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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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 (Raphaël 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.

Working towards a child-friendly DebConf

The Debian Project will celebrate its 22nd birthday during DebConf15 in Heidelberg in August 2015. At this age, it’s unsurprising that children of Debian contributors have attended our developer conference for several years.

Going with the times, we would like to work further towards making DebConf15 a child-friendly (parents-friendly) conference. The conference venue is far away from traffic, self-contained, and there is a dedicated children’s play room. There are green areas around, and the Heidelberg Zoo is literally within sight of the venue. We haven’t yet discussed deals with them, but we could.

In short: if you’d like to attend DebConf, but you are yet unsure what to do with your children… bring your kids along!

The hostel has a number of 3 and 4 bed-rooms with en-suite bathrooms, plus a good supply of cots available for the very little ones. We will allocate such rooms to families exclusively for your privacy (subject to availability, so please register yourself ASAP, and include a note about your kids).

We are maintaining answers to commonly-asked questions on the wiki. Please let us know if anything is missing, and feel free to update the page yourself.

We would also like to explore additional possibilities to make it easier for parents to participate in the conference. At the moment, we’re still scouting for ideas and there are already a number of promising leads.

To help us figure out what we’d best offer, we need to know about the demand. If you are planning to bring your children, or if you’re thinking about it, please drop a short note with number and ages and any other relevant information to kids@debconf.org. Your mail will be read by a few parents involved in the organisation of DebConf15 and we will obviously keep your data private.

We also created a (publicly archived) mailing list to discuss options and keep people updated on our plans. Please subscribe yourself to the list, if interested, and feel free to write to debconf-kids@lists.debian.org with any questions or ideas you might have.

DebConf15 Call for Proposals

We’re now calling for proposals for DebConf15. Proposals are accepted from now until 15 June 2015. To submit an event, go to the Propose an Event page once you are registered for the conference.

The DebConf Content Team will decide on a first round of submissions in May, so be sure to submit your proposal soon if you need it to be accepted by then, e.g. for sponsorship requests.

The current, non-exhaustive list of proposed topics is:

  • Debian Packaging, Policy, and Infrastructure
  • Security, Safety, and Hacking
  • Debian System Administration, Automation and Orchestration
  • Containers and Cloud Computing with Debian
  • Debian Success Stories
  • Debian in the Social, Ethical, Legal, and Political Context
  • Blends, Subprojects, Derivatives, and Projects using Debian
  • Embedded Debian and Hardware-Level Systems

For all further information, please see the Proposals page of the DebConf15 website.

Inviting speakers to DebConf15

Last year for the DebConf edition that took place in Portland, we had some invited speakers that helped bring a different point of view to the matters discussed during the conference. This year we would like to do this again.

If you would like to suggest inviting someone that would not regularly attend DebConf, the DebConf Content Team encourages you to do that now. We will stop accepting new suggestions on 10 March 2015.

You can follow the simple procedure described on the Inviting Speakers page in the DebConf’s Wiki

Please keep in mind that we don’t promise to bring to Heidelberg everyone that is suggested. The final list of invited speakers will depend on the speakers’ availability and our limited budget.