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Like last year the university of Aachen helped us organize the Crystal Space conference. It was again a great success. The weather was nice (sometimes a bit too nice) and about 40-50 people attended. On the organizational side we decided to do things a bit differently this year. We now had two tracks: a user track with demos and talks that are useful to people who use Crystal Space and CEL, and a developers track. This last track was more informal with several of the devs talking about an important subject in Crystal Space. In these talks we made plans and discussed things to do in the future.

This conference wouldn't have been possible without the organizational help of the university of Aachen (the ZLW/IMA RWTH-Aachen department) and the financial help of the sponsors: CAE, Software and Support Verlag (software-support.biz), ZLW/IMA (www.zlw-ima.rwth-aachen.de), and RWTH Aachen (www.rwth-aachen.de). So a lot of thanks to these companies! I especially want to thank Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Henning for giving us the permission to organize this conference and of course Uschi Rick and Mareike Lueken for doing the actual organization before and during the conference.

One of the important highlights of this conference was the presence of Ton Roosendaal (project manager of Blender. He wanted to talk to us about the new Apricot project. This is going to be a collaborative project between Blender and Crystal Space. You can read more details about this project here.

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