Every year, FOSDEM hosts a wide variety of activities. This page gives an overview with links to further information about scheduled events.
FOSDEM is a very busy conference. This edition features 476 speakers, 487 sessions, and 40 tracks. We do our best to provide you with as much information and navigation options about the schedule as we can.
Activities take place in
24 rooms spread across several buildings of
the Solbosch campus
of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
An overview of the room occupation by track is available, too.
There are essentially five different categories of sessions and activities: keynotes, main tracks, developer rooms (amongst which the somewhat special "distro miniconf"), lightning talks and certification exams.
Friday beer event
As tradition has it, on Friday the 1st of February we have the beer event. More information can be found on this page.
Like almost every other conference, FOSDEM invites speakers to gently start the day with talks concerning slightly less technical, but nevertheless interesting topics from the Open Source realm. The closing keynote at the end of the conference helps everyone digest the vast amount of insightful information collected over the weekend.
For this edition, the keynotes are as follows:
|Welcome to FOSDEM 2013||FOSDEM Staff||Saturday||10:30 - 10:55||Janson|
|How we made the Jenkins community||Kohsuke Kawaguchi||Saturday||11:00 - 11:50||Janson|
|The Devil is in the Details||Amelia Andersdotter||Saturday||12:00 - 12:50||Janson|
|The Keeper of Secrets||Leslie Hawthorn||Sunday||17:00 - 17:50||Janson|
|Closing FOSDEM 2013||FOSDEM Staff||Sunday||17:50 - 18:00||Janson|
main tracks consist of series of talks that are organised by topic,
where the FOSDEM program committee selects suggestions and actively invites
speakers on those topics.
For this edition the main tracks are:
|Open source challenges||-||Janson|
|Beyond operating systems||-||Janson|
As the number of requests for developer rooms grew
over the years, having only limited (albeit quite extensive) infrastructure to
put at the disposal of open source projects, combined with the fact that a
significant fraction of those requests came from Linux and *BSD distribution
projects, we decided to start doing a
conference in the conference
with several goals in mind:
- avoid having almost all the developer rooms taken by distribution projects
- give a chance for all distribution projects that want to take part into the conference to do so
- incite collaboration amongst such projects. While each have their specificities, they also share a lot of tasks, goals, tools and concepts. And, after all, fostering collaboration is the prime goal of FOSDEM.
As there are many participants and a wealth of interesting topics to talk about, present and share, the Distribution Miniconf takes place in two rooms across both days of the conference.
There are currently 29 events scheduled in the Cross distro devroom.
The vast majority of sessions (talks, hacking sessions, open discussions) are
held in so-called
developer rooms (
devrooms), which are
organized and managed by open source projects themselves, or even
associations between several such projects on a common topic in order to
Here is the list of the devrooms that are present at this edition of FOSDEM, in alphabetical order:
The lightning talk is a very popular format, used at many conferences, where speakers have a mere 15 minutes at their disposal to showcase an open source project, an idea, or a concept thereof.
While that brief lapse of time may seem awkward, it almost always leads the presenters to concentrate on the absolute essence and what is really important, which is why it is often a much appreciated approach, as is the wide variety of the topics.
There are currently 36 lightning talks in the schedule.
Several certification organizations provide FOSDEM visitors with the opportunity of taking certification exams during the conference.
Further details are available on the certification page.
The following types of exams are available at FOSDEM 2013, in alphabetical order:
|BSDCG Exam Session||UA2.114||Saturday||14:00 - 16:00|
|LPI Exam Session 1||Guillissen||Saturday||14:00 - 15:45|
|LPI Exam Session 2||Guillissen||Saturday||16:00 - 17:45|
|LPI Exam Session 3||Guillissen||Sunday||10:30 - 12:15|
|LPI Exam Session 4||Guillissen||Sunday||13:00 - 14:45|
|LPI Exam Session 5||Guillissen||Sunday||15:00 - 16:45|
Raw schedule data
The schedule data is available in: