[FOSDEM] requirement to start a devroom

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Sat Jul 1 22:01:29 CEST 2017

On 01/07/17 21:44, Mark Van den Borre wrote:
> Hello Kristoff,
> 2017-07-01 21:10 GMT+02:00 Kristoff <kristoff at skypro.be>:
>> Correct. In fact, the ham-radio infobooth we have had started out as an idea
>> of some people who participated in the SDR devroom in 2014.
> [...]
>> So I am still a bit puzzled on how to see this and how to do this the best.
>> (hence my question here).
> In general, keep an eye on the call for proposals to appear to submit
> a devroom request.
> You can always try to ask for a separate devroom and explicitly
> mention this is coordinated with SDR and for one year only. That might
> have a non-zero chance of getting accepted.
> But the hard truth is that we're always receiving several times the
> number of applications, and we often have to disappoint people...

One thing I raised on the devroom-managers list last year[1] was the
idea of grouping talks by tags/themes that span multiple dev-rooms, that
may help in a situation like this and also the general question of
congestion at FOSDEM.

Given the level of competition that exists for dev-rooms, why not
consider abolishing them completely and having talks grouped by tags?

So, a talk about the gqrx software might have tags "sdr", "ham", "python"

A talk about WebRTC might have tags like "voip", "sip", "javascript" and

Pages could be created on fosdem.org for each tag.  A page for the
"javascript" tag would include the WebRTC talk, but it would also
include any talks in the PostgreSQL dev-room that involve embedding
JavaScript in the database (PL/v8).

Another thing to bear in mind is that there are hams in just about every
significant community at FOSDEM, even if they don't come to FOSDEM for
ham purposes.



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