[FOSDEM] Declarative and Minimalistic Computing: CfP for FOSDEM 2024

Manolis Ragkousis manolis837 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 12 13:57:25 UTC 2023

We are excited to announce the Call for Participation for the 
Declarative and Minimalistic Computing devroom at FOSDEM on February, 
2024! The submission deadline for talk proposals is December 1st, 2023.

FOSDEM is one of the most important free software conferences and is
hosted annually at Université libre de Bruxelles in Brussels,
Belgium. This year FOSDEM will be a physical conference. Talks will be 
done in person.

We accept talks from languages that attempt to minimize use of hardware
and software while trying to make systems simpler, more robust and more
secure. If you are working on improving today's systems taking
declarative/minimalistic approaches feel free to submit a talk
proposal. Examples include the Scheme/Lisp family of programmings 
languages. In past editions, this devroom has received presentations 
from a varied number of language communities, including Forth, Guile, 
Lua, Nim, Racket, Raku and Tcl as well as several experimental projects 
that push minimalism in new directions.

Minimalism and declarative programming are two important topics for
this devroom. Minimalism matters. Minimalism allows for smaller
systems that take less resources and consume less energy. More
importantly, free and open source minimalism allows for secure systems
that are easy to understand. Declarative programming is a programming
paradigm that expresses the logic of a computation without describing
its control flow. Many languages that apply this style attempt to
minimize or eliminate side effects by describing what the program must
accomplish in terms of the problem domain, rather than describe how to
accomplish it as a sequence of the programming language primitives.

Finally, in this year's conference, we will honor the late Joe Armstrong 
for his pioneering contributions to concurrent and fault-tolerant 
computing systems. Armstrong is best known as the principal inventor of 
the Erlang programming language, which embodies the principles of 
concurrency, distribution, and fault-tolerance, making it a cornerstone 
in the realm of declarative and minimalistic computing. Erlang has been 
instrumental in powering highly scalable and reliable systems, 
particularly in telecommunications and distributed systems.

We want to invite you to submit a talk on declarative and minimalistic
computing that fits that description. We are especially happy to
receive talk submissions from members of groups underrepresented in
free software.

If you have something you’d like to share with your fellow developers,
please E-mail us! Reach out to
pjotr.public456 at thebird.nl or manolis837 at gmail.com if you run into any

The deadline for submission is December 1st. Proposals must be submitted 
on FOSDEM's conference management system: <https://pretalx.fosdem.org/>. 
Heads up that this year FOSDEM is not relying on the good old Pentabarf 
but on Pretalx. All submissions must go through pretalx: 

When submitting your talk make doubly sure to select "Declarative and
Minimalistic Computing devroom" as track (if you don't we won't find
it), and include the following information:

   * The title and subtitle of your talk
   * A short abstract of one paragraph
   * A longer description if you wish to do so
   * Links to related websites/blogs etc

To see what a final talk looks like see


Let's make this a fun day!

= Organizers =

Pjotr Prins, Manolis Ragkousis, Jonhathan McHugh, Bonface Munyoki, Arun 
Isaac, Ludovic Courtès, Amirouche Boubekki,
Hisham Muhammad, Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Ricardo Wurmus, Alex
Sassmannshausen, William Byrd, Oliver Propst, Efraim Flashner, Julien 

= Code of conduct =

   - https://fosdem.org/2024/practical/conduct/

= Original proposal =

   - https://libreplanet.org/wiki/FOSDEM2024-devroom-proposal

= Important dates: =

   - Dec 1st 2023:  submission deadline for talk proposals
   - Dec 15th 2023:  announcement of the final schedule
   - Feb 4th 2024:  FOSDEM!

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