Since 2003 the KDE e.V. has organized an annual meeting of the KDE community. It includes a conference, time for coding, meetings and the annual membership meeting of the e.V. It has been known under the name Akademy since 2004. It is the biggest meeting of the worldwide KDE community.
Previous to the year 2008 the spelling "aKademy" was used. This was changed to "Akademy" due to popular demand in 2008.
Desktop Summit 2011 from 6 to 12 August in Berlin, Germany
The Desktop Summit is a co-located event which features the yearly contributor conferences of the GNOME and KDE communities, GUADEC and Akademy. Next year the conference will take place from 6 to 12 August, 2011 in Berlin at the Humboldt University, Unter den Linden 6. The event will feature keynotes, talks, workshops and team building events. The conference website can be found here.
The GNOME and KDE communities develop the majority of Free Software desktop technology. Increasingly, they cooperate on underlying infrastructure. By holding their annual developer flagship events in the same location, the two projects will further foster collaboration and discussion between their developer communities. Moreover, KDE and GNOME aim to work more closely with the rest of the desktop and mobile open source community. The summit presents a unique opportunity for main actors to work together and improve the free and open source desktop for all.
If you are interested in hosting an Akademy in the future, please have a look at the list of requirements.