FOSDEM is one of the largest (5,000+ hackers!) gatherings of Free Software contributors in the world and happens each February in Brussels (Belgium, Europe).
Once again, one of the tracks will be the Desktops DevRoom (formerly known as “CrossDesktop DevRoom”), which will host Desktop-related talks.
We are now inviting proposals for talks about Free/Libre/Open-source Software on the topics of Desktop development, Desktop applications and interoperability amongst Desktop Environments. This is a unique opportunity to show novel ideas and developments to a wide technical audience.
Topics accepted include, but are not limited to:
- Open Desktops: Gnome, KDE, Unity, Enlightenment, XFCE, Razor, MATE, Cinnamon, ReactOS, CDE etc
- Closed desktops: Windows, Mac OS X, MorphOS, etc (when talking about a FLOSS topic)
- Software development for the desktop
- Development tools
- Applications that enhance desktops
- General desktop matters
- Cross-platform software development
- Thin clients, desktop virtualiation, etc
Talks can be very specific, such as the advantages/disadvantages of distributing a desktop application with snap vs flatpak, or as general as using HTML5 technologies to develop native applications.
Topics that are of interest to the users and developers of all desktop environments are especially welcome. The FOSDEM 2016 schedule might give you some inspiration.
Please include the following information when submitting a proposal:
- Your name
- The title of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be listed with around 400 from other projects)
- Short abstract of one or two paragraphs
- Short bio (with photo)
- Requested time: from 15 to 45 minutes. Normal duration is 30 minutes. Longer duration requests must be properly justified. You may be assigned LESS time than you request.
How to submit
All submissions are made in the Pentabarf event planning tool: https://penta.fosdem.org/submi
To submit your talk, click on “Create Event”, then make sure to select the “Desktops” devroom as the “Track”. Otherwise your talk will not be even considered for any devroom at all.
If you already have a Pentabarf account from a previous year, even if your talk was not accepted, please reuse it. Create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous year. If you have any issues with Pentabarf, please contact email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is December 5th 2016.
FOSDEM will be held on the weekend of 4 & 5 February 2017 and the Desktops DevRoom will take place on Sunday, February 5th 2017.
We will contact every submitter with a “yes” or “no” before December 11th 2016.
The talks in the Desktops DevRoom will be audio and video recorded, and possibly streamed live too.
In the “Submission notes” field, please indicate that you agree that your presentation will be licensed under the CC-By-SA-4.0 or CC-By-4.0 license and that you agree to have your presentation recorded. For example:
“If my presentation is accepted for FOSDEM, I hereby agree to license all recordings, slides, and other associated materials under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International License. Sincerely, <NAME>.”
If you want us to stop the recording in the Q & A part (should you have one), please tell us. We can do that but only for the Q & A part.
The official communication channel for the Desktops DevRoom is its mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use this page to manage your subscription: https://lists.fosdem.org/
The Desktops DevRoom 2017 is managed by a team representing the most notable open desktops:
- Pau Garcia i Quiles, KDE
- Christophe Fergeau, Gnome
- Michael Zanetti, Unity
- Philippe Caseiro, Enlightenment
- Jérome Leclanche, Razor
If you want to join the team, please contact email@example.com.