2016/01/24 1 Comment
Fosdem, the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting. See all about it on https://fosdem.org/2016/
Perl-devroom in H-building
The Perl-community will be present with a big booth and a so-called devroom. The devroom will be on Sunday (!) in room H.2214 (not like last years in K-building, and this room can hold 100 people, instead of the 85 of last years), and you can see the schedule on https://fosdem.org/2016/schedule/track/perl/ .
Everybody is welcome in our very own devroom at the FOSDEM in Brussels on Sunday, January 31st, starting at 09:00, ending at 17:00. We have 12 presentations by 12 speakers. Most talks, 7 of them, will be 40 minutes, 4 talks will be 20 minutes and one lasts 30 minutes. The schedule will be interesting for Perl- and non-Perl-people alike, with topics ranging from RPerl, mathematics, teaching Perl, to updates on the status of Perl 5 and Perl 6. There will be no coffee-, tea- or lunchbreaks, between every talk is just a short 5-minutes break.
We did have quite a lot of nice proposals, even before doing a Call for Speakers, that we could fill a second day in our devroom. We finished the schedule within the deadline, so we will be printed nicely with our schedule in the FOSDEM conference-booklet.
Booth in K-building
As last years, we have a big booth again, with two tables, in the same building as last year (but not in the same building as our devroom this year!!!). On both days of FOSDEM: 30&31 January 2016. You can find us in K building, level 2, and among our neighbours you will find Google Summer of Code, Mediawiki, Mozilla, Apache, Jenkins, and many more. See https://fosdem.org/2016/stands/ for info about which communities will have a stand.
At the booth you will find the largest library of Perl-books, the big Perl camel, goodies, brochures, tuits, buttons, stickers, soft toy camels in three sizes, wine from the city of Perl, Perl t-shirts, and quite a bit more.
See https://fosdem.org/2016/schedule/buildings/ for where the buildings are. See https://fosdem.org/2016/practical/transportation/ for directions on how to get to FOSDEM. Go to the Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh, and meet 6,000 to 7,000 open source enthusiasts.
You can to contribute to our booth. Bring brochures, job descriptions, pens, books, buttons, t-shirts, stickers, and other goodies from your company, institutation, organisation, as long as it has something to do with Perl, Please bring that with you. If we can use it for Perl promotion, and if there is still room on the tables (!), we will put it there and give it away. Or we sell it and use the proceeds for a donation to The Perl Foundation.
Help with the booth?
You can help with the booth too. On Saturday morning at 08:00 (we will try to be sharp on time) we will arrive with a small truck at the left entrance of K-building (see the map https://fosdem.org/2016/schedule/buildings/ )and start unloading it and setting up the booth. Every year, some people help us to move the boxes with books, the camel, and other things, and make our work lighter (thank you!!!).
On Sunday afternoon, around 16:30. we have to start breaking down and cleaning up. I know that Liz Mattijsen gives her talk about Perl 6 ( https://fosdem.org/2016/schedule/event/perl6_end_beginning/ ), and I can’t attend it this time, but cleaning must be done, and I want to be in time for the restaurant. So, if some people can be around to help me, that would be grand!
Beer Event in Delirium
Friday night is the famous Beer Event ( https://fosdem.org/2016/beerevent/ ) at Delirium Café (Impasse de la Fidélité 4, Brussels, http://www.deliriumcafe.be/). It will be enormously busy as always, with many hundreds of people (more than 1,000?). We know that a group of at least 6 Perl Mongers will come, and some of us will try to come early and conquer our own table / corner, probably on the first floor (so not the ground floor, the one upstairs!). Pay for your own drinks…
And don’t come too late. Rather soon, the Delirium Café will be filled with people, and the alley it is located in will be filled with people, and when that happens, the alley will be closed by security people, and you have to wait for people to get out before you can get in.
Get some dinner before you come in, there are many restaurants in the streets around Delirium (too many of them are tourist traps, so beware, make a good choice).
Dinner on Saturday and on Sunday
Saturday night we want to have dinner with a large group of people at Brasserie-restaurant La Porteuse d’Eau (the waterbearer), Avenue Jean Volders 48, Brussels (see http://www.laporteusedeau.be/ ). We have reserved space for 50 people at 18:00 and later, on the first floor (again, not the ground floor, but upstairs). You are welcome to register with Wendy van Dijk (wendy (at) wendy (dot) org). Only people who have registered can join us (last year it got a bit busy, so we have to do it this way). Also tell Wendy about any dietary wishes, because the menu will be limited to only a small number of options, and there will be a vegan menu and a vegetarian menu. Price is €25 per person (drinks are included, dinner is sponsored), to be paid in cash to Wendy. Speakers in our devroom, and the “designated volunteers” (you know who you are) don’t pay for dinner nor drinks (I still would like to know that you come).
On Sunday, after we cleaned the booth and stored all stuff in our van, we will have dinner in La Becasse ( http://www.la-becasse.com/ ), which is on walking distance from the university: Chaussée de Boondaal 476, Ixelles / Brussels. We have reserved room for 30 people at 18:00, and later. Again, you have to tell Wendy that you want to join us, so please send an email to Wendy. Price is €25 per person (drinks are included, dinner is sponsored), to be paid in cash to Wendy. Speakers in our devroom, and the “designated volunteers” (you know who you are) don’t pay for dinner nor drinks (I still would like to know that you come).
Thanks and hugs
Many thanks to all who have talked, thought, chatted, mailed with us, who proposed a talk, who helped spread the call for talks, offered to volunteer. Excellent cooperation!
Hope to see you Friday, Saturday, Sunday, in Brussels, Belgium.
Wendy van Dijk