Brussels / 2 & 3 February 2019



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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 730 speakers, 776 events, and 62 tracks. We do our best to provide you with as much information and navigation options about the schedule as we can. Check out our on-campus navigation tool.

Activities take place in 34 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 six different categories of sessions and activities: keynotes, main tracks, developer rooms, lightning talks, stands 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 2019 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM Staff Saturday 09:30 - 09:55 Janson
Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today?
Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software
Photo of Bradley M. KuhnBradley M. Kuhn, Photo of Karen SandlerKaren Sandler Saturday 10:00 - 10:50 Janson
FLOSS, the Internet and the Future Mitchell Baker Saturday 11:00 - 11:50 Janson
Blockchain: The Ethical Considerations Photo of Deb NicholsonDeb Nicholson Saturday 12:00 - 12:50 Janson
The Cloud is Just Another Sun Photo of Kyle RankinKyle Rankin Sunday 16:00 - 16:50 Janson
2019 - Fifty years of Unix and Linux advances Photo of Jon 'maddog' HallJon 'maddog' Hall Sunday 17:00 - 17:50 Janson
Closing FOSDEM 2019 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM Staff Sunday 17:55 - 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
Communications Janson -
Databases K.1.105 (La Fontaine) -
Hardware Janson K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Miscellaneous K.1.105 (La Fontaine) K.1.105 (La Fontaine), Janson
Online Privacy - Janson
Performance - K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Storage K.1.105 (La Fontaine) H.2215 (Ferrer)

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 42 lightning talks in the schedule.


In the hallways of the different buildings, FOSDEM visitors will find the many stands set up by individual projects. These offer a unique chance to get in touch with developers or project members, and discover at a glance what they do.

A list of projects that will be present with a stand can be found on the FOSDEM stands page.

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 2019, in alphabetical order:

Session Room Day When


LPI Exam Session 1 UB4.132 Saturday 13:00 - 15:00
LPI Exam Session 2 UB4.132 Saturday 15:30 - 17:30
LPI Exam Session 3 UB4.132 Sunday 09:30 - 11:30


LibreOffice Exam Session 1 UB4.132 Sunday 12:00 - 13:00
LibreOffice Exam Session 2 UB4.132 Sunday 13:30 - 14:30
LibreOffice Exam Session 3 UB4.132 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

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