GNOME.Asia Summit 2011: Registration is open

It is a great pleasure to announce that public registration for the GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 is officially opened. It will be our forth summit and happen on the weekend of April 2 and 3, 2011 in Bangalore (India), right after the GNOME 3.0 Bangalore Hackfest. We will be able to jump on the opportunity of having a lot of the GNOME developers already on site to aim for the greatest GNOME.Asia Summit of all time.

Please help to spread the word and invite your friends to join the event!

Google, our Centurion Sponsor

We are very happy to announce that Google is supporting GNOME.Asia Summit one more time and has taken the Centurion level sponsorship. In fact since GNOME.Asia inception in 2008, we have had a few companies backing up the event and Google is one of them. We’re of course very pleased to have them as a sponsor again in 2011 and take it that we must be doing something good. Thank you Google!

As a side note, we would also like to kindly remind everybody especially  participants of the GNOME 3.0 Bangalore hackfest that we’d love to hear about what you’ve been working on during the conference so we can all be inspired and receive in-depth coverage of your field of expertise. The deadline of call for papers is tomorrow (Feb 18). If you haven’t added your talks yet, submit one today!

Announcing GNOME 3.0 Bangalore Hackfest | GNOME.Asia Summit 2011

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GNOME 3.0 Bangalore Hackfest 2011
March 28 – April 1 2011, Bangalore, India

We are hosting a 5 days hackfest for the release, documentation and marketing teams focusing on GNOME 3.0 release. This will ensure some heavy testing of the code during the last week before the official release of GNOME 3.0, as well as preparing the release to happen in an optimal way. And at the same time, it will help the marketing team to clarify messaging when needed and finalize the launch details.

It is not primarily aimed at users or new contributors but we may organize some training and hands on sessions during the last 3 days of the hackfest (March 30 to April 1). Apart from that any contributor involved in the release process is strongly encouraged to join.

Please let us know you are coming by registering on the Bangalore Hackfest 2011 page.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2011
April 2 2011, Bangalore, India

Right after the GNOME 3.0 Bangalore Hackfest, we will jump on the opportunity of having a lot of the GNOME developers already on site to aim for the greatest GNOME.Asia Summit of all time. Now in its forth year, GNOME.Asia Summit will have the pleasure to continue to bring GNOME to users and developers in Asia and more specifically India this year, but also to celebrate the release of GNOME 3.0 with the people who actually write the software!

The event will bring the light on the GNOME desktop both from a applications and a development platform point of view, as well as strengthen the GNOME community across borders.

Visitors should expect great insights into how GNOME 3.0 will transform their desktop experience, the changes and improvements under the hood and how to make the best out of this new desktop environment both from a developer and user perspective.

The call for papers is already out and we hope to receive a lot of submissions from the Hackfest participants. We are also finalizing our call for sponsors and, depending on the momentum, planning for an extra conference day to cover all the topics (based on available budget and paper submissions). So stay tuned and visit Gnome.Asia regularly for the latest information!

Hosting GNOME 3.0 Hackfest | GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 in Bangalore, India

Mysore kottaram

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 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.