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Akademy Results

So the Akademy results are out! If you submitted a talk you will be hearing soon if you have been successful or not. Since we (the programme committee) have already started to get one or two “Why did you reject me, why don’t you love me?” emails, I thought I would explain a little more about how talks get accepted into Akademy.

  • First, there is a CfP
    The programme committee worked with the KDE eV board to create a call for participation which covers all the hot topics in KDE at the moment. You will also notice that the CfP encourages any other talks that might be of interest to the community.
  • Second, there are the submissions
    For the past few months, everyone and anyone has had the opportunity to respond to the CfP with a biography, a photo and, most importantly, the abstract. If you missed out any aspect of this then the committee politely reminded you to submit that as well.
  • Thirdly, the review
    Once we have collected submissions we then evaluate them. Each individual on the committee provided a score of -1, 0 or +1 for each paper. Multiple factors were taken into account in giving a score. Relevance to the CfP, interest to the KDE community, clarity of the submission… etc… Personally, I was more inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to people we have not seen speak at Akademy before.

So, here we are; today the results are being sent out. Between them, the submitters, the KDE eV board and the programme committee have constructed an ace programme (to be published soon). If you were one of the lucky ones to have your talk accepted, congratulations. If your talk was rejected, please do not be too upset; there were twice as many submissions as talk slots this year and quality was largely very good. If your talk was rejected, you will be offered the opportunity to have a BoF/workshop. Please, please accept/reject this offer quickly so we can schedule!

Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you to…

  • Aaron Seigo
  • Anne Wilson
  • Bertjan Broeksema
  • Celeste Lyn Paul
  • Claudia Rauch
  • Cornelius Schumacher
  • Kenny Duffus
  • Lydia Pintscher
  • Marijn Kruisselbrink
  • Nuno Pinheiro
  • Pradeepto Bhattacharya…

…who all, in one way or another, contributed to the creation of the Akademy 2010 programme. Special karma to Lydia who took a large dose of the committee organisation off me whilst I was swamped with doing stuff with Kolab Systems’ things.

This is the point I would now insert my now-infamous “I’m going to Akademy” banner. Sadly, every time anyone uses this image Nuno kills a particularly cute puppy. So please wait for someone to generate the “real thing” before contemplating to use mine.

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