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 successful runs in 2015, 2016 and 2017, there will be again a design devroom at FOSDEM 2018: a full day of talks about design work on free, libre and open source projects. The Open Source Design devroom will take place on Sunday, February 4th.

We invite you to send in your submissions about design work on free, libre and open source projects.

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:

1st December 2017

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 victoria dot bondarchuk at gmail dot com

Who coordinates Open Source Design devroom

The Open Source Design Devroom is coordinated by the Open Source Design community.

Date & Location

  • Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2018
  • Time: pending
  • Location: K.4.201, Université Libre Brussels (Solbosch campus), Belgium