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 607 speakers, 654 events, and 54 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.
During the event, the live streaming page is also updated every few minutes to show you what is currently scheduled in each room.
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 2017||FOSDEM Staff||Saturday||09:30 - 09:55||Janson|
|Kubernetes on the road to GIFEE||Brandon Philips||Saturday||10:00 - 10:50||Janson|
Preserving the Free Software Commons
|Stefano Zacchiroli, Roberto Di Cosmo||Saturday||11:00 - 11:50||Janson|
|Understanding The Complexity of Copyleft Defense
After 25 Years of GPL Enforcement, Is Copyleft Succeeding?
|Bradley M. Kuhn||Saturday||18:05 - 18:55||Janson|
|Using Linux in Air Traffic Control
Hardware and Operating System Platforms
|Gerolf Ziegenhain||Sunday||17:00 - 17:50||Janson|
|Closing FOSDEM 2017||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:
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 38 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 2017, in alphabetical order:
|BSDCG Exam Session||UB2.147||Saturday||10:30 - 12:30|
|LPI Exam Session 1||UB2.147||Saturday||13:00 - 15:00|
|LPI Exam Session 2||UB2.147||Saturday||15:30 - 17:30|
|LPI Exam Session 3||UB2.147||Sunday||09:30 - 11:30|
|LibreOffice Exam Session 1||UB2.147||Sunday||12:00 - 13:00|
|LibreOffice Exam Session 2||UB2.147||Sunday||13:30 - 14:30|
|LibreOffice Exam Session 3||UB2.147||Sunday||15:00 - 16:00|
The FOSDEM Fringe
The FOSDEM Fringe consists of independent events involving free and open source software taking place in the days around the FOSDEM weekend. Why not extend your trip?
Further details are available on the FOSDEM Fringe page.
People have submitted a variety of apps for mobile devices that display the FOSDEM schedule.
Raw schedule data
The schedule data is available in: