FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, an opportunity for all who contribute to or use Fedora to meet, learn, plan, and hack. This event is free and is open to everyone. To learn about what a FUDCon is like, you can view a video from the North American FUDCon 2009. Please read FUDCon organization process and understand it thoroughly if you are a event organizing volunteer. If you are responsible for finding a good place, refer to the requirements listed in FUDCon/Organization
- 1 Event Details
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Visa Application
- 4 Hotel
- 5 Transportation to Event
- 6 Pros and Cons of Proposed Location
- 7 Proposed sponsorship criteria
- 8 Budget Details
- 9 Preregistration
- 10 Media
- 11 Organizers/Event owners
- 12 Plan Meetings
23–25 May, 2014
Beijing is the second largest city in the People's Republic of China and has a very distinct and easy layout. The city is based around a ring structure which starts with the Forbidden City (or Palace Museum) being the center.
The city allows you to easily move around using public transport, of which the Subway is probably the best way. All proposed events sites,hotels, restaurants and shopping places are easily accessible by subway. You can see numerous lines at here
Beijing provides full possibilities for foreign visitors to have rich experience in the following ways:
- Cuisine: Restaurants of different tastes of food from all over the world are available in Beijing. From the most well known restaurants of Quan Ju De Roasting Duck, Dong Lai Shun Instant-boiled Mutton, to popular gourmet street. It's easy for you to find the right one suitable for your budget from 4 dollars/person to 60 dollars/person or above. If you just want a snack or lunch, almost in every street you can find a cheap restaurant which offers all kinds of Chinese food.
- Art: 798 Art Zone (Cao Chang Di, which is often compared with New York's Greenwich Village or SoHo), The National Centre for the Performing Arts.
- Famous Sites: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City (the Palace Museum; palace of emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasty), Tian An Men Square, Mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong, Temple of Heaven (where emperors made visits for annual ceremonies to pray to Heaven for propsperity and good harvest), the Summer Palace, Siheyuan (courtyard houses) and Hutong (alleys).
- Entertainment: Some famous bar street are quite easily reachable by subway. Using Line 10 you can travel to Tuanjiehu and visit Sanlitun (三里屯). This area is famous as an international bar street and offers a lot of different styles of Western food. Another option which is about 25 minutes away is Wudaokao (五道口), this is also a famous area mostly known among students. Yuan Dadu covers an area of 10,000 square meters and provides one of the longest bar streets in Beijing.
- Shopping: Xiu Shui Street (Silk Street) is quite a hot spot for foreign visitors where you could buy silk, pearl, Chinaware, handicrafts and clothes at a low price. The other well know shopping areas are Xi Dan and Dong Dan, respectively on the east and west side of the famous Tian An Men Square.
- Architecture: This is a city where you could see both traditional architecture of imperial China and much more modern architectural forms.
Open Source Communities and Universities
There are different kinds of open source communities located here in Beijing. Along them there are Beijing GNU/Linux User Group (aka BLUG for short), Beijing GNOME User Group(BJGUG), China Firefox Community and so on.
There are different kinds of open source activities here, too. Among them are Software Freedom Day every year, BLUG monthly meetup, PyCon, and so on. As for local Fedora community, we have successfully held FAD in 2011, Release Parties for Fedora release 18--20. We have many cooperatoin with other communities. For example, we held "The unity of open source community (Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE)" with BJGUG, Ubuntu community, and openSUSE community together on Mar 19, 2013.
Besides, there are a total of over 80 universities located in Beijing. Some of them have Linux related research team, and a lot of them have Linux or open source related leagues and courses, such as TUNA in Tsinghua, OSLUG in GUCAS, and so on. A lot of students here in Beijing are willing to volunteer for open source related activities.
Beihang University (BUAA for short) is "a multi-disciplined, research-oriented university of engineering science and technology with an emphasis on aeronautic and astronautic engineering" (cited from the homepage). It is located in Haidian district is easily reachable by public transport (Subway Line 10). Beihang University has good relationship with local open source communities in Beijing. GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 was held there.
The New Main Building of Beihang University has different sizes of conference rooms. The biggest meeting hall has 270 seats. We also get some discount for the event.
Detailed venue address: Conference Center at New Main Building of Beihang University, No. 37 XueYuan Road, HaiDian District, Beijing, China.
