COSCUP is the largest Free software event in Taiwan and based on my experience from attending last year I can certainly say that it is one of the most well organized and vibrant F/OSS events in the world. It's in the same category level as FISL in Brazil or Linux Conf Australia in my mind.
Last year I had a great time meeting members of the local KDE community
as well as numerous others involved in a wide variety of Free software
projects, companies and communities. One result was that Planet KDE Chinese came into being. It remains very active and full of excellent blog entries. (If you want to know how to use screenshots effectively in blog entries, I recommend a visit ..) I also made a number of new friends and found personal inspiration. I hope a spread a little inspiration in return. :)
(This is the part where you put on some awesome movie music (may I suggest the Tron soundtrack?) crank it up and read on in your best movie trailer narration voice:)
But that was last year. This year, KDE will be at COSCUP again. Only bigger. And better. And with our own speaking track.
Yes, that's right: this year we will have a KDE speaking track: one day, seven presentations. openSUSE, who we are collaborating with on COSCUP presence, will also have a speaking track.
Thanks to KDE e.V., at least two KDE community members from outside of Asia will be able to attend and share the KDE passion. (These are the kinds of key community-building and KDE-spreading events you make possible when you Join The Game.) Jos Poortvliet (openSUSE and KDE community affiliations) as well as Armijn Hemel will be there and are helping organize things.
The real story, however, is a lot closer to COSCUP. We have a great team of four people in Taiwan who are already pouring their time and energy into making this a success. We are working together to draw together the local KDE community as well as reach out across Asia to all our KDE friends and family. This simply would not be possible without them. So to Al, Max, Max and Franklin: thank you, thank you, thank you! :)
We are still working on what the speaking track will look like exactly (topics, speakers, etc) and a call for participation is forthcoming. I hope that we can use this opportunity to the fullest and catalyze the KDE community there and across Asia to whole new heights. :)