[FOSDEM] Call for Presentations - Blockchain Devroom

Pietro Abate pietro.abate at tezcore.com
Sun Oct 21 00:06:01 CEST 2018

Call for Presentations

> Welcome to the 1st edition of the Blockchain devroom at FOSDEM 2019 (https://fosdem.org/2019/).
> FOSDEM is an annual conference about free and open source software, attended by over 8000s
> developers and open-source enthusiasts from all over the world.
> This is an opportunity for all interested in blockchain technology to come together and chat, hack,
> and share stories about anything related  to the blockchain technologies and associated with the
> FLOSS ecosystems.
> The devroom will take place on Sunday, 3 February 2019, at
> [ULB (Campus Solbosch)](https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/1632534522), in Brussels, Belgium.
> Blockchain technology is an emerging field of research that has already
> seen many applications in the private and public sector. The most
> obvious and visible ones are cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum but many
> others projects ranging from logistics, supply chain management,
> identity management, code archive use this technology as basic build
> block to ensure redundancy, security, immutability. Free Software and Open source
> plays an essential role in the development of blockchains and it is
> important to attract the attention of developers and researchers.
> We invite presentations or discussions around (but not limited to) the following topics:
> - New and emerging blockchain technologies focusing on FOSS, especially focusing on innovation.
> - New consensus algorithms:  moving on From PoW
> - How Communities develop and thrive in the blockchain world :
>     + how blockchain technology is used to further the ideals and goals of the Free Software and Open Source community.
>        or to the wider social good (social projects using blockchain)
>     + how money and ICOs influence blockchain and FOSS communities.
> - Blockchain in the public sector. How FOSS blockchains are used by governments and public entities.
> - Deployment of blockchains : challenges faced by devops
> - IDE and compilers for Smart Contract Languages
> - Applications built on smart contract platforms
> - Desktop and Mobile wallets development
> - Demystifying the blockchain:
>     + in what kind of applications is a blockchain useful, and when is it not?
>     + other misconceptions
> - Security and Privacy
>    + will encrypted data still be secure in a few decades?
>    + is blockchain really private or anonymous?
>    + other concerns
> Please use the Pentabarf [3] system to submit your proposals. You do
> not need to create a new account if you already have one. When in doubt,
> please use the devroom mailing list [4]. If you do not want to give a
> talk yourself, you may still send suggestions for what else you would
> like to see, or do in the devroom. Please send your suggestions to the
> mailing list. The deadline for your proposal is on December the 1st 2018.
> Make sure to include the following in your proposal:
>  * title of your talk (will be printed in the FOSDEM booklet)
>  * your full name (will be printed in the FOSDEM booklet)
>  * a short abstract (one or two paragraphs)
>  * duration of your talk (please, at least 25 and no longer than 40 min)
>  * a short biography
> The official devroom schedule (along with the accepted talks) will be
> announced on December the 15th on the devroom's mailing list and the
> speakers will be notified via e-mail. The schedule will also be published
> on the FOSDEM website.
> About FOSDEM
> FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the
> widespread use of free and open source software. Taking place in the
> beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognized as the
> best such conference in Europe. FOSDEM covers a wide spectrum of free
> and open source software projects, and offers a platform for people to
> collaborate. To this end, FOSDEM has set up developer rooms (devrooms)
> with network/internet connectivity and projectors where teams can meet
> and showcase their projects. Devrooms are a place for teams to discuss,
> hack and publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and
> discussions. Besides developer rooms, FOSDEM also offers main tracks,
> lightning talks, certification exams and project stands. Every year,
> FOSDEM hosts more than 5000 developers at the ULB Solbosch campus.
> Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organizers
> gratefully accept donations and sponsorship. No registration necessary.
> Important dates recap
> * 01.12.2018: Deadline for submissions
> * 15.12.2018: Schedule published and speakers notified of acceptance
> * 03.02.2019: The devroom takes places
> Links
> [1] http://fosdem.org
> [2] https://fosdem.org/2019/practical/transportation
> [3] https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM19
> [4] https://lists.fosdem.org/listinfo/blockchain-devroom
> [5] https://twitter.com/BlockchainFsdm
> [6] https://www.facebook.com/blockchainfosdem
> See you all at FOSDEM!
> The organisation committee,
>     Pietro, Martin, Bruno, Bob, Arjan, Aidan
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