[FOSDEM] FOSDEM 2018 CAD and Open Hardware Devroom Call for Participation

Javier Serrano Javier.Serrano at cern.ch
Fri Oct 20 12:59:19 CEST 2017

FOSDEM 2018 CAD and Open Hardware Devroom Call for Participation

(Also visible at https://www.ohwr.org/projects/ohr-meta/wiki/FOSDEM2018)

This is the call for participation in the FOSDEM 2018 devroom on
Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and Open Hardware, to be held on
Saturday 3 February 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. We are looking for
contributions under the form of talks and tutorials covering the
following main topics:

-Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design tools (e.g. KiCad and gEDA)

- Analogue and digital simulators (e.g. ngspice, Qucs, Gnucap, Xyce,
GHDL, Icarus and Verilator)

- Any other EDA tools such as high-level tools for digital hardware
design (e.g. Migen) and HDL synthesis tools (e.g. Yosys)

- Field solvers such as openEMS

- Mechanical 2D and 3D CAD tools such as LibreCAD, FreeCAD, OpenSCAD and

- Open Hardware projects such as the Teres laptop and the lowRISC SoC

- Inter-project opportunities for collaboration

We hope to provide an opportunity for attendees to bring themselves up
to date on the latest FOSS CAD and Open Hardware developments, share
knowledge and identify opportunities to collaborate on development
tasks. This devroom is an evolution of the EDA devroom we organised in
2015, 2016 and 2017.

The submission process

Please submit your proposals at
https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM18 before 1 December 2017.

If you already have a Pentabarf account (for example as a result of
having submitted a proposal in the past), make sure you use it to log in
and submit your proposal. Do not create a new account if you already
have one. Please provide a bit of information about yourself under
Person -> Description -> Abstract. When you submit your proposal
(creating an "Event" in Pentabarf), make sure you choose the "CAD and
Open Hardware Devroom" in the track drop-down menu. Otherwise your
proposal might go unnoticed. Fill in at least a title and abstract for
the proposed talk and a suggested duration. Bear in mind that a lot of
the value in these meetings comes from the discussions, so please be
reasonable regarding the duration of the talk.

Important dates

    1 December 2017: deadline for submission of proposals
    8 December 2017: announcement of final schedule
    3 February 2018: devroom day


The FOSDEM organisers hope to be able to live-stream and record all the
talks. The recordings will be published under the same licence as all
FOSDEM content (CC-BY). Only presentations will be recorded, not
informal discussions and whatever happens during the lunch break. By
agreeing to present at FOSDEM, you automatically give permission to be
recorded. The organisers will agree to make exceptions but only for
exceptional and well-reasoned cases.

Mailing list

Feel free to subscribe to the mailing list of the CAD and Open Hardware
devroom to submit ideas, ask questions and generally discuss about the
event: https://lists.fosdem.org/listinfo/open-hardware-devroom

Spread the word!

This is the first CAD and Open Hardware devroom at FOSDEM, after three
EDA-only devrooms which were very well received. Let's make sure as many
projects and developers as possible are present. Thanks!

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