I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s FOSDEM event in Brussels early this Feb’.
It’ s an annual event started in 2001 and although aimed at developers or others involved in Open Source projects it’s open to anyone who has an interest in open source software.
Held in the University of Brussels it’s simply huge with some 7000 attendees and 486 speakers for 487 sessions and 40 tracks it simply takes over the campus for the weekend,
many of these sessions were videoed I highly recommend visiting their Video Repository.
In a short paragraph it’s simply not possible to tell you every thing that was there every area of open source software was represented, there’s something for any and everyone. I was particularly interested in the Linux on ARM /ARM64 talks and robotics tracks and no doubt I’ll be talking about these at some latter date
There are also developer rooms where project members can get together and code as well as the normal stalls of Companies and open Source projects.
It should be noted that although they give you the opportunity to donate the entire event is free to attendees, flight and hotel for 3 days was less than £200 a bargain!!
Inspire yourself next year and go to FOSDEM 2014