We are excited to announce that the call for proposals is now open for the Virtualization & IaaS devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM 2021, to be hosted virtually on February 6th 2021.
This year will mark FOSDEM’s 21th anniversary as one of the longest-running free and open source software developer events, attracting thousands of developers and users from all over the world. Due to Covid-19, FOSDEM will be held virtually this year on February 6th & 7th, 2021.
About the Devroom
The Virtualization & IaaS devroom will feature session topics such as open source hypervisors and virtual machine managers such as Xen Project, KVM, bhyve, and VirtualBox, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service projects such as KubeVirt, Apache CloudStack, Foreman, OpenStack, oVirt, QEMU and OpenNebula.
This devroom will host presentations that focus on topics of shared interest, such as KVM; libvirt; shared storage; virtualized networking; cloud security; clustering and high availability; interfacing with multiple hypervisors; hyperconverged deployments; and scaling across hundreds or thousands of servers.
Presentations in this devroom will be aimed at users or developers working on these platforms who are looking to collaborate and improve shared infrastructure or solve common problems. We seek topics that encourage dialog between projects and continued work post-FOSDEM.
Submission deadline: 20th of December
Acceptance notifications: 25th of December
Final schedule announcement: 31st of December
Recorded presentations upload deadline: 15th of January
Devroom: 6th February 2021
Submit Your Proposal
All submissions must be made via the Pentabarf event planning site. If you have not used Pentabarf before, you will need to create an account. If you submitted proposals for FOSDEM in previous years, you can use your existing account.
After creating the account, select Create Event to start the submission process. Make sure to select Virtualization and IaaS devroom from the Track list. Please fill out all the required fields, and provide a meaningful abstract and description of your proposed session.
We expect more proposals than we can possibly accept, so it is vitally important that you submit your proposal on or before the deadline. Late submissions are unlikely to be considered.
All presentation slots are 30 minutes, with 20 minutes planned for presentations, and 10 minutes for Q&A.
All presentations will need to be pre-recorded and put into our system at least a couple of weeks before the event.
The presentations should be uploaded by 15th of January and made available under Creative
Commons licenses. In the Submission notes field, please indicate that you agree that your presentation will be licensed under the CC-By-SA-4.0 or CC-By-4.0 license and that you agree to have your presentation recorded. For example:
"If my presentation is accepted for FOSDEM, I hereby agree to license all recordings, slides, and other associated materials under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International License. Sincerely, <NAME>."
In the Submission notes field, please also confirm that if your talk is accepted, you will be able to attend the virtual FOSDEM event for the Q&A. We will not consider proposals from prospective speakers who are unsure whether they will be able to attend the FOSDEM virtual event.
If you are experiencing problems with Pentabarf, the proposal submission interface, or have other questions, you can email our devroom mailing list and we will try to help you.
Code of Conduct
Following the release of the updated code of conduct for FOSDEM, we'd like to remind all speakers and attendees that all of the presentations and discussions in our devroom are held under the guidelines set in the CoC and we expect attendees, speakers, and volunteers to follow the CoC at all times.
If you submit a proposal and it is accepted, you will be required to confirm that you accept the FOSDEM CoC. If you have any questions about the CoC or wish to have one of the devroom organizers review your presentation slides or any other content for CoC compliance, please email us and we will do our best to assist you.
Call for Volunteers
We are also looking for volunteers to help run the devroom. We need assistance with helping speakers to record the presentation as well as helping with streaming and chat moderation for the devroom. Please contact devroom mailing list  for more information.
If you have any questions about this devroom, please send your questions to our devroom mailing list. You can also subscribe to the list to receive updates about important dates, session announcements, and to connect with other attendees.
See you all at FOSDEM!
 iaas-virt-devroom at lists.fosdem.org