My experience with conf.kde.in 2017

conf.kde.in 2017 was held in the big and beautiful campus of IIT, Guwahati in Assam. During 10th to 12th March, the conference schedule was 2 days of talks followed by a day of workshop. Talks were lined-up in single track which helps attendees not to miss any talk. Conference pictures from my camera are available at flickr.

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1st Day

The first day started with inaugural ceremony where college professors and Valorie lightened up candle to start the conference.
Later, Valorie Zimmerman gave a keynote on Your Superpower. This talk was to motivate everyone to believe in themselves because each one of us have got superpower. To do something, it is very important to first believe in yourself.
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Further, Shantanu gave an introductory talk on Qt and QML and showed some live demo explaining how easily UI can be created using QML. This talk was one of the important base for 3rd day workshop.
Bhushan gave talk on different KDE projects where one can contribute like KDevelop, Plasma, Krita, Kstars, Calligra, etc. He also provided some important information useful for beginners like how to get a KDE project’s source code, joining project related mailing lists and asking questions on respective IRC channel on freenode. Also talked about junior bugs associated with project – an easy way to start contributing to a project.
First day ended with Pradeepto’s talk of his 11 years experience with KDE and how he made so many friends across different parts of world. I feel that this is one of the best part of any conference, we meet friends with whom we work remotely and also make some new ones.
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2nd Day

The 2nd day started with my talk on how I use KDE software to survive. I started using KDE desktop as my primary desktop since I was in college in around 2009. I strongly believe that to start with contribution to any software, it is very important to first use it and understand it. This gives new contributors a better idea where she can start contributing.
In my talk I discussed some KDE software which I use everyday for my personal as well as professional work. Slides for my talk are available at github.
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Photo Credit – Srijan Agarwal

I liked Shantanu’s talk on using GammaRay to debug QtQuick applications. He showed how he uses GammaRay to debug his office project called SoStronk – desktop application written in Qt and QML.
Another interesting and amazing talk was given by Aditya Mehra on Mycroft integration with KDE in the form of a plasmoid. Mycroft is an open source voice assistant application which can run anywhere – on a desktop computer, inside an automobile, Raspberry Pi and so on. One can view a pre-recorded video available on YouTube and yes if you don’t like the voice, you can add your own custom voice.
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There were other several interesting talks on topics like GCompris, GSoC 2017 and how one can participate, Journey of SuperX – Linux based OS + KDE software started in Assam, India.

Workshop

Most of the attendees were college students and it was important to give them some hands-on experience to help them to start with contributing to Open Source. Ashish Madeti started with explaining importance of git and how create a project with git version control setup, doing commits and other basic stuff. Attendees were trying in parallel on their laptop and we helped attendees individually to make sure they are able to do it themselves.
Later, Shantanu Tushar and Tony Thomas started with creating basic UI project using QML in Qt Creator. They explained how to browse documentation in Qt Creator for available components. Attendees tried on their own laptop and we all helped them to solve problems that they were facing.
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There were many other interesting things discussed during the conference which is hard to cover in a single blogpost.
A big thanks to all volunteers who helped from start of the conference till end. Special thanks to Bhushan Shah for organizing it and KDE eV for sponsoring my travel.
With each conference, we get some awesome KDE contributors and hoping the same this year!
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