Maybe a shock to all who did not register so far: T3BOARD08, the TYPO3 Snowboard Tour, is completely sold out. Might you still want to go, there still is the possibility to register on the reserves list. Most of the time we had quite a lot of cancellations due to people having to finish a job or similar reasons. Please ask organiser Monika Ingold (firstname.lastname@example.org) to put you on the reserves list if you were late for registration. It might also help to register to the T3BOARD mailing list, where people sometimes offer their tickets at the last moment.
The second edition of another international TYPO3 community event, the TYPO3 Developer Days (T3DD), was very successful and also super to attend, measuring the responses we got from attendees. Everybody was enthusiastic about the event, the quality of the workshop and the overall atmosphere that dominated it. If you really want to stay ahead in TYPO3 development while in the meantime having a say in it, this now is the event to go or send your developers to.
The international TYPO3 conference  has opened up for registration. The conference program is of very high quality this year and mainly focuses on technical topics. One of the highlights will probably be the presentation of the (status of the) 5.0 framework by Robert Lemke and Daniel Hinderink. Aside from TYPO3-related talks there will be some great 'outsiders' with strong presentations. Like Prof. Dr. Frank Thissen speaking about 'user oriented communication' or Andrei Zmievski, Chief Architect of Outspark Inc., giving a talk about PHP 6 Unicode and i18n and another one about PHP-GTK 2. He has done lots of inside jobs for Yahoo, so you might expect a lot from him. Then there's David Nuescheler, the JCR spec lead and CTO of Day Software, talking about real world applications. Altogether a strong program which makes this event, combined with its networking possibilities, really a must go.
Quality Control Committee
As mentioned in the last quarterly report, all energy and funding of the Quality Control Committee is devoted to the Certification Team. The summer was also rather quiet for the team. As members were having holidays in different periods each, the quarterly team meeting was postponed to August. The most important open tasks are the programming of a good testing extension, creating the questions and finding an official testing partner, a certification company that can deliver both the infrastructure for testing as wellas the tools needed for the certification process. Negotiations with two world market leaders in the field have taken a lot of time and energy, without resulting in a convenient agreement so far.