The KDE project started on October 14th 1996 (and the project has thus celebrated its tenth birthday already) with a call for programmers in comp.os.linux.misc: the original announcement of the KDE Project in 1996 (use Google™ Groups to find the original posting).
At the 2003 Kastle conference Matthias Kalle Dalheimer gave a presentation about the history of the KDE project.
There have been roughly yearly large-scale developer meetings for the KDE community since very early in the project. Since the KDE e.V. was created the yearly meeting is a requirement of its bylaws, so we can count on it now.
- Akademy 2009 - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
- Akademy 2008 - Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium
- aKademy 2007 - Glasgow, Scotland
- aKademy 2006 - Dublin, Ireland
- aKademy 2005 - Málaga, Spain
- aKademy 2004 - Ludwigsburg, Germany
- Kastle - Nové Hrady, Czech Republic 2003
- KDE Three - Nürnberg, Germany, 2002
- KDE Three Beta - Trysil, Norway 2000
- KDE Two - Erlangen, Germany 1999
- KDE One - Arnsberg, Germany 1997
The KDE Appreciation Awards, also known as the "aKademy Awards", are awards that the KDE community gives to KDE contributors. Their purpose is to recognize outstanding contribution to KDE. They are given in a yearly basis inside the yearly aKademy conference. There are three awards, best application, best contribution to KDE and the Jury's Choice Award.
aKademy Awards 2009 - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Jury: Mark Kretschmann, Nuno Pinheiro, Aaron Seigo.
- Best Application: Peter Penz for Dolphin.
- Best Non-Application: Celeste Lyn Paul for her usability work.
- Jury's Award: David Faure for greatest service to KDE.
aKademy Awards 2008 - Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium
Jury: Sebastian Trueg, Matthias Kretz and Danny Allen.
- Best Application: Mark Kretschmann for Amarok.
- Best Non-Application: Nuno Pinheiro for Oxygen.
- Jury's Award: Aaron Seigo for Plasma.
aKademy Awards 2007 - Glasgow, Scotland
- Best Application: Sebastian Trueg for K3b.
- Best Non-Application: Matthias Kretz for Phonon.
- Jury's Award: Danny Allen for the KDE Commit-Digest.
aKademy Awards 2006 - Dublin, Ireland
- Best Application: Boudewijn Rempt for Krita.
- Best Non-Application: Alexander Neundorf for his work on CMake in KDE4.
- Jury's Award: Laurent Montel for KDE4 Commit Champion.
aKademy Awards 2005 - Málaga, Spain