FOSDEM is a long running free and open source community event that has moved online for its 21st year. This year's event will be a little different, but the silver lining is that you have the option to particpate at home, without any travel. This year's talks are all pre-recorded, and the speakers will be online to answer questions right after the intitial broadcast. If you want to be part of the live conversation, you'll have to join the conference in real time.
All times below are in Brussels local time, aka GMT +1
On Saturday at 15:00, Deb Nicholson (our General Manager) and Hong Phuc Dang (our Board Vice-chair) will be presenting a talk on why FOSS is so US-centric, why it shouldn't be and what we can do about it. "Open Source Culture is Very US-Centric, But It Shouldn't Be: How Can We Make FOSS Truly Global?"
On Sunday at 12:30, Deb is giving another talk on triaging your work flow so that you get the important things done and skip the rest. Check out, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Doing Less."
Our Board member Italo Vignoli is speaking twice in the LibreOffice room on Sunday, at 10:00, "LibreOffice Technology: From a desktop product to a platform for personal productivity" and again at 16:30 "ODF for Interoperability: Tips and Tricks to Tackle the Most Common Issues."
Jim Hall, who is teaching an Open Source Technology Management class as part of our collaboration with Brandeis is also giving a fun talk in the Retrocomputing Devroom, "Working on DOS in 2021: We're getting closer to FreeDOS 1.3"
Finally, many of our Affiliates have stands in this year's virtual FOSDEM Expo, including Debian, Eclipse Foundation, FOSSASIA, Free BSD, GNOME, LibreOffice and the Maria DB Foundation. In both Brussels and the US (where the OSI is based) it's probably going to be a cold weekend, so why not spend it indoors, virtually visiting with your open source pals?