Conferences/FOSDEM 2012

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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 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 mailing list.

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

Speaker Topic
Dave Cridland Welcome to XMPP
Remko Tronçon, Peter Saint-Andre, Kevin Smith Everything you ever wanted to know about XMPP but were afraid to ask
Winfried Tilanus HelpIM - Mistakes made and lessons learned
Peter Saint-Andre Service Directories
Simon Tennant XMPP and the Web
Dave Cridland Plastique
Stefan de Konink openov / 42transit
Simon Tennant buddycloud: open social networking
Dodo see you on the other side: building on XMPP and the web

Help at the Realtime Lounge

This year, we've 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 about answering questions from the crowds.

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.