Let’s start out with some trivialities that might convince you all that hosting GUADEC in Karlsruhe in 2016 is a brilliant idea. Karlsruhe is Germany’s sunniest city. Karlsruhe is situated in the Southern part of Germany, hence not only easily accessible from other European Countries, but also from abroad as it is close enough to Frankfurt international airport and Stuttgart airport. Karlsruhe combines a strong sense for science and technology - think KIT1, FZI2 and Frauenhofer Institute–with a penchant for creativity and design–think ZKM3. Karlsruhe is a typical “student city” with affordable accommodation and cheap meals. The city hosts 4 higher education institutes offering computer science related degrees. As we plan a particular student pre-event to tap into this student pool, the potential of growing the GNOME community is guaranteed.