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13 August 2012, 12:29

FOSDEM 2013 calls for speakers and devroom organisers

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The FOSDEM organisers have put out a call for main track speakers and devroom organisers. FOSDEM 2013 will take place on 2 and 3 February in Brussels. The conference is developer-oriented and talks are usually at a relatively high technical level.

The main talks are being held in the two biggest rooms at the venue, will last 50 minutes, and will be organised around themes such as Linux kernel development, security, and collaboration. Speakers in the main track will have their travel and accommodation costs reimbursed – proposals must be submitted by 1 November. The selected talks will then be published on the FOSDEM web site in mid-November.

Devrooms are separate tracks where the organisers create their own schedule and get a separate room for their community. Devrooms can have schedules based around talks or could encompass workshops or hacking sprints. Since the FOSDEM organisers usually receive more requests than they have space to accommodate, they reserve the right to combine devroom proposals that have a similar theme. Interested parties can submit their ideas for devrooms until 1 October, and the list with accepted devrooms will be published later that month. The organisers point out that Linux distributions should apply to the dedicated distribution mini-conference instead of requesting a devroom.

Held annually in Brussels, FOSDEM is the biggest non-commercial open source and free software conference in Europe. The conference has expanded each year and, in 2013, more than 5,000 attendees are expected at FOSDEM's twelfth iteration.


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