Recently, I visited Barcelona to attend The Linux App Summit as a part of the organizing team. It was designed to accelerate the growth of the Linux application ecosystem by bringing together everyone involved in creating a great Linux application user experience.
I was very excited about the conference and my first visit to Europe. I was part of the Marketing and the PR team for the conference. The conference was scheduled from 12th to 15th Nov. I landed in Barcelona on 11th early morning and headed towards my room where I was going to stay for the next 5 days.
The conference was organized at La Lleialtat Santsenca, a chic community center located in the Sants neighborhood. Luckily, I got a place to stay at around 100 meters from the conference location. I always prefer hostels near the conference location as they save a lot of traveling time and gives time to explore more.
Pre-registration Social Event was scheduled on 11th evening, it is the best part of a conference for me. I got a chance to meet new developers and community members. I mentored Google Summer of Code this year was a participant in 2018. I met many contributors from KDE Community, GNOME and talked about the project I worked on. It was a room full of developers around and discussions on free-software, bug-fixes, conference and the Barcelona city.
It was nice to meet the volunteers and the organizing team there. We did some of the marketing plannings and set up for the conference. The location was good and have auditoriums, rooms to work and a food shop. Everyone registered and collected their Lanyard. It was a great day and I headed back to my room.
The next three days were full of amazing talks. The event started with the talk by Mirko Boehm on The Economics of FOSS followed by many interesting talks on flatpak, snapd, Qt and all focused on creating a Linux ecosystem.
There was also a walking tour in the evening to explore Barcelona city with a professional guide. The city is full of beautiful Architectures and ancient buildings and forts. Being vegetarian limits my food options but hopefully, I found some nice tasty Spanish dishes to eat.
Being a part of the Marketing and PR team, I was taking care of the Live streaming of the event on social platforms, tweeting and engagement activities. It was my first experience as a part of the organizing team and interviewed the speakers and attendees about their talks and conference experience.
I along with Saloni Garg gave a Lightning talk on the Open Source culture and the various open-source programs for students. We talked about the main reasons for students participating in open-source programs and how to promote them.
The last day of the conference had many BoFs, Hacking sessions, and closing talk. There were many sponsors of the event and I got some cool goodies and swags from them. At the end of the conference, we made some planning for next year’s summit. We still had a complete day in our hand and decided to go for some sight-seeing. We went to Castell de Montjuic, traveled from the cable car to reach there and it was quite scenic and had a great view of the city from the top.
Overall, it was an amazing experience for me. I would like to thank KDE e.V for helping me with travel and accommodation. The next day, I had a flight to the USA for attending the KubeCon conference in San Diego, USA. I will be writing my next blog about that and it was really full of adventures 🙂