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Sponsorship Opportunities

A big thank you to our sponsors who help to make this event happen! There are still sponsorship opportunities.
If you are interested, please see Sponsoring Akademy 2019 for more information, including valuable sponsor benefits.

Sponsors for Akademy 2019


The Qt Company (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: QTCOM) is responsible for Qt development, productization and licensing under commercial and open-source licenses. Qt is a C++ based framework of libraries and tools that enables the development of powerful, interactive and cross-platform applications and devices.

Used by over a million developers worldwide, Qt is a C++ based framework of libraries and tools that enables the development of powerful, interactive and cross-platform applications and devices. Qt’s support for multiple desktop, embedded and mobile operating systems allows developers to save significant time related to application and device development by simply reusing one code. Qt and KDE have a long history together, something The Qt Company values and appreciates. Code less. Create more. Deploy everywhere.

The Future is Written with Qt


Blue Systems is a company investing in Free/Libre Computer Technologies. It sponsors several KDE projects and distributions like Netrunner. Their goal is to offer solutions for people valuing freedom and choice.


Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading OS for cloud operations. Most public cloud workloads use Ubuntu, as do most new smart gateways, switches, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise support and services for commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.


KDAB is the world's leading software consultancy for architecture, development and design of Qt, C++ and OpenGL applications across desktop, embedded and mobile platforms. The biggest independent contributor to Qt, KDAB experts build run-times, mix native and web technologies, solve hardware stack performance issues and porting problems for hundreds of customers, many among the Fortune 500. KDAB’s tools and extensive experience in creating, debugging, profiling and porting complex, great looking applications help developers worldwide to deliver successful projects. KDAB’s global experts, all full-time developers, provide market leading training with hands-on exercises for Qt, OpenGL and modern C++ in multiple languages.

The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world's best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. The project is controlled by its community and relies on the contributions of individuals, working as testers, writers, translators, usability experts, artists and ambassadors or developers. The project embraces a wide variety of technology, people with different levels of expertise, speaking different languages and having different cultural backgrounds. Learn more at:

GitLab is a DevOps platform built from the ground up as a single application for all stages of the DevOps lifecycle enabling Product, Development, QA, Security, and Operations teams to work concurrently on the same project. GitLab provides teams a single data store, one user interface, and one permission model across the DevOps lifecycle allowing teams to collaborate and work on a project from a single conversation, significantly reducing cycle time and focus exclusively on building great software quickly. Built on Open Source, GitLab leverages the community contributions of thousands of developers and millions of users to continuously deliver new DevOps innovations. More than 100,000 organizations from startups to global enterprise organizations, including Ticketmaster, Jaguar Land Rover, NASDAQ, Dish Network and Comcast trust GitLab to deliver great software at new speeds.


In Codethink we specialise in system-level Open Source software infrastructure to support advanced technical applications, working across a range of industries including finance, automotive, medical, telecoms. Typically we get involved in software architecture, design, development, integration, debugging and improvement on the deep scary plumbing code that makes most folks run away screaming.

Slimbook is a computer brand from Spain with Free Software vocation. Our products have consistently been designed and tested to run GNU/Linux and, through cooperation, provided among the best experience we can find in the market. In this fashion, we collaborated with KDE and created the KDE Slimbook laptop to make sure we have a good laptop that is today an example of what we can achieve working together. See you at Akademy!

PINE64 is a community driven project striving to deliver open source ARM64 devices to tinkerers, developers as well as education and business sectors. PINE64’s history began with a successful Kickstarter campaign 2015 of its original PINE A64(+) single board computer. The project has since grown in both scope and scale, and this year will introduce the Pinebook Pro, an ARM daily-driver laptop, as well as the PinePhone - a Linux-only smartphone. The core purpose of PINE64 is to provide the community with affordable and well-documented devices that everyone can use, develop for and apply in a multitude of scenarios.

Open Invention Network is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and supports freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software. Launched in 2005 and funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE, and Toyota, OIN has more than 2,000 community members and owns more than 1,100 global patents and applications. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty free to any party that joins the OIN community. Joining OIN helps provide community members with patent freedom of action in Linux and adjacent open source technologies, free of charge or royalties.

Mycroft The world's first Open Source Voice Assistant. We're building a voice AI that runs anywhere and interacts exactly like a person. Mycroft has products for developers, consumers, and enterprises who demand their technology be Private, Customizable, and Open.

MBition is a 100% owned subsidiary of Daimler AG and focuses on Infotainment-Software, Navigation-Software, Cloud-Software and UI-Software. By combining the spirit and flexibility of a startup and the resources of a global active OEM, MBition develops advanced digital solutions. MBition's innovative products lead to disruptive changes in the automotive industry!

VPN Provider

Private Internet Access (PIA) is the leading no-log VPN service provider in the world. PIA believes that access to an open internet is a fundamental human right and donates effusively to causes such as EFF, ORG, and FFTF to promote privacy causes internationally. PIA has over 3,200 servers in 25 countries that provide reliable, encrypted VPN tunnel gateways for whatever the use case.

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University of Milano-Bicocca

Patrons of KDE

KDE's Patrons also support the KDE Community through out the year