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.


Accepted devrooms

We were very pleased with the devroom proposals we received, as many were collaborative proposals with ample opportunity for cross-pollination between projects. As a side effect, this did make the decision process even harder.

During the coming days, the devrooms listed below will send out call for talks on their respective mailinglists, as well as on
We will also send out our call for stands and call for lightningtalks, and collect all call-for-* here on our site, so stay tuned!

Without further due, here is the list of accepted devrooms:

  • Accessibility
    The goal is to talk about and focus on accessibility across multiple distinct technologies and open source projects.
  • BSD
    The most notable Berkeley Software Distributions are perhaps the major open source BSDs (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD) which have themselves spawned a number of children. FreeBSD-kernel is also used in Linux projects like Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.
  • Configuration/Systems Management
    Mini-talks from real world case studies, brainstorming and hacking around configuration and systems management from complex virtual environments and cloud computing to desktops and laptops.
  • Crossdesktop
    The "CrossDesktop" developer room is a collaboration across KDE, GNOME and XFCE to host talks about common topics, as well as interoperability.
  • Data Analytics
    Open Source tools for Data Analytics. This includes Machine Learning, Text Mining and Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Recommender Engines, Visualisation, Data Mining, Large Scale and distributed data processing, etc.
  • Distribution Miniconf
    As last year, the idea is that rather than having several distributions with their own respective and individual Developer Room, we will host mixed conference rooms where talks and sessions will be organized by topic, with contributors from all distributions attending and participating.
  • Embedded
    Focus on working with embedded systems, cross-compiling, low memory footprints and all that is related to running open-source software on low power or mobile devices.
  • Free Java
    With JDK 7 due to make an appearance, our goal is to provide a venue for the developers and users of the Free Java projects to collaborate and discuss on a range of topics from virtual machines through to deployment on FOSS operating systems.
  • GNU
    The GNU devroom brings together developers, maintainers, friends, and users of GNU projects, promoting use, collaboration, and improvement of GNU software and the community around them..
  • Jabber/XMPP
    The Jabber/XMPP devroom brings together developers of XMPP-using applications. The room will be used for presentations and tutorials on the protocol itself as well as specific projects, hacking on XMPP projects and protocol development discussions.
  • LibreOffice
    Our goals is to present ourselves and collaborate on development topics, introduce the idea of the Foundation and make one more important step towards open and transparent processes.
  • Mono
    Mono is a software platform designed to allow developers to easily create cross platform applications. We feel that by embracing the successful, standardized .NET software platform, we can lower the barriers to producing great applications for Linux.
  • Mozilla
    Contributors and staff of the Mozilla Project will give presentations and lead discussions on different areas of the project, notably, the latest version of Firefox,, HTML5 demos, Jetpack Development, SeaMonkey etc...
  • MySQL & friends
    Talks and discussions related to the MySQL Server Ecosystem. We'd like to cover sessions about best practices (e.g. performance tuning, scaling, high availability) as well as introductions into related technologies and projects.
  • New challenges in Virtualization
    There are several projects related to virtualization and the many open problems it poses. This devroom aims to be a meeting point where developers of these projects can meet to reinforce their cooperation.
  • Open Source Telephony
    The purpose of this devroom is promote cross pollination between projects in the telephony space. There are a good number of open source telephony projects out there and their goals may differ, but they all have certain values in mind, such as standards and interoperability.
  • Perl
    We are going to organize presentations and hacking sessions on a number of Perl related open source projects such as Dancer, Mojolicious, Rakudo and Padre, as well as other Perl related projects such as Perl DBI and MongoDB.
  • PostgreSQL
    FOSDEM is the second most important conference for the European PostgreSQL community (after our own PGDay). The majority of talks will be developer talks, use cases, and PostgreSQL related applications are also welcomed.
  • Security / hardware crypto
    The goal is to to raise the awareness of OpenSC and smart cards in general. The room targets both "core" PKI related software people, who work on libraries other developers use, and developers of any software supporting private keys.
  • World of GNUstep
    The goal is to teach interested developers how to write cross platform applications or port Cocoa applications to Linux, BSD and Windows using GNUstep; share news about the latest development and plans on GNUstep; code sprints, hacking, discussing