Notes on the Akademy 2018

This year I attended to my fourth Akademy, the annual KDE summit.  The conference is always a good place to meet old and new KDE people. This year we had a lot of new faces showing up there, which is very good because new people might mean new ideas coming, more hands to work on KDE projects, and more mouths to spread our message 🙂 From Brazil we had three new contributors attending for the first time, Lays, Caio and Eliakin, from a total of eight Brazilians who participated this year. I think we can count with Tomaz and Helio although they are living in Germany 🙂

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Brazilian group at Akademy 2018.

As part of the conference program we had some good talks and the usual BoF’s (Birds of a Feather) sessions. This year, as part of our effort to get more people from Latin America to participate to LaKademy, the Latin American KDE Summit, we decided to host a BoF about KDE in America. Actually we were more interested in discuss with people from the three Americas about if we should try to make a big conference gathering all of us from South, North and Central America. We thought about a conference that could revive the Camp KDE and at the same time to get LaKademy outside of Brazil. Some possibilities were thought, like organize a conference in Cuba, Argentina, or in Colombia, because these are places where we might have local KDE teams to help with that. This is an idea that still needs to be matured, but the kick-off to thinking about a better integration of contributors in America has already been given.

In addition to BoF’s and talks, Akademy this year offered some trainings, which I thought was a great idea. The attendees could choose among four different trainings: Nonviolent Communication, Online Fundraising and Campaigning, Documentation writing for non-writers, and Public Speaking Training. Before the event I was very excited to participate in the non-violent communication training because I’ve been reading the Marshall Rosenberg’s book and enjoying to think of new forms of communications, especially a more empathetic one.

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Be able to communicate with people inside a big and diverse community like ours without using a violent language that provokes conflicts is a important goal that we should pursue as a community. The Akademy team is to be congratulated for having offered for us such a great opportunity to think and to practice non-violent communication in our context. I think we should have more this in the next Akademies. In my opinion, one of the ways we can attract more contributors to our community is making the environment even more friendly and the language we use to express ourselves is a very important part of this. So, to finish this post, I would like to say that my main highlight and insight from Akademy this year was think about empathy in our community. After all, for me Free Software it’s all about community <3.

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Akademy 2018 group photo.

Thank you all involved in make this community an amazing place to be!

 

 

 

Últimos dias para aproveitar o lote Early Bird da QtCon Brasil!

Caros usuários de Qt e/ou interessados em desenvolvimento multiplataforma, como vocês já sabem estamos organizando a primeira conferência de Qt do Brasil e da América Latina, a QtCon Brasil. Lançamos o evento no dia 19 do mês passado e a essa altura já estamos com as vagas de inscrições para Conferência + Treinamentos esgotadas! Que tal? 😀

Se você ainda não se inscreveu no evento, corre porque sexta-feira (dia 16/06) acaba o prazo de inscrições para o lote mais barato do evento, o Early Bird! Não perde tempo, clica aqui e se inscreve!

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A QtCon Brasil é uma oportunidade ímpar para você entrar em contato com as melhores referências do Brasil e do exterior quando se trata de Qt. Teremos um espaço onde pessoas e empresas possam trocar experiências sobre o tema, fazer networking e planejar o futuro do Qt e das tecnologias construídas com ele aqui no país. Não fique de fora!

Confira abaixo a nossa grade de palestras e os nossos palestrantes convidados:

  • Convergent Applications with Kirigami – Aleix Pol i Gonzàlez (Blue Systems / KDE: Espanha).
  • Iniciando e Manipulando Aplicações no Linux com Qt – Cleiton Bueno (B2Open).
  • Cutelyst ‒ Usando Qt na Web – Daniel Nicoletti (Indra).
  • Estendendo aplicações Qt com o KDE Frameworks 5 – Filipe Saraiva (UFPA/KDE).
  • Usando Telepathy e Qt para Criar Aplicativos de Mensagem – Gustavo Boiko (SUSE).
  • Qt + POS: do zero ao release em 6 meses – João Gabriel Jardim (Stone Pagamentos).
  • Computação Científica com Qt – Lamarque Souza (Petrosoft Design).
  • Ubuntu Phone: 10 Lições Sobre Desenvolvimento de Apps de Telefonia/Mensagens com Qt/QML – Tiago Salem ‒ trabalhou na Mandriva Conectiva, no telefone N9 da Nokia (MeeGo) e no Ubuntu Phone.
  • Projeto Arquitetural de Aplicações Mobile com Qt: Desafios e Soluções – Sandro Andrade (IFBA/KDE).
  • Construindo uma Distribuição GNU/Linux com Suporte a Qt para Dispositivos Embarcados – Sergio Prado (Embedded Labworks).

