OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2003)
March 20th -
March 21st 2003
University of Hamburg, Germany
Meet the community, users, and community sponsors at the
first OpenOffice.org Conference. The conference will take place right after
CeBIT, which ends March
19th. Hamburg is only 100 miles (160 Kilometers) from Hannover. The conference
will attract some high-profile keynote speakers from the developer community,
European politics, the open-source movement, and our main sponsor, Sun
Microsystems, Inc. Confirmed keynote speakers are amongst others the Open
Source Advocate Mitchell Baker as well as the VP of Engineering of the Desktop
Solutions Group at Sun Microsystems Curtis Sasaki. The conference will include
some limited exhibition space.
Miguel de Icaza and Bruce Perens both say that
OpenOffice.org is THE most important Open Source project because people can try
it without switching from Windows and if they do they'll discover that Open
Source can work for them. They no longer have to pay big bucks for office
"We applaud to see the many contributions from the community take
the openoffice.org project much further than we had anticipated so quickly.
It is a testament to the thousands of contributors in the community who want
to see an open, full featured office productivity suite available on many
platforms and in so many languages. I wanted to personally congratulate all
of you for your dedication and efforts to make openoffice.org a shining
example of the benefits of open technologies, open file formats, and an
open style of doing work."
Curtis Sasaki, VP Desktop Solutions, Sun Microsystems
"I've seen the OpenOffice.org community evolve over the
last two years into a place where Sun and the community really do work together
towards the common goal of making office productivity available at low or no
cost to everyone. Their work is driving a lot of the interest in Open Source
that we're seeing now in emerging markets like India and China. It is my
sincere hope that more developers will show up to work on the OpenOffice.org
project so the community can really make it their own", says Danese Cooper,
Sun's Open Source Diva.
The conference will be the perfect place to exchange ideas
with other contributors or to meet face-to-face with people you have only known
The conference will cover the following OpenOffice.org
topics organized in two tracks:
||General Usage and Features
||Software Development Kit
The two tracks of sessions are targeted at both users and
developers. The general sessions will talk about lessons learned during
migration and deployment, the OpenOffice.org roadmap,
through OASIS and Open Source philosophy. Topics for developers cover the
overall process, QA, porting and localization as well as the new Software
There were many paper submissions, far more than could fit into
the two days of the conference. We opened a third track for
Standards (esp. XML) at Thursday.
gives an overview of the sessions (Presentation slides are now avilable from the schedule).
For registering as an attendee please go to
The admission fee will be EUR 20 and will be collected at the event.
Companies that are interested in participating in the
conference as an exhibitor or sponsor can find registration details at
The OpenOffice.org Conference Team / Team OpenOffice.org
(with kind support
of organisations mentioned below)