GNOME: Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 Host Proposals

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia during the 2nd quarter of 2015.

The GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong Seoul and Beijing respectively over the last seven years. The Summit’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to we spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.

You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at our website:

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org . The deadline for the proposals is September 1, 2014. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more details over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the third week of September, 2014.

The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2015 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may have conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:

  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.

  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.

  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorship’s

Please refer to the official web site of GNOME.Asia [1]. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list [2], howtos [3] and the winning proposal for 2012 [4] when putting together a proposal.

You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org if you have any questions.

Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

GNOME.Asia Committee





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Many thanks to Garrett LeSage, Jakub Steiner, Hylke Bons and Allan Day for the photos.

Andrea Casillas ends her talk, "Patents and copyright and trademarks… Oh, why!?" (Photo by Allan Day.)
Jim Hall delivers his keynote on the first day: "Usability Themes in GNOME". (Photo by Allan Day.)
Lapo Calamandrei and Benjamin Otte talk CSS on the steps to the conference venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Wayland hacking at the cafeteria. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Attendees talk and hack on the venue steps. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Nathan Willis gives his keynote, "Should We Teach The Robot To Kill?" (Photo by Garret LeSage.)
Christian Hergert. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Scott Reeves. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Jeff Fortin. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Allan Day. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Jasper St. Pierre
Matthias Clasen gives his talk, "GTK+, dialogs, the HIG and you"
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Attendees after the second conference day. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Javier Jardón at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Cosimo Cecchi at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Football in the park. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Christian Hergert at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Council of Europe. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Football in the park. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
St. Paul's Church. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Benjamin Otte gives his talk: "GTK+ and CSS". (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Attendees gather outside the conference venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Yosef Or Boczko. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Lubosz Sarnecki at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Olav Vitters and Shivani Poddar at the park. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Emmanuelle Bassi and the football and picnic event. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Sri Ramkrishna at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Fabiana Simões and Bastian Hougaard at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Attendees listen to a talk. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Lasse Schuirmann gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Attendees talk outside the venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Jasper St. Pierre gives his talk on "GNOME and Wayland". (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Zeeshan Ali gives his talk, "Boxes: all packed & ready to go?". (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Lapo "The Icon Machine" Calamandrei. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Shivani Poddar gives her lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Anuj Khare gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Parin Porecha gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Marcos Chavarria Teijeiro gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Arnel A. Borja gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Sai Suman Prayaga gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Karen Sandler gives her talk: "Lessons learned as GNOME Executive Director". (Photo by Garret LeSage.)
Mark Simpson shoots at Le Snooker . (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Robert Bragg at Le Snooker. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)
Allan Day at Le Snooker. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.)
Javier Jardón at Le Snooker. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Owen Taylor gives his talk, "Continuous integration performance testing on actual hardware". (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Lionel Landwerlin presents "Flow based programming in the GNOME environment". (Photo by Garret LeSage.)
Ekaterina Gerasimova and Julita Inca Chiroque give out a prize at the end of the lightning talks. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.)
Volunteers gather on stage for the conference closing. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Andreas Nilsson shows the location of GUADEC 2015. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Rain in Strasbourg. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Federico Mena Quintero at the crypto and privacy BoF. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Strasbourg Cathedral. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Attendees walk into the sunset. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.)
Bastian Hougaard at the Engagement Team BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)
Andreas Nilsson at the Engagement BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)
Fabiana Simões takes the whiteboard at the Engagement BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of July 25th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 25th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==

 * Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 09:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller 
 * Emmanuele Bassi (outgoing board)
 * Andreas Nilsson (outgoing board)
 * Andrea Veri (afternoon)

=== Regrets ===
 * Karen Sandler
 * Joanmarie Diggs (outgoing board)

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Documenting our board decisions/measures wrt finances
  * Documented on the wiki: if a budget is 4 weeks late, expenses should be frozen; non-essential spending is currently frozen, although some exceptions have been made

 * Financial plans and ideas for the remainder of 2014 and til Q2 2015
  * Missing invoice payments

 * Pants award

 * Groupon

 * Visa reimbursement policy
  * The board voted to reimburse for a rejected visa which triggered a discussion
  * Suggestion to modify policy text
  * Board can make exceptions for items which are normally not sponsored ( for a list of those items)
  * '''ACTION''': Marina will shuffle around some paragraphs to make it look nicer now.
  * '''ACTION''': Jeff will lead the efforts with interesting parties to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting 

 * Friends of GNOME - perks
  * Do we want to buy 25 new LWN tokens?
   * +1: Kat, Tobi, Jeff, Marina, Andrea (Sri missing)
   * Rosanna will buy tokens
   * '''ACTION''': Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
   * '''ACTION''': Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription

 * Receiving Donations in the EU via the WHS
  * Tobi sent around a new draft to the board
  * Tobi also sent it to the WHS and waits for feedback

 * Preparing for the GUADEC AGM (reports session & open floor): Andreas Nilsson to chair the sessions

 * GUADEC 2015
   * We probably need to be more flexible with the date as the venue is being renovated
   * Discuss the availability of a venue and any other issues with the Gothenburg organization team

To be discussed on Wednesday morning at GUADEC:
 * Outstanding brand use requests (ex: Julio Cesar Caraça's mail sent to licensing< at > on 7 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0700, titled: "Sharing an idea...")
 * Taking pictures for the Foundation's Web site
 * OPW - next round and beyond (on July 30, when Karen is there)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * renewal

== Completed Actions ==
 * Rosanna to contact Emily about the state of the GNOME.Asia payment
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget (obsolete)
 * Kat to contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use request from Carol Hanson
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about visa fees reimbursements (partially complete; obsolete)
 * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting (obsolete from 3.12)
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the advisory board list for the upcoming meeting on the 30th at GUADEC
   * Kat to book a restaurant for advisory board meeting

== Pending action items ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Jeff to lead the efforts with parties that are interested in sponsorship to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the adboard
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy for GNOME events
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Marina will shuffle around some paragraphs to make it look nicer now
 * Marina check with engagement team about re-sharing GNOME-related job offers from adboard members
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
 * Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role 
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)

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