We are happy to announce that we will be running a Python devroom again at FOSDEM 2021. As for many events, this year’s edition will be converted into an online edition, and take place on the 6th and 7th of February, with the Python devroom being available on Sunday 7th.

If you have not heard about FOSDEM before or are looking for more information, you can visit the official website at www.fosdem.org.

As per usual, we are looking for multiple Pythonistas to help us shape the devroom schedule. We are now open to receiving your proposals! With over 8000 participants, FOSDEM is the perfect place to share your story and meet fellow Python enthusiasts. As the online edition will allow for anyone to join from anywhere, these numbers might very well reach higher numbers.

You can check the Python-FOSDEM website (https://www.python-fosdem.org) or the Belgium Python mailing list (https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/belgium) to stay updated.

Good luck to everyone applying. We’re looking forward to meeting you all online at FOSDEM 2021!

About FOSDEM

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community for the community. The goal is to provide free and open source software developers and communities a place to meet to:

  • get in touch with other developers and projects;
  • be informed about the latest developments in the free software world;
  • be informed about the latest developments in the open source world;
  • attend interesting talks and presentations on various topics by project leaders and committers;
  • to promote the development and benefits of free software and open source solutions.

Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organizers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship.

Essential Information

If you have submitted for previous FOSDEM editions, remember to use your already existing account on Pentabarf. Make sure to fill out 'person' details. We need a name, photo and biography.

New online rules

  • The reference time will be Brussels local lime (CET).
  • Talks must be pre-recorded in advance, and will be streamed during the event. This is a hard requirement from the FOSDEM organizers for which we can make no exception.
  • Q/A session will be live
  • A facility will be provided for attendees to chat between themselves·         A facility will be provided for attendees to submit questions

Submission Guidelines

If you would like to give a talk, present a project or show off some coding skills, we are looking forward to receiving your application.

The sooner we can start planning a draft schedule the better, so please submit your application ASAP. Only register your talk once! Registering for several tracks will not increase your chances, better reach out to the devroom organizers directly if you are unsure in which track your talk belongs.

Be sure to properly fill your Pentabarf profile (Person) with:

  • your name
  • a short speaker bio
  • your contact information (for the organizers)

Then submit your talk (or event):

  • title and subtitle of the presentation
  • presentation description
  • other relevant details (other publications, video of previous talks, ...)

Keep in mind presentations must be related to Python. All presentations will be streamed live under the FOSDEM content licence. Captured footage will later be shared online using the FOSDEM archives. By submitting you also agree to these terms.

List of desirable topics

We'd like to have a devroom as diverse as possible, so we are looking to offer a mixture of presentations, tutorials, demos, live coding, etc. Aside from the usual talks about free and open source, we will also gladly welcome talks about:

  • How to get started with library/framework X
  • Best practices for new Python developers
  • Return on experience with library/framework X
  • Local Python communities & diversity
  • How Python is being used for education
  • Hardware / Infrastructure
  • Security tools and securing Python
  • Data science

Pentabarf Notes

If you ever find yourself in doubt:

  • "talks" are named "events" in Pentabarf
  • Track must be "Python devroom"
  • Duration must be "00:30:00" (00:25 talk + 00:05 for questions)
  • Event type must be "Lecture"
  • Abstract is the text that goes in the FOSDEM booklet

Volunteers

We will also call for volunteers to help us run the event and help us with the online devroom operation. You can get in touch with the organizers on the Python-Belgium mailing list (https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/belgium).

Organizers

You can reach out directly to the organizers if you have a specific request or question:

If you want to keep informed for this edition, you can follow our Twitter account @PythonFOSDEM.