12th QGIS Developer Meeting in Essen

The 12th QGIS Developer Meeting from 02 - 05 October 2014 was organised by Geoinformatikbüro Dassau and held for the second time at the Linuxhotel in Essen, Germany. The Linuxhotel provided the venue, internet, accommodation and breakfast with very moderate conditions. It is a wonderful place and we are extremely grateful to them for organising and helping us to make the whole event went very smoothly.

We also want to thank our gold sponsor ASIA AIR SURVEY, our silver sponsors G.A.I.A. mbH, and State of Vorarlberg, the German FOSSGIS e.V. for sponsoring this event explicitly with 1500 Euros and the many people who have donated sums large and small to the QGIS project.

The money from donations was put to very good use funding the travel, accomodation and eating of most of the participants of the developer meeting. We would like to thank the virtual particpants present on IRC, the developer meeting was all the better for having your comments, testing and insights.

Group picture Linuxhotel Essen 2014

Summary of what happened at the hackfest

Firstly we should mention, that the greatest part of the time was spent in discussions. Meeting face to face gives us an opportunity to discuss the minutae of the project in a way that is imply not possible in our virtual discussions. The discussions also gave us a good chance to plan what should be the priorities after the major release of QGIS 2.6. More details on that further down. We had 35 people attending (most could attend for the full duration). They have been working on a wide variety of topics, e.g.:

  • Otto Dassau: Organization, PSC Discussions, Documentation
  • Richard Duivenvoorde: PSC Discussions
  • Larissa Junek: Organization, Documentation
  • Jürgen Fischer: PSC Discussions, Bugfixing
  • Paolo Cavallini: PSC Discussions
  • Denis Rouzaud : QGIS Development
  • Giovanni Manghi : Bug hunting, testing and fixes (Processing)
  • Hugo Martins: QGIS Development
  • Alexandre Neto: Documentation, User Manual screenshots, Plugins
  • Raymond Nijssen: Documentation
  • Alessandro Pasotti: QGIS Website, Plugin Development
  • Victor Olaya: Processing Plugin Development
  • Martin Isenburg: LAStools Plugin Development
  • Tim Sutton: PSC Discussions
  • Luigi Pirelli: Documentation, Translation
  • Sören Gebbert: Plugin Development
  • Matthias Kuhn: QGIS Core Development
  • Yves Jacolin: Documentation
  • Arnaud Morvan: Documentation
  • Andre Mano: Documentation. Translation, testing and bug hunt
  • Alexander Bruy: Plugin Development
  • Andreas Neumann: QGEP, QGIS Web Client
  • Werner Macho: Documentation, Plugin Development
  • Mathias Walker: OpenLayers Plugin, QGIS Web Client
  • Sandro Mani: QGIS Plugin Development
  • Carlos López Quintanilla: Translation, test, plugins
  • David Erill Carrera: Plugin Development
  • Stefan Ziegler: QGIS Web Client, Arcs/Curves
  • Martin Dobias: QGIS Core Development
  • Peter Wells: QGIS Plugin Development
  • Andreas Schmid: QGIS Web Client, documentation
  • Diethard Jansen: Translation, Documentation & learn Epanet plugin
  • Marco Hugentobler: Arcs/Curves, QGIS server, PSC Discussions
  • Matteo Ghetta: Documentation, translation,
  • Lene Fischer: Planing the next hackfest, Documentation

Experiences and plans for the next hackfest

The next hackfest is planned to be in May 2015 near Copenhagen. We would like to encourage all developers and non developers to join the meeting because it was extremely useful having them in Essen and there are many hackfest activities they can contribute with including documentation cleanups, translations, giving inputs to the user interface and user interaction ideas.