There will be slots for unscheduled talks and discussion panels during the core days. You will have an opportunity to propose a topic in the morning which other attendees can +1 if they are interested in it. At 16:00 on Friday, 13:30 on Saturday and 16:00 on Sunday, the most popular talks will be posted to the schedule board, so make sure to check back regularly!
Lightning talks will take place on Sunday the 14th of August, you will be able to sign up on the day!
We had a grand total of 59 sponsorship applications for GUADEC (up 5 on 2013) and a budget of €30,000 (approximately $43,000). The requests amounted to $63,799 which we calculated would be more realistic at $61,899 after verifying travel and accommodation costs. We were able to offer sponsorships to the amount of $39295 to 58 applicants. We helped find an alternative source of sponsorship for the applicant who was not offered sponsorship.
The applicants consisted of 32 Foundation members, 11 speakers, 24 GSoC students, 2 OPW interns and 1 journalist.
The first application was received on the 12th of May (thank you for being organised) and seven applications were late (one of which was over a month late).
Some people who couldn’t make it to GUADEC did not tell us so beforehand. Unfortunately, the lack of communication has cost the Foundation a little bit of money as we did not have a chance to cancel the rooms which has been booked for those people. At a time when the sponsorship budget is very tight, this could have been handled with more consideration.
9 people sent in their receipts past the deadline.
A fair few people used the plain text application form when sending in their sponsorship requests, which I find easier to process than the LibreOffice form as I don’t need to open it in another application.
In somewhat related news, the Travel Committee is now verifying considerably more stringently that the sponsored attendees for all events fulfil their duties.
(André is always happy when the Foundation can help people come to GUADEC.)
Online GUADEC 2014 registration is now open at https://www.guadec.org/register/
There is a limited number of rooms available which can be booked on registering and lunch vouchers can also be purchased.
The venue has changed to a more central location with better access to the city centre. It now looks like:
“Strasbourg hotHohenlohe a” by Ralph Hammann – Own work. Licensed under <a title="Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0
” href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0″>CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
I created a GUADEC-themed modification for Beamer templates, which will be colour coordinated with the badges and kinda match the website. You can find it at https://github.com/kittykat/guadec-theme-2013
Do you want to be one of those lovely, red t-shirted people at GUADEC this year? Sign up as a volunteer!