GUADEC is the GNOME project‘s main conference. It’s a community-driven event focused on desktop software and the 2017 edition is in Manchester, UK between Friday 28th July and Wednesday 2nd August. It will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) just to the south of Manchester city centre.

The conference is open to everyone, but we ask that you register in advance so we know how much space we need to provide. You can choose how large a registration fee you pay — we suggest a fee of £15 for students, £40 for hobbyists and £150 for professionals. This fee helps us cover the costs of the event.

We require that everyone follows the code of conduct.


Between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th the event will be focused mainly on talks, keynotes and panels. The GNOME Foundation‘s annual general meeting also takes place during this time. We expect to have more details on the schedule during May.

From Monday 31st to Wednesday 2nd we have a smaller ‘unconference’ event where groups of people self-organize to work on specific aspects of the GNOME project, such as software design and development, translation, documentation and marketing.

We welcome people who haven’t contributed to GNOME or to open source projects before to get involved. We hope to hold training workshops that can help you get started on this.


Manchester has its own airport with many international connections. It is also well connected by rail and by bus with the rest of the UK and Europe.

Please see this page for detailed travel information.


We have a limited amount of accommodation available on site, which can be booked along with registration. We also have rooms reserved at a fixed price in various hotels through Visit Manchester’s hotel booking service.

Please see this page for detailed accommodation information.

Location and Venue

The conference days (Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July) will take place at the Brooks Building. The unconference days (Monday 31st July to Wednesday 2nd August) will take place at The Shed.

Please see this page for more information about the venue.

Evening Events

The GNOME project is 20 years old this year, and we are holding a birthday celebration on Saturday 29th July.

More events are planned throughout the conference, including a welcome and pre-registration event on Thursday 27th July, and a football game followed by a barbeque on Sunday 30th.