Just announced on guadec.org…
Each year, GUADEC is always supported by the GNOME Foundation, and organised by volunteers. However, this event would be inconceivable without the generous help and contributions from sponsors, media partners and co-organizers. Therefore, the GUADEC team is pleased to announce that Google and Igalia are the first confirmed sponsors for GUADEC 2007! We have several more sponsors in the pipeline, but congratulations to the Google and Igalia for their promptness. We are very grateful to have these companies involved in GUADEC this year, as they are both very focused on using, supporting and providing Free and Open Source software solutions.
Google have decided to sponsor GUADEC at silver level for the second year running. This indicates their continuing commitment and support of Open and Free Software projects.
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world’s largest search engine — an easy-to-use free service that usually returns relevant results in a fraction of a second.
Google provides support to the open source community through donations, hosting community meetups and through the Google Summer of Code program. To learn more about Google’s open source efforts, visit code.google.com.
It is also Igalia’s second year sponsoring GUADEC, and they will be sponsoring at Silver level again. Many thanks to Igalia for their continued sponsorship of GUADEC, and also for the many other Free and Open Source projects and events they support.
Igalia is a company from the south-west of Europe (Galicia, Spain), specialized in the development of innovative free software technologies and solutions. Igalia has been increasing its involvement in the Gnome community since its creation five years ago, contributing with code and documentation to several components and applications, and sponsoring and organizing different Gnome events, from local hackfests to international conferences.
In May 2003, the first version of the Fisterra project was published by Igalia. Fisterra is a sophisticated framework for making the development of business management software easier with Gnome technologies. Since then, several companies have adopted solutions based on Fisterra. Igalia developers have a deep knowledge of the Gnome technologies and during the last years, the company has carried out projects for evolving, adapting or modifying different parts of Gnome, including subcontracts for relevant international companies.