[Belgium] call for participation for FOSDEM

Johan Van de Wauw johan.vandewauw at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 12:21:45 PDT 2018

Hi all,

FOSDEM[1] is the largest European conference on Free and Open Source
software, organised next year on 2&3 februari in Brussels, Belgium.

For the past years, I've organised a geospatial devroom [2] there together
with a team of other people. In the past OSM and OSGeo have also had a
booth at the event.

I believe it is one of the most interesting events one can attend in Europe
- both on a technical level and to learn from other communities (eg there
usually also is a community track [3]). It also gives the opportunity to
people outside the geospatial world to learn about our solutions.

I have decided that I will not be taking the lead for organising a track
this year (I will be involved in organising the conference itself), but I
hope some other people will pick this up. Note that the work one needs to
do is spread and promote a call for presentations and make a selection of
the speakers. FOSDEM itself is taking care of the venue, so one does not
need to be from Belgium to organise, though of course you should be present
during the event.

The call for devrooms [4] is closing this Thursday. If people are
interested in organising (or helping organising) the devroom - I can send
you the proposal of last year. Also note that every year the number of
requests for devrooms is much larger than the supply - writing a proposal
does not guarantee a space.

Kind Regards,

[1] https://fosdem.org/
[2] https://archive.fosdem.org/2018/schedule/track/geospatial/
[3] https://archive.fosdem.org/2018/schedule/track/community_devroom/
[4] https://fosdem.org/2019/news/2018-08-10-call-for-participation/
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