[FOSDEM] [CfP] Ada Development Room 2022

Fernando Oleo Blanco irvise at irvise.xyz
Sat Dec 4 19:58:47 UTC 2021


                        Call for Presentations

                11th Ada Developer Room at FOSDEM 2022

              Sunday 6 February 2022, Online, Everywhere


       Organized in cooperation with Ada-Europe and Ada-Belgium


The Ada FOSDEM community is pleased to announce the 11th edition of
the Ada DevRoom! This time, however, it will take place online on the
6th of February. This edition of the Ada DevRoom has been organised in
cooperation with Ada-Belgium [1] and Ada-Europe [2].

General Information about FOSDEM

FOSDEM [3], the Free and Open source Software Developers' European
Meeting, is a free and non-commercial two-day weekend event organized
early each year in Brussels, Belgium. This year, for obvious reasons,
it has been turned into an online event, just like last year. It is
highly developer-oriented and brings together 8000+ participants from
all over the world. No registration is necessary.

The goal is to provide open source developers and communities a place
to meet with other developers and projects, to be informed about the
latest developments in the open source world, to attend interesting
talks and presentations on various topics by open source project
leaders and committers, and to promote the development and the
benefits of open source solutions.

Ada Programming Language and Technology

Awareness of safety and security issues in software systems is ever
increasing. Multi-core platforms are now abundant. These are some of
the reasons that the Ada programming language and technology attracts
more and more attention, among others due to Ada's support for
programming by contract and for multi-core targets. The latest Ada
language definition was updated early 2016.  Work on new features is
ongoing, such as improved support for fine-grained parallelism, and
will result in a new Ada standard scheduled for 2022. Ada-related
technology such as SPARK provides a solution for the safety and
security aspects stated above.

More and more tools are available, many are open source, including
small and recent platforms. Interest in Ada keeps further increasing,
also in the open source community, from which many exciting projects
have been started.

Ada Developer Room

FOSDEM is an ideal fit for an Ada Developer Room. On the one hand, it
gives the general open source community an opportunity to see what is
happening in the Ada community and how Ada can help to produce
reliable and efficient open source software. On the other hand, it
gives open source Ada projects an opportunity to present themselves,
get feedback and ideas, and attract participants to their project and
collaboration between projects.

At previous FOSDEM events, the Ada-Belgium non-profit organization
organized successful Ada Developer Rooms, offering a full day program
in 2006 [4], a two-day program in 2009 [5], and full day programs in
2012-2016 [6-10], and in 2018-2020 [11-13]. An important goal is to
present exciting Ada technology and projects, including people outside
the traditional Ada community. This edition is no different, and since
it will take place online, we hope to attrack people from all over the

Call for Presentations

We would like to schedule technical presentations, tutorials, demos,
live performances, project status reports, discussions, etc, in the
Ada Developer Room.

Do you have a talk you want to give?
Do you have a project you would like to present?
Would you like to get more people involved with your project?

The Ada organisers call on you to:
- discuss and help organize the details, subscribe to the
  Ada-FOSDEM mailing list [14];
- for bonus points, be a speaker: the Ada-FOSDEM mailing list is the
  place to be!
- don't hesitate to propose a topic that you would like to present to
  the community, we are eager to know what you have in store for us!

We're inviting proposals that are related to Ada software development,
and include a technical oriented discussion. You're not limited to
slide presentations, of course. Be creative. Propose something fun to
share with people so they might feel some of your enthusiasm for Ada!

Speaking slots should be 15 or 30 minutes, plus 5 or 10 minutes
resp. for Q&A, if the same schedule as last year is followed. However,
this schedule is flexible and can be modified for longer talks. For
example, a long technical talk can be transformed into a 45 minutes
talk + 5 minutes of Q&A. Depending on interest, we might also have a
session with lightning presentations (e.g. 5 minutes each), and/or an
informal discussion session.

Note that all talks will be streamed live (audio+video) and should be
prerecorded. After the streaming of the talk, a live Q&A session will
take place. By submitting a proposal, you agree to being recorded and
streamed. You also agree that the contents of your talk will be
published under the same license as all FOSDEM content, a Creative
Commons (CC-BY) license.

Submission Guidelines

Your proposal must be submitted to the FOSDEM Pentabarf system
[15]. If you already had an account from previous years, please, reuse
it. If, for whatever reason, you cannot use Pentabarf, you can also
submit your proposal by messaging the Ada-FOSDEM mailing list [14]. If
needed, feel free to contact us at the Ada-FOSDEM Mailing list or at
<irvise (at) irvise.xyz> (without spaces).

Please include:
- your name, affiliation, contact info;
- the title of your talk (be descriptive and creative);
- a short descriptive and attractive abstract;
- potentially pointers to more information;
- a short bio and photo.

See programs of previous Ada DevRooms (URLs below) for presentation
examples, as well as for the kind of info we need.

Here is the slightly flexible schedule that we will follow:
- December 26, 2021: end of the submission period. Remember, we only
  need the information in the list above. You do not have to submit
  the entire talk by this date. Try to submit your proposal as early
  as possible. It is better to submit half of the details early than
  all late, so do not wait for the last minute. If you are a bit late,
  submit it to Pentabarf and message <irvise (at) irvise.xyz>
- December 31, 2021 - January 2, 2022: announcement of accepted talks.
- January 15, 2022: your talk should be recorded and uploaded to the
  Pentabarf platform.
- February 6, 2022: Ada-Devroom day!

We look forward to lots of feedback and proposals!


The Ada-FOSDEM team
Main organiser: Fernando Oleo Blanco <irvise (at) irvise.xyz>
Second in command: Ludovic Brenta <ludovic (at) ludovic-brenta.org>


[1] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium
[2] http://www.ada-europe.org
[3] https://fosdem.org
[14] http://listserv.cc.kuleuven.be/archives/adafosdem.html [15]


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