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Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022

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Wow it’s been ages since I last attended a conference in-person and since I last blogged.

I’m on my way back form Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022, and it was delightful! I’ve been able to meet pals, colleagues and comrades, old and new! The location was great, it’s a really cool hackerspace called c-base, decorated like a sci-fi spaceship with a gigantic 40×16px screen made out of old bottles of Club Mate.

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Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022

  • Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022

    The GUADEC is back!

    This year, the famous GNOME developers meeting event, the GUADEC, gets back to "normal" after the last year global COVID-19 situation. And when I say normal, I'm talking about people meeting in one place to share knowledge and to build a great community around this great software project.

    This year the even was in Guadalajara, Mexico, and that's great, but a bit far to go from Spain... But thankfully, some of GNOME folks who can't go to Mexico organized a parallel event to attend remotely in Berlin, Europe, that's the Berlin Mini GUADEC.

Berlin Mini GUADEC

  • Berlin Mini GUADEC

    The Berlin hackfest and conference wasn’t a polished, well organized experience like the usual GUADEC, it had the perfect Berlin flavor. The attendance topped my expectations and smaller groups formed to work on different aspects of the OS.

    GNOME shell’s quick settings, the mobile form factor, non-overlapped window management, Flathub and GNOME branding, video subsystems and others.

Allan Day

  • Berlin mini-GUADEC – Form and Function

    As I write this post, I’m speeding through the German countryside, on a high speed train heading for Amsterdam, as I make my way home from the GUADEC satellite event that just took place in Berlin.

    The event itself was notable for me, given that it was the first face-to-face GNOME event that I’ve participated in since the Covid pandemic set in. Given how long its been since I physically met with other contributors, I felt that it was important to me to do a GNOME event this summer, but I wasn’t prepared to travel to Mexico for various reasons (the environment, being away from family), so the Berlin event that sprang up was a great opportunity.

    I’d like to thank the local Berlin organisers for making the event happen, C-Base for hosting us, and the GNOME Foundation for providing sponsorship so I could attend.

Tobias Bernard

  • Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022 – Space and Meaning

    Given the location of this year’s GUADEC many of us couldn’t make it to the real event (or didn’t want to because of the huge emissions), but since there’s a relatively large local community in Berlin and nearby central Europe, we decided to have a new edition of our satellite event, to watch the talks together remotely.

    This year we were quite a few more people than last year (a bit more than 20 overall), so it almost had a real conference character, though the organization was a lot more barebones than a real event of course.

Mini-GUADEC 2022 Berlin: retrospective

  • Mini-GUADEC 2022 Berlin: retrospective | Philip Withnall

    I’m really pleased with how the mini-GUADEC in Berlin turned out. We had a really productive conference, with various collaborations speeding up progress on Files, display colour handling, Shell, adaptive apps, and a host of other things. We watched and gave talks, and that seemed to work really well. The conference ran from 15:00 to 22:00 in Berlin time, and breaks in the schedule matched when people got hungry in Berlin, so I’d say the timings worked nicely. It helped to be in a city where things are open late.

    c-base provided us with a cool inside space, a nice outdoor seating area next to the river, reliable internet, quality A/V equipment and support for using it, and a big beamer for watching talks. They also had a bar open later in the day, and there were several food options nearby.

    At least from our end, GUADEC 2022 managed to be an effective hybrid conference. Hopefully people in Guadalajara had a similarly good experience?

Purism at Berlin Mini GUADEC

  • Purism at Berlin Mini GUADEC – Purism

    GUADEC is the main yearly GNOME conference, where developers, designers, and other community members gather in one place to watch talks, hack on new features, and plan for the future. Given Purism’s close involvement with GNOME development we used to attend GUADEC as a team before COVID, but of course in the past two years it was remote due to the pandemic.

    While online conferences are better than nothing, they’re really not the same thing. That’s why last year a few local GNOME people based in and around Berlin got together in person to watch the remote event and do some hacking, which ended up being very fun and productive. So when we learned that this year’s GUADEC would be in Guadalajara, Mexico we decided to repeat last year’s experiment. Flying to Mexico for a week in the middle of a climate emergency is really not great, especially given that there’s a pretty large local community in Berlin itself and several more people who live relatively close by in central Europe.

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