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 Lightning Talks

Deadline reached, no submissions are accepted anymore. Submitted proposals are still under review.

Lightning Talks are your chance for 15 minutes of fame: every free or open source project can apply for giving a lightning talk at FOSDEM.
Our goal is to offer all the projects that do not fit in a specific main track or devroom the opportunity to speak. During exactly 15 minutes, one person gets to present the project or any aspect of it. All the lightning talks happen in a large room that can host up to 300 people.

Before applying, note that:

  • Verify that your talk does not fit in any of the devrooms,
  • You need to be a Free Software or Open Source project (your project produces and releases software under an open source license or otherwise contributes to open source activities and communities),
  • Projects that do not participate in the current or previous FOSDEM edition will be favored over other ones.

The lightning talks will follow the following procedure:

  • In order to guarantee a smooth speaker switch, the speaker should attend the talk before his,
  • A fixed computer is provided for all speakers, presentations have to be sent in one week in advance,
  • There will be a notorious clock that indicates the time the speaker has left. When it rings after 15 minutes, the speaker has one last sentence to finish up...

Key Dates:
2011-12-16: (extended) Deadline for lightning talk requests
2011-12-26: (extended) Acceptance notification of lightning talks
2012-02-04 to 2011-02-05: FOSDEM

If you are interested in doing a Lightning Talk at FOSDEM, submit a talk proposal!

Submission instructions:

  • Create an account and 'Create Event'.
  • In tab 'General': fill in Title, set Track=Lightningtalks
  • In tab 'Description': fill in Abstract and Full Description (including some general project information)
  • In tab 'Links': Relevant project URL(s)
  • Additional information such as speaking time restrictions can be filled in 'Submission notes'. Other input fields need not be entered.

For more information, contact: