Goterborg is an amazing city. Everything is in order, neat, modern, safe, well-maintained, with good taste in design. They care so much for the environment and good education for their people. Definitely, it is a place with good quality of life, kind people and the cutiest babies and dogs I have ever seen before.
I have been attended GUADEC since 2011, and I try not to miss it every year. Each opportunity is a new start where I can learn from other GNOME members experiences and in some ways recharge my passion which marks a time-stamp in my life.
As usual, my “GUADEC ritual” starts the moment that I apply for a visa to the embassy of the country where it is due to take place, then I make a request to the GNOME Foundation for sponsorship. To prepare myself for the long journey of traveling between several countries to my final destination, I train my eating and sleeping time. Unfortunately, for this years GUADEC, I struggled with them, even more, some pictures I have taken of this experience, show how my jet lag affected me! Another part of the ritual is packing, wear my jeans with nicer GNOME t-shirts and GUADECs from previous edition to show up. I decided to wear the GNOME PERU FEST t-shirts 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Being asked by migrations with interesting questions like why does Peru not have Sweden Embassy and passing the re-checked bags every transit one and one more time without shoes. All these worth when I am literally in the heaven enjoying the view of cities, islands and oceans from the top. Seeing the dancing of many shapes and colours of the clouds and the sun, is awesome!
Anyway, this time I came up with the idea to post in twitter the phrase of “You know you are in GUADEC when….” because as soon I arrived, I was striving my best to find the hotel that GNOME arrange, I found GNOME people in the way. Same story as previous GUADECs is people discovering the new place in groups, people coding in the lobby until late night and I when you woke up early morning, they are still busy in coding.
Presentations at the conference runs smoothly and they were so interested, OpenCloud, OpenOffice and other projects showed their advances. I hope Boxes can run also one day over MAC and other operative systems since we need to reach more users.
* My impressions to improve some aspects of GUADEC 2015:
- Advertising like banners at the main entrance may help to identify the place of the event.
- The InfoDesk could have at least four lines instead of one. Maybe divided by last names (A-D) (E-H) (I-N) (O-Z), and maybe get another printer or set it in another table for the non-registered people. The distribution and design of the info desk is important as well as the location of different stands of Red Hat, OpenSuse, Igalia and the other sponsors.
- I really loved the design of the GUADEC 2015 badge, Bastein did a good job using the color turquoise. It would have been so great to have the same design in t-shirts GUADEC 2015.
- To have some food alternatives in the wiki or in the GUADEC social Webpage would have been helpful, considering prices, menus, locations and time. Some of them were closed at noon.
- In order to meet new people during the picnic activity, (it seems like it was the first GUADEC of most of them) would have been nice to share some activities together to meet each others.
- The use of twitter or any other social networks were not encourage to use as before.
There were two innovations this time, Jiri Eischman proposed a new way to stay in contact using a CHAT, it would have been so good if all the participants of GUADEC were added. The other was the gift for volunteers and participants. Florian Muller deserves the price, he is a good developer of GNOME shell and he is cool at the same time!
Besides the bad comments and discouragement of some developers related to the future of GNOME, I have seen the effort of the newbies to improve their projects, the enthusiasm of coala developers and the willing GNOME Asia community members were so admirable.
Many thanks to Fabiana and Andreas Nilsson for organising the event, I know it is a huge responsibility to care any single detail of it. I have met the local organiser Olive Prospt who is truth is his word, and he is a smart guy.
Thanks GUADEC for letting me organize the games called “Sport Hackaton”, it was so great thanks to the coordination of Carlos Soriano, the manager of people Syska from Indonesia and all the participants who surprise me with all the fun, it was definitely a cute unforgettable moment.
Special thanks to Tobias Mueller for encouraging me to do the GNOME America and all GNOME friends who wants to come to Peru like Jana from Republic Czech, Magdalen Berns and others… old GNOME friends like Andre Klapper, Srinivasa and BinLi, and the new ones like Rashi and Nuritzi for being so kind people!
Finally, congratulations to the winner of the pants Emily, she works for GNOME since 2006 and her labor is more than admirable as a profesional and as a person. Congrats to Shaun McCance, the new president of the GNOME Foundation and Kat for the re-election.