The Randa meetings have hosted discussions on KDE's libraries, Plasma, multimedia, messaging and more.
These discussions resulted in significant decisions being made that were unlikely to be achieved with the quality and quickness experienced at such a meeting. Those decisions translated into improvements in our software ... a lot of improvements. This time around the topics in focus are education, accessibility, multimedia and the Plasma Workspaces. Each of these four topics has a group of committed developers and contributors coming to Randa to work on them. Yes, it's four developer sprints in one!
What's also makes Randa special is that it is amazingly well coordinated (which significantly contributes to the quality of the results), it is in an awe-inspiring location in the Swiss mountains which not only puts everyone in a great frame of creative mind but also limits distractions ... and it does all of this in a rather affordable package given the number of people who attend.
This year, the organizers (led as usual by Mario "unormal" Fux), are trying something of an experiment to help with fund this important event. They are going straight to us, the users and supporters of KDE and Free software, and asking if we can help support this meeting financially. We can't all be there in Randa, we can't all contribute effort directly to Free software projects, but we all benefit from these efforts and many of us do have the ability to pitch in financially to ensure that those who do the work are given the best opportunities possible to do so.
The goal is to raise 10,000 Euro ... and well over half of that has already been pledged. Please support this important event if you can. Every Euro is a direct investment in the future of the technology we all rely on. You can visit the pledge page and make a donation here.