Although the mail formally announcing the devroom was accepted has not yet been issued, a mail was sent to the devroom-manager mailing list that states there is Decentralized Internet & Privacy scheduled for Sunday. Unless it’s another devroom proposal scheduled by someone else, we’re in
The organizers also sent the following about the expected Call for participation:
Firstly, please remind yourself of the expectations on the submission form:
Devrooms normally issue a Call for Papers.
- Aim to do this within the next week or so.
- Send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We’ll put a link to this on our website news article.
Here is last year’s: https://fosdem.org/2018/news/2017-10-04-accepted-developer-rooms/
- Browse examples from last year or the year before if you need inspiration
If you wish, you can ask for review before publication on this list or on
We can also make adjustments to the names of devrooms at this early
stage - particularly if related proposals got combined or you want
to emphasise some little change of focus.
Full details of all talks and speakers that you schedule must be
submitted into our ‘pentabarf’ database which is used to generate our
website no later then 15th December. Please try to complete this a bit
earlier if you can manage that.
The half-day rooms should divide the available time by two and allow a
gap of about 30 minutes in the middle for switchover.
IMPORTANT - Nothing should be scheduled outside these hours:
Every year some devroom schedules ignore this and have to get fixed!
Scheduling is done at a 5-minute granularity. You can choose the length
of your talks and they don’t all have to be the same length, but
whatever timetable you choose, you must stick to it rigidly for
the sake of the people watching online and the video automation. Be
realistic about the time needed for questions and the time it takes to
switch speakers. Also discuss schedules with any related nearby rooms
where people might want to move between them if it’s not going to be
To avoid entering everything yourself, ask people to propose talks
reminding them that if they already have an account from a previous year
they should reuse it. (Our website links speakers to all their talks
across all the years of FOSDEM.) Then you can use the system to review
and select talks, and transfer them between devrooms if appropriate.
When things go to schedule, most main track talks are selected first,
then the talks that weren’t picked are available to be taken by devrooms.
The lightning talks are selected last and can also pick up (short
versions of) talks that weren’t taken by devrooms.
More details about pentabarf will follow. (We haven’t set up the
devrooms or accounts in the database yet so if you had access last year,
it won’t be working yet this year in most cases.)
We only have a few days but we can adapt the mail sent last year.