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.


Call for FOSDEM participation

The deadline has passed, thanks for the many requests. The devrooms and stands present at FOSDEM 2009 will be announced soon.

FOSDEM is probably the most developer-oriented Free and Opensource conference, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February 2009. Apart from having many invited speakers, the conference offers developer rooms, stands and lightning talks to projects from the Free and Opensource community.

We hereby welcome proposals from projects to participate in organizing a devroom, manning a stand or holding a lightning talk.

As every year, we have only a limited number of rooms, space for stands and lightning talk slots. Since we always receive more requests than we can host, a committee within the FOSDEM organizing team will review all proposals. Selection will be based on possible impact, our experience of previous editions and diversity in the offerings.


We offer large projects a devroom during the conference. A devroom is a room in which projects can organize their own schedule made of presentations, brainstorming and hacking sessions. Our goal is to stimulate developer collaboration and cross-pollination between projects, and as such we strongly favor projects with similar goals and domains to host a devroom together.



We offer stands to projects that want to present themselves to the visitors in a more personal fashion. Stands can be used to share information, demo software, sell merchandizing or give away goodies.


Lightning talks

We offer lightning talks to all other projects that want to present themselves. A lightning talk is a short talk in which a project can introduce itself, talk about recent developments, or share exciting new directions.


FOSDEM 2009 will be the 9th edition of the event, which has been steadily growing every year in importance and in the number of visitors. Our goal is to provide a platform to Free and Opensource projects to meet, discuss, present their current and future developments, both to their own developer and user community as to other projects that are present. Given the large amount of active contributors from many different projects present during the conference, it is an exceptionally well suited occasion to share goals and ideas with people from other communities, which is something we strongly encourage and do our best to support. Of course, the event only lives through the projects that take part in it, and through the many FOSS contributors who attend. We merely do our best to provide the best possible service to the FOSS community at large.

Key dates:

  • 2008-11-22: Deadline for devroom & stand requests
  • 2008-11-30: Devroom & stand acceptance notification
  • 2008-12-26: Deadline for lightning talk requests
  • 2008-12-29: Lightning talk acceptance notification
  • 2009-01-09: Deadline for final devroom & lightning talk schedules
  • 2009-02-07 to 2009-02-08: FOSDEM 2009