FOSDEM 2020 Real-Time Communications Call for Participation

FOSDEM - Real Time Communications devroom CfP


FOSDEM is one of the world’s premier meetings of free software developers, with over five thousand people attending each year. FOSDEM 2020 takes place 1-2 February 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Call for participation - Real Time Communications (RTC)

The Real-Time devroom and Real-Time lounge are about all things involving real-time communication, including: XMPP, SIP, WebRTC, telephony, mobile VoIP, codecs, peer-to-peer, privacy and encryption.

We are looking for speakers for the devroom and volunteers and participants for the tables in the Real-Time lounge.

The devroom is only on Sunday, 2nd of February 2020. The lounge will be present for both days.

To discuss the devroom and lounge, please join the Free-RTC mailing list.

Speaking opportunities

Note: if you used FOSDEM Pentabarf before, please use the same account/username

Real-Time Communications devroom: deadline 23:59 UTC on 15th of December. Please use the Pentabarf system to submit a talk proposal for the devroom. On the “General” tab, please look for the “Track” option and choose “Real Time Communications devroom”.

Other devrooms and lightning talks: some speakers may find their topic is in the scope of more than one devroom. It is encouraged to apply to more than one devroom and also consider proposing a lightning talk, but please be kind enough to tell us if you do this by filling out the notes in the form. Here you can find the full list of devrooms and here you can apply for a lightning talk.

First-time speaking?

FOSDEM devrooms are a welcoming environment for people who have never given a talk before. Please feel free to contact the devroom administrators personally if you would like to ask any questions about it.

Submission guidelines

The Pentabarf system will ask for many of the essential details. Please remember to re-use your account from previous years if you have one.

In the “Submission notes”, please tell us about:

You can use HTML and links in your bio, abstract and description.

If you maintain a blog, please consider providing us with the URL of a feed with posts tagged for your RTC-related work.

We will be looking for relevance to the conference and devroom themes, presentations aimed at developers of free and open source software about RTC-related topics.

Please feel free to suggest a duration between 20 minutes and 55 minutes but note that the final decision on talk durations will be made by the devroom administrators based on the number of received proposals. As the two previous devrooms have been combined into one, we may decide to give shorter slots than in previous years so that more speakers can participate.

Please note FOSDEM aims to record and live-stream all talks. The CC-BY license is used.

Volunteers needed

To make the devroom and lounge run successfully, we are looking for volunteers:

Social events and dinners

The traditional FOSDEM beer night occurs on Friday, 31st of January.

On Saturday night, there are usually dinners associated with each of the devrooms. Most restaurants in Brussels are not so large so these dinners have space constraints and reservations are essential. Please subscribe to the Free-RTC mailing list for further details about the Saturday night dinner options and how you can register for a seat.

As per usual, the XMPP Summit is happening ahead of FOSDEM. This time it will take place on the 30th and 31st of January also in Brussels. All details are available on the summit website.

Spread the word and discuss

If you know of any mailing lists where this CfP would be relevant, please forward this document. If this devroom excites you, please blog or microblog about it, especially if you are submitting a talk.

If you regularly blog about RTC topics, please send details about your blog to the planet site administrators:

Please also link to the Planet sites from your own blog or web site as this helps everybody in the free real-time communications community.


For any private queries, contact us directly using the address and for any other queries please ask on the Free-RTC mailing list.

The devroom administration team: