OpenSUSE Asia Summit 2014

Beijing, China

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Introduction

openSUSE is a Linux-based free operating system. It is completely dominated by the community. Whether a technology enthusiast, a developer or a business user, you can find your own version here. Besides, you will enjoy the experience of sharing with and learning from the people around the world.

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2014 is the first openSUSE Summit in Asia, which aims to promote openSUSE and other free and open source software in the region (especially in colleges). openSUSE.Asia Summit is a non-commercial conference. In the conference, we are going to launch a series of free and open source software lectures, discussions and workshops, so that more Asian users will have a chance to understand the concepts, use the software and join the community. Meanwhile, the summit also provides a free platform for Asian users to communicate with each other face to face. Participants can take this opportunity to learn about the related technologies and share their experiences. The first openSUSE.Asia Summit is scheduled on October 18th and 19th, 2014, in Beijing. We hope that it will be held in other countries in Asia in the next few years.

Call for Paper

The first openSUSE Asia Summit Program Committee is ready to accept your proposals for sessions! We're also ready to register visitors interested in joining us. Your talk and workshop submissions should be fit for one of the four main tracks: End Users, Business, Community and Project, Technology and Development.

You can submit your abstracts in our conference submission tool. The submission period begins today, and closes Aug 18. Note that the first bunch of accepted proposal acceptance emails will be sent on Sep 1, allowing you to start planning your trip already. And of course, first come, first served! So, be in time!

The Four Tracks

This is the first openSUSE Asia Summit. The theme is:

openSUSE - Bring you to the free world!

  • End User Track

    The end user track provides the opportunity for the power users of any application to share their knowledge and share tricks they apply to get the most out of the applications they use. Know of a non-obvious but very useful feature, present it's usage to fellow Geekos and users in this track. Topics include, but not limited to, applications, desktop environments, multimedia solutions and games.

  • Business Track

    The business track provides the opportunity for those that use openSUSE and/or FOSS in their business to describe the unique challenges they face. This includes, but not limited to, issues and solutions of interfacing with regulatory institutions, other business, staff training, and changing technology course.

  • Community & Project Track

    Sessions in this area should focus on project and community activities, including, but not limited to, project governance, marketing, artwork and advocate reports. In many cases, this sessions bring a strong sense of unity to the project as a whole as we discuss some of the unique challenges that an Open Source Community confronts. If you have ideas that can help a community be stronger, join this track.

  • Technology & Development Track

    Sessions in this area should focus on system technology and distribution development. Including, but not limited to, software packaging, development/testing/debugging tools/practices/methods. Infrastructure software, deployment strategies and monitoring. These sessions will help a few of our members gain understanding of the many tools they can use when working in development for the distribution and other exciting projects.

The Events

We will have four types of events:

  • Lightning Talk (10 mins)
  • Short Talk (30 mins)
  • Long Talk (60 mins)
  • Workshop (2 hours)

If it is possible that your audience can practise what you share in a meeting room, you would better do a workshop.

You can send in proposals until Aug 18, but the sooner the better. We will start accepting submissions on Sep 1.

Submit Your Paper

Apply for Travel Support

First the applicant needs to read:
http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program

Then please send the request through:
https://connect.opensuse.org/travel-support

You are required to send application during Aug 1st to Aug 18th. We will review and confirm from Sep 1st to 15th.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Artwork - Logo contest

The first openSUSE.Asia Summit will be held in Beijing, China in Oct, 2014. However, no Summit or Conference is successful without a symbol. The openSUSE Asia Summit organizing team is organizing a logo design contest. The best logo will be awarded with a special super secret Geeko Prize. The logo will be used for all promotional and marketing activities for the summit.

The Rules of the Contest are pretty simple :

  1. We will accept only SVG format for original design. Both color and monochrome(black and white) version are required.
  2. The elements of your design should reflect the openSUSE community in Asia.
  3. Please note that there are some things should not be used in your design:
    • No brand names or trademarks of any kind.
    • No illustrations some may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
    • No sexually explicit or provocative images.
    • No images of weapons or violence.
    • No alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.
    • No designs which promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals; or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    • No religious, political, or nationalist imagery.
  4. Your art work should comply with "openSUSE Project Trademark Guidelines" published at: https://en.opensuse.org/File:OpenSUSE_Trademark_Guidelines.pdf
  5. You should also agree that the openSUSE community have right to interpret the usage of the artwork.
  6. All your artwork will be licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

A few simple guidelines can be found at:

Please send your design to opensuse.asia@gmail.com directly. It should contain the following:

  1. Vector file of the design in attachement, with svg format ONLY
  2. Bitmap of design in attachment - image size: 256*256px at least. Format: png or jpg. Less than 512KB
  3. Your name
  4. E-mail - if not otherwise specified, the email address from which you sent will be used for contact.
  5. (Optional) Where are you working/studying now.

The contest is open from now until Aug 18, 2014. After that, the openSUSE.Asia team will filter all submitted designs and put the ones which meet the requirements to the website for voting.

Note:

  1. The final decision will be made by openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee. Please understand that the highest vote score of the design may not be designated to thefinal winner.
  2. To create your artwork, we recommend to use Inkscape, which is a powerful vector graphics tool for all kinds of design. It's free and open sourced.

About openSUSE :

  • The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE is a free operating system distribution based on GNU/Linux, which has being developed, maintained and supported by the community.
  • openSUSE.Asia summit is a non-commercial event aiming to promote openSUSE, free and open source software in asia. It will contain open source technical lectures, discussions and practice opportunities. For more details about openSUSE, please visit our official website.

Venue

Registration

Here we are opening up our registrations for the summit. We welcome you with open hands to visit our conference and also enjoy the rich Chinese history in and around Beijing.

You may register in our conference submission tool before Sep 30th. We are looking forward to having you with us on this Oct in Beijing.

Want a summit T-shirt? Be a speaker!

Registration is open and so is our Call For Papers: you can shoot in your sessions proposals! Once you are part of the summit roaster your talks and presentation will be added to our tracking system in order to generate a schedule. All speakers will get a cool openSUSE tee shirt also.

If you have any problem about registration, here we have a short README.

Contact

Welcome to our mailing list: opensuse-summit@opensuse.org

Feel free to ask questions about the summit, to provide some suggestions, tell us what's your opinion, or to just say hello!


Background photo from Sam Gao