GUADEC 2008 Website and CFP

BOSTON, Mass—February 28, 2008—GUADEC, the annual GNOME conference will
be held in Istanbul, Turkey from the 7th to the 12th of July 2008. The
conference will bring together the GNOME development and user community
and key personalities from businesses and governments, to discuss the
future direction of the GNOME project.

Now in its 9th year, the conference has grown every year from its humble
beginnings to become a fixture in the calendar of the leading lights of
the Free Software desktop development community, and an important
meeting place between industry and community. This year, over 500 people
are expected to gather in Turkey for the conference, whose theme will be
Designing the User Interface for Freedom.

“The GNOME Project does not stand on its feet by only its technical
merits but also with its communal entity. Thousands of people from
different cultures improve it every day.” said Barış Çiçek, the lead
organizer of GUADEC this year, “Nowhere in the world would be able
summarize this but Istanbul, which has been the melting pot of cultures
for centuries.”

Among the keynote speakers who will be present at the conference are
Matt Webb, co-author of Mind Hacks and a leading user experience
designer, Eric Sink, a renowned blogger and software development
business entrepreneur, and Leisa Reichelt, a London-based expert in
interaction design and user experience research.

The call for participation in the conference is now open, and will close
on March 30th. A variety of presentations and session can be proposed.
“Emerging GNOME trends set the dialog at GUADEC. It was Online Desktop
last year, and GNOME Mobile the year before that.” said the program
chair, Behdad Esfahbod, “We are excited to see what the community brings
to GUADEC this year.”

As with last year, the conference will have three tracks:

      * Catwalk: Showcasing the best and most exciting applications that
        the GNOME community has to offer
      * Topaz: Identifying the diamonds in the rough that will form the
        basis for the next generation of the free software desktop
      * Tangle: Community and governance issues, and tough technical
        issues, will be considered, attacked and resolved

See the GUADEC website for more more information about the conference,
to register, and to submit proposals.

GUADEC website:
Call for presentations:
Keynote speakers:

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