DebConf Organizers blog
Today we finished the talk selection process. We are very grateful to everyone who decided to submit talks and events for DebConf14.
If you have submitted an event, please check your email :). If you have not received any confirmation regarding your talk status, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
During the selection process, we bore in mind the number of talk slots during the conference, as well as maintaining a balance among the different submitted topics. We are pleased to announce that we have received a total of 115 events, of which 80 have been approved (69%). Approval means your event will be scheduled during the conference and you will have video coverage.
The list of approved talks can be found on the following link: https://summit.debconf.org/debconf14/all/
If you got an email telling your talk have being approved, and your talk is not listed, don’t panic. Check the status on summit, and make sure to select a track, if you have some track suggestions please mail us and tell us about it.
This year, we expect to also have a sort of “unconference” schedule. This will take place during the designated “hacking time”. During that time the talks rooms will be empty, and ad hoc meetings can be scheduled on-site while we are in the Conference. The method for booking a room for your ad hoc meeting will be decided and announced later, but is expected to be flexible (i.e: open scheduling board / 1 day or less in advance booking), Please don’t abuse the system: bear in mind the space will be limited, and only book your event if you gather enough people to work on your idea.
Please make sure to read the email regarding your talk. :) and prepare yourself.
Time is ticking and we will be happy to meet you in Portland.
There are only left 3 days to submit your talk. Submit yours before it’s too late. From the submissions from the last week, we have accepted a second batch of talks:
If your talk is not on the list, it doesn’t mean that it is not accepted. The talks team will go through the list of talks again, and will publish the final list of talks towards the end of the month.
We’ll keep the submission of talks open after the deadline. Talks submitted after the deadline still have the possibility of being scheduled as ad-hoc talks. We’ll publish more information about this closer to the conference.
We’re now in the middle of the talk submission period. Our new web interface doesn’t allow to show all the proposals and we decided to start accepting some talks in order to inspire you to propose your own talks.
If your talk is not on the list doesn’t mean is not accepted, don’t panic!
And now, we’re calling you all to bring up your best Debian-related ideas, proposals, stories. To think about what you want to organize a discussion on. Which tracks would you like to coordinate or see populated with interesting talks.
Talks are the main ingredient for a successful, interesting, discussion-sparking DebConf. Don’t be shy, and read how to submit your talk
In May, the DebConf15 Team held a competition to design the logo for DebConf15, which will take place in Heidelberg, Germany. We received many great entries, and after a week-long voting period, this logo by Valessio Brito was selected:
The lion depicted is the “Kurpfälzer Löwe”, which makes up Heidelberg’s coat of arms.
Valessio is Brazilian, graduated in Communication and Advertising, and specialised in Free Software Development. He is currently a consultant to UI Design of the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic, living in Brasilia, Brazil. He has been a Debian user since 2000, contributing to local communities, Inkscape and the Debian project.
Valessio has a tattoo of the red spiral!
His personal website is valessiobrito.com.br (pt_BR).
He invites you to visit www.DebianArt.org to discover the work of other artists and designs that contribute to the Debian project.
Thanks very much Valessio for your great contribution!
Remember that if you would like to request sponsorship to attend DebConf14, the deadline for registration is today, Thursday, May 15. To be considered for sponsored attendance, your registration and sponsorship request must be received by the end of the day. For travel sponsorship requests, this includes complete information about the funding amount requested. We will happily approve travel sponsorship requests in the amount of $0, but after today you will not be able to change the amount of travel sponsorship you are requesting!
Registrations will still be accepted after today in any of the basic, professional, and corporate categories, but requests for sponsorship will no longer be accepted.
The DC15 team met Saturday at the Heidelberg International Youth Hostel to kick off the organisation of DebConf15. While a handful of team members unfortunately had to excuse themselves, 18 people showed up, and the spirit level was high.
The youth hostel is the expected venue for DebConf15, which is slated to take place in August 2015. It sleeps more than 400 people, and it features two large conference rooms. Several smaller rooms can be used for team meetings and impromptu “birds-of-a-feather” sessions.
The venue is located a little bit outside of Heidelberg’s centre, right on the side of the Neckar river, north of the Heidelberg Zoo, west of a university campus, and south of a sports field.
The large cafeteria and the plentiful outside space usable for eating, working, chatting and playing make it a fantastic venue for DebConf. And far away from traffic, with a play area, space to run around, and the zoo next door, it’s very suitable to families with children, too.
If you are interested in being part of the organisation of our conference, we welcome you on our mailing list and look forward to your contributions! There is also the #debconf15-germany IRC channel on irc.debian.org, and we have a list of DC15 sub-teams to give you an overview. Feel free to add yourself, or just help out and someone will add you.(Photos by Michael Banck and Richard Hartmann, used under the terms of the CC by-sa licence 3.0)
Thanks to the work of the Alioth admins and the DSA team, single sign-on services are back online. Everyone will again be able to register for DebConf14 according to the steps described on this page.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Administrators are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible; we will update this blog once the problem has been resolved.
In the meantime, Debian developers can continue to register using their debian.org SSO credentials.
To request food, accommodation, or travel sponsorship, you must be registered by Thursday, May 15, 2014. After this date, registrations will still be accepted in any of the basic, professional, and corporate categories, but requests for sponsorship will no longer be accepted.
Note that, as for previous years, you will be asked to confirm your registration later once sponsorship has been finalized. If you are not certain you will attend but are considering it, we encourage you to register now.
If you want to attend DebConf14, please fill out the registration form.
This year, conference registration is integrated with the new Debian SSO system. If you are a Debian developer and have not previously used the Debian SSO system, you will need to configure an SSO password on db.debian.org. If you are not a Debian developer, you will have an opportunity to create an alioth account as part of the registration process. For more information about Debian single sign-on, see the Debian wiki.
In past years, DebConf has been preceded by a separate DebCamp event, for developers to gather before the conference and collaborate in person on Debian. This year the team is trying a different approach, with a longer conference period allowing for blocks of talks to be mixed with blocks of coding time throughout the week. More information about the schedule will be made available when the Call for Papers is posted in the near future.
The DebConf14 team would like to thank all of our sponsors who have made this event possible - a full list of whom can be found here.
We are still seeking sponsors to help us make DebConf14 a success. If you or your company would like to give back to Debian, please consider becoming a sponsor.
We look forward to seeing you in Portland in August!
The DebConf team
This is just a quick note to tell you that the video stream of the Barcelona MiniDebConf will be available at the following URL:http://bcn2014.video.debconf.org/
If you were not able to make it to Barcelona, now you can still follow from home!
May you have a productive and joyful MiniDebConf - and thanks for volunteering and talking if you do so! The MiniDebConf is what you make it.
In their last meeting, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf15, the 16th annual Debian Conference, will be hosted in Germany.
Thanks to the Belgian and Swedish teams; we are looking forward to their renewed bids for future DebConfs!
The German team expects to announce details about location and date in the coming months.
A dedicated (English-language) mailing list has been created for the organization and interested people are welcome to subscribe and join the discussion.
Furthermore, the 32-page final report for last year’s DebConf in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, is now available here. Many thanks to all the authors who contributed to the report!
The DebConf team is pleased to announce the release of the DebConf13 Final Report. It’s a 32-page document which gives the reader an idea about the conference as a whole. It includes words from the Debian Project Leader, descriptions of talks, a section about the Debian Birthday Party, attendee impressions, budgeting and DebConf13 in numbers. If you attended Debconf13, the report may refresh some of your memories and bring you closer to the organization team work. If not, it will certainly encourage you to be part of future Debian events.
The DebConf team
With DebConf13 behind us, the team is looking forward to DebConf14 this August in Portland, Oregon, USA.
As a community-oriented conference, DebConf relies on its network of generous sponsors for funding. Please help us make DebConf14 a success - Become a sponsor today!
After two incredible weeks here in Vaumarcus, the awesome team of DebConf volunteers and organizers is getting his latest lunch from Le Camp after having spent the morning tyding the venue.
This DebConf made more than hundred scheduled hours of talks, BoFs and meetings possible and brought more than 300 attendees together from all around the world. Live video coverage for two talk rooms during six days, eight kilograms of powder sugar for the Debian Birthday cake icing and thousands of smiling faces made this DebConf the awesome week it’s been.
The view is really fantastic from here! Thanks for all the fish!
We look forward to meeting everyone in 2014 at the next DebConf in Portland!
The DebConf team
This is just a quick update about the video streams of DebConf13 which are available at the following URLs: