¡Hola! like the Spanish say.
Akademy 2013 has recently ended and it was so awesome that I need to write a Blogpost about it. Not the only reason, but a good one none the less (The other being that Àlex Fiestas has bugged me about blogging about my work on kio-mtp or rather what I do upstream in LIBMTP to fix the really annoying issues). So now, with some delay due to getting my Blog on Planet KDE first, my impressions about the really amazing Akademy 2013 in Bilbao. Because: What better way to start a Blog, right?
So I arrived there a little late on Saturday as I still had to work on Friday. So I missed the apparently very good Keynote and some other interesting Talks, but there were more to come. At the beginning it was a little strange as I had never met any of the guys (and girls) in real life. So the first day was actually more or less about looking at the name tags and figuring out where to put the people that wore them. So this was where I finally met Martin Gräßlin, a former colleague at the German ubuntuusers Portal. Somehow we had always managed not to be at the same real life teammeetings.
So I’m not gonna tell you anything about the talks, that has already been covered by the two articles at the Dot, rather about the amazing atmosphere. Even though I was new and barely knew anybody (and vice versa) everyone was very kind and made me feel very welcome. So a big Thank You for that. Additionally the amazing KDE Spain team had put up a conference where you never felt bored. If you had some free time there was always something going on in the evenings or you could just ask them for some hints for something to do.
For the BoF sessions you best read Martins Akademy Impressions, he covered the Kubuntu and Release cycle BoFs quite nicely. However on Thursday Álex Fiestas finally was able to get me into Solid hacking, which was, after some difficulties in the start, rather pleasing. We already have some Ideas that we want to follow up on for KF5 in Solid itself and in other parts, not just related to what I do with MTP at the moment.
The last passages have to go to the events and trips: On Sunday evening Jonathan Riddell of Kubuntu fame had the great idea to explore the city via water, so we went and rent some kayaks and paddled past the Guggenheim museum and other stuff. The Parties on Saturday and Monday were also great, though the music was better on Saturday.
The day trip to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe was particularly great. Afther the hermitage we went to Elantxobe which has a beautiful harbor where we could jump off the piers into the water. Since it was low tide the height was about 7 or 8 meters. The water was warm, at least that’s what I thought, however the spanish people did complain a bit. Well, they probably are used to more. Not us Germans though, around 23°C are definitely warm! After that we went to an actual sand beach where we had some water wrestling and where David Edmundson (unsuccessfully) tried to push me under the water. The other way round went smoothly I have to say, so that should teach the English KDE Telepathy hacker a thing about water polo goalkeepers . The evening concluded with a traditional Basque meal including Spanish cider.
After that the boat trip on Thursday had a hard standing, but it was pleasant none the less. Quite a lot of beer was involved though .
So, I had a really great time. Luckily some people, as well as I, stayed in Bilbao for some additional days. We went to the Guggenheim Museum, the Beach (again) and just wandered this beautiful city together. So once again a big Thank You for this great experience. I will definitely come to the next Akademy, wherever it might be.
PS: For more excellent photos see Jonathans Akademy 2013 Flickr Album!