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Ready for FOSDEM 2023?


FOSDEM 2023 is taking place in Brussels the first weekend of February. The FSFE team will be participating at the main Free Software convention in Europe with a booth and giving some keynotes. Are you going to be there? Come to our booth and do not miss our talks!

After two years without the chance to meet in person and spend time talking with other Free Software friends – and newcomers – around our booth, we are almost there: FOSDEM is back as an “in situ” event.

FOSDEM brings together thousands of Free Software enthusiasts for one weekend in Brussels to discuss current topics and developments in the Free Software world. This year we are back at the Université Libre de Bruxelles with our booth and several talks to encourage and raise awareness on wider issues that impact our movement. Networking is equally important. We have prepared social gatherings to get to know each other a bit better during the evenings in some informal venues.

FSFE's booth at one event

Join the chat

Your first step if you are coming to FOSDEM is to join our Matrix FOSDEM 2023 room.Stay up to date and tell us if you want to join our social gatherings and join the FSFE booth team.

FOSDEM BOOTH SET UP- Friday 3 February

If you are already in Brussels on Friday and have time, help us set up our booth! Then we will have a small social gathering. Let’s catch up! 19.00 h. Dinner at Positano restaurant: Rue De Pascale 20, 1050 Ixelles. See in OpenStreet Map.

The Legal and Policy Issues Devroom is taking place during the first day of the conference. Together with our co-organisers Karen Sandler and Bradley Kuhn from Software Freedom Conservancy, Richard Fontana from Red Hat, and Tom Marble from Informatique, Inc., the FSFE’s Alexander Sander and Matthias Kirschner will be addressing legal and policy topic.

Also on Saturday morning we have a talk about TEDective, our Free Software solution that makes European public procurement data explorable for non-experts and after it a talk about thr Windows and Office “tax” refund. Between these talks and other interesting ones that you might attend, do not forget to stop by at our booth to get some promo material and to buy some new merchandise, such as a t-shirt so you can show everyone your support.

Finally, we will come to the end of this long but worthwhile first day with an 'Ada & Zangeman' book reading and a meetup to get to know the members of our community better, sharing a beer with a passionate debate on some of the topics we have learned about during the day!


FSFE FOSDEM Public Money, Public Code!, REUSE - Sunday 5 February

Our second day will start with a talk in the morning about our campaign ‘Public Money? Public Code!’, in which we will provide a policy brief of the state of play of Free Software in the European Union. If you are interested in this topic, you should attend another of our talks about this issue to learn how to effectively push for Free Software all over Europe. That one will take place in the afternoon under the title ‘If it’s public money, make it public code!’.

Also in the afternoon you can learn about REUSE, our tool to communicate licensing and copyright information, which makes developing, using,and re-using Free Software easier.

Of course, we have more activities, campaigns and topics that our team can discuss with you. So stop at our booth! We will be willing to answer your questions and show you some of the initiatives that we have going on.


Give us a hand!

Bringing and taking back our merchandise and promotional material all the way to Brussels is no easy task and we need extra hands to help building and tearing down the booth. Contact our Community Coordinator Fani fani@fsfe.org if you can join us!