FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software.
Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognised as the best such conference in Europe.
FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for the community. The goal is to provide free and open source software developers and communities a place to meet to:
- get in touch with other developers and projects;
- be informed about the latest developments in the free software world;
- be informed about the latest developments in the open source world;
- attend interesting talks and presentations on various topics by project leaders and committers;
- to promote the development and benefits of free software and open source solutions.
Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organisers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship.
Every year, FOSDEM hosts a wide variety of activities. FOSDEM is a very busy conference. This edition features 644 speakers, 679 events, and 57 tracks. Activities take place in 33 rooms spread across several buildings of the Solbosch campus of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
An overview of the room occupation by track is available, too.
There are essentially five different categories of sessions and activities: keynotes, main tracks,developer rooms, lightning talks and certification exams. During the event, the live streaming page is also updated every few minutes to show you what is currently scheduled in each room.
The FOSDEM team feels it is very important for free and open source software developers around the world to be able to meet in “real life”.
To this end, the FOSDEM organizators have set up developer rooms (devrooms) with network/internet connectivity and projectors where teams can meet and showcase their projects. Devrooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions.
Like almost every other conference, FOSDEM invites speakers to gently start the day with talks concerning slightly less technical, but nevertheless interesting topics from the Open Source realm. The closing keynote at the end of the conference helps everyone digest the vast amount of insightful information collected over the weekend.
For this edition, the keynotes are as follows:
|Welcome to FOSDEM 2018||FOSDEM Staff||Saturday||09:30 – 09:55||Janson|
|Consensus as a Service
Twenty Years of OSI Stewardship
|Simon Phipps, Italo Vignoli||Saturday||10:00 – 10:50||Janson|
|Next Generation Internet Initiative
An opportunity to fix the internet
|Rob van Kranenburg, Michiel Leenaars||Saturday||11:00 – 11:50||Janson|
|Closing FOSDEM 2018||FOSDEM Staff||Sunday||17:50 – 18:00||Janson|
main tracks consist of series of talks that are organised by topic, where the FOSDEM program committee selects suggestions and actively invites speakers on those topics.
For this edition the main tracks are:
The vast majority of events (talks, hacking sessions, open discussions) are held in so-called
developer rooms (
devrooms), which are organized and managed by open source projects themselves, or even associations between several such projects on a common topic in order to foster collaboration.
Here is the list of the devrooms that are present at this edition of FOSDEM, in alphabetical order:
The lightning talk is a very popular format, used at many conferences, where speakers have a mere 15 minutes at their disposal to showcase an open source project, an idea, or a concept thereof.
While that brief lapse of time may seem awkward, it almost always leads the presenters to concentrate on the absolute essence and what is really important, which is why it is often a much appreciated approach, as is the wide variety of the topics.
There are currently 42 lightning talks in the schedule.
Several certification organizations provide FOSDEM visitors with the opportunity of taking certification exams during the conference.
Further details are available on the certification page.
The following types of exams are available at FOSDEM 2018, in alphabetical order:
|BSDCG Exam Session||UB2.147||Saturday||10:30 – 12:30|
|LPI Exam Session 1||UB2.147||Saturday||13:00 – 15:00|
|LPI Exam Session 2||UB2.147||Saturday||15:30 – 17:30|
|LPI Exam Session 3||UB2.147||Sunday||09:30 – 11:30|
|LibreOffice Exam Session 1||UB2.147||Sunday||12:00 – 13:00|
|LibreOffice Exam Session 2||UB2.147||Sunday||13:30 – 14:30|
|LibreOffice Exam Session 3||UB2.147||Sunday||15:00 – 16:00|
The FOSDEM Fringe
The FOSDEM Fringe consists of independent events involving free and open source software taking place in the days around the FOSDEM weekend. Further details are available on the FOSDEM Fringe page.
People have submitted a variety of apps for mobile devices that display the FOSDEM schedule.
Raw schedule data
The schedule data is available in: