Every year, FOSDEM hosts a wide variety of activities. This page gives an overview with links to further information about scheduled events.
FOSDEM is a very busy conference. This edition features 531 speakers, 551 events, and 46 tracks. We do our best to provide you with as much information and navigation options about the schedule as we can.
Activities take place in
rooms spread across several buildings of
the Solbosch campus
of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
An overview of the room occupation by track is available, too.
Like almost every other conference, FOSDEM invites speakers to gently start the day with talks concerning slightly less technical, but nevertheless interesting topics from the Open Source realm. The closing keynote at the end of the conference helps everyone digest the vast amount of insightful information collected over the weekend.
For this edition, the keynotes are as follows:
|Welcome to FOSDEM 2015||FOSDEM Staff||Saturday||09:30 - 09:55||Janson|
|Identity Crisis: Are we who we say we are?||Karen Sandler||Saturday||10:00 - 10:50||Janson|
|What is wrong with Operating Systems
(and how do we make things better)
|Antti Kantee||Saturday||11:00 - 11:50||Janson|
|Living on Mars: A Beginner's Guide
Can we Open Source a society?
|Ryan MacDonald||Sunday||17:00 - 17:50||Janson|
|Closing FOSDEM 2015||FOSDEM Staff||Sunday||17:50 - 18:00||Janson|
main tracks consist of series of talks that are organised by topic,
where the FOSDEM program committee selects suggestions and actively invites
speakers on those topics.
For this edition the main tracks are:
|Time||-||K.1.105 (La Fontaine)|
|Hardware||K.1.105 (La Fontaine)||-|
|Security||-||K.1.105 (La Fontaine)|
|Miscellaneous||Janson, K.1.105 (La Fontaine)||-|
The vast majority of events (talks, hacking sessions, open discussions) are
held in so-called
developer rooms (
devrooms), which are
organized and managed by open source projects themselves, or even
associations between several such projects on a common topic in order to
Here is the list of the devrooms that are present at this edition of FOSDEM, in alphabetical order:
The lightning talk is a very popular format, used at many conferences, where speakers have a mere 15 minutes at their disposal to showcase an open source project, an idea, or a concept thereof.
While that brief lapse of time may seem awkward, it almost always leads the presenters to concentrate on the absolute essence and what is really important, which is why it is often a much appreciated approach, as is the wide variety of the topics.
There are currently 40 lightning talks in the schedule.
Several certification organizations provide FOSDEM visitors with the opportunity of taking certification exams during the conference.
Further details are available on the certification page.
The following types of exams are available at FOSDEM 2015, in alphabetical order:
|BSDCG Exam Session||H.3227||Saturday||11:00 - 13:00|
|LPI Exam Session 1||UB2.147||Saturday||13:30 - 15:15|
|LPI Exam Session 2||UB2.147||Saturday||16:00 - 17:45|
|LPI Exam Session 3||UB2.147||Sunday||11:00 - 12:45|
|LPI Exam Session 4||UB2.147||Sunday||14:00 - 15:45|
|LibreOffice Exam Session||UB2.147||Saturday||11:00 - 13:00|
Raw schedule data
The schedule data is available in: