Brussels / 2 & 3 February 2013



Quick links:

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.

For a complete (but crowded) overview, there is also a page that lists all sessions.
A list of all speakers is available, too.

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:

Title Speaker(s) Day When Room
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

The 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:

Track Saturday Sunday
Operating systems K.1.105 -
Open source challenges - Janson
Security Janson -
Beyond operating systems - Janson
Web development - K.1.105
Miscellaneous - K.1.105
Robotics - K.1.105

Distribution miniconf

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:

Hence, in 2011, we started organising a developer room on the topic of distributions, with participants coming from many different open source projects, dubbed the distro miniconf.

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.

Developer rooms

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 foster collaboration.

Here is the list of the devrooms that are present at this edition of FOSDEM, in alphabetical order:

Lightning talks

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.

Certification Exams

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:

Session Room Day When


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: