FOSDEM '08 is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.


Call For Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are your 15 minutes of fame: every free or open source 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 up to 300 people.

You can apply for a Lightning Talk if you meet the following conditions:
  • The project is a free or open source project, that released something.
  • The project is not yet part of FOSDEM 2008, and wasn't last year either.
  • A lightning talk is given by one person, who is a developer of the project.
  • The travel expenses of lightning talk speakers are not covered by FOSDEM. We won't send official invitations either (sometimes needed for international 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 Friday 15th February, 23h59.
  • The following software will be available on the computer: Firefox, xpdf 3, Acrobat Reader 7, 2.x (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 are interested in doing a Lightning Talk, then send an email to with following information:
  • Your full name (you being the speaker)
  • 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.

Lightning Talks will be selected by the FOSDEM organizers, based on innovation and uniqueness.

Timing deadlines:
  • Thursday 31 januari, 23h59: LTalk request deadline
  • Monday 04 februari: accepted LTalks announcement
  • Friday 15 februari, 23h59: LTalk presentation deadline
  • Sat/Sun 23-24 februari: FOSDEM 2008 !

The Lightning Talks schedule information will be published on the FOSDEM website, including all the information above.