Randa Meetings 2017 – Registration closes soon

As we need to have a final date for registration to start the organisational part of the meetings we have chosen Sunday, 16th of July, 23.59 UTC as this date.

So if you want to make KDE more accessible register soon. And for the case you need travel support got to the reimbursements page of KDE.

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Randa Meetings 2017 – Make KDE more accessible

Besides Personal Information Mangement (PIM, which Christian Mollekopf will blog about soon) the big slogan for the Randa Meetings this year will be: Make KDE more accessible.

Accessibility is the big topic. But what does accessibility mean regarding KDE and what else do we want to make more accessible?

Per definition accessibility “refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities.” So our plan is to improve our software regarding keyboard usage (shortcuts, focus handling etc.), keyboard input in general, speech input and output and offering design, themes and user interfaces with different contrast levels and easy ways to change fonts.

Randa Meetings Konqi with Matterhorn and Edelweiss

But to fix problems in the code regarding these things we first need to know about them and what to look out for. So if you are a user of our software and see problems we need you as well. People who know the problems, use computers and can tell us what to fix are welcome too. Plus of course people who write and improve documentation with respect to keyboard handling etc. And if you know of other free software projects that should be in Randa: please poke them and/or us.

So what about other ways to make our software more accessible? Porting and integrating our software to new platforms is another way of helping. Or checking that different fonts and writing system different from the latin alphabet used in standard English are supported. Topics like right-to-left text display and input are a good fit for our topic this year as well, as are alternative input methods, like touch input (for kids or people who can’t read, type or write or just for convenience).

Oh and let’s not forget the different distribution channels that offer access to our software: GNU/Linux distributions, app stores, package formats, packaging efforts in general and even continuous integration.

There is so much work to be done and many possibilities for improvement. If you can, would and want to work on some of these topics, don’t hesitate to go to the KDE Events page and register yourself for the Randa Meetings this year. We would love to welcome you from Saturday, 10th to Sunday, 16th of September this year in Randa, Switzerland.
And don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any open questions or suggestions.
We’re reachable via IRC (in #randa on freenode.net) or via email (randa At KDE org).

Let’s make KDE more accessible together and bring your awesome KDE projects to more people!

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Randa Meetings 2017 – Registration goes live

Two days after the Global Accessibility Awareness Day we go live with the registration for the Randa Meetings 2017. Thus we would like to bring as many people to Randa this September to make more of our and other Free Software more accessible.

Another topic during this year’s Randa Meetings will be KDE PIM but it’s for sure not forbidden to work on accessibility feature of our PIM stuff as well.

So please come and make KDE more accessible. CU there.

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Randa Meetings 2017 – 10th to 16th of September

From Sunday, 10th to Saturday, 16th of September we will meet in the middle of Europe to make more KDE Applications accessible to as many people as possible and to improve some of our PIM (Personal Information Management) apps.

For more information about the Randa Meetings go to our homepage or read the general information on our wiki.

The registration will open soon and be announced here.

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Last chance for Randa Meetings 2017 date selection

We are going to close the date selection Doodle for the Randa Meetings 2017 on Wednesday next week. So hurry up and add yourself if you plan to come to Randa next year.

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QtCon and Randa Meetings 2017 date selection

In less than a week QtCon will start and Randa Meetings will be part of it. On Saturday at 16:30 you’ll get an interesting story about 7 years of Randa Meetings. Mario Fux will talk about his experience organizing the KDE Tech Summit in the middle of nowhere in the Swiss Alps.

Besides Mario you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the president of the Randa Meetings association: Simon Wächter. Don’t miss this chance and get a second opinion and maybe some insights.

And now on a different subject, which is something we might have as one of our main topics next year: Accessibility and Personal Information Management (PIM). Accessibility doesn’t just mean to make our software accessible for people with various disabilities, but also to make our software accessible on different operating systems, different devices and with different user interfaces (graphical with keyboard and mouse or touch or speech and other senses). Regarding PIM I don’t think you need more information about what this is: e-mail, contacts, events and all this synchronized and stored in a safe way.

For the case you think it’d make sense to bring another group or topic to Randa as well don’t hesitate to contact us: #randa on IRC, mail, QtCon or via snail mail (see randa-meetings.ch for details).

So if you can contribute something to these topics, work on Free Software in these areas and want to come to Randa next year: please join the date selection Doodle for 2017.

