FOSDEM '09 is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.


Lightningtalk Request

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.

The call for lightningtalks is closed.

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 part of this or the previous edition of FOSDEM in any way.
  • 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 one week in advance.
  • 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 before his, 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, submit the form below !

Key Dates:
2008-12-26: Deadline for lightning talk requests
2008-12-29: Lightning talk acceptance notification
2009-01-09: Deadline for final lightning talk schedules
2009-02-07 to 2009-02-08: FOSDEM 2009

For more information about lightningtalks, contact:
The Lightning Talks schedule information will be published on the FOSDEM website, including all the information you provide (except email).

Information about the project.
The name of the project
The website of the project (URL)
The abbreviation + URL of the license of the project (must be free or open source, or under Creative Commons)
A short description of the project
Information about the proposed lightning talk
The title of the talk (max. 75 characters)
A short description of what the lightning talk would be about
Information about the speaker.
The first name of the speaker
The last name of the speaker
The email of the speaker, it will only be used for personal communication.
A very short description of the open-source activities of the speaker, it will be put on the website and used to introduce the speaker.
Optional practical information
A picture for on the website (must be a 128x128 png image !)
A list of time-constraints during which you WILL NOT be able to do your talk, for example 'saturday' if you can not talk on saturday, or 'sunday, after 16h00' if you plan to take an early flight.