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 Speakers and Devrooms

FOSDEM, the biggest free and non-commercial event organized by and for the open source community, is taking place in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2011. Apart from having many invited speakers, the conference offers developer rooms, stands and lightning talks to projects from the Free and Open source community. This results in a staggering number of 250+ lectures!

We hereby invite ideas and proposals for main speakers, and proposals for developer rooms. The call for stands and lightning talks will be done after announcing the accepted devrooms.

Details and dates below.

Main Track Speakers

FOSDEM hosts 18 high-quality presentations of 50 minutes each, in 6 Main Tracks during the weekend. The main tracks take place in the two biggest auditoriums, hosting up to 1400 and 600 people respectively. Each of the talks is given by a speaker who gets their travel and accommodation costs reimbursed.

To apply for a FOSDEM Main Track talk, visit call for main speakers.

To suggest a Main Track speaker, please e-mail us at with your suggestion.


FOSDEM puts 14 Developer Rooms up for use by the community. Open source projects can apply for a so-called "devroom", and use it to organize talks, brainstorms and hacking sessions. Our goal is to stimulate developer collaboration and cross-pollination between projects; as such we strongly favor projects with similar goals, interests or domains to host a devroom together.

We reserve 2 of the largest devrooms for a dedicated Distribution Mini-Conference. Any distribution can participate, see the previously linked page for more information.

To propose organizing a devroom, visit call for devrooms.

FOSDEM 2011 will be the 11th 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 Open source projects to meet, discuss, present their current and future developments, both to their own developer and user community as well as to other projects that are present. Given the large amount of active contributors from many different projects attending 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:

  • 2010-10-16: Deadline for main speaker ideas and proposals
  • 2010-10-16: Deadline for devroom proposals
  • 2010-10-23: Acceptance notification for main speakers and devrooms
  • 2010-10-31: Call for stands and lightning talks
  • ...
  • 2011-02-05 to 2011-02-06: FOSDEM 2011