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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 available. If you are interested, please see Sponsoring Akademy for more information, including valuable sponsor benefits.

Sponsors for Akademy 2021


At MBition, we strive to bring digital luxury to mobility users around the world. To accomplish this, we are redefining how software is developed within the automotive field. As a 100% subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG. We develop and integrate the next generation of Mercedes-Benz in-car Infotainment systems (MBUX) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Our reusable platform MBiENT enables developers worldwide to develop applications independent from the car production lifecycle. MBition's embedded operating system work is augmented by our engagement in Cloud Services and Mobile Apps. We, at MBition are proud to be a part of the KDE Akademy as across our developments we employ and contribute to the OSS community allowing our knowledge to help others, and their knowledge to help us. OSS will play an ever-larger role at MBition, and we will further invest into this area over the next years. Find out more:

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 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

GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, delivered as a single application, fundamentally changing the way Development, Security, and Ops teams collaborate. GitLab helps teams accelerate software delivery from weeks to minutes, reduce development costs, and reduce the risk of application vulnerabilities while increasing developer productivity. GitLab provides unmatched visibility, radical new levels of efficiency and comprehensive governance to significantly compress the time between planning a change and monitoring its effect.

Built on Open Source, GitLab works alongside its community of thousands of contributors and millions of users to continuously deliver new DevOps innovations. More than 100,000 organizations from startups, to leading open source projects, to global enterprise organizations, trust GitLab to deliver great software at new speeds.

The Fedora Project s a community of people who create an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

The KDE Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of Fedora contributors that maintain popular KDE packages, take care of KDE-related documentation, artwork and other KDE specific tasks. Learn more at


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.

Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the OS for most public cloud workloads as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support and services to commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.

remarkable's vision is “Better thinking through technology”. Since launching our first piece of ground-breaking E Ink hardware in 2017, our digital paper tablets have helped users to focus on what really matters - without any distractions. For our devices, we created our own Linux distribution and companion apps and use current technology - including some from KDE - to create amazing user experiences, lead by design that stays true to our customer-focused goals. We are based in Oslo, Norway and have a great, fast-growing team innovating in hardware design, amazing software features, and our finished products.


Pine64 is a community driven project that creates Arm and RISC-V devices for open source enthusiasts and industry partners. Perhaps best known for the PinePhone, our Linux-only smartphone, and the Pinebook range of laptops, we strive to deliver devices that you want to use and develop for. Rather than applying business to a FOSS setting, we allow FOSS principles to guide our business.

At Shells we are closing the digital divide by providing simple, secure, and affordable access to a powerful, future-proof computing solution that is accessible on any device. In addition to providing a powerful computing option, we also offer a variety of pre-installed Linux distributions which give our users complete flexibility and control of their device while also opening new doors for a potential new Linux user.

TUXEDO Computers builds tailor-made hardware with Linux! For a wide variety of computers and notebooks - all of them individually built und prepared - we are the place to go. From lightweight ultrabooks up to full-fledged AI development stations TUXEDO covers every aspect of modern Linux-based computing. In addition to that we provide customers with full service at no extra cost: Self-programmed driver packages, tech support, fully automated installation services and everything around our hardware offerings.

Collabora is a leading global consultancy specializing in delivering the benefits of Open Source software to the commercial world. For over 15 years, we've helped clients navigate the ever-evolving world of Open Source, enabling them to develop the best solutions – whether writing a line of code or shaping a longer-term strategic software development plan. By harnessing the potential of community-driven Open Source projects, and re-using existing components, we help our clients reduce time to market and focus on creating product differentiation. To learn more, please visit

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SLIMBOOK has been in the computer manufacturing business since 2015. We build computers tailored for Linux environments and ship them worldwide. Our main goal is to deliver quality hardware with our own apps combined with an unrivaled tech support team to improve the end-user experience. We also firmly believe that not everything is about the hardware. SLIMBOOK has been involved with the community from the beginning, taking on small local projects to bring the GNU/Linux ecosystem to everyone. We have partnered with state-of-the-art Linux desktops like KDE, among other operating systems. And of course, we have our very own Linux academy, "Linux Center," where we regularly impart free Linux/FOSS courses for everyone. If you love Linux and need quality hardware to match, BE ONE OF US.