Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Registration and Call for Participants open for the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit

One big milestone is over. Finally registration is open along with the Call for Participation.

Please visit the new web: http://www.grancanariadesktopsummit.org

The look and feel is not over yet but both boards didn't want to wait for it. It was the right decision. As it always happens, maybe some misunderstandings or little improvements can be done. Please register on the event mailing list:

http://mail.grancanariadesktopsummit.org/mailman/listinfo/gcds

and tell us about them. Some new features are planned and in a few weeks will be available. There is a travel agency that will take care or booking accomodation. I strongly recommend you to use it. They have got in charge of big events before so they will solve whatever problem you can have much better than the local community guys. Read carefully the information about the payment process:

http://grancanariadesktopsummit.org/node/30

We are aware that many people will bring their families with them. Hotels will charge them the same prices as attendees. There are several apartments and hotels available but I recommend you not to wait too long to book for your room. You will be able to stay in Las Palmas from 20 € per night up to 150 €. You can also ask the travel agency to book your fight if you wish. For groups this is a highly recommendable service. Some extra activities will be available as soon as we close them.

During the first 24 hours, about 60 people have already registered, which is pretty cool. We had 1.4 million hits on the web before opening the registration and we want to reach 5 million. The information related with sponsorhip is also available, including the sponsorship brochure:

http://grancanariadesktopsummit.org/node/36

I'm exited about the final schedule of the event. It looks like we can have a very attractive programe, not just in english, but also in spanish, since Akademy-es and GUADEC-es will also take place during those days. Check the official schedule:

http://grancanariadesktopsummit.org/node/10

There is an IRC channel: #gcds at freenode for inmediate questions and a twitter account for following announcements: http://www.twitter.com/gcds_2009

Hopefully one of the difference with previous events is that we plan to have a nice number of local people attending to it, young students that wants to get involved. We will organice some basic talks for them and also some courses so we can add local developers to both, GNOME and KDE, which would be a great success.

Well...now there is no turning back....we are heading to Gran Canaria desktop Summit.. it is not so far away, just 108 days.
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