This will be the seventh edition of the GNOME.Asia Summit. In previous years GNOME.Asia Summit has been held in Beijing, China in 2008 and Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam in 2009, co-hosted with COSCUP Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, Bangalore, India in 2011, Hong Kong in 2012 and Seoul in 2013.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2013 was held in Seoul, Korea. Many people say “Korea is the IT test bed. If a technology is not alive in Korea, it cannot be successful.” Korea has many IT Giant companies. This year we have 2 tracks and discussion with speaker and 210 attendance. With GNOME Asia summit in Seoul, South Korea. We found many GNOME developer and community members in Korea. GNOME get more strong and stonger,sustained growth in Asia. But we are still learn in Asia, we try to keep every smile face with GNOME. We are also very grateful to have sponsors and co-hosts including nipa, LEMOTE, LG Electronics, Google and our Media partner Linux Pilot, onoffmix, bloter.net . Last, but the least, all these will not happen without the support of the GNOME Foundation.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2012 was held in Hong Kong, following the release of GNOME 3.4. 26 foreign speakers and 4 local speakers shared their experiences in various aspects around GNOME. Participants from other Asia country including Mainland and Taiwan got together face to face with Hong Kong activists to build stronger relationships. A total of 123 participants presented in the event.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 was held in India just before the launch of GNOME 3.0. There were 40 presentations and lightning talks from 30 speakers coming as far as Canada, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden. Of course Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, the Philippines and India were well represented too. About a thousand participants attended the event with 15 sponsors and partners.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2010, co-organized with COSCUP, was a full two-day conference with over 60 presentations and speakers coming from places all over the world such as China, Philippines, Japan, India, USA, France, Spain, Germany and of course Taiwan. The BOFs and lightning talks helped to bring the conference to a new level. A total of 977 participants, 25 sponsors, 20 news outlets, 10 exhibitors (including communities) supported the event.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) attracted 1465 developers, students, business professionals and government officials establishing Vietnam as one of the top spots for the Free and Open Source community and businesses. In total 14 countries, 79 speakers with 34 from outside of Vietnam, 109 talks, presentations were held.
The first ever GNOME.Asia Summit was held at the Beihang university, Beijing, China, from October 18th to 19th, 2008. The GNOME Foundation was the organizer of GNOME.Asia Summit in collaboration with Sun Microsystems, Beijing Linux User Group (BLUG) and China OSS Promotion Union (COPU). This premier event was very well attended: 318 people attended the first day, and 212 people attended the second day. The majority of the attendees (2/3) were from universities, the remainder from companies. Ninety percent of the participants were local (from China) with the remainder from other countries. We had 46 volunteers from Beijing Linux Users Group, Beijing OpenSolaris Users Group, OpenParty, Beihang university, Beiyou university and many individual contributors, they helped us in many ways including registration, guidance, emcees, photography and video.
This year, there were total 42 speakers, 70% were local speakers and 30% of them were from other countries, including USA, Finland and Singapore etc. There were 46 talks over the two days of the summit. The talks covered several topics, including: accessibility, mobility, i18n, community, development and deployment. Each day started with a general session in the morning and was followed by 5 tracks in the afternoon. For more details, refer to the schedule on the summit website. Most of the slides have been uploaded to the website, as well as speakers' bios and photos.
We had many sponsors for the first GNOME.Asia Summit. Sun Microsystems sponsored the summit at gold level. We had three silver sponsors: Nokia, Motorola and Mozilla. Red Hat sponsored the Summit at bronze level. We also had one local sponsor, Lemote, who sponsored the summit by providing three Lemote Laptops for the lucky-draw program. Google sponsored the summit by providing gifts to participants. Finally, CSDN and Programmer Magazine were media partners. We are grateful for the great support we received from all of our sponsors.
We had 7 booths at the venue: Sun, Motorola, Mozilla, Red Hat, CSDN & Programmer Magazine, Lemote, and the Beijing Linux Users Group. Each booth brought their own booth materials such as: laptops, PCs, lab equipment, gifts, posters and fliers.