I'm Igor, I work on the Snapcraft team at Canonical.
This may sound a little weird ... Long story short, we want to invite you over for a summit, to work with us creating an Octave snap.
We value and appreciate the contribution and importance of Octave in the scientific community. As a (former) physicist myself, I've used Octave on many occasions in my professional career, and I have a personal soft spot for it.
Summit wise, we are running a Snapcraft Summit, taking place in downtown Montreal, Canada from June 11th to 13th 2019. It is a software workshop attended by major software vendors and hosted by Snapcraft and Travis CI engineers.
If this sounds interesting, we can then discuss details, and I can send you over some more information, including some big words why this would be a really nice effort :)