FOSDEM Graphics Devroom: call for speakers.

Luc Verhaegen libv at
Mon Nov 4 16:56:28 UTC 2019


At FOSDEM on saturday the 1st of february 2020, there will be another 
graphics DevRoom. URL:

The focus of this DevRoom is:
* Graphics drivers: from display to media to 3d drivers, both in 
bootloaders, kernel or userspace. Be it part of DRM, KMS, V4L, 
(direct)FB, Xorg, Mesa...
* Input drivers: kernel and userspace.
* Windowing systems: X, Wayland, Mir, directFB, ...
* Even colour management, low level toolkit stuff, and other areas which 
i might have overlooked above are accepted.

Slots will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. The best 
slots will go to those who apply the earliest. We have the devroom from 
10:30 til 19:00, giving us 8h30, so eight 50 minute talks and one 20 
minute talk are available.

Talk Submission:

The venerable pentabarf system will once again be used for talk 

Remember that FOSDEM is a huge, and tightly organized event with 10+k 
visitors, full livestreaming, and a booklet which holds the schedule. So 
put some effort in your talk submission and details, especially since 
the schedule gets locked down well before the event starts.

Since this an open source community event, please refrain from turning 
in a talk that is purely corporate or a product commercial. Also, this 
is a highly technical devroom on a conference aimed at developers and 
advanced users, so only submit a talk on a subject you actually are 
involved with. Finally, if you are unsure whether you can come or not 
(this is FOSDEM, why are you not there anyway?), wait with submitting 
your talk until you know for sure.

When in pentabarf, spend some time on the abstract and description, for 
both the event and the speaker. The abstract should be a shortened 
description, and the event abstract will sometimes even be printed 
directly in the booklet. BUT, on the website the abstract is  
immediately followed by the full description. If your abstract is fully 
descriptive, while terse, you might get away with just the abstract.

Talks are either 50 minutes or 20 minutes long, plus 5 minutes for 

All talks will be recorded, and will be streamed out live, and will 
later be made available as CC-BY, sometimes minutes after your talk has 

As for deadlines, the fosdem organizers want to have a finished schedule 
by the 15th of december. Don't count on this deadline: first come first 
serve! The worst slots will be assigned to those who come last, which 
could be pretty dire given that there is the traditional FOSDEM beer 
event the night before ;)

Please try to re-use your accounts from the previous years. If you have 
forgotten your password, then you can reset it here:

If there are any questions or issues, just poke me by email or on IRC.

Necessary information:

Below is a list of what i need to see filled in in pentabarf when you 
apply for a devroom before i consider it a valid submission. Remember: 
first come, first serve. The best slots (which are on saturday 
afternoon) are for the earliest submissions.

On your personal page:
* General:
  * First and last name
  * Nickname
  * Image
* Contact:
  * email address
  * mobile number (this is a very hard requirement as there will be no 
other reliable form of emergency communication on the day)
* Description:
  * Abstract
  * Description

Create an event:
* On the General page:
  * Event title
  * Event subtitle.
  * Track: Graphics Devroom
  * Event type: Lecture (talk) or Meeting (BoF)
* Persons:
  * Add yourself as speaker.
* Description:
  * Abstract:
  * Full Description
* Schedule:
  * select your preferred talk length, either 55 or 25 minutes.
* Links:
  * Add relevant links.

The mobile phone number is the hardest requirement, so you can be 
contacted on-the-day when something comes up. Speakers will all receive 
my mobile number in return.

Everything else can be ignored or will be filled in by me or the FOSDEM 
organizers. Remember, i will only schedule your talk after the basics 
are somewhat filled in (you still can change them until december 14th).

I will be keeping a keen eye on your submissions and will come back with 
further questions or make small fixes as needed. Feel free to poke me 
with any questions or anything, both on irc (libv at freenode) and on 

That's about it. Hope to see you all at FOSDEM :)

Luc Verhaegen.

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