We should publish the call for locations for Akademy 2019 in the first quarter of 2018. We need to create the call for locations and publish it.
Our previous Call edited a bit:
Akademy 2019 Call for Hosts
Akademy, KDE's annual conference, requires a place and team for the year 2019. That's why we are looking for a vibrant, enthusiastic spot in Europe that can host us!
A Bit About Akademy
Akademy is KDE's annual get-together where our creativity, productivity and love are at their peak. Developers, users, translators, students, artists, writers - pretty much anyone who has been involved with KDE will join Akademy to participate and learn. Contents will range from keynote speeches and a two-day dual track session of talks by the FOSS community, to workshops and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions where we plot the future of the project. Friday is scheduled for the KDE e.V. General Assembly and a pre-Akademy party/welcoming event. Saturday and Sunday covers the keynotes, talks and lightning talks. The remaining four days are used for BoFs, intensive coding sessions and workshops for smaller groups of 10 to 30 people out of which one day is reserved for a Day Trip of the attendees around the local touristic sights. Hosting Akademy is a great way to contribute to a movement of global collaboration. You get a chance to host one of the largest FOSS community in the world with contributors from over the world and be a witness to a wonderful inter-cultural fusion of attendees in your home town. You'll also get great exposure to Free Software. It is a great opportunity for the local university students, professors, technology enthusiasts and professionals to try their hand at something new.
What You Need to Do
Akademy requires a location in Europe, with a nice conference venue, that is easy to reach, preferably close to an international airport. Organizing Akademy is a demanding and a resource intensive task but you’ll be guided along the entire process by people who’ve been doing this for years. Nevertheless, the local team should be prepared to spare a considerable amount of time for this. For detailed information, please see the Call for Hosts. Questions and applications should be addressed to the Board of KDE e.V. or the Akademy Team. Please indicate your interest in hosting Akademy to the Board of KDE e.V. by June 1st. Full applications will be accepted until 15th June. We look forward to your enthusiasm in being the next host for Akademy 2018!
In the second part of the call for hosts this is written more general (no specified days) than here. E.g. this year we have the General Assembly on Monday and 5 days of BoFs. So this should in the first part be written also more general.
Please indicate your interest in hosting Akademy to the Board of KDE e.V. by June 1st. Full applications will be accepted until 15th June.
If the call for Hosts goes out early enough, I would suggest moving the first date to 15th of May. If a local team decides on 1st of June (not thaty anyone would decide such a thing that late :) ) to do this, it is quite a bit of stress to finish the proposal in 2 weeks. Just a guess, not that anyone would think that this is based on the experience of the Austrian team ;)
We look forward to your enthusiasm in being the next host for Akademy 2018!
Change 2018 to 2019 :)
And here the public proposal of Vienna for 2018, with removed contact details and also the source code. Can be published together with the Call for Locations or I could publish it on my (Planet KDE aggregated) blog after the Call for Hosts is online and link to it from the comments. Anyone an idea of the best way we can do this? :)
Whats the status of finishing & publishing the Call for Locations? Speaking from experience I can only mention again how important I think it is to give the local teams enough time to think this through & work on the proposal.
Here is the PDF with cleaned-up formatting (no blank pages and weird orphaned lines). There are no references to Europe-only requirements in the PDF, and I've removed one from the short text that we'll turn into a Dot story.
The title of the PDF says "Akademy 2017" :)
On the first page "Monday to Thursday" should be removed from the BoF or changed to "Monday to Friday"
"Akademy should take place in the Northern Hemisphere during summer (June–August)." ... "Northern Hemisphere" really required anymore? This excludes e.g. South America (where the Winter is probably still warm enough for Akademy).
Second to last page: " KDE e.V. pays a maximum of 25
EUR per night for accommodation for sponsored participants" I think this can be removed as this is an old rule.
Ah, the metadata! So easy to overlook. Thank you for spotting that, and for the rest of your feedback. I've made all the changes you suggested.
Here's the updated file:
If anyone notices more issues with the text, just let me know and I'll fix it. In the meantime I'm going to work on the announcement text.
Can you please upload the source file with the latest state? It is good to go now except a few small edits regarding the general assembly since that doesn't have to be on Friday next year.