I was fortunate enough to have a chance to participate in GUADEC, GNOME Users and DEvelopers Conference (yes, I know, don’t get excited) in 2006 in Vilanova i la Geltrú. I had been using Ubuntu for a year and a half by then and had worked for COSS for about four months. I was thrilled to be there, thrilled to meet wonderful and smart people with innovative ideas. I remember the fun and warm feeling among the conference (and the weather was warm too, oh my!) which encouraged me to participate to communities relevant to me at that time.
I also remember the “informal” parts of the conference, the beach party, football game, concert/football evening, hacking at the camping cottages, salty shower water, and first and foremost – la rambla. Almost every night I ended up eating tapas and drinking sangria (yes, I know, don’t get excited here either) and talking about (among other things) about maemo, COSS, Finland, Nokia, women in ICT and FLOSS, FLOSS in education, problems with bluetooth and GPRS, Tampere and so on. One night a thought occurred to someone’s mind… And now finally, it perhaps starts to bear fruit.
COSS joint together with some first-class Finnish companies, Finnish FLOSS communities, universities located in Tampere together with City of Tampere and other relevant partners have made a proposal to have a joint aKademy/GUADEC conference here. I couldn’t be happier about this!