22 February, 2013


Finally, the day has arrived for which I was eagerly waiting i.e. THE KDE MEETUP-2013. Most of you would be knowing about this event but some of you would be wondering what is it and this post is all about it.

"KDE-MEETUP 2013", the first large scale open source Meetup in Gujarat and the largest meetup of KDE contributors in India since conf.kde.in in 2011. It is an event for Qt/KDE contributors and open source enthusiasts to meet up, share their knowledge, contribute, learn, play, have fun and create limitless possibilities using Qt and KDE. It will run for 2 days with talks on the latest KDE developments, sessions on how you can start contributing to open source, coding sessions and workshop.

KDE MEETUP 2013 is the first large scale open source Meetup in Gujarat and the largest KDE event in India after conf.kde.in in 2011. It will be held on February 23rd-24th at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication technology(DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. I find myself very lucky to be in the Institute which is one of the top ten technology schools —the best private technology university—in India. In 2012, 17 students from the Institute were selected for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) internship program (the most selections of any university in India). Eight of those students were selected to contribute to KDE, and much of their work has been included in KDE software releases.

This Meetup would be a really great opportunity for all those who wish to get started on Open source contribution. The primary focus is to introduce people to the world of infinite possibilities of Open source development by teaching them about the basic tools for development including Qt. Also, this event appeals to those who are already familiar with the tools since there will also be specialized talks on certain topics by experts. Also there will be hackathons after the talks which shall make this event enjoyable and fruitful for everyone involved with Open source including teachers, developers and students.

KDE Meetup is a forum to gather as many KDE contributors as possible at one place again after conf.kde.in 2011.FOSS events like those of KDE itself have been always concentrated around then same region in the country and this event is aimed to keep that going in other region as well.  So Indian KDE volunteers along with GDG DA-IICT came together to organize a conference solely dedicated to KDE with an aim to spread KDE and FOSS as far as possible. Our main target is to include more and more students from India in the KDE community and also to get them involved with Open source development and what better way to spread awareness and knowledge than to organize a really lively and enjoyable event which shall appeal to the students and combine the core elements of learning and fun. The expertise of the speakers and the quaint and cool campus environment shall also serve as prime factors in making the event a pleasant and extremely insightful one.

Summarizing this 2-day KDE Meetup-

Date: 23rd-24th February,2013.

: Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication technology(DA-IICT), Gandhinagar.

:Vishesh Handa, Pradeepto Bhattacharya, Shantanu Jha and Rishabh Arora

Primary Focus
:Introducing people to Open Source by teaching basic tools and spread KDE and FOSS.

Target: Include more Indian students in KDE Community and to get them involved with Open Source Development.

:Talks and workshops by seasoned Qt and KDE developers followed by Hackathon. Discussing brainstorming new ideas that could be possible with Qt and KDE code.Hacking a lot of Qt and KDE code and meet new people and share the passion of making awesome software and being a part of a rich community.

I am up for this Meetup. Are You ?

For those who haven't registered yet, there are on-spot registrations. Do not miss the opportunity to become a part of the most amazing community.

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