During the latest months I’ve been working with the local government of Gran Canaria and a group of open source companies to prepare the candidacy of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) to host GUADEC+aKademy for 2009, check out the bid here.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been looking forward to see GUADEC organized in my home town (not my home anymore though since I’m moving back to Dublin for good pretty soon), and when Agustin, a pretty good KDE fellow told me he was working to get aKademy hosted at Gran Canaria we though it was the perfect timing to get both conferences happening together, which is also something I’m willing to see happening as well.
Gran Canaria, and the Canary Islands is one of the most famous touristic targets in Europe, the weather is quite nice all over the year, and of course food is as nice as the rest of Spain (if not better ;-), we’re in the middle of the Atlantic Sea and have an international airport. The city itself, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a 400K population city and has dozen of things to do over night.
One of the biggest strengths is the venue, the Alfredo Krauss Auditorium which is placed beside one of the best rated beachs in the world, Las Canteras, which is a 3km beach placed right in the middle of the city with plenty of hotels, restaurants, pubs. Actually for those who like surf, the auditorium is placed right in the side of the beach where is best suited for it!
Alfredo Krauss Auditorium, photo by Mariela Sevilla
Las Canteras Beach, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Another big strenght is the commitment from the supporters of the bid, the local opensource companies, the local linux user group, the Spanish linux user group and the two canary islands universities, specially the local government, which already approved a quite impressive budget of 250K Euros in case the bid succeeds to cover the venue, and all the infrastructure and people needed to get the event done.
I’m soooo excited about this that I can’t wait until the GNOME Foundation and the KDE e.V. take the desicion, if you want more details, check out the bid document. Meanwhile, see ya at Istambul.