About DebConf

DebConf is the annual Debian developers meeting, an event filled with discussions, workshops and coding parties – all of them highly technical in nature. DebConf15, the 16th Debian Conference, will be held from the 15th to the 22nd of August 2015 at Heidelberg International youth hostel in Heidelberg, Germany.

This year's schedule of events will be exciting, productive and fun. As in previous years (final report 2014 [PDF]), DebConf15 features speakers from around the world. Past Debian Conferences have been extremely beneficial for developing key components of the Debian system, infrastructure and community. This year will surely continue that tradition.

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Striving for more diversity at DebConf15

DebConf is not just for Debian Developers, we welcome all members of our community active in different areas, like translation, documentation, artwork, testing, specialized derivatives, and many other ways that help make Debian better.

In fact, we would like to open DebConf to an even broader audience, and we strongly believe that more diversity at DebConf and in the Debian community will significantly help us towards our goal of becoming the Universal Operating System.

The DebConf team is proud to announce that we have started designing a specific diversity sponsorship programme to attract people to DebConf that would otherwise not consider attending our conference or not be able to join us.

In order to apply for this special sponsorship, please write an email to outreach@debian.org, before July 6th, about your interest in Debian and your sponsorship needs (accomodation, travel). Please include a sentence or two about why you are applying for a Diversity Sponsorship. You can also nominate people you think should be considered for this sponsorship programme.

Please feel free to send this announcement on to groups or individuals that could be interested in this sponsorship programme.

And we’re also looking forward to your feedback. We’re just getting started and you can help shape these efforts.

DebConf15 Invited speakers

This year, on top of the many excellent contributed talks, BoFs, and other events always part of DebConf (some of which have already been announced) we are excited to have confirmed the following keynote speakers.

During the Open Weekend (Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th), we will have keynotes delivered by:

  • Bradley M. Kuhn, President, Software Freedom Conservancy / Board of Directors, Free Software Foundation (Wikipedia page)
  • Werner Koch, Creator and Lead Developer, GnuPG Project / g10 Code GmbH (Wikipedia page)
  • Bdale Garbee, Chief Technologist Open Source and Linux, HP / Debian Project (Wikipedia page)

On the last day of DebConf, we look forward to the closing keynote by:

  • Jacob Appelbaum, Security Researcher and Journalist / Tor Project (Wikipedia page)

For more information about our invited speakers, please see http://debconf15.debconf.org/invited_speakers.xhtml

Citizenfour Screening

Additionally, there will be a screening of the Citizenfour movie, winner of the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award on the evening of Friday, August 21st.

You still have time to submit your talk

There are only a few days left before the end of the Call for Proposals on June 15th. Events submitted after that date might not be part of the official DebConf schedule. So, please, hurry, check out the proposal submission guide and submit your event.

Regards from the DebConf Team

Final Call for DebConf15 Proposals

Call for Proposals Deadline

The deadline for submitting proposals is approaching, with only 12 days left to submit your event by June 15th. Events submitted after that date might not be part of the official DebConf schedule.

We are very excited about the upcoming conference, and we would like to encourage you to send your proposals. It’s an important part of the conference to hear and discuss new ideas. If you have something that you’d like to present but you have not submitted your event yet, please don’t wait until the last minute! Check out the proposal submission guide and submit your event.

If you have already submitted your event, do take this opportunity to login to summit and review it, expanding the event description to be more descriptive and appealing to the attendees if necessary.

Second Batch of Approved talks

We are happy to announce the following talks that are already approved:

Please hurry up and share your ideas with us. Propose your event before the deadline is reached.

Looking forward to see you on Heidelberg,

The DebConf content Team

Second Call for Proposals and Approved Talks for DebConf15

DebConf15 will be held in Heidelberg, Germany from the 15th to the 22nd of August, 2015. The clock is ticking and our annual conference is approaching. There are less than three months to go, and the Call for Proposals period closes in only a few weeks.

This year, we are encouraging people to submit “half-length” 20-minute events, to allow attendees to have a broader view of the many things that go on in the project in the limited amount of time that we have.

To make sure that your proposal is part of the official DebConf schedule you should submit it before June 15th.

If you have already sent your proposal, please log in to summit and make sure to improve your description and title. This will help us fit the talks into tracks, and devise a cohesive schedule.

For more details on how to submit a proposal see: http://debconf15.debconf.org/proposals.xhtml.

Approved Talks

We have processed the proposals submitted up to now, and we are proud to announce the first batch of approved talks. Some of them:

  • This APT has Super Cow Powers (David Kalnischkies)
  • AppStream, Limba, XdgApp: Past, present and future (Matthias Klumpp)
  • Onwards to Stretch (and other items from the Release Team) (Niels Thykier for the Release Team)
  • GnuPG in Debian report (Daniel Kahn Gillmor)
  • Stretching out for trustworthy reproducible builds - creating bit by bit identical binaries (Holger Levsen & Lunar)
  • Debian sysadmin (and infrastructure) from an outsider/newcomer perspective (Donald Norwood)
  • The Debian Long Term Support Team: Past, Present and Future (RaphaĆ«l Hertzog & Holger Levsen)

If you have already submitted your event and haven’t heard from us yet, don’t panic! We will contact you shortly.

We would really like to hear about new ideas, teams and projects related to Debian, so do not hesitate to submit yours.

See you in Heidelberg,
DebConf Team

DebConf Open Weekend

The first two days of this year’s DebConf (August 15th and 16th) will constitute the Open Weekend. On these days, we are planning to have the Debian 22nd Birthday party, a Job Fair, and more than 20 hours of events and presentations, including some special invited speakers.

Given that we expect to have a broader and larger audience during the weekend, our goal is to have talks that are equally interesting for both Debian contributors and users.

If you want to present something that might be interesting to the larger Debian community, please go ahead and submit it. It can be for a talk of either 45 or 20 minutes; if you don’t have content for a full length talk, we encourage you to go for the half length one. If you consider that the event is better suited for either the OpenWeekend or the regular DebConf days, you may say so in the comment field. But keep in mind that all events might be rearranged by the content team to make sure they fit together nicely.

Call for proposals

The deadline to submit proposals is June 15th. Please submit your talk early with a good description and a catchy title. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

If you want to submit an event please go ahead and read the original CfP on DebConf15 http://debconf15.debconf.org/proposals.xhtml.