We arrived in Helsinki on Sunday evening, ready to start our week long SDK sprint on Monday. Our hotel was in a nice location, by the sea.
The SDK is a core part of Ubuntu and provides an array of components and flexibility needed to create applications across staged and windowed form factors, with good design and user experience in mind.
The purpose of the sprint was to have the designers and engineers come together to work on tools and components such as palette themes, bottom edge, header, scrollbars, focus handling, dialogs, buttons, menus, text selections and developer tasks such as IDE, packaging and application startup.
Monday morning started with walking into our venue that looked somewhat like a classroom.
The first task of the day required some physical activity of moving all the tables around so that the environment was much more conducive to a collaborative sprint.
Each day we broke off into working groups for our respective sessions and ironed out any existing issues, as well as working through new and exciting features that would enhance different SDK components.
Jamie, Pierre and Zsombor working hard on the colour palette.
Old school pointing devices, Jamie gives it a go, looking very much like a professor!
During the course of the week we achieved what we’d set out to do:
In the early hours of Wednesday morning (before breakfast) a few of us managed to witnessed a planetary conjunction (Venus, Mars and Jupiter) which was truly amazing… a surprise benefit of sprinting in the arctic circle.
Even though there were a few hours of daylight, we managed to embrace the cold and stand outside to enjoy the beautiful views during lunch and coffee breaks.
All in all, it was a very productive and fun sprint. We left with a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.
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