QtCon – a report from the front
We had a huge amount of fun at QtCon in Berlin. By far the most commented on was the positive effect of the diversity of attendees, both newcomers (about 30%) and those who came through the five entities involved in bringing the event together: KDAB, Qt Contributors, KDE Akademi, FSFE and VideoLAN, notable also for their fondness of strange hats ;).
KDAB offered 8 pre-conference trainings, of which three were brand new: Introduction to Qt 3D, Basic and Modern CMake and Beyond Code – Improved Quality through User-Centric Development. Watch out for these in our regular training schedule over the coming year.
The program was similarly diverse with a total of 182 talks in 12 tracks ranging from top level in-depth talks on the current state of Qt to presentations like this on building sustainable open social business, community meetings and celebrations. Speakers reported their delight at seeing so many different faces as the communities dipped into each other’s worlds.
See the keynotes here, each in its own way, reminding us what we develop software for:
- Raul Krauthausen on how activists are using open data (with an introduction from the co-hosts)
- Lesley Hawthorn on Cultivating Empathy, including why binary responses aren’t really adequate when interacting with humans, and
- Julia Reda on Software as a Public Service, including how car makers got away with fraud, and the role of open source in preventing this kind of thing.