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FOSDEM 2022 Public Code devroom Call for Participation

We are happy to announce that the call for participation in the FOSDEM 2022 devroom for Public Code, code that implements public policy, have opened. It will be held on Sunday 6th February 2022 online. It’s a devroom dedicated to everyone that are developing FLOSS used by public organizations like governments, public administrations and state corporations.

We are looking for contributions covering the following main topics:

  • specific software being developed
  • collaboration methods
  • lessons learned
  • success stories/use cases
  • procuring open source
  • governance

If you have any idea of a talk fitting into the topic of the devroom, please don’t hesitate to make a submission! We hope that this will be an opportunity for everyone to meet and exchange ideas about public code around the world.

Submission process

Please submit your proposals before December 26th 2021.

If you already have a Pentabarf account (for example as a result of having submitted a proposal in the past), make sure you use it to log in and submit your proposal. Do not create a new account if you already have one. Please provide a bit of information about yourself under Person -> Description -> Abstract. When you submit your proposal (by creating an “Event” in Pentabarf), make sure you choose the “Public Code devroom” in the track drop-down menu. Otherwise, your proposal might go unnoticed. Fill in at least a title and abstract for the proposed talk and a suggested duration. Bear in mind that a lot of the value in these meetings come from the discussions, so please be reasonable regarding the duration of the talk.

Once the schedule of the devroom will be finalized, we will contact you in order to help you record your talk in advance, and ensure that the recording is of good quality.

Important dates

  • December 26th 2021: deadline for submission of proposals.
  • December 31st 2021 or before: announcement of final schedule.
  • January 1st to January 15th 2022: speakers record their talks.
  • February 6th 2022: devroom day, online.

What’s the organization this year?

While the global organization of the event is still in progress, here are some elements that we already know regarding the organization of the devroom. Please consider them before submitting a proposal:

  • Talks have to be pre-recorded in advance between the first two weeks of January, and will be streamed during the event.
  • Q/A session will be taken live, just after each recorded talk. As such, please make sure that you will be online and available on the day of the event.
  • A facility will be provided for people watching to chat between themselves.
  • A facility will be provided for people watching to submit questions.
  • The reference time will be Brussels local lime (CET).


The talks and Q/A sessions will be recorded. The recordings will be published under the same license as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY). By agreeing to present in the Public Code devroom, you automatically give permission to be recorded.