Akademy 2013

Akademy 2013, Bilbao, Basque Country

Akademy is the annual world summit of KDE, one of the largest Free Software communities in the world. It is a free, non-commercial event organized by the KDE Community.

Akdemy 2013 will take place in Bilbao, in the Basque Country of northern Spain from the 13th to 19th of July.

Akademy features a 2-day conference with presentations on the latest KDE developments, followed by 5 days of workshops, Birds of a Feather (BoF) and coding sessions. It is an opportunity to meet key KDE contributors, learn about the latest features and enjoy the great atmosphere. You will meet developers, artists, translators, upstream and downstream maintainers, users, and free and open software industry leaders from all over the world.

QtCS Party on Monday

As an Akademy attendee, you are also invited to join the Qt Contributors Summit party on Monday evening at the Bilbao Arena. The party will take place at the private club inside of the Bilbao Arena. A concert by the Iosebeatles will entertain you, while you enjoy nice pintxos and free drinks. The party starts at 20.00

Address: Palacio de deportes "Bilbao Arena", Avenida Askatasuna 13.

There will be signs to lead you to the correct entrance to the party since the arena is a huge building.

Public transport from ETSI (the conference venue):

Akademy Party on Saturday

You are invited to the Akademy party on Saturday at Kafe Antzokia. Kafe Antzokia is located in downtown Bilbao in a beautiful former cinema. Today, it is a concert and party venue.

Especially for our party, two bands will be playing, "Las Dos D" with traditional Cuban music and then "Adarrots", a well-known Basque folk group.

Doors open at 21:30. There is no food served at the party, so make sure to grab dinner before the event.

Pre-Registration Event

For all attendees that arrive on Friday, 12 July or earlier that week there is a chance to pick up their badges at the early registration get-together on Friday, 12 July at the Hika Ateneo bar from 18:00 to 22:00. This way, you'll be able to avoid the Saturday morning crowd.

Day Trip on Wednesday

Thanks to our fantastic local team, this year there will be a day trip during Akademy week.

It will happen on Wednesday, 17 July in the afternoon and evening. It will be a bus trip to the beautiful island of Gaztelugatxe and other villages on the Basque coast. We will also visit the beach so bring your swimming gear! We will leave from the venue after lunch, at approx. 12.30.

The buses are sponsored, so you don't need to worry about extra costs.

In order for us to plan how many buses we'll need, please register for the day trip. Once you're signed in, go to the registration page and you will find an extra check box saying "Attend day-trip on Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00". Please register by Thursday, 11 July!

Please note: There won't be any BoF's on Wednesday afternoon. However, you can still schedule a BoF between 09:30 and 12:00.

Call For Volunteers

Are you attending Akademy 2013 in Bilbao? Help make it unforgettable, and get an exclusive Akademy 2013 t-shirt in the bargain. Please consider being a volunteer.

Help is needed for various tasks. Training is provided where necessary or requested.

Are you going to Akademy?

Promote Akademy 2013 and let others know you are going by using one of these banners in your blog posts linking to the Akademy Website:


Akademy T-Shirt

Mockup of Akademy T-Shirt

This year we are adding an option for buying an official Akademy 2013 T-Shirt. Attendees can pre-order a shirt, pick it up at Akademy and pay a reduced price.

It's hard for the team to guess how many of each size shirt to order. Sometimes people aren't able to get the right size because they have sold out, and we often end up with leftovers of other sizes.

If you are definitely coming to Akademy 2013, you can pre-order the size of t-shirt that you want. Then pick it up and pay during the conference. Pre-ordered t-shirts have a reduced price of €12 (normally €15).

This year's design is based on the Lauburu, an ancient Basque symbol.

To pre-order your t-shirt, select the option in the registration system. T-shirt pre-orders are open till 31st May extended till sunday 2nd.

Presentation Schedule Announced

The Akademy 2013 Program Committee is proud to present the Akademy 2013 Presentation Schedule. Reflecting the scope of KDE, the schedule includes a wealth of interesting, timely and valuable topics. From the proposals submitted, 32 were selected to address currently relevant topics of most interest to the KDE Community. For full details see the announcement on the dot

Akademy-es Call for Papers

This has now closed and the program is available.

In the 2 days leading up to Akademy, Akademy-es 2013, the annual meeting in Spain of KDE users and developers will also be held in Bilbao. The Call for Papers for Akademy-es is now open.