Brussels / 4 & 5 February 2017



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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 610 speakers, 669 events, and 55 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 30 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.

During the event, the live streaming page is also updated every few minutes to show you what is currently scheduled in each room.


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 2017 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM Staff Saturday 09:30 - 09:55 Janson
Kubernetes on the road to GIFEE Photo of Brandon PhilipsBrandon Philips Saturday 10:00 - 10:50 Janson
Software Heritage
Preserving the Free Software Commons
Photo of Stefano ZacchiroliStefano Zacchiroli, Photo of Roberto Di CosmoRoberto Di Cosmo Saturday 11:00 - 11:50 Janson
Understanding The Complexity of Copyleft Defense
After 25 Years of GPL Enforcement, Is Copyleft Succeeding?
Photo of Bradley M. KuhnBradley M. Kuhn Saturday 18:05 - 18:55 Janson
Using Linux in Air Traffic Control
Hardware and Operating System Platforms
Photo of Gerolf ZiegenhainGerolf Ziegenhain Sunday 17:00 - 17:50 Janson
Closing FOSDEM 2017 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
Architectures H.2215 (Ferrer) K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Building K.1.105 (La Fontaine) -
Cloud Janson -
Documentation - K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Miscellaneous K.1.105 (La Fontaine), Janson K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Security and Encryption - Janson

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 38 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 2017, in alphabetical order:

Session Room Day When


BSDCG Exam Session UB2.147 Saturday 10:30 - 12:30


LPI Exam Session 1 UB2.147 Saturday 13:00 - 15:00
LPI Exam Session 2 UB2.147 Saturday 15:30 - 17:30
LPI Exam Session 3 UB2.147 Sunday 09:30 - 11:30


LibreOffice Exam Session 1 UB2.147 Sunday 12:00 - 13:00
LibreOffice Exam Session 2 UB2.147 Sunday 13:30 - 14:30
LibreOffice Exam Session 3 UB2.147 Sunday 15:00 - 16:00

The FOSDEM Fringe

The FOSDEM Fringe consists of independent events involving free and open source software taking place in the days around the FOSDEM weekend. Why not extend your trip?

Further details are available on the FOSDEM Fringe page.

Mobile Apps

People have submitted a variety of apps for mobile devices that display the FOSDEM schedule.

Raw schedule data

The schedule data is available in: