FOSDEM is one of the biggest open source conferences. For the second time there will be a dedicated Open Source Design track.

The call for participation is now open. Dead line for submitting your proposals is December 8th 2015

The full call for participation is below.

Open Source Design Devroom Call for Participation

This is the Call for Participation for the FOSDEM 2016 Open Source Design devroom. We invite you to send in your submissions about design work on free, libre and open source projects.

FOSDEM is the Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting, a free and non-commercial two-day weekend event that offers open source contributors a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

After a successful run in 2015, there will be again a design devroom at FOSDEM 2016: a full day of talks about design work on free, libre and open source projects. The Open Source Design devroom will take place on Saturday, January 30th.

We mean ‘design’ in the broadest sense: user research, interface and interaction design, information architecture, visual design, typography, illustration, iconography, accessibility … – all in the context of open source projects, which we believe introduces unique challenges. Designers and developers working with designers (or on a design-minded project) are welcome to submit proposals.

Possible topics include:

  • FOSS design tools
  • Design techniques and deliverables
  • Design - engineering collaboration approaches
  • User engagement and design research activities
  • Project case studies

What and how to submit

Recording and licensing:

The talks in the Open Source Design devroom will be audio and video recorded, and possibly streamed live too. By submitting a proposal you consent to be recorded and agree to license the content of your talk under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license.


20-minute presentations

Submission deadline:

We have extended our submission deadline until 8th December 2015

1st December 2015

How to submit

All submissions are made in the Pentabarf event planning tool at

When submitting your talk in Pentabarf, make sure to select the ‘Open source design devroom’ as the ‘Track’.

If you already have a Pentabarf account from a previous year, please reuse it: create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous year. If you have any issues with Pentabarf, do not despair: contact belenbarrospena at gmail dot com

Who coordinates this Open Source Design devroom thing

The Open Source Design Devroom is coordinated by the Open Source Design Crowd at

Date & Location

  • Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016
  • Time: 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Location: Université Libre Brussels (Solbosch campus), Belgium