Brussels / 31 January & 1 February 2015



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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 531 speakers, 551 events, and 46 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 25 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, lightning talks and certification exams.

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


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 2015 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM Staff Saturday 09:30 - 09:55 Janson
Identity Crisis: Are we who we say we are? Photo of Karen SandlerKaren Sandler Saturday 10:00 - 10:50 Janson
What is wrong with Operating Systems
(and how do we make things better)
Photo of Antti KanteeAntti Kantee Saturday 11:00 - 11:50 Janson
Living on Mars: A Beginner's Guide
Can we Open Source a society?
Photo of Ryan MacDonaldRyan MacDonald Sunday 17:00 - 17:50 Janson
Closing FOSDEM 2015 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM 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
Languages - Janson
Performance Janson -
Time - K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Typesetting - Janson
Hardware K.1.105 (La Fontaine) -
Security - K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Miscellaneous Janson, K.1.105 (La Fontaine) -

Developer rooms

The vast majority of events (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 40 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 2015, in alphabetical order:

Session Room Day When


BSDCG Exam Session H.3227 Saturday 11:00 - 13:00


LPI Exam Session 1 UB2.147 Saturday 13:30 - 15:15
LPI Exam Session 2 UB2.147 Saturday 16:00 - 17:45
LPI Exam Session 3 UB2.147 Sunday 11:00 - 12:45
LPI Exam Session 4 UB2.147 Sunday 14:00 - 15:45


LibreOffice Exam Session UB2.147 Saturday 11:00 - 13:00

Raw schedule data

The schedule data is available in: