The Unofficial Community Managers Guide to FOSDEM 2015

I will be attending fosdem for the first time in a few days, and have been working hard figuring out all the best talks for Community Managers to go to. Here is a lowdown to save you the effort!

Where there are conflicting events, the one I personally will attend is in black and the other is in grey. Not all of these talks are obviously about community at first (there’s a whole other conference for that right?) but all of them are by someone who is a Community Manager or about something vital such as Brand or Development Tools.

Friday Pre-Fosdem events

Floss Community Metrics Conference

On Friday, there is the Floss Community Metrics conference, as a pre-fosdem fab-fest. I am very much looking forward to it, though I will miss the first hour probably as I don’t get in till 4.

Friday Beer Event

Apparently this is is the place to be! “This year’s beer event will again take place at the Delirium Café, in a beautiful alley near the Grand Place in Brussels. In addition to the enormous variety in beers, the location also has enough room to accommodate the vast crowd of geeks we tend to be. There are 25 different draught beers available.”



10:00 – 10:50 Karen Sandler (@o0karen0o) on Identity Crisis: Are we who we say we are? in Janson

10:30 – 10:55 Kieran Kunhya on How to make professional media users care about FOSS in H.2213 open media room

11:45 – 12:10 Jean-Baptiste Kempf on Copyleft licenses and the appstores in H.1308 (Rolin) (legal and policy)

12:00 – 12:50 Jonas Öberg (@jonaso) on Automating Attribution in Janson

01:00 – 01:50 Sylvestre Ledru (@SylvestreLedru) and Lukas Blakk (@lsblakk) on A new version of Firefox is available in Janson

01:30 – 01:55 Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh on Mozilla ID – Developing and protecting a living brand in H.1308 (Rolin) (legal and policy)

02:30 – 02:55 Vittorio Giovara  on Vimeo and the open source community in H.2213 open media room

03:00 – 04:00 Donnie Berkholz (@dberkholz from @redmonk) on Is your community healthy? Metrics on the top CM software in H.1309 (Van Rijn) Configuration management devroom

03:30 – 04:10 @michael_dale @heff @pablos1 @iKinnrot on Web Video Players Architecture & Open Source Community in H.2213 open media room


09:30 – 10:00 Jan-Christoph Borchardt (@jancborchardt) on Building the Open Source Design community in AW1.126 (Design trac)

10:15 – 10:45 Björn Balazs on The Problem of Representativity in AW1.126 (Design trac)

11:00 – 11:30 Christopher Webber and co (@dustyweb) on User-land and developer-land chat in AW1.126 (Design trac)

11:30 – 11:55 Pierros Papadeas (@ppapadeas) on Participation metrics at Mozilla in UD2.218A (Mozilla Devroom)

12:00 -12:25 Ali Spivak (@alispivak) on Maintaining & growing a technical community in UD2.218A (Mozilla Devroom)

12:05 – 12:50 Quim Gil and Andre Klapper on  Wikimedia adopts Phabricator, deprecates seven infrastructure tools in H.1308 (Rolin) Track: Desktops devroom

02:30 – 02:55 Heather VanCura (@heathervc) on JCP State of the Union & Progress Report in K.4.201 (java devroom)

02:00 – 02:50 Pamela Chestek and Sri Ramkrishna  on Fog of War – The GNOME Trademark Battle H.1308 (Rolin) (legal and policy)

03:30 – 04:00 Pablo Cúbico (@pablocubico) on Every pixel hurts in AW1.126 (Design trac)

04:20 – 04:35 Daniel Izquierdo (@dizquierdo from @bitergia) on Data, data and data about your favourite community in H.2215 (Ferrer) (lightning talk)






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