Unlike for most of you, GUADEC will be starting a day early for me as this is one of the only opportunities for the board to have an in-person meeting, which means that I will be in Brno from tomorrow evening. This board meeting is normally the time when the handover from the old board to the new board is completed and the new board takes responsibility for the various roles.
A few things to keep in mind when travelling in the Czech Republic:
- Withdraw cash in odd amounts so that you do not end up with a 1000 CZK or 2000 CZK note because it’s a pain to spend the larger notes. I recommend withdrawing 800 CZK or 1800 CZK at a time.
- Buy transport tickets, the fines for not having a ticket are high.
- Four useful phrases:
- Thank you: deek
- Please: proseem
- I want to pay the bill [at a restaurant]: zaplatit proseem
- [Pay] together/separately: do hromady/kazdi vlazdi’
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!
We had a grand total of 54 sponsorship applications for GUADEC and a budget of €30,000 (approximately $39,000). The requests amounted to $57,668 which we calculated would be more realistic at $53,661 after verifying travel costs. We were able to offer sponsorships to the amount of $45,055 to all 54 applicants, as Google will kindly assist with some of the cost of bringing the interns to GUADEC.
The applicants consisted of 24 Foundation members, 12 speakers, 24 GSoC students, 5 OPW interns, 18 women and 1 journalist.
The first application was received on the 5th of April (thank you for being organised) and three applications were late.
This was the first event that I have helped process from the start, with lots of help from Germán. The earlier applications were generally easy to process, but some of the later applications were more time consuming as not all were complete and precise, so we needed to verify details. Sorting applications is surprisingly time consuming, three of the travel committee members spent around 51 hours on it over the last week, and there are many points to consider before making the offers. Overall, the applicants have been happy with the offers that they have received, some have already booked their travel, and it is satisfying to see so many Foundation members and new contributors being given the opportunity to come to GUADEC.
GUADEC is only a couple of months away, so it’s time to start planning for it. The main conference days will be on the 1st to 4th of August, while the BoFs will run from the 5th to the 8th of August.
For those of you who have not been to GUADEC before, the talks happen during the main days while BoFs are reserved for planning and hacking sessions.
I have just arrived at Universidade da Coruña for GUADEC via a very roundabout route. I have also been told that I cannot comment on the driving of the gentleman in the photo on the right, so I won’t be doing that.
Instead, here is some of what we saw on the way from A Coruña down the Costa da Morte, past Santiago and through Lugo: