Akademy-br and KEduca

Akademy-br is over, and for me it was a great event. I expect the results to roll in over the next couple of months, as several projects have been started. Tomaz and the people working on card games for KDE Games will probably chime in soon, and I know the promo people are preparing the video and photo collections from the event.
I spend some time on the event helping the people that is going to work on the new KEduca. The summary of this project can be read on this message to the KDE Edu mailing list, so I will not repeat it here. Welcome Syst guys, and I hope this collaboration with KDE Edu brings lots of rewards for both our community and your users as well.
Among several interesting conversations and quick hacking sessions, on the last day I had a chance to work very briefly with Luiz Romário, a very brilliand and young member of the KDE community here. He is working on several projects, and I am happy to see his patches finding their way into ReviewBoard and soon into Kiriki.

In CampKDE 2009 (Jamaica) I had already experienced this feeling of a conference/sprint that happens in the same location as the lodging and where food is served. This saves a lot of hours as people do not have to scramble for food or transportation, and the result is that the rooms were busy even in the middle of the night. Not something possible for a big event like Akademy, but something to look for when we scout for locations for the smaller meetings and sprints, imo.

People mentioned the torrential rain that fell over the area. In a sense it was a good, because I never get to the beach during the event,  people were trapped inside the hacking rooms and became even more productive 🙂   And a family of small monkeys fleeing from the rain also stood there in the balcony on day two:

code monkeys
code monkeys2

A quick joke involving rain, sprints and code monkeys is forming in my head, but I can not fully translate it into English, sorry… 🙂

In closing, I would also like to thank Sandro Andrade very much for his work on leading the organization of the event, and also for his huge contributions to the local community. Tomaz also did lots and lots of work there, and at times it appeared that he has mastered the art of being in several places at the same time…. A good portion of the sprint members were introduced to KDE by Sandro and Tomaz and their courses and lectures, and this shows to me that:

a) one person can make a difference
b) even “more differences” can be attained when people work together towards a common goal, and this is what these guys are doing with the LiveBlue user group.

Arrived!

After waking up at 4:00AM, a 2 hour flight and a very welcoming lift from Sandro who picked us up at the airport, I am already at one of the super secret Akademy-br hacking rooms. Wow, it is nice to be here and match faces to the names from the kde-br list. Lots and lots of things to do, but for now…