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FOSDEM 2012 (the Free and Open Source Software Developers' Europe Meeting) will take place on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

This year, as in previous years, the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) will have both a devroom and a promotional booth. Previous FOSDEM meetings have provided us with a good platform for raising the profile of XMPP and spreading knowledge of XMPP projects and initiatives throughout the open source community.

FOSDEM 2012 will be bracketed by Summit 11 on Friday, February 3 and Monday, February 6. This year, the Summit will be taking place just outside of Brussels at facilities kindly provided by Cisco. Head over to the Summit 11 page for more details.

Getting involved in FOSDEM 2012

The XSF needs your help to make FOSDEM a success. You can get involved in three ways:

Give a Devroom Talk

From 11:00 to 19:00 on Saturday (the 5th February) we'll have access to a devroom to host tutorials, demonstrations, presentations and "lightning talks". The XMPP devroom is usually very popular, attracting a large, technically literate audience (so no marketing fluff allowed!)...

If you want to see the sort of talks we've seen in the past, then head over the the pages for Summit 10/FOSDEM 2011, Summit 8/FOSDEM 2010 and Summit 6/FOSDEM 2009.

If you're interested in giving a talk, please introduce yourself on the summit mailing list.

As talk subjects are accepted they'll be inserted into the table below.

Speaker Topic
Dave Cridland Intro: Welcome to XMPP 11:00 - 11:15
Remko Tronçon, Peter Saint-Andre, Kevin Smith Intro: XMPP 101 / Stump the Experts 11:15 - 12:00
Winfried Tilanus WebApps: Building a Webchat? DON'T DO WHAT I DID! 12:00 - 12:30
Dominik Renzel WebApps: Interwidget Communication with XMPP 12:30 - 13:00
Victor Klos WebApps: webinos, Tying Web Technology to Everything 13:00 - 13:30
Dave Cridland WebApps: Plastique 13:30 - 14:00
Dodo WebApps: See You on the Other Side: Building on XMPP and the Web 14:00 - 14:30
Julien Genestoux WebApps: XMPP and PubSubHubbub: BFFFs? 14:30 - 15:00
Simon Tennant Social Networking: buddycloud, XMPP, and HTTP 15:00 - 15:30
Michiel de Jong Social Networking: User Address Ownership in the Federated Social Web 15:30 - 16:00
Stefan de Konink Applications: PubSub in the Dutch Railways API 16:00 - 16:30
Gunnar Hellström Applications: Real-Time Text for Smooth and Rapid Communication 16:30 - 17:00
Hiro Suzuki Applications: Event Visualization in Emergency Call Systems 17:00 - 17:30
Emil Ivov Multimedia: Jingle, the Universe, and Everything 17:30 - 18:00
Jérôme Poisson Social Networking: Salut à Toi, a multi-frontend, multi-purpose XMPP client 18:00 - 18:15
Florian Zeitz and Jonathan Schleifer Coding: ObjXMPP - An XMPP framework for Objective C with ObjFW 18:15 - 18:30

Help at the Real Time Lounge

This year, we have an enormous stand that needs filling with people! We're aiming to showcase exciting and inventive XMPP-based projects, and we need your help both to provide things to demo, and hang out answering questions from the crowd.

Also, please sign up for a shift at the lounge so that our hardworking volunteers can do things like eat lunch or catch some talks at the devroom! The lounge hours are 10:00-19:00 on Saturday and 10:00-17:00 on Sunday.


Here is a list of demo ideas:

  • Real-time encrypted video between the Lounge and the Jitsi booth.
  • buddycloud: buddycloud is an open social network based on XMPP. We will be demoing the whole weekend and offering an install-a-thon on sunday. We will be hang out in the real time lounge the whole time, so just come by if you are interested or send us an email
  • OpenOV In the past months we have integrated the Dutch Railways API into a PubSub. This resulted in a component (Python/SleekXMPP) where users can subscribe on and automatically receive events once there are changes on the track. For demonstration purposes we have build an HTTP frontend, so people could also use service discovery and getItems using REST if they prefer so. One of the webapps that was created was using BOSH and anonymous SASL login (eJabberd). More apps are being created, and the rail-only pubsub is now transformed in a multimodal, realtime transit API over XMPP. Contact: Stefan de Konink.
  • Plastique is a proof of concept web browser that exposes a set of simple primitives to the running web application via a simple JavaScript API, including concepts such as a federated identity based on your jid, "web presence", and notifications that can survive the tab being closed - or even a different browser being used on a different machine. Contact is Dave Cridland, or Dave Cridland.
  • webinos is building a multi-device application platform for running and utilizing resources across a range of connected devices. Contact: Victor Klos.

Saturday Volunteers

Time Slot Volunteers
10:00 - 11:00 Peter Saint-Andre
11:00 - 12:00 Emil Ivov
12:00 - 13:00 Jérôme Poisson (Goffi)
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00 Matthew Wild
17:00 - 18:00
18:00 - 19:00

Sunday Volunteers

Time Slot Volunteers
10:00 - 11:00 Peter Saint-Andre
11:00 - 12:00 Emil Ivov
12:00 - 13:00 Peter Saint-Andre
13:00 - 14:00 Jérôme Poisson (Goffi)
14:00 - 15:00 Peter Saint-Andre
15:00 - 16:00 Matthew Wild
16:00 - 17:00 Peter Saint-Andre

It is traditional for the XSF to hold its annual dinner one evening after FOSDEM. This year, we've moved from Sunday to Saturday, and we'll have a bus leave from FOSDEM to take us. We always aim to make the dinner - including drinks - free to XSF members. Sponsorship from individuals or organisations to help reduce the costs to attendees is always appreciated. As sponsors step forward they'll be listed below.

If you or the organisations you work for would like to sponsor the dinner (no donation too small), then please contact XSF Board Member (and dinner organiser) Florian Jensen.

The location of the XSF Dinner is the usual place. Spaces are limited, so if you think you might be attending, please inform Florian Jensen as soon as possible.