Reference for food
- Heyi Building where you can get Moslem food on the 4th floor.
Here is a list of nearby vegan restaurant:
Here is a list of nearby Moslem restaurant:
|Beihang Moslem Dining Hall||4th floor, Heyi Building||CNY 26|
Major Local Airports
Beijing Capital International Airport (Airport Code: PEK) is the major airport servicing Northern China and Beijing. Airlines from most of major cities in the world can fly to Beijing directly.
Transit to/from airport
The airport is easily accessible by public transport, e.g. subway and shuttle bus. Taxi takes about 40-50 mins from airport to the center of the city.
Local Mass Transit
The proposed venues are easily reachable with public transport; several bus stations are around the universities, and they are within walking distance from nearby Subway station.
- Subway costs are fixed at ¥2 per ride (about $0.30)
- Taxi cost is calculated per kilometer. starts at ¥13 (includes 3KM). ¥2.3 per additional kilometer.
- Bus depends on the local or regional bus. Urban bus price is fixed at ¥1. Segmented fare starts at ¥1 within 12 km, and is incremental at ¥0.5 per 5 km thereafter. Discount is offered for traveling with a general transit card (60% discount) or student transit card (80% discount).
The schedule is presented together with GNOME.Asia topics. Generally speaking, we share the main hall, and each have dedicated smaller rooms for parallel sessions.
- Friday: Arrival day, FUDpub, GNOME Training sessions
- Saturday: Keynote speech to all attendees, parallel standard sessions
- Sunday: Keynote speech to all attendees, parallel standard sessions, party
- Monday: One day tour to the Great Wall for interested speakers
Saturday, May 24
All times are Chinese Standard Time (local time for Beijing, UTC+8).
|#5 Conference Room
|#4 Conference Room
|#8 Conference Room |
|09:00–09:30||Welcome Speech - Kate 10mins +Fedora 10mins+ Local team 10mins|
|09:30–10:15||Keynote - What's cooking in GNOME - 3.12 under the hood |
|10:15–11:00||Keynote - Fedora.Next: Features and Friends|
Jiri Eischmann, Jaroslav Reznik
|11:00–11:45||Mozilla - Firefox OS 释放移动的未来
|Managing and triaging GNOME's bug reports
|Libreoffice - go hand in hand with Gnome
|Fedora Videos |
Nitesh Narayan Lal
|11:45–12:30||Bringing your GNOME application up-to-date
|GStreamer, a state of the union
|Bringing Indonesian scripts and local languages to GNOME
|Fedora websites, present and future. |
|14:00–14:45||How GNOME Works
|GStreamer debugging with GstPadProbe
|GNOME/KDE on MIPS
|Building Orchestration and Configuration with Ansible at Fedora Project|
|14:45–15:30||Developing new element with GstCheck
|A Life of Translator
|FOSS & Education in Taiwan with Ezilla project
|Brief Introduction to FirewallD |
|16:00–16:45||wayland intro with i18n hacks
|GNOME Documentation: helping you learn and give back
|openQA and Automated Desktop Testing
|Re-rolling Fedora with Conary|
|16:45–17:30||Next Generation Input methods
Daiki Ueno,Anish Patil
|embed and embrace dconf in gnome software developing
|Workshop: LaTeX Tips
|Hackfest: Packaging a ROS Groovy SCL for Fedora|
|17:30–17:45||Lightning Talks (3 talks)|
|17:45–18:00||First Day close|
Sunday, May 25
All times are Chinese Standard Time (local time for Beijing, UTC+8).
