OSGeo at FOSDEM 2021 (Online) – Call for Participation for the geospatial devroom

FOSDEM 2021 (Online) – geospatial devroom Call for Participation

Submission Deadline: 26.12.2020

FOSDEM is the largest free and open source developers meeting in Europe, with 8000+ participants. It normally takes place in Brussels (Belgium).

FOSDEM 2021 will be Online. As in the last year we will have a Geospatial devroom. The Geospatial devroom will be on Sunday 7 February 2021. In 2021 it will be our opportunity to bring our global community to FOSDEM.

The geospatial devroom is the place to talk about the state of the art of open, geo-related data, free and open source geospatial software and its ecosystem. This includes standards and tools, e.g. spatial databases, online mapping tools, geospatial services, used for collecting, storing, delivering, analysing, and visualizing geodata.

We hope you will submit a talk or come around at FOSDEM 2021.

Call for Participation

Submission Deadline: 26.12.2020

We are looking for you to be part of the geospatial devroom. The geospatial devroom aims to host talks about geospatial topics, GIS, and geodata projects, standards and open data.

Please submit your talk till 26. December 2020.

About The FOSDEM

FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

New rules / What changes since last year

For obvious reasons, this year the event will not take place in a physical location but online.

  • The reference time will be Brussels local lime (CET).
  • Talks will be pre-recorded in advance, and streamed during the event
  • Q/A session will be take live
  • A facility will be provided for people watching to chat between themselves
  • A facility will be provided for people watching to submit questions
  • Food and drinks is now allowed during the talks, but you are responsible for cleaning your own space

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: 26 December 2020
  • Announcement of selected talks: 31 December 2020
  • Conference dates 6 & 7 February 2021 online
  • Geospatial devroom date: Sunday 7 February 2021 online

Desirable topics

The Geospatial devroom aims to host talks about all geospatial topics, GIS,  geodata projects and open data. The talks can cover the following subjects:

  • New geo FOSS projects
  • Update of existing geo FOSS projects
  • User cases using geo FOSS
  • Open Geodata or VGI data project
  • News about Standards


General details

  • The default duration for talks is about 45 minutes including discussion.
  • If you plan to register your proposal in several tracks to increase your chances, don’t ! Register your talk once, in the most accurate track.
  • If the Geospatial devroom is not your first choice, just let us know, and give us a chance to save you a slot.
  • Presentations has to be pre-recorded and streamed before the event.

For accepted talks

  • Once your talk was accepted, we will assign you a deputy to help you to produce the pre-recorded content.
  • The deputy will review the content and ensure it has the required quality. The deputy is also responsible to ensure the content is into the system and ready to broadcast.
  • During the stream of your talk, you must be available online for the Q/A session

Submit a talk

Visit the FOSDEM 2021 Pentabarf website (see account creation bellow)

Create an “event” and click on “Show all” in the top right corner to display the full form.

Your submission must include the following information

Your contact Email

  • The title and subtitle of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be listed with ~500 from other projects) select “Geospatial devroom” as the track.
  • A short abstract of one paragraph
  • A longer description if you wish to do so
  • Links to related websites / blogs etc.

Account creation

If you already have a Pentabarf account, please don’t recreate a new one.

If you forgot your password, reset it. If not, follow the instructions to create an account.

Contact Us

  • Twitter: @osgeo
  • Contact Email:
    • Astrid Emde: astrid_emde at osgeo org
    • Luca Delucchi: lucadeluge at gmail com

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