will be amazing will be amazing. I just know it. The local team is kicking ass and taking names. Really cool work so far. And the speakers they have lined up? Puuuurfect! Check them out.

I have the honor to give one of three keynotes. I will be talking about what makes KDE KDE and how you can become a part of it. Don’t miss it! In my other talk “Let me teach you how to fish!” I will be talking about KDE’s mentoring programs (Google Summer of Code, Season of KDE and Google Code-in) and what you need to know to run your own. Since Indian students are great contributors to these programs it might be a good idea to think about running more localized programs. Let’s talk about it. Besides that I will be around to answer any questions you might have about the KDE community. I will probably do a workshop where we can sit together individually and find the best place for you to contribute in KDE.

And one very important thing: Are you wondering if you should go? Are you wondering if you should go even if you don’t write code? Yes you definitely should. There is so much to do that does not need a single line of code from you: translations, artwork, promotion, organizing stuff and so much more. All of it will be talked about at the conference. And if you want I am sure we can convince some of the developers around to help you with your first lines of code 🙂

Oh one more thing: There will be KDE stickers! Come and talk to me at the conference.

(Did you notice that two of the three keynote speakers are female? And that there are more in the rest of the program? Gotta <3 this community.)

CWG: call for nominations and next office hour

The Community Working Group was set up at Akademy 2008 in Belgium with the mission of taking care of KDE’s community. The charter says: “The long-term goal of the Community Working Group is to help to maintain a friendly and welcoming KDE community, thereby ensuring KDE remains a great project enjoyed by all contributors and users.” Since then a lot has happened and we have worked with a lot of people in the community – sometimes giving advice, sometimes stepping in to help resolve a conflict, and sometimes just listening. KDE now has a Code of Conduct and a clear point of contact for advice and help on all things inside the community. However, this is not enough.

Two of the five members of the Community Working Group are stepping back and we are looking for nominations as to who should fill these seats. We are looking for people who are trustworthy, dependable, fair-minded, and above all are able to set aside personal opinions and look at the situation before them objectively and without bias. What we’d like from members of the community is to send suggestions for new CWG members to community-wg at kde org. Include the name and contact information for the person (which can be yourself!), references to their work with communities and/or within KDE, and an explanation of why they’d be an awesome CWG member. We’ll collect suggestions from now until Friday, March 4rd. Soon after, we will pick two nominations from among the suggestions that we feel will be the best match for the CWG and its tasks. Thanks for your help with this 🙂

If you have any questions about this, we will hold a CWG office hour on Monday, February 21st at 7PM UTC on IRC in #kde-cwg on freenode.