Akademy 2018 was hosted in TU WEIN university, Vienna from 11th to 17th August, 2018.Being part of this Akadmey gave me a chance and opportunity to meet all the fellow KDE contributors in person and socialize with them.
First two days some contributors gave presentations on their respective projects.
Rest of the week was BoF (Bird of Feather) sessions, BoF sessions are great way to discuss things with other community members and gather feedback. There were also workshop sessions organized by KDE e.V. for community members.
On second day I got a chance to give a presentation at Akademy this year, I had a lightning talk on my Season of KDE 2018 project ‘OpenQA Plasma Mobile’.
Abstract of my talk was:
– To explain the work-flow of the project and what goals achieved.
– After Project completion what did i work on
– Future plans
There were many BoF sessions scheduled for a week and I attended the following sessions:
It was my first BoF and it went off very well, KDE Promo team works on how to make KDE Community be known by almost everyone. It was amazing meeting team and now being part of it. Our major discussion was on how to spread KDE to new users, for that which medium should be used and what updations are required.
This was the most fun BoF, got chance to meet amazing people and give ideas about how to make documentation more user friendly, happy to share part of this team as well, and will work on documentation for new users with Valorie, looking forward on this project 🙂
This is the area where I contribute in KDE, in the session Harald Sitter started with the introductry part and then we discussed about the workflow for writing new tests, evaluation of the OpenQA web user interface for KDE Neon, and adding more testcases.
This BoF was about how does the Mycroft AI works on plasma, started up with the demo followed by a discussion of the the architecture.
Here we discussed on various aspects regarding the KDE Conference KDE India, 2019. Shortlisted few places for hosting the conference, suggestions for restructuring the presentation time and keeping all talks not less than 15 minutes was been appreciated by the team, personal query session for 15 minutes with the speaker would also be provided, and many workshops would be conducted.
Four workshops were conducted by KDE for the contributors, out of which i was present at these two:
Public Speaking Training by Marta Rybczynska:
The workshop was to help us in becoming a better speaker, Marta taught us some very important lessons and gave us personal sessions where she made us know what things would need attention and improvement and what things we are doing pretty well. This was the most amazing training I have ever been.
Documentation workshop by Stefan Knorr:
This workshop was really helpful as writing down your piece of work in a way that your reader is able to connect with it, is really very hard, Stefan Knorr gave us some very nice techniques that would be very helpful while doing documentation and the best part of all gave us a practical which we had to do on that time itself using the techniques we learnt. It was a very fun and worth learning experience.
Had great time socializing and meeting new people, learning new and amazing things. Akadmey was really productive , got chance to be a part of many discussions and without any doubt it was worth taking experience.
Thank you KDE for this amazing time and experience you gave us, totally appreciate it.
And those who are not part of KDE yet, if you find this interesting then please join us, and become one of us.
See you everyone in next Akadmey. 🙂