It’s a great pleasure to announce that Bangalore, India has been selected as the venue of our upcoming GNOME 3.0 Hackfest | GNOME.Asia Summit 2011. It is important to highlight that GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 is matching the release of GNOME 3.0 and will be a great place to celebrate this launch. GNOME 3.0 is a big advance for GNOME bringing new desktop paradigms to facilitate users interaction with their computing world.
Potential sites for the hackfest are the offices of GNOME-friendly companies such as Novell and Intel. We’re still in discussion with several universities such as Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering for hosting the one day conference.
Bangalore, referred as the Silicon Valley of India, is known for its skilled and talented IT force. We believe hosting the event in Bangalore will bring the spotlight on GNOME 3.0 and make an impact locally, regionally and internationally in terms of business and community building.
We are currently discussing with the GNOME release, marketing and documentation teams about the best possible date of the event, and should be able to announce it within the coming week. It is important to mention that this GNOME 3.0 Hackfest will be the first GNOME hackfest in Asia, is already synchronizing with other GNOME communities around the world.
As a side note we also reviewed two other very strong proposals to host GNOME.Asia Summit this year (2011) and will continue working with the teams from Hong Kong and Bali to make it happen in 2012/3.
More about Bangalore
Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and is India’s fifth-largest city. Often called “The Garden City,” Bangalore is full of parks famous for their flowering trees and greenery, giving the city a unique beauty. Many diverse cultures and customs exist in Bangalore, and its 5.3 million inhabitants favor activities such as football, cricket, bowling, hockey and rock climbing. For cultural lovers, Bangalore has maintained the preservation of its ancient arts and architectural wonders such as the Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple, among many others. Please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore for more details.
A big Thank You goes to Intel and Novell for offering their offices to host the hackfest as well as the Bangalore team (Akhil Laddha, Bharath Acharya, Ayesha Iqbal, Srinivasa Ragavan and Parag Goel) for their compelling proposal. We would also love to give a special Thank You to the Bali and Hong Kong teams for their participation, represented by Utian Ayuba, Arif Syamsudin, Wayan Sudana, Azhar Udin. Edmon Chung, Haggen So, Sammy Fung, KS Wong, Amanda Lam, etc. We have indeed received three very great proposals this year, making the selection task very difficult.