December 11, 2012

GNOME.Asia 2013 to be held in Korea

The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that Seoul has been selected as the venue for the upcoming GNOME.Asia Summit 2013.

The Asia Summit organizing team was very impressed with the Korean local organizers’ proposal. The GNOME community in Seoul is committed to GNOME’s success and to promoting the use of GNOME and GNU/Linux in Korea and the rest of Asia. The local community has been very active, organizing monthly events called “The GNOME Tech Talks & Hackfest”.

Seoul is a convenient and exciting place to hold the conference. With great public transportation and solid international flight connections, it will be easy for attendees to travel to the event. Seoul also has great tourist attractions, many universities with strong student communities, and is home to many of Korea’s largest technology companies. Interest in Free and Open Source Software is growing more than ever in Korea. The organizing team believes that hosting the event in Seoul will expand GNOME’s presence and increase participation in the area.

“We are excited about the high level of interest in GNOME in Asian countries. By having an annual GNOME event in Asia, we further our goal of spreading Free Software and provide venues for GNOME collaboration,” said Karen Sandler, the Executive Director of GNOME.

“The conference will allow interested parties to discuss the then released GNOME 3.8, the future of GNOME, as well as other topics, especially concerning the needs of GNOME developers in Asia,” said Simon YoungKi Hong, lead of the local organizing team. “With various stakeholders of different aspects in GNOME, the conference will be a great opportunity to celebrate and discuss features and enhancements to GNOME.”

The conference will be held this summer. More information will be posted on the website gnome.asia as the event is planned.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the GNOME.Asia 2013 bidding process, especially the great work from Team GNOME Seoul and Team GNOME Beijing!