|#5 Conference Room
|#4 Conference Room
|#8 Conference Room
|#3 Conference Room |
|09:00–10:00||Keynote - A perspective for systemd: What has been achieved, and what lies ahead |
|10:00–10:15||Lightning Talks (3 talks)|
|10:30–12:00||Keynote - Free Software and Your Freedom |
Richard Matthew Stallman
|14:00–14:45||Workshop: A GPG key signing party
|GNOME Archives Integration and FreeBSD porting
|以自由軟體建置電腦教室 -- 從 NTPC 專案談起 (Creating a Free World In Computer Classroom-- What We Learned From the NTPC Project)
|Workshop: Fedora i18n and l10n
Tian Shixiong, Robert Lijun Li
|Fedora on ARM|
|14:45–15:30||Start a relationship with OSS project
|An introduction to DBus
|How to ignore users' needs
Nitesh Narayan Lal
|16:00–16:45||What we do on promoting FOSS in China
|GNOME for Enterprise
David Liang (Liang Chenye)
|Local weather information and GNOME shell extension
|GSoC with Fedora
|Batsh - A language that compiles to Bash and Windows Batch|
|16:45–17:30||Ramblings from the governing body of the GNOME Foundation
|GNOME Shell extensions
|Integrating Open-source Hardware into School Curricula: The Community Development of Scratch and Sensors in Taiwan
Ms. Kai-ju Tsai
|Success story of Fedora in to education
|Elvish, a new experimental Unix shell|
肖骐 Cheer Xiao
|17:30–18:00||Closing speech - Local organizer & GNOME.Asia & FUDcon Committee|
|18:00:00||End of Day 2|
Special Notes for Hackfest/Workshop
|Session Type||Session Name||Description||Owner||Pre-requisites|
|Hackfest||Packaging a ROS Groovy SCL for Fedora||"The robotics SIG has been working on packaging up the ROS robotics platform for Fedora. I'd like to sit down with any interested parties and package up as much of ROS groovy as possible as an SCL to a COPR repository.
I'll use the opportunity to teach people how SCLs work and even some packaging if there are new people looking to start with Fedora packaging."
|Ankur Sinha||A working Fedora 19/20 installation. Some knowledge of RPM packaging would be beneficial.|
|Workshop||A GPG key signing party||"The GPG key signing party helps to extend the web of trust to a great degree. I'll briefly introduce the web of trust, and then we'll go about signing each others GPG keys! We'll also discuss good practices about backing up one's keys etc. and how one can use GPG to sign other things, like e-mail, git commits or encrypt files."||Ankur Sinha||A working Fedora 19/20 installation. All attendees should have valid gpg keys, and photo ID card.|
|Workshop||LaTeX Tips||An interactive workshop/training to walk through common mistakes in LaTeX usage, and more importantly talk about the correct way. Also talk about how to troubleshoot the "mysterious" LaTeX error log.||Alick Zhao||A working TeX installation (e.g. TeX Live 2013 on Fedora 20)|
We have time slots for lightning talks, which are typically 5 to 10 minutes each.
|Tips about Linux Servers||Tom Li (biergaizi)||Share some simple hints and tips about setting up and maintaining the Linux server.||slides (a HTML5 browser needed)|
We list links here about Chinese visa introduction and application procedure:
- Chinese Visa and Procedure for visa application from http://www.gov.cn
- Visa Application Form from http://www.fmprc.gov.cn
- Visa Application Form version 2013
- Notes for Visa Application more recent, but in Chinese
- Portal, in Chinese
We'd like speakers to apply Visa type L (travel visa), since its application is normally easier, and the requirements are loose. For Visa type L, the requirement is EITHER flight ticket and hotel reservation OR an invitation letter.
If things go smoothly, two weeks can be enough, but there will not room for error. It's better to start the application two months before the travel time.
Visa for US Citizens is USD 140.
We can provide invitation letter to ease the visa application procedure. If you need an invitation letter, please fill in the form on google docs or email your request to the organizers (to Alick Zhao, cc Christopher Meng, Zamir Sun) with the following information:
- Full name (as on passport)
- Birthdate (as on passport)
- Passport number
Beihang Training Center provides accommodation service and it is quite near (distance of 400 meters) to the conference venue, New Main Building of Beihang. We have reserved 7 standard rooms in the Training Center. The hotel bill will be paid at checkout time. The organizers will book the hotel and pay for the amount during conference days (May 23 to 25, three nights). If you need to stay for more nights, please provide your check in and check out date, and the organizers will try to book the whole stay for you. You need to pay for extra stay yourself. Feel free to ask for help from organizers on fudcon-planning list, or by private mail, or face to face at the conference.
Detailed hotel address: Beihang Training Center Hotel, No. 37 XueYuan Road, HaiDian District, Beijing, China.
A lot of different hotel options of different standards are available.
- Option 1 Park Plaza, about 15 minutes' walk from BUAA.
