I applied for a business visa for the first time and it was refused :(
I have filed a remonstrance appeal against the decision as the document work on my part was perfect with the invitation and all other documents the GNOME travel committee and KDE e.V. had provided me, but processing it is going to take at least a month (as a visa officer told me over phone) and I wont be able to make it to Berlin before 8th even if I reschedule my trip.
I am deeply sorry for the change in the program caused due to this. I hope that Desktop Summit program committee will find a good replacement for my talk "Knock Knock! What is new?" which was scheduled for the 3rd day (8th August, 2011) of the conference. I am so sad that I won't be able to join GNOME Women's Dinner nor will be able to attend the Women's Networking BoF. I owe my apologies to the GNOME travel committee too for the changes they will have to make because of this. :(