FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial event organized by and for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. No registration necessary.


Call for Main Track Speakers

The goal of the main tracks is to host high-quality seminars for a broad and technical audience. Every track is organized around a theme (security, kernel, collaboration, ...) and contains 3 seminars. The main tracks are held in the two biggest rooms, giving a seat to 600 and 1400 visitors.

You can propose a main track talk by filling out the form below. Using all received submissions, we will select the main track themes and accompanying talks.

Before applying, be aware that:

  • A speaker is given exactly 50 minutes time, include questions and answers. A moderator will be there showing you signs of 15, 10 and 5 minutes left.
  • The subject should be about free or open source software development.
  • The proposed lecture should be technical. Our visitors do not come to FOSDEM for a marketing talk or a simple overview of the features of some product.
  • Accordingly, a main track talk speaker should be a developer of the project.
  • All main track talks will be recorded. The recordings and slides will be made available freely, shortly after the event.

Further practical considerations:

  • By sending in your abstract you acknowledge that you keep the dates of 5-6 Feburary 2011 free in case your proposal gets selected.
  • The travel expenses and hotel bookings of main track speakers are covered by FOSDEM. Speakers are kindly asked to book their travel themselves while FOSDEM manages the hotel. Bringing your partner is encouraged but his/her travel costs are not covered by FOSDEM (the hotel is).

If you are interested in doing a Main Track talk at FOSDEM 2011, submit the form below !

Key Dates:
2010-10-16: Deadline for main track talk requests
2010-10-23: Acceptance notification of main tracks
2011-02-05 to 2011-02-06: FOSDEM 2011

For more information about main tracks, contact

Main track talk request form


Information about the project

The website of the project (URL)

A short description of the project. No need to give to many details.


The title of the talk (max. 75 characters)

An abstract describing what the lecture would be about


The email of the speaker, it will only be used for personal communication.

A 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

If you want you can attach a paper about the subject. (Max 5MB, filetypes: txt, rtf, html, odf, pdf, doc, ppt, xls, xml)

A picture for on the website (max 800KB, must be a 128x128 png, jpg, gif image !)

Anything you wish to add. Kindly let us know if you already know you would be available for only one of the two days.