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Randa Meetings 2016 will start soon – please support us

In less then 48 hours the people will arrive in Switzerland (actually the first participant already arrived) and this year’s edition of the Randa Meetings will start under the motto: KDE technology on every device

Randa Meetings Konqi with Matterhorn and Edelweiss

From Sunday, 12th to Sunday 19th of June around 40 people are going to work hard, discuss tirelessly and decide upon new ideas and directions. And this people need some energy too and thus we went out today and bought some nice stuff for them:

Some food (and chocolate) for the Randa Meetings participants

Some food (and chocolate) for the Randa Meetings participants

So we’re ready and we hope you will support us too and your favorite software inventors. Thanks a lot and hugs from Switzerland.

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Hurry up – Registration for Randa Meetings 2016 closes tomorrow

KDE Konqi with MS Windows logo

KDE Konqi with MS Windows logo

Help old Konqi to bring more KDE Software to MS Windows, MacOSX, Android and other platforms. The registration for the Randa Meetings 2016 is going to close tomorrow. From this point on we will work on the travel budget and to get it approved so people can buy their tickets soon.

And here again the main topic for RM2016: multi-platform end-user application development. This includes stuff like improving KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5) on other platforms like Microsoft Windows, Android or Apple’s MacOSX, presenting and discussing how software distribution works on other systems than GNU/Linux (Windows installers, app stores and application bundles) and learning from the experience projects like Krita, digiKam, Rkward, Kdenlive & Co collected. We’d like to bring this information to more KDE Applications and work on this during a full week.

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Spread to more platforms – Registrations for Randa Meetings 2016 open

The Randa Meetings as the annual KDE Tech Summit are back. This year a bit earlier to not clash with QtCon and for some other reasons. So if you want to join us from Sunday, the 12th to Sunday the 19th of June 2016 in the middle of Alps don’t hesitate, get in contact with us and register yourself. The registration will close March, 16th so we can start to work on a budget and continue with the organization.

The main topic of the Randa Meetings 2016 (RM2016) will be multi-platform end-user application development. This includes stuff like improving KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5) on other platforms like Microsoft Windows, Android or Apple’s MacOSX, presenting and discussing how software distribution works on other systems than GNU/Linux (Windows installers, app stores and application bundles) and learning from the experience projects like Krita, digiKam, Rkward, Kdenlive & Co collected. We’d like to bring this information to more KDE Applications and work on this during a full week.

Randa Meetings Konqi with Matterhorn and Edelweiss

Are you interested in C++ programming on a certain operating system, do you know the internal functions of the underlying system or are you well-known for porting Qt applications to other operating systems than GNU/Linux then we need you. Or do you just want to port your KDE application to another OS then please add yourself too.

Do you have knowledge about the software distribution channels and mechanisms on the popular systems and have experience in creating installation software for MS Windows, application bundles for MacOSX or repositories for F-Droid and want to share this knowledge and help a great and welcoming Free Software community to bring their software to this systems? Then please get in contact and come to Randa, Switzerland in June 2016.

If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact (email, comments section below or IRC: freenode.net in #randa). And if you know somebody else that would fit please forward this information and spread the word about it. See you soon in Randa…

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Randa Meetings – the Past and the Future

The end of the year is near and this year’s Randa Meetings ended quite some weeks ago. But just some days ago we published an extensive report about the happenings at this KDE Tech Summit: Randa Meetings 2015 – Huge Success Again. I’d say it’s worth reading and looking at the pictures.

And this edition of the Meetings wouldn’t have happened without the great help of supporters, donators and sponsors (in alphabetical order):

Thanks a lot to you! And if you want to be on this list next year don’t hesitate to contact us.

Randa Meetings Konqi with Matterhorn and Edelweiss

So what about the future of the Randa Meetings? They will happen again next year and we’ve already a main topic:

Multi-platform end-user application development: Bring KDE Apps to other platforms and strengthen them on their free home platforms. This might include stuff like improving KDE Frameworks 5 on other platforms like MS Windows, Android or Apple’s MacOSX, presenting and discussing how distribution works on other systems than GNU/Linux (Windows installers, app stores and application bundles) and learning from the experience projects like Krita, digiKam, Rkward, Kdenlive & Co collected. We’d like to bring this information to more KDE Apps and work on this together.

So if you would like to bring your KDE Application to other platforms than just GNU/Linux, have some knowledge about Qt on these platforms or “just” know a lot about how to integrate software on these platforms hesitate and add yourself to the date selection Doodle. We need to start early as the house is quite occupied in the summer months and there is a lot work ahead to make another edition of the Randa Meetings happen and another huge success.

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