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                     Ada-Belgium Spring 2013 Event

                 Saturday, June 29, 2013, 12:00-19:00
                            Leuven, Belgium

                          including at 15:00
                   2013 Ada-Belgium General Assembly
                             and at 16:00
                      Ada Round-Table Discussion

    <http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/local.html>

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Announcement
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The next Ada-Belgium event will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013
in Leuven.

For the sixth year in a row, Ada-Belgium decided to organize their
"Spring Event", which starts at noon, runs until 7pm, and includes an
informal barbecue, a key signing party, the 20th General Assembly of
the organization, and a round-table discussion on Ada-related topics
the participants would like to bring up. Afterwards, those interested
can once more get practical hands-on experience on packaging Ada
software for Debian with Ludovic Brenta, principal maintainer of Ada
in Debian.

Schedule
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  * 12:00 welcome and getting started (please be there!)
  * 12:15 informal barbecue
  * 14:45 key signing party
  * 15:00 Ada-Belgium General Assembly
  * 16:00 Ada round-table + informal discussions
  * 19:00 end

Participation
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Everyone interested (members and non-members alike) is welcome at
any or all parts of this event.

For practical reasons registration is required. If you would like
to attend, please send an email before Wednesday, June 26, 21:00,
to Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]> with the subject
"Ada-Belgium Spring 2013 Event", so you can get precise directions
to the place of the meeting. Even if you already responded to the
preliminary announcement, please reconfirm your participation ASAP.

If you are interested to become a new member, please register by
filling out the 2013 membership application form[1] and by paying the
appropriate fee before the General Assembly. After payment you will
receive a receipt from our treasurer and you are considered a member of
the organization for the year 2013 with all member benefits[2]. Early
renewal ensures you receive the full Ada-Belgium membership benefits
(including the Ada-Europe indirect membership benefits package).

As mentioned at earlier occasions, we have a limited stock of
documentation sets and Ada related CD-ROMs that were distributed
at previous events, as well as back issues of the Ada User
Journal[3]. These will be available on a first-come first-serve basis
at the General Assembly for current and new members. Ada-Belgium
sponsor AdaCore provided us some Ada books, and we'll organize a
small raffle to hand them out to interested members.

[1] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/forms/member-form13.html
[2] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/member-benefit.html
[3] http://www.ada-europe.org/auj/home/

Informal barbecue
-----------------
The organization will provide food and beverage to all Ada-Belgium
members. Non-members who want to participate at the barbecue are also
welcome: they can choose to join the organization or pay the sum of
15 Euros per person to the Treasurer of the organization.

Note: if spring would still not have arrived yet in Belgium at this
(theoretical) summer day (read: if heavy rain is expected), the
barbecue might be replaced with an alternative; but rest assured:
food and drinks will be available!

General Assembly
----------------
All Ada-Belgium members have a vote at the General Assembly, can add
items to the agenda, and can be a candidate for a position on the
Board[4]. See the separate official convocation[5] for all details.

[4] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/board/
[5] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/13/130629-abga-conv.html

Key Signing Party
-----------------
Wouldn't it be nice if a majority of people used GPG to sign their
email every day so that you could send all non-signed email into the
spam bin? To make that dream come true, please join and expand the
global Web of Trust[6]!

What you should bring with you:
  * an official ID card issued by your national government;
  * your GPG key fingerprint (i.e. the output of gpg --fingerprint) on
    small paper slips; a dozen copies or so should be enough.

What you will go home with:
  * signatures from all other participants;
  * automatic inclusion in the global Web of Trust;
  * the ability to digitally sign or encrypt anything you like.

[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_of_Trust

Ada Round-Table Discussion
--------------------------
This year, we plan to keep the technical part of the Spring event
informal as well. We will have a round-table discussion on Ada-related
topics the participants would like to bring up. We invite everyone
to briefly mention how they are using Ada in their work or non-work
environment, and/or what kind of Ada-related activities they would
like to embark on. We hope this might spark some concrete ideas for
new activities and collaborations.

Afterwards, those interested can get practical information and
hands-on experience on "Packaging Ada Software for Debian"[7][8].
See the event's web page for more info.

[7] http://www.debian.org/
[8] http://people.debian.org/~lbrenta/debian-ada-policy.html

Directions
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To permit this more interactive and social format, the event takes
place at private premises in Leuven. As instructed above, please
inform us by e-mail if you would like to attend, and we'll provide you
precise directions to the place of the meeting. Obviously, the number
of participants we can accommodate is not unlimited, so don't delay...

Looking forward to meet many of you!

Dirk Craeynest, President Ada-Belgium
[log in to unmask]

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                           Acknowledgements

We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support of our
 activities: AdaCore, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), and
                Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.).

   If you would also like to support Ada-Belgium, find out about the
                extra Ada-Belgium sponsorship benefits:
http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/member-benefit.html#sponsor

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