The KDE project started on October 14th 1996 (and the project has thus celebrated its 15th birthday already) with a call for programmers in comp.os.linux.misc: the original announcement of the KDE Project in 1996 (use Google™ Groups to find the original posting).

At the 2003 Kastle conference Matthias Kalle Dalheimer gave a presentation about the history of the KDE project.

Contributor Meetings

There have been roughly yearly large-scale contributor meetings for the KDE community since very early in the project. Since the KDE e.V. was created the yearly meeting is a requirement of its bylaws, so we can count on it now.

Contributor Awards

KDE contributors have been awarding the Akademy Awards to fellow KDE contributors since aKademy 2005.