FOSDEM 2018 Call for Participation

We are pleased to announce that there will be a Rust devroom at FOSDEM 2018.

FOSDEM is an annual conference about free and open source software, attended by over 5000 developers and open-source enthusiasts from all over the world.

The devroom is a colocated conference-within-a-conference that gives us the opportunity to come together and chat, hack, and share stories about Rust usage in FLOSS ecosystems.

The devroom will take place on Sunday, 4 February 2018, at ULB (Campus Solbosch), in Brussels, Belgium. Join us to enjoy a full day of talks, demos and interesting discussions on Rust.

Sounds interesting? Submit your talk proposal below and see you in Brussels!


We welcome any talk proposals about Rust-related projects.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The Rust language
    • Recent features and future roadmap
    • Architecting large projects
  • Rust usage across FLOSS projects (Tor, VLC, Gnome, Firefox, etc.)
  • Projects written in Rust (show and tell, architecture and API design)
  • Tooling
    • Build tools (cargo, clippy, rustfmt, etc.)
    • Packaging libraries and executables written in Rust
    • Profiling, FFI, etc.
  • Documentation and education initiatives
  • Community initiatives
    • How to contribute
    • RFC process

Slots will be allocated for short (20 minutes) and long (40 minutes) talks.
Speakers need to specify their preferred format. Both include time for questions and answers.

Depending on number of submissions and topics, submitters could be asked for a different format instead.


We invite authors to submit original, high-quality work with sufficient background material to be clear to the Rust community.

Please be aware of the fact that Devroom talks at FOSDEM will be recorded. By submitting a proposal you agree to being recorded and to have your talk made available.

Submissions must include:

  • Abstract
  • Session type
  • Session length
  • Expected prior knowledge / intended audience
  • Speaker bio
  • Links to code / slides / material for the talk (optional)
  • Links to previous talks by the speaker

Click here to submit.

When submitting your talk in Pentabarf, make sure to select the ‘Rust Devroom’ as the ‘Track’.

If you already have a Pentabarf account from a previous FOSDEM edition, please reuse it. Create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous year. If you have any issues with Pentabarf, do not despair: contact rust [dash] devroom [at]


Call for papers available: 13 October 2017

Call for participation closes: 24 November 2017

Devroom schedule available: 15 December 2017

Devroom day: Sunday 4 February 2018 (09:00 to 17:00)


There is also a website here.

See you there!

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Call for proposals is closing soon :slight_smile:

If you have any interesting Rust-related topic in mind that you want to talk about, submit it as a proposal now!