FOSDEM14: Graphics DevRoom: call for speakers.

Luc Verhaegen libv at
Tue Oct 15 08:42:36 PDT 2013


At FOSDEM on the 1st and 2nd of February 2014, there will be a graphics 
DevRoom. URL

The focus of this DevRoom is the same as the DevRooms of yore; 
anything to do with graphics on open source software goes.

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

Slots are 1 hour long. This partly to avoid confusion and people running 
all over the place all the time. As a speaker, you do not have to fill 
your whole hour, smallish gaps are never wasted time.

Slots will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. The best 
slots will go to those who apply the soonest. The amount of slots is 
currently not known yet, but i expect there to be around 16 available (8 
on each day), so act quickly.

Talk Submission:

New this year is that speakers are expected to submit proposals to the 
FOSDEM organizers scheduling system directly (pentabarf). This reduces 
overhead for all involved (especially me - but this directive came from 
the FOSDEM team), but holds a few caveats.

The biggest advantage is that you will be able to adjust your own 
information and your talk information directly. And you can therefor 
yourself make sure that the information is correct and complete, and you 
can even make it match the structure of the FOSDEM website. This is a 
vast improvement over the freeform emails i used to get, which i then 
had to form up (somewhat) nicely. This does mean that i will end up 
having to chase people more...

Remember that FOSDEM is not like XDC, it's not some 50 odd people 
meeting with a sliding schedule which only gets filled in on the last 
day. Upwards of 7000 people are visiting this event, and most of them 
get a printed booklet or use the schedule on the FOSDEM website or an 
app for their phone to figure out what to watch or participate in next. 
So please put some effort in your talk submission and details.

As for deadlines, i hope to have a pretty much complete schedule between 
christmas and the new year. The rockhard printed schedule deadline is 
probably January 10th, after that you will not be featured in the 
booklet and you will have a lot less visitors. I will find out to what 
extent i will be able to lock down entries and descriptions during those 
final days. Don't count on this deadline though. First come first serve, 
and there are perhaps only 16 slots.

Submission Caveat #1:

The first caveat is that all speakers who spoke at FOSDEM from 2011 on 
should not simply create an account. If you have talked recently you 
should come to me first, so i can get your details up to date, and so 
that i can poke the pentabarf admin to create you an account linked to 
the previous speaker entry. This saves me and the fosdem people 
overhead, and will allow you to recycle your previous data.

The known speakers are:
  Connor Abbott (*)
  Eric Anholt
  Marc Balmer
  Jesse Barnes
  Kai-Uwe Behrmann
  Donnie Berkholz
  Rob Bradford
  Robert Bragg
  Rob Clark
  Ander Conselvan de Oliviera
  Michael Hasselman
  Matthieu Herrb
  David Herrmann
  Kristian Høgsberg
  Peter Hutterer
  Francisco Jerez
  Sirko Kemter
  Alon Levy
  Chris Lilley
  Peter Linnell
  Keith Packard
  Martin Peres
  Timothée Ravier
  Neil Roberts
  Ian Romanick
  Lucas Stach
  Daniel Stone
  Ville Syrjala
  Daniel Vetter (*)
  Chris Wilson

(*) Since Daniel Vetter and Connor Abbott are known speakers for 2014 
already, they will be contacted soon with account details. They have the 
questionable honour of being the guinea pigs :)

If you are not on the above list, then you can just start at:

If you are on the above list, then you need to email me or poke me 
(libv) on freenode.

Submission Caveat #2:

The second caveat is what i need to see filled in when you apply for a 
devroom before i consider it a valid submission. Remember: first come, 
first serve. The best slots are for the earliest submissions and there 
are only around 16 slots.

On your personal page:
* General:
  * First and last name
  * Nickname
  * Image
* Contact:
  * email
  * 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
* Links:
  * Add relevant links.

Everything else can be ignored or will be filled in by me or the FOSDEM 

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

Luc Verhaegen.

More information about the xorg mailing list