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Historic Conference in Hamburg, Germany

First Conference (OOoCon 2003)

What: First Conference (OOoCon 2003)
When: March 20th - March 21st 2003
Where: University of Hamburg, Germany

Meet the community, users, and sponsors at the first Conference. The conference will convene immediately after CeBIT, which ends on 19th of March. Hamburg is only 100 miles (160 Kilometers) from Hannover. The conference will attract some high-profile keynote speakers from the developer community, European politics, the open-source movement, and our main sponsor, Sun Microsystems, Inc. Confirmed keynote speakers are amongst others the Open Source Advocate Bruce Perens as well as the VP of Engineering of the Desktop Solutions Group at Sun Microsystems Curtis Sasaki. The conference will include some limited exhibition space.

Miguel de Icaza and Bruce Perens both say that is THE most important Open Source project because people can try it without switching from Windows and if they do they'll discover that Open Source can work for them. They no longer have to pay big bucks for office productivity.

"I've seen the community evolve over the last two years into a place where Sun and the community really do work together towards the common goal of making office productivity available at low or no cost to everyone. Their work is driving a lot of the interest in Open Source that we're seeing now in emerging markets like India and China. It is my sincere hope that more developers will show up to work on the project so the community can really make it their own", says Danese Cooper, Sun's Open Source Diva.

The conference will be the perfect place to exchange ideas with other contributors or to meet face-to-face with people you have only known from email.

There will be two tracks of sessions targeted at both users and developers. The general sessions will talk about lessons learned during migration and deployment, the roadmap, standardization efforts through OASIS and Open Source philosophy. Topics for developers cover the overall process, QA, porting and localization as well as the new Software Development Kit. users, contributors and developers are invited to submit papers for the conference. For details on how to submit an abstract please have a look at:

Proposals must be received by February 21 in order to be considered for inclusion in the Conference.

For registering as an attendee please go to:

The admission fee will be EUR 20 and will be collected at the event.

Companies that are interested in participating in the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor can find registration details at:

Since not all key contributors of the project can afford to travel to Hamburg, we also provide help for individuals to find a sponsor for their trip. Contributors who want to get sponsorship and companies who would like to support individuals will find more information at:

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