[FOSDEM] FOSDEM 2019 - Retrocomputing DevRoom CfP

Pau Garcia Quiles pgquiles at elpauer.org
Sun Oct 28 23:12:58 CET 2018


FOSDEM 2019 - 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 2019 will take place during the weekend of February 2nd-3rd
2019. More details about the event can be found at


After last year's success, the Retrocomputing DevRoom will be back in
2019, 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
   - New software, hardware or related to be used with classic systems
   - 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:

   -  30 November 2018: submission deadline for talk proposals
   -  16 December 2018: announcement of the final schedule
   -  2 February 2019: Retrocomputing DevRoom


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 fosdem.org).

A mailing list of speakers, audience and the curious is available,
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