around already..... Just kidding, there are never enough developers.

Like I said in my blog post: every user or just interested observer is invited, even during the coding marathon there are interesting things to do for non coders, like BoF sessions. (http://commonideas.blogspot.com/2007/09/akademy-in-belgium.html)

And a small correction: aKademy will take place in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, near Mechelen, where girls are pretty and the beer is affordable :) Not Leuven.

by Geert Janssens (not verified)

Thanks for the tips on Leuven as student city and the trains to Louvain-La-Neuve, but...

The Akademy is not taking place in Leuven at all, it's taking place in Sint-Katelijne-Waver (near Mechelen), in the De Nayer Institute. That's clearly stated in the second paragraph. So we better all take a train to Mechelen.

I do understand the confusion though, as the first paragraph refers to this institute as "an associated campus of the University of Leuven".


by Darkelve (not verified)

"Typical student city so always something to do (besided hacking :p)"

Except in the summer, when most students are home/on vacation