FOSDEM2013: DevRoom or not?

Luc Verhaegen libv at
Fri Sep 28 08:44:27 PDT 2012

On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 11:35:12AM +0200, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 03:50:16PM +0200, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > The FOSDEM organizers have sent out a call for devrooms. FOSDEM this 
> > year is on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of February 2013.
> > 
> > After the success of this formula last year, where, for the first time 
> > ever, we had a properly filled devroom schedule when the deadline hit, i 
> > am going to re-apply the same formula:
> > * By the 28th of september, i need 6 committed speakers, otherwise i 
> >   will not apply for a DevRoom. 6 people need to apply for a talk slot 
> >   who _definitely_ will come to FOSDEM on February 2nd and/or 3rd 2013. 
> >   This "definitely" means:
> >     * Don't knowingly plan anything else for this weekend.
> >     * Come to FOSDEM even if your corporation does not fund you (though 
> >       feel free to contact the board individually for funding)
> >     * Make sure that you are allowed to travel to the shengen area in 
> >       february.
> >     * Catastrophies excluded of course. Such catastrophies include 
> >       things like train-derailments and such, but explicitely excludes 
> >       hangovers :p
> > * Scheduling based on timeliness of application: the earlier you apply, 
> >   the better slot you get.
> > * FOSDEMs final deadline for the full schedule is likely around 15th of 
> >   january 2013. But do not count on that deadline, we will only do 
> >   hourly slots, to keep people from running around between devrooms like 
> >   headless chickens. Only 12-16 slots will be available, first come, 
> >   first serve.
> > 
> > I will set up a wiki page tonight, at 
> > 
> > I hope we get a nice devroom like we had last time. That new building we 
> > were in was really amazing, even though it took a while before all 
> > FOSDEM visitors found it.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > Luc Verhaegen.
> Just a heads up guys, we have a week left and not a single speaker yet!
> Given the timing of XDC and the FOSDEM deadines, this is not too 
> surprising, but still, with XDC2012 in its final day it is high time 
> that we start thinking about FOSDEM. I will later on shout at people 
> here in the room too :)
> All we need now is people who will definitely come to FOSDEM, and who 
> are willing to talk in the DevRoom. If a vague idea of a topic is 
> already known, then great, but this is not necessary yet. I now put up a 
> preliminary wiki page at, add yourself to the 
> list there.
> Thanks,
> Luc Verhaegen.

Final reminder: the deadline is tonight.

So far there are three speakers who lined up, and my feeling is that 
Matthieu and Marc lined up just so that the deadline and requirement 
will be met. So only a single person is intending to come to fosdem and 
has a topic he wants to talk about.

Come on guys. Surely we can do better than that.

Luc Verhaegen.

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