Call For Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are your 15 minutes of fame: every open source or free software project can apply for a lightning talk.
During exactly 15 minutes, one person gets to present the project or an aspect of it.
All lightning talks will happen in a large room that can host almost 300 people.

Proposals closed, there are no more lightning talk slots available

You could have applied for a lightning talk if you comply with the following conditions:
  • Every project can only have one lightning talk.
  • The project may not have a Developer Room at FOSDEM.
  • A lightning talk is given by one person.
  • The travel expenses of Lightning Talk speakers are not covered by FOSDEM. We won't send official invitations either.(sometimes needed for internaltional visa/travel)
  • All Lightning Talks will be recorded. The recordings will be made available freely, shortly after the event.

Also note that in order to be granted a lightning talk, you will have to follow these rules:

  • A fixed computer is used for all presentations: the speaker must send in his presentation before Thursday 15th February, 23h59 (corrected).
  • The following software will be available on the computer: firefox, xpdf 3, acroread 7, 2. (Other software can be requested, but may not be granted)
  • The speaker must attend the lightning talk of the speaker before him, in order to guarantee a smooth switch between speakers.
  • A speaker is given exactly 15 minutes time. There will be a clock that indicates the time that the speaker has left. When the clock rings, the speaker may not speak another word.

If you were interested in doing a lightning talk, then you could have send an email to with following information:

  • Your full name (you being the speaker) and country of origin
  • The name and website of the project
  • A short description of the project
  • A short description of what your lightning talk will be about.
  • A short bio, especially regarding your FOSS activities.
  • Optionally, a photo of yourself.

The lightning talks schedule information will be published on the FOSDEM website, including the information above.

Lightning talks were handled on a "first received, first handled" basis.
The final lightning talk schedule will be published on the website on the 27th of January.