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.



FOSDEM would not be possible without the generous help of our sponsors.

Thank you very much!

Cornerstone sponsors


Once again, we are proud to have O'Reilly as one of our sponsors.

They are the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies and communicate the knowledge of experts through our books, conferences, and web sites. Their books, known for their animals on the covers, occupy a treasured place on the shelves of the developers building the next generation of software. Their conferences and summits bring innovators together to shape the revolutionary ideas that spark new industries. From the Internet to the web, Linux, Open Source, and now peer-to-peer networking, O'Reilly puts technologies on the map.

O'Reilly supports the event financially.

Main sponsors

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BELNET is a federal government agency with a separate management within the Federal Research policy department. BELNET provides internet access with a very high bandwidth to Belgian educational institutes, research centres and government departments. More than 650,000 end-users use bandwidths of 10 gigabits a second; this is about 2,500 times faster than the normal broadband internet access available to most consumers.
References include all Belgian universities and most non-university higher education institutions, the computer network of the federal government departments (FedMAN), all federal scientific bodies, the largest public research centres and various government administrations. BELNET provides high-quality, secure internet access via CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and a direct connection with worldwide research networks, including the American Internet2 and the European Géant2.
For more information, please go to

Belnet provides a high bandwidth internet uplink during the event.


Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps over 300 million people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. Over the past few years, the company has developed a number of open source infrastructure technologies to support the site's growth ( including Cassandra, Hive, Scribe, Thrift, and Tornado as well contributed to numerous open source projects including Hadoop and memcached. Facebook engineers actively participate in various open source projects, developing technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph. Facebook is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

Facebook supports the event financially.

Linux Magazine

Linux Magazine is a monthly, English-language magazine serving readers in roughly 100 countries. Each article in Linux Magazine is focused on delivering the hands-on, technical information you need in your daily Linux use. As a bonus, each issue includes a DVD containing a full version of a major Linux distribution.

Linux Magazine has grown from a local UK publication to an internationally-active leader in the Linux Community, supporting events and organizations related to Linux and Open Source.

For more information please visit their website:

Linux magazine donates magazine subscriptions to the raffle winners.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is an internationally recognized, vendor-independent organization advocating and assisting the professional use of Linux, Open Source and Free Software, through the certification of Linux professionals. Established as a non-profit organization in 1999, LPI is community based and supported. LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the programs inception, LPI has delivered over 155,000 exams and 47,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.

LPI offers level 1, level 2 and level 3 certification exams with an almost 50% rebate to FOSDEM visitors and donates 10 EUR to FOSDEM per exam session taken during the event.


Cisco enables people to make powerful connections - whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity.
Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible - providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time.
Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies.
Today, with more than 67,000 employees worldwide, this tradition of innovation continues with industry-leading products and solutions in the company's core development areas of routing and switching, as well as in advanced technologies such as Application Networking, Data Center, Digital Media, IPICS, Mobility, Security, Storage Networking, TelePresence, Unified Communications, Video and Virtualization

Cisco provides all of our WLAN hardware and helps us setting up the wireless network.


CodePlex is Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. Open source developers can use to create new projects to share with the world, join others who have already started their own projects, or use the applications on the site and provide feedback. was designed as a place where developers could build open source projects using Microsoft tools and technologies. Microsoft began to host to address customer requests for more transparency, code sharing and participation in open source development from Microsoft. now hosts over 17,000 projects, with more than 400 from Microsoft. Microsoft does not control, review, revise, endorse or distribute the third party projects on this site. Microsoft is hosting the site solely as a web storage site as a service to the developer community. For more information, please go to or

Codeplex supports the event financially.


About Google: Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program, which is the largest and fastest growing in the industry, provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

Google supports the event financially.


As the world’s largest IT company, HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all its customers – from individual consumers to large enterprises. HP helps businesses focus on innovation instead of IT operations by offering robust solutions based on HP inventions, open source software, and industry-standard hardware in a converged infrastructure. In fact, as the leading provider of scalable Linux platforms, HP ships one Linux server every minute. HP not only uses open source within the company extensively but also contributes our expertise to hundreds of open source projects worldwide. In fact, we built tools for open source governance in enterprises, then released them as an open source project called FOSSology. Also, HP helps lead the thriving FOSSBazaar community focused on free and open source governance best practices, education, and tools. For more information, visit

HP supports the event financially.

SourceForge is dedicated to making open source projects successful and thrives on community collaboration. Using the tools we provide, millions of developers create powerful software. Our popular directory connects consumers with these open source projects.
Serving more than 2,000,000 downloads a day, SourceForge is where open source happens.

SourceForge supports the event financially.


A heritage of innovation...
Launched in 1985, a small company focused on "QUALity COMMunications" evolved into one of the telecommunications industry's greatest success stories. In 1989, Qualcomm demonstrated CDMA, a technology that changed wireless communications forever.
Qualcomm's support of the Eudora email program was an early demonstration of its commitment to open source software. In addition advances in CDMA and complementary technologies earned Qualcomm distinction as the world leader in 3G and 4G mobile broadband. Its ever-growing investment in R&D continues to drive the industry with new mobile breakthroughs.

Today, Qualcomm innovation is redefining mobility and empowering people to transform the way they live, learn, work and play.

Qualcomm supports the event financially.


Universite Libre de Bruxelles

The Université Libre de Bruxelles (or ULB) is a French-speaking university in Brussels, Belgium. It has about 20,000 students. They provide us with the location.

Cercle Informatique ULB

The "Cercle Informatique ULB" is a group of students who help us booking and using ULB rooms during FOSDEM.