Online / 6 & 7 February 2021


Call for participation

We now invite proposals for developer rooms for FOSDEM 2021. Invitations to submit proposals for other elements of the event will follow in the next couple of weeks.

FOSDEM offers open source and free software developers a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Renowned for being highly developer-oriented, the event brings together some 8000+ geeks from all over the world.

The twenty-first edition will take place Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2021, online.

Developer rooms are assigned to self-organising groups to work together on open source and free software projects, to discuss topics relevant to a broader subset of the community, etc. Most content should take the form of presentations. Proposals involving collaboration across project or domain boundaries are strongly encouraged.

For obvious reasons, unfortunately we will be unable to run a physical conference in Brussels this year, but we would still like to give communities a place to meet online.

We are creating an online platform (including streaming and chat) allowing devroom organizers to run the conference primarily using pre-recorded talks with some live content including Q&A sessions and discussion panels, with streaming and archiving. The recordings will be published under the same licence as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY). Note that the demand for devrooms may exceed the supply - even for an online event!

Devroom managers must enter a complete schedule into our conference system by 31st December. This year they will also be responsible for recruiting sufficient volunteers to work with the speakers to create pre-recordings during January and to carry out various new roles necessary to product a smooth online event. We think a typical devroom will need to find a pool of at least ten volunteers this year.

Developer room proposals should be submitted through the form at which contains further information. When applying, please indicate your preferred devroom duration and any preferred split between the two days.

Questions or remarks? Contact us at

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All deadlines are at 23:59 UTC.