Wade asked for more posts about Akademy. So here's a post about a future Akademy. And not just any future Akademy, but perhaps the first one where GUADEC will be co-hosted with us.
The KDE e.V. and GNOME Foundation boards put out a coordinated call for bids to host a combined Akadmey and GUADEC in 2009. We didn't make it mandatory: people could still put in a bid for just Akademy or just GUADEC. The response was terrific, however.
We received no less than four offers, one of which was unfortunately too late to make the deadline for 2009's proposals. (But I hope to see them again for 2010!) We also received zero Akademy only and zero GUADEC only proposals.
To put this into perspective, GNOME received 3 proposals in the last two years combined. We received 4 proposals for 2008's Akademy, but only 3 IIRC for 2007. So even though the bar was raised considerably, our response has increased or kept pace compared to the past. Impressive.
Want to read the proposals for yourself? We're hosting them over on Behdad's (cool GNOME board member and Free software hacker that he is) web space on gnome.org thanks to Behdad being the quickest on the draw to get the proposals up somewhere we could all read them. So without further verbage, go on over to the 2009 proposals and check out the cool places we might all be gathering next year: Coruña, Spain; Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain; Tampere, Finland.
As for this year's Akademy? We already know it's going to rock. =) See you there, Wade.