Além dos palestrantes convidados, teremos também submissão de palestras da comunidade. Então se você tem aquele projeto bacana que usa Qt e gostaria de apresentar no evento, pode submeter seu trabalho até amanhã, 15/06, através desse link.

Se sua empresa tem interesse em patrocinar o nosso evento e juntar-se ao timão de partrocinadores composto por The Qt Company, Toradex, Stone Pagamentos, OpenSUSE e KDE, pergunte-me enviando um email pra este endereço aqui. 🙂

Por fim, pra ficar por dentro de tudo que acontece na QtCon Brasil 2017, siga-nos nas redes sociais: Twitter, Facebook e Google Plus.

 

 

A primeira QtCon Brasil vai acontecer!

É com muita satisfação e alegria que anunciamos a realização da primeira conferência de Qt do Brasil e da América Latina, a QtCon Brasil 2017!

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Muitos de vocês devem lembrar como tudo isso começou. Ano passado eu, Sandro e Filipe participamos da QtCon em Berlim, um evento que reuniu as comunidades KDE, VideoLan, FSFE, KDAB e, claro, Qt. Logo depois do evento, tivemos a ideia de fazer uma pesquisa sobre o uso de Qt aqui no Brasil, pra sabermos a viabilidade de um evento como esse no país. Foi então que publiquei aqui neste blog uma pesquisa destinada a mapear os usuários e desenvolvedores brasileiros de Qt. O resultado da pesquisa nos animou para encarar a empreitada de organizar o evento.

Quase sete meses depois aqui estamos, anunciando para vocês a realização desse evento que é histórico, primeiro evento de Qt no Brasil e na América Latina. Gostaríamos de convidar a todos para participar desse pontapé inicial de construção de uma base mais sólida de contribuição e divulgação do Qt aqui no país.

A QtCon Brasil 2017 terá como tema Desenvolvimento Multiplataforma com Qt. O evento será realizado em São Paulo, entre os dias 18 e 20 de agosto. O primeiro dia será dedicado a treinamentos e os outros dois a palestras. Reunimos os principais nomes que trabalham com Qt aqui no Brasil e no exterior. Além dos palestrantes convidados, teremos também uma chamada de palestras, para receber trabalhos da comunidade.

A ideia do evento é construir um espaço de diálogo e trabalho que reúna pessoas entusiastas, desenvolvedoras, engenheiras e gerentes de projetos do Brasil e América Latina, a fim de compartilharem suas experiências sobre criação de produtos e soluções baseadas no Qt.

As inscrições começam hoje e podem ser feitas através desse link. Corra, porque há um preço especial para os ansiosos que querem garantir logo a sua vaga! 🙂

Mais informações sobre o evento podem ser encontradas na nossa página oficial.

Por fim, gostaria de dizer que sem o apoio dos nossos patrocinadores e parceiros esse evento não estaria acontecendo. Gostaria de agradecer à todos os envolvidos, especialmente os palestrantes convidados, que aceitaram gentilmente participar do evento; à The Qt Company que desde o começo acreditou e apostou na nossa ideia; à Toradex, ao openSUSE e ao KDE, por todo apoio prestado até agora no planejamento e execução do evento; e aos nossos super parceiros do Embarcados e da Carreira RH, que também tem sido fundamentais para que isso aconteça.

Acompanhe o evento pelas nossas redes sociais, a QtCon Brasil está no Twitter, Facebook e Google Plus.

Esperamos vocês na QtCon Brasil 2017, a primeira de muitas ❤

LaKademy 2017: expanding horizons

On May 1, another edition of LaKademy, the Latin American KDE Summit, came to an end. This was the 5th edition of the event, which continues to attract new people interested in being part of the community. This time we had 6 beginners, which is a great number, considering that the event itself is small, since it is not an event of talks or courses, but a concentrated one, in the contribution sprint style.

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LaKademy 2017 group photo.

During 4 days we dedicate ourselves to work on projects of interest of each one. There were 17 attendees who were divided into promotion, translation, development and design tasks. I, for example, dedicated myself to finishing the LaKademy site, as well as working with community promotion and translation tasks.

The promo work was full time, since during the whole event I dedicated myself to posting on social networks, photographing the event and structuring LaKademy’s main dissemination vehicle, which is its website. As the event has already been happening for 5 years and is already consolidated, we thought it was about time to make a website for it. From the experience I had in building the Timeline KDE 20 years, I thought it would be fun and interesting to venture into building this site as well.

I chose to make a page in static HTML because the site would only function as a repository of information about the event editions. Nothing involving news or insertion of much information and requiring a robust system. When I arrived at the event, a good part of the site was ready, I just needed to make the page responsive to mobile devices and make the localization for Spanish and English.

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During the first day I worked on the site responsiveness, I made some changes in the layout so that it fits on mobile devices. In the desktop version, the site has a hover menu that clearly would not work well on touch screen devices. The solution was to configure it to become a clickable hamburger-style menu when the site was opened on phones and tablets. With Francisco Fernandes help, who made this part of the hamburger menu, the site can get a little more responsive.

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The problem is that since I had not used Bootstrap (which would have made my life a lot easier if it had been used from the beginning: D), when I added the language menu on the site this messed up the configuration that had been made from the hamburger menu 😦  In the end, the decision I just made was to give up static HTML and move on to something that is easier to organize and more automated. Farid Abdelnour has volunteered to help me do this using WordPress. Soon, therefore, we will have a more beautiful, responsive and more powerful LaKademy website 🙂

On the first day, beyond that work on the site I also had a meeting with the translation team that was present at the event: Fred, Bianca e Camila.  We gather to define the workflow for the restructuring of Vocabulário Padrão (Standard Vocabulary), an old project that existed here in Brazil and that we have been trying to recover since the last LaKademy. The idea was to upload the VP to the KDE infrastructure (which we were able to do during the event) and update its terms as we revise software and documentation translations of community projects.

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During the second and third days, I counted on the help of Fred, Bianca and Camila to translate the website pages to English. The idea is have the website available in 3 languages. The English version is already done and the next step is to ask for help from someone from the Spanish translation team to translate into that language.

Still on the third day, the long-awaited promo meeting took place in the morning. Everyone attends to it, regardless of the area. It is the moment of the event in which everyone joins efforts to contribute to the construction of strategies that aim to improve the dissemination and the reach of our community projects. It is also in it that we always discuss the location of the next LaKademy, receive proposals or already leave with the venue decided. This year we had 3 proposals (Curitiba, Belém and Florianópolis), which is very good, because it means that there are many people willing to organize the event 🙂

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On the fourth and last day I dedicated myself to reviewing some things of the website code, such as the links integrity and some translation parts. But the main work was done in promo. After the previous day’s meeting, where we discussed the need to restructure some things on the KDE Brazil website and how to improve information about our communication and contact channels, I dedicated myself to writing a text that presented the community the various ways through it could connect to the KDE group here in Brazil.

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A nice gif 🙂

In the end, we left the event with lots of cool ideas to put into practice and with the feeling that we are strengthening each LaKademy and bringing new and good people. It was tiring, but at the same time very pleasurable ❤

I would like to thank KDE e.V. for supporting (again) our work. To Fred, who hosted the event this year, as well as all attendees who contributed to the harmony and success of LaKademy 2017. See you in LaKademy 2018!

To see more event images, just visit our page on Flickr.