- Option 2 Beijing Jade Palace Hotel, a 5-star hotel. It's easily accessible by Subway line 10 and only within 5 minutes' walk distance from Exit B. 20 minutes' walk to Red Hat Engineering office, half an hour's bus to BUAA.
- Option 3 Wen Jin Hotel, a 4-star hotel, about 15 minutes' taxi from FUDCon location BUAA, 20 minutes' walk from the Red Hat China Engineering office, 5 minutes' walk from the famous Wudaokou bar street. Food selection is quite abundant in nearby distance from typical Beijing Roast Duck to Korean barbecue.
- Option 4 Jingyi Hotel, about 20 minutes' walk from BUAA.
Estimated Hotel Costs/night/room
|Star Rating||Hotel Name||Map||Reference Price||Condition|
|* 5 star||Beijing Jade Palace Hotel||Beijing Jade Palace Hotel||$110||internet, bathtub & shower(breakfast not included).|
|* 4 star||Wenjin Hotel(3.9 km)||Wenjin Hotel||$77||internet, bathtub & shower (breakfast included, high floor).|
|* 4 star||Jingyi Hotel||Jingyi Hotel||$76||internet, bathtub & shower (breakfast not included).|
|* 4 star||Park Plaza||Park Plaza||$70||internet, bathtub & shower (breakfast may included).|
Cheaper hotel options are available, but mostly personnel is not proficient enough at English. If needed, special arrangement or last-minute can be discussed. On the following hotel map options can be found near the possible venue.
Transit to/from FUDCon
Here is the subway map of Beijing, almost 80% of them is completed.
NOTE if you want to see an online version, please refer to: http://inat.fr/metro/beijing/, here is the picture downloaded from INAT:
Easy access to the venue is possible by public transport.
Wifi connection is available at event venue, cabled internet or wifi is accessible at all hotels.
Transportation to Event
Price indication for flight tickets. For international and domestic flights you can fly directly to Beijing (PEK; Beijing Capital Airport). For domestic flights it is also possible to use Tianjin (Tianjin Binhai airport) and take the high speed train to Beijing (this takes about 30-40mins).
Costs from Asia and Oceania
- Tokyo: from $400 (stops at Shenyang,China)
- Hong Kong: from $210
- Singapore: from $250
- Delhi: from $631(stops at Bangkok)
- Pune: from $730 (2 stops: Delhi, Shanghai)
- Hanoi: from $310
- Kuala Lumpur: $240
- Jakarta: $454
- Manila: $155
- Sydney: from $520
- Brisbane: from $640
Costs from NA and LATAM
- New York (JFK) : From $1295 or ￥5434
- Boston (BOS) : From $1333(1 stop) or ￥5757 (1 stop)
- Washington DC.(IAD) : From $1341 (1 stop) or ￥5346 (2 stops)
- Seattle (BFI) : From $1484(1 stop) or ￥4814(1 stop)
- Los Angeles (LAX) : From $1402 (1 stop) or ￥5221 or ￥3957 (1 stop)
- Vancouver, Canada (YVR) : From $655 or ￥4567
Costs from Europe and Africa
- Moscow: from €280
- London: from €491
- Frankfurt (FRA): from $800
- Munich (MUC): from $750
- Berlin: from $750
- Paris: from €400
- Madrid: from €390
- Barcelona: from €390
- Lisbon: from €440
- Rome: from €390
- Budapest: from €360
- Amsterdam: from $750
- Brussels: from $770
- Vienna: from $760
Costs from China
For Chinese citizens it is also possible to come by train. Each train station in Beijing offers good connection with the subway. As mentioned earlier, it is possible to even fly to Tianjin and take the high speed connection to Beijing. This option is in fact also available for Shanghai (high speed train takes about 5:30 hours).
Please keep the table in alphabetical order:
|Guangzhou||Beijing||CRH Highspeed Train||About￥862, ￥1380, ￥2724|
|Guangzhou||Beijing||Train||About￥251, ￥441, ￥784, ￥1445|
|Tianjin||Beijing||Train||￥55 2nd CLASS SEAT|
￥66 1st CLASS SEAT
|Xi'an||Beijing||Train||2nd class T series: ￥270 |
1st class Z series: ￥420
|Yinchuan||Beijing||Train||Train No.T275 ￥270.5|
|Zhengzhou||Beijing||Train||About ￥90, ￥200, ￥300|
Pros and Cons of Proposed Location
- Opportunity to grow Open Source and Fedora presence in Asia, especially in China.
