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FOSDEM 2018 Retrocomputing DevRoom Call for Participation
FOSDEM is a free software event that offers open source communities a place
to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is renown for being highly
developer-oriented and brings together 8000+ participants from all over the
world. It is held in the city of Brussels (Belgium).

FOSDEM 2018 will take place during the weekend of February 3rd-4th 2018.
More details about the event can be found at


The Retrocomputing DevRoom is a first-timer at FOSDEM, with talks about use
of older computing hardware and software in modern times.

Presentation topics could include but are not limited to:


  Emulation of old systems to run videogames, legacy software, etc

  Open source software emulation/simulation

  Open hardware

  Operating systems/executives for retrocomputers/retrosystems

  Uses of retrocomputing today

  Other retrosystems topics

  Opportunities in retrocomputing

You are not limited to slide presentations, of course. Be creative.
However, FOSDEM is an open source conference, therefore we ask you to stay
clear of marketing presentations. We are not afraid of technical stuff:
devrooms are a place for development teams to meet, discuss, hack and
publicly present their project’s latest improvements and future directions.

If you will have special needs for your talk (e. g. because you will need
to plug some sort of a system), please note that clearly in your proposal
so that we can provide it.

You can use the Wikipedia definition of retrocomputing as a reference
definition to see if you talk qualifies, although it is not exclusive:



  25 Nov 2017: submission deadline for talk proposals

  15 Dec 2017: announcement of the final schedule

  4 Feb 2018: Retrocomputing dev room


Use the FOSDEM Pentabarf tool to submit your proposal:

- If necessary, create a Pentabarf account and activate it. Please reuse
your account from previous years if you have already created it.

- In the "Person" section, provide First name, Last name (in the "General"
tab), Email (in the "Contact" tab) and Bio ("Abstract" field in the
"Description" tab).

- Submit a proposal by clicking on "Create event".

- Important! Select the "Retrocomputing DevRoom" track (on the "General"
tab). If you do not select a track, then nobody, from any track, will look
at your submission!

- Provide the title of your talk ("Event title" in the "General" tab).

- Provide a description of the subject of the talk and the intended
audience (in the "Abstract" field of the "Description" tab)

- Provide a rough outline of the talk or goals of the session (a short list
of bullet points covering topics that will be discussed) in the "Full
description" field in the "Description" tab

- Provide an expected length of your talk in the "Duration" field,
including discussion. The default duration is 30 minutes.

Please note neither FOSDEM nor the Retrocomputing DevRoom will reimburse
any expenses you incur


The FOSDEM organizers plan to have live streaming and recording fully
working, both for remote/later viewing of talks, and so that people can
watch streams in the hallways when rooms are full. This requires speakers
to consent to being recorded and streamed.

If you plan to be a speaker, please understand that by doing so you
implicitly give consent for your talk to be recorded and streamed.

The recordings will be published under the same license as all FOSDEM
content (CC-BY).

Hope to hear from you soon! And please forward this announcement.


The Retrocomputing DevRoom is managed by Pau Garcia Quiles (
retrocomputing-devroom-manager at

A mailing list of speakers, audience and the curious is available, please
subscribe at:

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