This will be the sixth edition of the GNOME.Asia Summit. In previous years GNOME.Asia Summit has been held in Beijing, China in 2008 and Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam in 2009, co-hosted with COSCUP Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, Bangalore, India in 2011 and Hong Kong in 2012.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2012 was held in Hong Kong, following the release of GNOME 3.4. 26 foreign speakers and 4 local speakers shared their experiences in various aspects around GNOME. Participants from other Asia country including Mainland and Taiwan got together face to face with Hong Kong activists to build stronger relationships. A total of 123 participants presented in the event.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 was held in India just before the launch of GNOME 3.0. There were 40 presentations and lightning talks from 30 speakers coming as far as Canada, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden. Of course Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, the Philippines and India were well represented too. About a thousand participants attended the event with 15 sponsors and partners.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2010, co-organized with COSCUP, was a full two-day conference with over 60 presentations and speakers coming from places all over the world such as China, Philippines, Japan, India, USA, France, Spain, Germany and of course Taiwan. The BOFs and lightning talks helped to bring the conference to a new level. A total of 977 participants, 25 sponsors, 20 news outlets, 10 exhibitors (including communities) supported the event.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) attracted 1465 developers, students, business professionals and government officials establishing Vietnam as one of the top spots for the Free and Open Source community and businesses. In total 14 countries, 79 speakers with 34 from outside of Vietnam, 109 talks, presentations were held.
The GNOME.Asia Summit 2013 will be held in Korea. Seoul is a convenient and exciting place to hold the conference. With great public transportation and solid international flight connections, it will be easy for attendees to travel to the event. Seoul also has great tourist attractions, many universities with strong student communities, and is home to many of Korea's largest technology companies. Interest in Free and Open Source Software is growing more than ever in Korea. The organizing team believes that hosting the event in Seoul will expand GNOME's presence and increase participation in the area.