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FOSDEM 2017 (the Free and Open Source Software Developers' Europe Meeting) will take place on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

The XSF has requested a stand (a.k.a. the Realtime Lounge) and a developer room and is inviting everyone to suggest demonstrations and talks for these respectively, in anticipation of getting confirmation on acquiring either of them.

FOSDEM 2017 will be preceded by XMPP Summit 21. See there for details.

The XSF needs your help to make FOSDEM a success!

Realtime Lounge

This year, we hope to again have an enormous stand called the Realtime Lounge. 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 volunteer to spend some time at the lounge so that our hardworking volunteers can do things like eat lunch or catch some talks! The lounge hours are 10:00-19:00 on Saturday and 10:00-17:00 on Sunday.

  • Guus der Kinderen
  • Tobias Markmann
  • Ralph Meijer
  • Edwin Mons
  • Arc Riley
  • Bahtiar `kalkin` Gadimov (Saturday 14:10 - 16:10)
  • Marcelo Terres (Sunday)
  • Daniel Gultsch (Saturday)


We are planning to host demonstrations at the lounge. If you would like to present a demo, please list it below.

  • ikDisplay: Realtime waterfall display of social network updates (Ralph Meijer)
  • Lounge lighting with Philips Hue bulbs and XMPP control (Ralph Meijer)
  • Your idea here

Gear and supplies

To set up the stand, the area around it and cater for demos, we need a number of things to make it a success. Please add your name behind supplies that we haven't sourced yet. FOSDEM will provide us with high-speed wireless internet access. If you need wired internet for your demos, please let Ralph Meijer know.

Note: because we can't put up things on the walls (by decree of the venue), we will rely on projectors to show information, sponsors, etc. on the walls.

  • Tables, 2 for Jabber/XMPP, 2 for ? (FOSDEM)
  • Transport van (Ralph Meijer / Edwin Mons)
  • Furniture and swag stored at Cisco (Ralph Meijer / Edwin Mons)
  • Stepladder (Ralph Meijer)
  • Light fixings and lights (Ralph Meijer)
  • Projector #1 ()
  • Projector #2 ()
  • Projector #3 ()
  • Signage ()
  • Markers (Edwin / )
  • Power extension cords / strips (Edwin / )
  • Toolbox (Ralph Meijer / Edwin Mons)

Realtime Developers Room

Once again, we've been able to secure a devroom at FOSDEM: the Real-Time Communications devroom.


While FOSDEM or our stand is free-of-cost itself, we do have some costs to organise it. This includes furniture, decoration and transport. Also, it is a tradition for the XSF to hold a dinner one evening during FOSDEM and the Summit. Sponsorship from individuals or organisations to help reduce the costs to attendees is always appreciated. As sponsors step forward they'll be listed at the Summit 21 page.

If you or the organisations you work for would like to sponsor the dinner (no donation too small), then please contact any XSF Board Member. See Summit 21 for details.

Who will be there

Please add your name if you plan to be there (ordered by family name):

  • Guus der Kinderen
  • Ralph Meijer (ralphm)
  • Marcelo Terres
  • Sam Whited
  • Your name here