[FOSDEM] CfP Safety and Open Source devroom
shaun.mooney at codethink.co.uk
Thu Dec 16 11:05:22 UTC 2021
# FOSDEM 2022 (Online) - Safety and Open Source Call for Participation
## The Dev Room
The Safety and Open Source Software devroom will be running for its
second year at FOSDEM. The room is dedicated to everything relating to
using Open Source Software for safety critical applications. The
advantages of Free and Open Source Software are numerous. More than ever
companies choose to use FOSS in their projects,
However, the world of safety is behind the curve. Software developed for
safety-critical applications typically employs traditional development
practices that, although well-used, are increasingly outdated, and the
code is often closed source. This is because safety standards are
stringent, and safety applications must have rigorous quality assurance
practices applied during development.
This dev room is looking for talks that can help to showcase how we can
use FOSS in safety-critical applications, including overcoming
obstacles, legal issues for industry and contributors,
compliance-related concerns, and how to advance state-of-the-art safety
practices to allow industry to benefit from the many advantages that
We recommend about 45 minutes, including discussion for talks, although
variations will be considered (please include the talk length in your
Example topics include (but are not limited to):
* Pros and cons of using Open Source software in safety-critical
* Examples of Open Source Software being used in safety-critical
* Legal and moral implications for contributors who have their code used
in safety-critical applications
* Safety analysis techniques for complex software systems
* Requirements elicitation, and verification and validation techniques
(including creating argumentation to prove that software can be
certified to safety standards)
* What we need to do as FOSS creators to shift the industry mentality
around the use of FOSS vs. current safety standards
* Discussions of specific safety standards and how this might affect
* Open Source Development practices and how we can map these to
practices such as the V-model which are needed for current industry
safety standards (e.g. IEC 61508, ISO 26262 etc.)
## For accepted talks
* Presentations have to be pre-recorded and streamed before the event.
* Once your talk is accepted, we will assign you a deputy to help you to
produce the pre-recorded content.
* The deputy will review the content and ensure it has the required
quality. They are also responsible for ensuring that the content is
ready to broadcast on the day.
* During the stream of your talk, you must be available online for the
## Submit a talk
Visit the [FOSDEM 2022 Pentabarf
website](https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM22), and if you don't
have one already create an account.
Create an "event" and click on "Show all" in the top right corner to
display the full form.
Your submission must include the following information:
* Your contact Email
* The title and subtitle of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles
will be listed with ~500 from other projects)
* Select "Safety and Open Source" as the track.
* A short abstract of one paragraph
* A longer description if you wish to do so
* Links to related websites / blogs etc.
## About FOSDEM
FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and
* FOSDEM is free to attend. There is no registration.
* FOSDEM [website](https://fosdem.org/2022/)
* FOSDEM [code of conduct](https://fosdem.org/2022/practical/conduct/)
## Key dates
* Submission deadline: 30/12/2021
* Safety and Open Source devroom date: Saturday 5th February 2022
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
* Shaun Mooney: shaun.mooney at codethink.co.uk
* Nicole Mpofu: nicole.mpofu at codethink.co.uk
More information about the FOSDEM