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FOSDEM 2010: all was well

Posted in conference, FOSDEM, open source by elisehuard on February 10, 2010

This weekend we had our 10th edition of FOSDEM. Fosdem is the Free Open Source Developers European Meeting. It’s the second year that I’m part of the staff – my reasons to join the team was that since I’m using a lot of open source, but contributing precious little (working on it), I might as well give something back in another way. Since then I found another reason to enjoy working on FOSDEM: it’s amazing to bring about such a mammoth event with just a dozen of people and a larger group of volunteers.

Since FOSDEM is entirely free and doesn’t require people to register, it’s always difficult to estimate the attendance. Judging from the numbers of t-shirts and the booklets, and the constant throngs of geeks in the hallways, the general impression is that we had even more participants than last year. To the point that we start wondering if we’re not going to grow too large.

The organization was a success. Kudos to the whole team for doing a good job.
Sponsoring and donations were crisis-insensitive. The network was up on friday night (respect to Gerry, Jerome, Peter, and all who made it happen), with a glass fiber gigabit uplink. During the conference the geeks didn’t even use 10% of the bandwidth. In one of the hacker rooms there was a sign ‘please use more bandwidth’. The devrooms were mostly packed, and the main tracks were (I think) interesting. It’s not always easy to get brainiacs who can speak in front of an audience, but I think we hit the spot most of the time.

Where last year I had to run around like a headless chicken, this year there were plenty of opportunities to sit down for 20 minutes at a time ! Which meant I got out of it feeling marginally less exhausted than last year.

I think we can say that the organization has now reached a nice plateau, and everything was ticking along very smoothly. The only danger is to grow complacent – it’s never a good idea to let your guard down.

Heart-warming: to have faithful volunteers who help us until the bitter (or should I say dirty) end. To have a great atmosphere, and to get heartfelt thanks from participants. If you’ve got any feedback of your own, tips you’d like to share, let us know.

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FOSDEM 2010: 6-7 of februari

Posted in FOSDEM, open source by elisehuard on July 16, 2009

Hear, hear ! We already have dates for next edition of FOSDEM, thanks to early cooperation with the ULB (and thanks to Christophe Vandeplas).

Having the dates set this early means:

  • that we can already invite the bestest speakers
  • that we can brainstorm about the awsum things we’re going to do for the 10th anniversary of FOSDEM (OSDEM included)
  • that you, the open source developer, have no excuse to miss it, since you can write it down (right now, please) in your agenda.
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Inside FOSDEM

Posted in conference, FOSDEM, open source by elisehuard on February 9, 2009

This weekend, finally, came FOSDEM. In the shape of a tornado, sweeping us up from friday at noon to deposit us, dazed and exhausted, at the end of the week-end.

On friday afternoon, build-up. You go from A (the trash-littered rooms of the university) to B (reasonably clean set of conference rooms with the makings of a decent network).

I had fun laying reams of ethernet cables (total1,6km) under the expert direction of Gerry, the networking specialist of our team. The idea was to provide most of the rooms with good wifi, and the approach was different from other years – partly because we had the loan of some nice Cisco equipment.
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FOSDEM call for devrooms and lightning talks

Posted in FOSDEM, open source by elisehuard on November 10, 2008

The days get shorter, the trees are practically bare, november storms are whipping the leaves up in a mad dance: now’s the time to submit devroom and lightning talks proposals for FOSDEM.

This year, FOSDEM takes place a little bit earler, on the 7th and 8th of february. As usual, if you’ve got an open source project you’d like to talk about, it’s a good idea to submit it now. Similarly, user groups and large projects can submit proposals for devrooms, if they’re confident they can fill one or two days with talking, brainstorming, hacking in an interesting way.

The official call is here on the FOSDEM website.

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