FOSDEM is one of the world’s premier meetings of free software developers,
with over five thousand people attending each year. FOSDEM 2018
takes place 3-4 February 2018 in Brussels, Belgium
This email contains information about:
- Real-Time Communications dev-room and lounge
- speaking opportunities
- volunteering in the dev-room and lounge
- related events around FOSDEM, including the XMPP summit
- social events (the legendary FOSDEM Beer Night and Saturday night dinners
- provide endless networking opportunities)
- the Planet aggregation sites for RTC blogs
Call for participation – Real Time Communications (RTC)
The Real-Time dev-room and Real-Time lounge is about all things involving
real-time communication, including: XMPP, SIP, WebRTC, telephony,
mobile VoIP, codecs, peer-to-peer, privacy and encryption. The dev-room
is a successor to the previous XMPP and telephony dev-rooms.
We are looking for speakers for the dev-room and volunteers and
participants for the tables in the Real-Time lounge.
The dev-room is only on Sunday, 4th of February 2018. The lounge will
be present for both days.
To discuss the dev-room and lounge, please join the FSFE-sponsored
Free RTC mailing list: https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/free-rtc
To be kept aware of major developments in Free RTC, without being on the
discussion list, please join the Free-RTC Announce list:
Note: if you used FOSDEM Pentabarf before, please use the same account/username
Real-Time Communications dev-room: deadline 23:59 UTC on 30th of November.
Please use the Pentabarf system to submit a talk proposal for the
dev-room. On the “General” tab, please look for the “Track” option and
choose “Real Time Communications devroom”.
Other dev-rooms and lightning talks: some speakers may find their topic is
in the scope of more than one dev-room. It is encouraged to apply to more
than one dev-room and also consider proposing a lightning talk, but please
be kind enough to tell us if you do this by filling out the notes in the form.
You can find the full list of dev-rooms at:
and apply for a lightning talk at
Main track: the deadline for main track presentations is 23:59 UTC
3rd of November. Leading developers in the Real-Time Communications
field are encouraged to consider submitting a presentation to
the main track at:
FOSDEM dev-rooms are a welcoming environment for people who have never
given a talk before. Please feel free to contact the dev-room administrators
personally if you would like to ask any questions about it.
The Pentabarf system will ask for many of the essential details. Please
remember to re-use your account from previous years if you have one.
In the “Submission notes”, please tell us about:
- the purpose of your talk
- any other talk applications (dev-rooms, lightning talks, main track)
- availability constraints and special needs
You can use HTML and links in your bio, abstract and description.
If you maintain a blog, please consider providing us with the
URL of a feed with posts tagged for your RTC-related work.
We will be looking for relevance to the conference and dev-room themes,
presentations aimed at developers of free and open source software about
Please feel free to suggest a duration between 20 minutes and 55 minutes
but note that the final decision on talk durations will be made by the
dev-room administrators based on the number of received proposals.
As the two previous dev-rooms have been combined into one, we may decide to
give shorter slots than in previous years so that more speakers can
Please note FOSDEM aims to record and live-stream all talks.
The CC-BY license is used.
To make the dev-room and lounge run successfully, we are looking for
- FOSDEM provides video recording equipment and live streaming,
volunteers are needed to assist in this
- organizing one or more restaurant bookings (depending upon number of
participants) for the evening of Saturday, 3rd of February
- participation in the Real-Time lounge
- helping attract sponsorship funds for the dev-room to pay for the
Saturday night dinner and any other expenses
- circulating this Call for Participation to other mailing lists
Related Events – XMPP And RTC Summits
The XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) has traditionally held a summit
in the days before FOSDEM. There is discussion about a similar
summit taking place on the 2nd of February 2018
http://wiki.xmpp.org/web/Summit_22 – please join the mailing
list for details: http://mail.jabber.org/mailman/listinfo/summit
Social Events And Dinners
The traditional FOSDEM beer night occurs on Friday, 2nd of February.
On Saturday night, there are usually dinners associated with
each of the dev-rooms. Most restaurants in Brussels are not so
large so these dinners have space constraints and reservations are
essential. Please subscribe to the Free-RTC mailing list for
further details about the Saturday night dinner options and how
you can register for a seat:
Spread The Word And Discuss
If you know of any mailing lists where this CfP would be relevant, please
forward this email. If this dev-room excites you, please blog or microblog
about it, especially if you are submitting a talk.
If you regularly blog about RTC topics, please send details about your
blog to the planet site administrators:
All projects http://planet.freertc.org – email@example.com
XMPP http://planet.jabber.org – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also link to the Planet sites from your own blog or web site as
this helps everybody in the free real-time communications community.
For any private queries, contact us directly using the address
email@example.com and for any other queries please ask on
the Free-RTC mailing list:
The dev-room administration team:
Saúl Ibarra Corretgé <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Iain R. Learmonth <email@example.com>
Ralph Meijer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Daniel-Constantin Mierla <email@example.com>
Daniel Pocock <firstname.lastname@example.org>