Spread the word: LibreOffice Hackfest Cambridge

Two weeks today on May 21st LibreOffice enthusiasts from around the world will converge on Cambridge for the first ever UK Hackfest. Hosted at Collabora’s headquarter offices, engineers, designers, translators, and first-time contributors will work together on the world’s most popular Open Source office suite over a three day sprint.

The Cambridge Beer Festival
The Cambridge Beer Festival coincides with the LibreOffice Hackfest

Use the printable poster below to tell your colleagues and classmates about the event, and encourage them to participate. Hackfests are the perfect opportunity to get familiar with LibreOffice for the first time — expert engineers will be happy to help you get started and solve problems together. High resolution A5 size PDF and PNG files are available, as well as editable Gimp source files.

Poster advertising the Cambridge Hackfest
Poster advertising the Cambridge Hackfest

Full details of travel, accommodation, programme, and more can be found on the dedicated Document Foundation Wiki page. See you in Cambridge!

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LibreOffice and Collabora at FOSDEM 2015

This weekend close to ten thousand Open Source enthusiasts will gather in Brussels for mussels, monk-made beer, 549 talks, and a great deal of hacking. Collabora Productivity will be out in force – at talks, booths, and a hackfest. Look out for our team in the ‘Open Document editors devroom‘ track – we’ve printed a fresh run of branded purple shirts and will be sporting them around ULB Campus.

VP Michael Meeks speaking at FOSDEM 2011
VP Michael Meeks speaking at FOSDEM 2011

Eight talks by Collaborans will range from LibreOffice on Android, to secure signatures in Writer, and include a presentation by Vice President Michael Meeks on recent radical performance improvements to Calc.

LibreOffice talks by Collabora

The LibreOffice conference booth, run by the Document Foundation, will be on the second floor of "building K", between Kolab Systems and Apache OpenOffice. Collabora Productivity team members will congregate there – pay us a visit for informal news and demonstrations of Libreoffice from Collabora. We’re also keen to meet developers looking for career opportunities – drop off a CV.

Map of booths at FOSDEM 2015
FOSDEM booths layout, building K

Hackfest

Following FOSDEM itself, the LibreOffice Hackfest, hosted by Betacowork, will see old hands and new join forces to work on features such as change tracking, QR Code support, and template management. Join veteran hackers, including six Collabora staff, for two days of collaborative task-oriented learning.

See you there!

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LibreOffice Conference 2014

The annual LibreOffice conference came to an end on Saturday after days of intensive planning, announcements, and presentations. We were proud to be Platinum Sponsors of the extremely well organised event, which included a Hack Night, professional training, tour of the city (including real bears!) and talks by leading LibreOffice developers, testers, and system integrators.

Collabora Productivity at LibreOffice Conference in Bern
Collabora Productivity at LibreOffice Conference in Bern

We took the opportunity to have a team day on Saturday and make the most of our international engineers sitting together in the same mountain-ringed room. Hacking naturally ensued, including fresh work on OpenGL support for OSX.

Collabora developers during a break
Collabora engineers taking time out for foosball

Of particular interest were presentations by representatives from the Brazilian and German public sectors, who explained their achievements and challenges during recent LibreOffice deployments. LibreOffice From Collabora was well represented by a variety of talks by our staff and partners.

Conference attendees group picture
Conference attendees group picture

Thanks to The Document Foundation, the University of Bern, and their respective teams for the months of planning and successful execution of a successful LibreOffice Conference 2014!

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