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 in 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. Next year will surely continue that tradition.

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Sponsors for DebConf15

The Debian project recently welcomed the first nine sponsors for Debconf15: credativ and sipgate as Gold sponsors, Google, Farsight Security, Inc., Martin Alfke / Buero 2.0 and Ubuntu as silver sponsors, and Logilab, Netways and Hetzner as Bronze-level.

But things have kept moving! The Matanel Foundation just committed to support DebConf15 as Gold-level sponsor, and Mirantis as Silver-level. So, at the time of writing this, we have 11 sponsors. We are very thankful for that!

The DebConf team aims to organize the Debian Conference as a self-sustaining event, despite its size and complexity (the Final Report for DebConf14 gives a good indication). The financial contributions by individuals, companies and organizations, as well as the support by our infrastructure sponsors, media partners, and volunteers, are pivotal to our success.

There are many different possibilities to support DebConf. If you know any company or organization that could be interested, don’t hesitate to point them at our sponsorship brochure (also available in German) or tell us about any leads.

DebConf15 dates are set, come and join us!

At DebConf14 in Portland, Oregon, USA, next year’s DebConf team presented their conference plans and announced the conference dates: DebConf15 will take place from 15 to 22 August 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany. On the Open Weekend on 15/16 August, we invite members of the public to participate in our wide offering of content and events, before we dive into the more technical part of the conference during following week. DebConf15 will also be preceeded by DebCamp, a time and place for teams to gather for intensive collaboration.

A set of slides from a quick show-case during the DebConf14 closing ceremony provide a quick overview of what you can expect next year. For more in-depth information, we invite you to watch the video recording of the full session, in which the team provides detailed information on the preparations so far, location and transportation to the venue at Heidelberg, the different rooms and areas at the Youth Hostel (for accommodation, hacking, talks, and social activities), details about the infrastructure that are being worked on, and the plans around the conference schedule.

We invite everyone to join us in organising this conference. There are different areas where your help could be very valuable, and we are always looking forward to your ideas. Have a look at our wiki page, join our IRC channels and subscribe to our mailing lists.

We are also contacting potential sponsors from all around the globe. If you know any organisation that could be interested, please consider handing them our sponsorship brochure or contact the fundraising team with any leads.

Let’s work together, as every year, on making the best DebConf ever!

Valessio Brito wins DebConf15 logo contest

In May, the DebConf15 Team held a competition to design the logo for DebConf15, which will take place in Heidelberg, Germany. We received many great entries, and after a week-long voting period, this logo by Valessio Brito was selected:

DebConf15 logo (by Valessio Brito)

The lion depicted is the “Kurpfälzer Löwe”, which makes up Heidelberg’s coat of arms.

Valessio is Brazilian, graduated in Communication and Advertising, and specialised in Free Software Development. He is currently a consultant to UI Design of the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic, living in Brasilia, Brazil. He has been a Debian user since 2000, contributing to local communities, Inkscape and the Debian project.

Valessio has a tattoo of the red spiral!

His personal website is valessiobrito.com.br (pt_BR).

He invites you to visit www.DebianArt.org to discover the work of other artists and designs that contribute to the Debian project.

Thanks very much Valessio for your great contribution!

DebConf15 organisation kicked off in Heidelberg

The lobby of the youth hostel Heidelberg (by Richard Hartmann)

The DC15 team met Saturday at the Heidelberg International Youth Hostel to kick off the organisation of DebConf15. While a handful of team members unfortunately had to excuse themselves, 18 people showed up, and the spirit level was high.

Self-contained in beautiful surroundings

The youth hostel Heidelberg from the outside view (by Richard Hartmann)

The youth hostel is the expected venue for DebConf15, which is slated to take place in August 2015. It sleeps more than 400 people, and it features two large conference rooms. Several smaller rooms can be used for team meetings and impromptu “birds-of-a-feather” sessions.

A panoramic view of the city of Heidelberg (by Michael Banck)

The venue is located a little bit outside of Heidelberg’s centre, right on the side of the Neckar river, north of the Heidelberg Zoo, west of a university campus, and south of a sports field.

Fantastic, child-friendly DebConf venue

The courtyard of the youth hostel, used for eating and socialising (by Richard Hartmann)

The large cafeteria and the plentiful outside space usable for eating, working, chatting and playing make it a fantastic venue for DebConf. And far away from traffic, with a play area, space to run around, and the zoo next door, it’s very suitable to families with children, too.

Become part of the team!

If you are interested in being part of the organisation of our conference, we welcome you on our mailing list and look forward to your contributions! There is also the #debconf15-germany IRC channel on irc.debian.org, and we have a list of DC15 sub-teams to give you an overview. Feel free to add yourself, or just help out and someone will add you.

(Photos by Michael Banck and Richard Hartmann, used under the terms of the CC by-sa licence 3.0)

DebConf15 Location and DebConf13 Final Report

DebConf15 to be hosted in Germany

In their last meeting, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf15, the 16th annual Debian Conference, will be hosted in Germany.

Thanks to the Belgian and Swedish teams; we are looking forward to their renewed bids for future DebConfs!

The German team expects to announce details about location and date in the coming months.

A dedicated (English-language) mailing list has been created for the organization and interested people are welcome to subscribe and join the discussion.

DebConf13 Final Report available

Furthermore, the 32-page final report for last year’s DebConf in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, is now available here. Many thanks to all the authors who contributed to the report!