- Possible co-operation with various user groups in Beijing and China, e.g. BJGUG, Beijing LUG, etc. We are discussing co-location with BJGUG people who will host GNOME.Asia 2014. Since GNOME is one major upstream of Fedora, and Fedora is one major distro for GNOME, it can be a great chance for people in both communities to meet face to face.
- The city provides a lot of possibilities to explore; cultural, history, cuisine, architectural, etc.
- Excellent mass/public transport options.
- Most major airline companies offer direct flights to the airport and traffic costs and time to reach the hotel are minimal (within 1 hour).
- English proficiency is limited for certain locations/services. Needed information and help will be provided as much as possible by the event organizers. Solutions have already been discussed, like downloaded flyers and instructions in China which can be handed to taxi drivers or desk personnel.
- Someone has raised concern about Beijing smog. In fact it is highly affected by the weather condition. Generally it is worse in winter, but not so bad in summer. Besides the local government has decided to spend much money in renovation. People can query the latest air quality from various websites or apps for trip guidance. There will be alert in case of harmful haze before 24 hours.
Proposed sponsorship criteria
- FUDCon team will sponsor local travel, food and accommodation for everyone who is a speaker or hackfest participant
- Red Hat speakers travelling internationally, talk to your manager for covering the flight expenses. FUDCon team can cover other expenses if needed.
- Community volunteers (international participants), we have limited budget for covering flight cost. FUDCon team will be choosy about this. FUDCon team will cover other expenses.
- Community volunteers (within China). FUDCon team will cover flight costs for you if you are a speaker or hackfest participant
FUDCon APAC has been provided a tentative budget of 10000 US Dollars as per
We are seeking local sponsors for complimenting the budget but for the bidding process, our planning must be limited within this amount. Note that if a Red Hat person comes from some other country, his or her manager will generally fund that travel and that's what we will encourage. Max Spevack has additional discretionary budget in special cases. Community volunteers need funds to be taken out of the FUDCon allotted budget typically.
The following price varies due to price change or possible discount.
|1||Venue||$800||Big: 400/2(share)*2(day)=400; Small: 100*2(room)*2(day)=400|
|2||Travel Sponsorship||$5550||foreign 8*600, non-local Chinese 5*150|
|4||Food & Drinks||$1000||lunch only for speakers, volunteers, and organizers|
FUDCon is free and open for everyone to attend.
Registration online before the event is not mandatory, but encouraged to help the organizers to have an idea of the expected number of attendees, and prepare swags accordingly.
The registration system is shared by FUDCon and GNOME.Asia Summit.
Hashtag: #fudcon on Twitter, Google Plus; #fudcon# on weibo
|1||Christopher Meng||Beijing, China||Lead Coordinator, Event Owner|
|2||Alick Zhao||Beijing, China||Main Coordinator|
|3||Zhenbo Li||Harbin, China||Coordinator|
|4||Zamir SUN||Shandong, China||Main Coordinator|
|7||Caius Chance||Brisbane, Australia|
|10||Bin Li||Beijing, China||Coordinator from BJGUG|
|11||Gerard Braad||Beijing, China|
|12||Tong Hui||Beijing, China||Coordinator from BJGUG / CSDN|
- 2013-04-19 http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-zh/2013-04-19/fedora-zh.2013-04-19-13.00.html
- 2013-04-26 http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-zh/2013-04-26/fedora-zh.2013-04-26-13.02.html
- 2013-05-03 http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-zh/2013-05-03/fedora-zh.2013-05-03-13.14.html
- 2013-05-10 http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-zh/2013-05-10/fedora-zh.2013-05-10-13.03.html
- APAC: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2014-01-25/apac.2014-01-25-03.00.html
- FAmSCo: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting-2/2014-01-27/famsco.2014-01-27-17.00.html
Trac tickets: https://fedorahosted.org/fudcon-planning/query?status=assigned&status=new&status=reopened&component=FUDCon+Beijing+2014&order=priority&col=id&col=summary&col=status&col=type&col=priority&col=milestone&col=component