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FOSDEM 2024 Public Code and Digital Public Goods devroom Call for Participation

We are happy to announce that the call for participation in the FOSDEM 2024 devroom for Public Code and Digital Public Goods has opened.

It’s a devroom dedicated to everyone developing public code - open source code that implements public policy, used for the public good, and by public organizations like governments, public administrations and state corporations. Digital public goods (DPGs) are open-source software, open standards, open data, open AI systems, and open content collections that help meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

The devroom will take place on Saturday, 3 February 2024 in Brussels.

We’re looking for contributions that fit within the main theme of the devroom. Below are some questions to inspire your proposal:

  • have you tried to replicate or co-develop a codebase with another public organization? what did you learn along the way?
  • do you have any procurement or governance models (or hacks!) that helped you use, reuse or co-develop public code or a digital public good?
  • are you working on or using an amazing DPG or public code project with strong reuse potential that everyone should know about?

If you have another idea for a talk that you think would fit, please don’t hesitate to let us know! We hope that this will be an opportunity for everyone to meet and exchange ideas about public code and digital public goods around the world.

We offer two types of talk slots:

  • 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes Q&A)
  • 5 minute lightning talks, perfect for presenting your project, but other lightning talk topics are also welcome!

Please specify in the Submission notes field which type you’re applying for.

We welcome submissions from projects that have never been to FOSDEM before, as well as from ‘old timers’.

Submission process

Please submit your proposals before 1 December 2023.

  • Head to the FOSDEM 2024 pretalx website. This has replaced Pentabarf!
  • Follow the instructions to create an account.
  • Once logged in, select “submit a CFP”.
  • Your submission must include the following information:
    • Proposal title
    • Track - Select Public Code and Digital Public Goods from the drop down list
    • Abstract (will appear on the FOSDEM schedule)
    • Description (will appear on the FOSDEM schedule)
    • Submission notes - Write if you want to give a Lightning talk or Presentation here. Add any other details as needed.
    • Session Image (optional new feature): Use this if you want an illustration to go with your proposal. Please do not upload files larger than 10.0 MB!
    • Additional speaker
    • Click Continue or you can save and come back to it
    • About your proposal: Which open source license do you use?
      • FOSDEM is an open-source software conference, please specify which OSI approved license your proposal uses.
    • Extra review material, only shown to reviewers (not published when scheduled)
    • Extra Contact details (optional)
    • Click Continue or you can save and come back to it
    • Finally, tell us your name
    • Biography
    • Availability

Important dates

  • 1 December 2023: deadline for submission of proposals
  • 15 December 2023 or before: announcement of final schedule
  • 3 February 2024: devroom day - You must be available in person to present your talk


The talks are usually recorded on-site. Any recordings will be published under the same license as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY). By agreeing to present in the Public Code and Digital Public Goods devroom, you automatically give permission to be recorded.

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/ Foundation for Public Code and Digital Public Goods Alliance, co-organizers of the devroom