LibreOffice is arguably the most popular open source office suite available today. The success has come doe to the hard work and contributions from several dedicated developers as well as contributors from community memebrs. The key to develop and grow this ecosystem is constant collaboration and having a solid strategy regarding the future of the software. The LibreOffice conference is a stage that provides this opportunity to the contributors and enthusiasts to take part in planning the future roadmap.
The schedule of LibreOffice Conference 2014 is announced in The Document Foundation’s Blog. It will be held from Sep 3 to Sep 5. The venue is Bern, Switzerland. The conference will be hosted by the University of Bern, and organized by CH-Open – the Swiss Open Systems User Group – and the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern, in coordination with The Document Foundation.
The sessions are organized in 4 categories:
- Development Room: for discussions on LibreOffice development
- Community Room: to engage contributors from the community
- Marketing & Migration Room: discussions on marketing strategies and migrating LibreOffice
- Keynotes Room: Conference and project related keynotes
The main focus of the sessions will be on development, community, certification, migrations, training, marketing and Open Document Format (ODF). In addition to English sessions, a German track will also be relayed. This track will focus on open source adoptions in governments and enterprises in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. It will be opened by Balthasar Glättli, a Member of the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability. His session will be followed by lectures on professional adoptions of free office suites at the Swiss Federal Court (350 jobs), in the schools of Geneva, in the city of Munich (14,000 jobs), at the LVM Insurance in Münster (13,000 jobs) and in the Austrian Ministry of Justice. A LibreOffice Hack Night is on the plates on the eve of Sep 3.
Approximately 300 community members will be attending the conference and more that 70 sessions will be held. This is going to be biggest Open Source Event in Switzerland in 2014. If you are a LibreOffice fan and always wanted to spend a vacation in Switzerland, this gotta be the right time for it.